Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology
December 22, 2022
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E-2303 RESEARCHER IN PLANT CELL CULTURE AND BIOPROCESSING Are you passionate about research? So are we! Come and join us

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment and IT. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies.

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You ‘d like to contribute as research support contributor? Join our

Environmental Research and Innovation department

The Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department, made up of 200 life science, environmental science and information technology researchers and engineers, provides the interdisciplinary knowledge, expertise and technologies to lead solutions including the major environmental challenges facing society, such as climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control.

The department relies on two cutting-edge platforms, the Biotechnologies and Environmental Analytics Platform and the Observatory for the Climate and the Environment, and the GreenTech Innovation Centre (GTIC): a one-stop-shop for the complete development of bio-based products and processes.


How will you contribute?

As part of a Research and Technology Organization (RTO), the work of the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) Department tackles some of the major environmental challenges our society is facing today such as adaptation to climate change, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, environmental pollution prevention and control.

To this end, the mission of the ERIN department is:

(1) To conduct impact-driven scientific research and development, as well as technological innovation;

(2) To support companies in the implementation of new environmental regulations and advise governments on determining sustainable policies for the future, with the objectives of:

Analysing, managing and exploiting sustainable resources (water, air, soil, renewable energy, bioresources).

Reducing the environmental impact of human consumption and production activities.

You will join the Plant Molecular Farming research group which, among others, develops a range of biotechnologies for the sustainable production of innovative plant-sourced ingredients. The group activities are centred around phytofactory. LIST developed a bioprocess platform that allows using cultures of plant cells and chassis organisms as one of the most efficient solutions to produce complex and high added value compounds, which are difficult to either produce chemically or extract from available biomass. In this context, we are using plant cell suspension cultures to provide a safe means for the mass production of specialty molecules and proteins.

You will play a key role in the future valorization of plant-based molecules for industrial applications.

You will be expected to develop a strong, innovative research and innovation activity in plant cell culture and successfully define RDI projects in relation to these. Similarly, you will be expected to bring your expertise to reinforce the team in plant molecular farming.

More specifically, your objectives will span the industrial value chain starting from the upstream bioprocesses of cell factories and will require knowledge of bioprocesses' optimization to prepare the transfer to the scale- up phase (up to 300 L).

Expertise on bioprocess technologies for the production of specialty molecules and/or proteins from plant cell culture is required for this position. Ideally, you also have experience in scaling-up from lab to pilot scale, as well as a proven track record of working with industrial partners.

Furthermore, your main responsibilities will include to:

  • Participate in R&D projects on plant bioprocesses
  • Participate in the definition and management of new project activities in bioprocesses, including writing and submitting proposals for competitive funding and collaborative funding with industrial partners;
  • Understand and formalise needs of private/public partners regarding scientific knowledge or technological developments;
  • Contribute to the development of innovative approaches for using plant cells and plant products as sources of specialty molecules;
  • Contribute to the creation of intellectual property rights (patents, licences, etc.)
  • Collaborate with engineers, supervise post-doc researchers and PhD students involved in these projects;
  • Actively collaborate with other researchers in order to promote interdisciplinary activities internally and externally ;
  • Strengthen the Unit's scientific and technological network in plant bioprocesses.
  • must have requirements

    Is Your profile described below? Are you our future colleague? Apply


  • You hold a PhD in plant biology, agronomy, bioprocessing, biomolecular engineering, or related disciplines.
  • Expertise on bioprocess technologies for the production of specialty molecules and/or proteins from plant cell culture is required for this position. Ideally, you also have experience in scaling-up from lab to pilot scale, as well as a proven track record of working with industrial partners.
  • You have hands-on experience with molecular genetics and gene editing- based technologies. Basic analytical chemistry and bioinformatics knowledge would be a plus.
  • You have a good command in English. Knowledge of Luxembourgish, French and/or German is an asset
  • We offer

    Your LIST benefits

    An organization with a passion for impact and strong RDI partnerships in Luxembourg and Europe that works on responsible and independent research projects;

    Sustainable by design, empowering our belief that we play an essential role in paving the way to a green society;

    Innovative infrastructures and exceptional labs occupying more than 5,000 square metres, including innovations such as our Viswall, high-scale incubators and top of the range 3D/4D printings that are part of our toolkit for excelling in all we do;

    Multicultural and international work environment with more than 45 nationalities represented in our workforce;

    Diverse and inclusive work environment empowering our people to fulfil their personal and professional ambitions;

    Gender-friendly environment with multiple actions to attract, develop and retain women in science;

    32 days' paid annual leave, 11 public holidays, flexible working hours, 13-month salary, statutory health insurance and access to lunch vouchers;

    Personalized learning programme to foster our staff's soft and technical skills;

    An environment encouraging curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurship in all areas.

    Your application must include:

  • A motivation letter oriented towards the position and detailing your experience;
  • A scientific CV with contact details;
  • List of publications (and patents, if applicable);
  • Contact details of 2 references.
  • Application procedure and conditions
  • LIST is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring and retaining diverse personnel. We value all applicants and will consider all competent candidates for employment without regard to national origin, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age or disability;
  • Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled;
  • An assessment committee will review the applications and select candidates based on guidelines that aim to ensure equal opportunities;
  • The main criteria for selection will be the correspondence of the existing skills and expertise of the applicant with the requirements mentioned above.

    To be considered for this position it is crucial that you have knowledge of the following languages

  • Read C1 Advanced
  • Write C1 Advanced

    Speak C1 Advanced

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