Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology
February 23, 2024
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E-2467 RESEARCHER IN SYSTEM DYNAMICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING 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.

Do you want to know more about LIST? Check our website: https: // www. list.lu/

Discover our Environmental Research and Innovation department: ERIN Department

You will join the Environmental Sustainability Assessment and Circularity (SUSTAIN) Unit of ERIN. SUSTAIN develops knowledge, transferable (software) technologies, practical methods and outreach activities for the simulation and comprehensive sustainability assessment of societal systems. Its final purpose is to foster sustainable eco-innovation, through products and technologies, as well as support sustainability-oriented policy implementation and behavioural change to promote decarbonisation transitions.

Within the SUSTAIN Unit, you will be incorporated in the Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis (LCSA) research group. The group consists of ca. 25 researchers developing sustainability metrics and indicators, to assess the environmental and social impacts of products, technologies, territories and policies, for both industrial organisations and policy makers.

How will you contribute?

Are you a researcher in System Dynamics and Environmental modelling, with a marked interest for the evaluation of Ecosystem Services?

In the short term, you will entail research activities around the linking of ecosystem services models with industrial ecology models, in particular Life Cycle Assessment and economic models, to evaluate the relationships between ecosystems and the economy. You are expected to support the development of methodologies and tools to inform the management of natural resources and the design and implementation of nature-based solutions. In the medium to long term, you will contribute to focus the research activities on the assessment of biodiversity losses in the framework of Industrial Ecology and Sustainability Assessment.

You will be integrated in a team of experienced researchers in sustainability assessment, characterized by a broad range of expertise and diverse cultural backgrounds, and united by the common purpose of sustaining the sustainability transition.

Main missions will include:

  • Develop system dynamic models and process-based models to simulate and assess the provision of ecosystem services.
  • Support the conceptual and technical development of decision support tools for managing different land uses (agriculture, forestry, urban)
  • Contribute to the development of R&D activities on natural capital modelling and accounting, in the framework of European and national research projects and collaborative/contract research projects with industrial partners.
  • Contribute to high-quality research articles published in peer-reviewed international journals.
  • Contribute to generate IP in the context of your research activities (e.g., patents, licenses).
  • Attend international conferences.
  • Is Your profile described below? Are you our future colleague? Apply



    PhD in Ecosystem Services/Environmental Modelling/Industrial Ecology - Master's degree in environmental engineering or environmental science.

    Technical skills


  • Proven previous experience in Ecosystem Services modelling using a system dynamic approach.
  • Proven previous experience in the assessment of management of natural resources, nature-based solutions and/or biodiversity.
  • Proven organizational skills and interdisciplinary thinking, a problem- solving mind-set, and a strong team-working capability, but is also able to work in autonomy and creatively.
  • Master at least a programming language (Python preferred)

  • Knowledge of industrial ecology methodologies
  • Previous experience in Natural Capital accounting and Sustainability assessment
  • Proven experience in working in an interdisciplinary context.
  • Previous experience in Cost Benefit analysis or Ecosystem services monetisation.
  • Previous experience with international standards and initiatives for the accounting and valuation of Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital and Biodiversity (e.g., UN's System of Environmental Economic Accounting, ISO 14007, 14008).
  • Previous experience in earth observation methods or ground sensors for the assessment of ecosystem services.
  • Previous experience in landscape ecology.
  • Language skills

  • Flawless knowledge of English (both spoken and written) is required.
  • Knowledge of German and/or French and/or Luxembourgish is considered as an asset.
  • 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 in all that we do
  • An environment encouraging curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurship in all areas
  • Personalized learning programme to foster our staff's soft and technical skills
  • Multicultural and international work environment with more than 50 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, 13-month salary, statutory health insurance
  • Flexible working hours, home working policy and access to lunch vouchers
  • Apply online

    https: // www. list.lu/en/jobs/materials/

    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


    The following languages are optional but are considered a plus.

  • Read B1 Intermediate
  • Write B1 Intermediate

    Speak B1 Intermediate

  • Read B1 Intermediate
  • Write B1 Intermediate

    Speak B1 Intermediate

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    Carolina DE LEON

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