Company

Our client is a well known Luxembourgish organisation. Due to increasing activities, we are delighted to support our client in recruiting a Head of Unit for the Functional Polymers activity.  

Position

  1. Lead the strategy of the Unit by preparing:
  • a short, mid and long-term roadmap for the unit
  • a competitive multi-annual research programme
  • a valorisation strategy of scientific knowledge and technologies for the industrial sector

and implement the validated business plan.

  1. Continue to build the scientific and technological expertise: the research areas to be considered for the positions include, but are not limited to:
  • Macromolecular engineering and modelling
  • Soft-matter / polymer physics
  • Advanced polymer processing in collaboration with the Composites Platform
  • Polymer-based nanocomposites in collaboration with the Nanomaterials/Nanotechnology Unit
  • Smart plastics and rubbers
  1. Manage the financial part of the Unit
  • Propose Capex investments and implement the validated Capex
  • Design of an appropriate funding plan
  • Provide structural reports to the department director
  • Be accountable for the administrative and financial follow-up of the RDI projects of the unit
  1. RH and people management:
  • Define and propose relevant KPIs to monitor the performance of the groups within the RDI unit
  • Ensure high-level people management of the RDI unit and direct management of the group leaders
  • Oversee the HR of the unit, support and execute HR corporate policies
  1. Coordinate RDI activities, promote interdisciplinary collaboration within the research unit, with other units and other departments in the organisation, as well as with Luxembourgish stakeholders.
  2. Represent and promote the unit externally in line with the communication strategy

Profile

  • Hold a PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Sciences or a related field of Engineering Sciences
  • Sound and proven knowledge and comprehension of both the industrial and academic world of Polymer materials and extensive experience in building relationships with industries and in the advocacy of institutional interests 

  • At least 15 years of relevant professional experience in team leadership and project management within a competitive academic or industrial RDI environment 

  • Proven success in multi-annual projects and experience as a project manager 

  • Proven experience in terms of cooperation with the industrial sector industry 

  • Solid experience in developing innovative research, technology and solutions 

  • Sound experience in generating intellectual property and valorising scientific and technological results (contract research, patents, 
licences) 

  • High-level scientific and technological track record 

  • Significant experience in managing, developing and mentoring researchers 

  • Strong communication skills and recognized management team spirit 
 

  • Excellent command of English and good knowledge of at least one of the official languages of the country (French, German or Luxembourgish). 


 

For more information please contact Marilyn Hurlin by phone on +352 26 29 45 21.

 

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