Our client is currently looking forward to strengthening its teams by hiring a Head of Unit (m/f) who responsible for structural composites.

The role requires a full presence in Luxembourg.

The right candidate will demonstrate a relevant scientific background (PhD + publications and patents, if applicable) gained in either the public or the private sector and excellent managerial skills for leading a team of 20 people.


The candidate will lead competitive projects, industry-funded and European projects in various domains, ranging from automotive to aerospace, metallurgy, electronic, and construction and manage a group of around 20 people working on :
  • the design and the durability of high performance and multi-functional composites based on advanced modelling expertise
  • interface engineering towards better performance and durability.
The right candidate is also responsible for the overall management, coordination and performance of the activities of the team that includes the following:
  • Strategy definition and implementation for the group including: road map preparation, development of a pipeline of innovative products and development of national, regional and international collaborations, partnerships and joint projects;
  • Team management (leading RDI group leaders, setting KPIs for the team; appraisals, coaching and people development);
  • Finance and administration (funding acquisition, network development and fund management);
  • Continue to build his/her scientific and technological expertise.


Academic background:

  • Holder of a PhD Degree in either Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or a related field, such as Mechanical Engineering Science;
  • Expertise in tailoring and processing composite materials towards the achievement of specific and enhanced properties through both experimental and numerical approaches;
  • Excellent command of English; any other language is a plus.

Technical skills: 

  • At least 15 years of post-doctoral experience;
  • Experienced in both industrial and academic world (high number of publications + patents, if applicable);
  • Demonstrated experience in team leadership and project management within a competitive academic or industrial RDI environment;
  • Significant experience in people management;
  • Excellent track record in being a partner in risk-taking and delivering innovative solutions;
  • Experience in funding acquisition.

Interpersonal skills: 

  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organisation (from PhD students to C-level),
  • Outstanding organisational and leadership abilities,
  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills,
  • Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving.

Documents to provide when applying for this role (mandatory): 

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • 2 or 3 reference letters or names of referees
  • A list of publications, invited talks, patents, PhD supervisions and granted projects. 


For more information please feel free to contact Marilyn Hurlin by phone on +352 26 29 45 21 or Miriam Barosco on +352 26 29 45 22.


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