Group Leader (Catchment and Eco-Hydrology)

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg 🇱🇺


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.

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.

Within the ERIN department, the ‘Environmental Sensing and Modelling’ (ENVISION) unit is an interdisciplinary team of 50+ scientists, engineers, post-docs, and PhD candidates – organized in three complementary groups on catchment and eco-hydrology (CAT group), remote sensing and natural resources modelling (REMOTE group), and agro-environmental systems research (AGRO group). At the CAT group, we rely on a unique blend of experts in catchment hydrology, eco-hydrology, isotope hydrology, hydro-geochemistry, environmental chemistry, sediment transport and plant physiology for characterising the fluxes of water, matter and contaminants within and across the various compartments of the critical zone. We collaborate with our colleagues from the AGRO and REMOTE groups for leveraging the full potential offered by new in-situ and remote sensing technologies (some of them developed in-house) – providing data with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution, ultimately serving for the calibration and validation of newly designed forecasting and prediction tools of hydro- and agro-ecosystem responses to global change.

How will you contribute?

As the global change and technological developments force water resources management to adapt at breath-taking pace, your ambition is to support policy makers and create socio-economic value, as well as to be a partner in risk-taking and delivery of innovative solutions with short-, mid- and long-term impact.

With your proven ability to identify, champion and spearhead new technologies, you will make the CAT group thrive and navigate the opportunities and challenges of the climate crisis.

Capitalizing on your own expertise in hydrology (including hydrological processes research and quantitative/qualitative water management), you will leverage the CAT group’s rich blend of know-how in eco-hydrology, forest hydrology, isotope hydrology, water chemistry, sediment transport, plant-atmosphere interactions, and hydrological modelling for developing interdisciplinary and mission-driven water resources research.

Your managerial spirit and experience will give our multicultural team a boost.

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

You hold a PhD in Hydrology or a related discipline in Critical Zone science, with at least 10 years of relevant experience and you have a proven record of research and operational experience working in a research and innovation (public or private) setting – including securing externally funded grants and contracts.

Additionally you have:

  • At least five years of experience in leading successful cross-disciplinary research teams or projects, as evidenced nationally and/or internationally.
  • Business acumen skills, with a track record in the acquisition of projects, and proven experience in managing public-private partnerships. And good experience with staff management, including the capacity to recruit, successfully train, and develop researchers.
  • Excellent research experience in the field of catchment hydrology with a focus on tracer/isotope hydrology, biogeochemistry, eco-hydrology, forest hydrology, and/or eco-hydrological modelling.
  • Demonstrable interest in field and laboratory and experimental research.
  • Demonstrable interest and experience with developing applied solutions for river basin management, including environmental engineering.

You have a good command in English. Knowledge of Luxembourgish, French and/or German is 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;
  • Our research activities are supported by state-of-the-art analytical laboratories and a nested long-term hydro-climatological observation network, spanning a wide range of topographic settings, bedrock geologies, soils, and land use types.
  • 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, 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.

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

  • EnglishRead C1 AdvancedWrite C1 AdvancedSpeak C1 Advanced


The following languages are optional but are considered a plus.

  • FrenchRead B2 Upper intermediateWrite B2 Upper intermediateSpeak B2 Upper intermediate
  • GermanRead B2 Upper intermediateWrite B2 Upper intermediateSpeak B2 Upper intermediate
  • Luxembourgish; LetzeburgeschRead B2 Upper intermediate




10 or more years



CONTRACT TYPE: Permanent contract



COUNTRY: Luxembourg

CITY: Esch-Sur-Alzette









IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development