Postdoctoral researcher in Space Informatics

Country: Luxembourg;

City: Luxembourg

Vacancy added: 23.12.2018

Employer: University of Luxembourg

Vacancy type: PostDoc vacancy;


The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international, research University.

Postdoctoral researcher in Space Informatics (Computer Science / Robotics / Telecommunications)

  • Ref: 50013860
  • Contract: Initially 2 years fixed term (CDD), full-time 40 hrs/week, extendable to 5 years.
  • Start: as soon as possible

Luxembourg aims to strategically place itself in an internationally leading role in the exploration and utilization of space resources. Luxembourg has a long history of successful space activities, starting in 1985 with the creation of SES, the world's largest commercial satellite operator, and the development of a space industry which today makes up close to 2% of GDP. In 2005, Luxembourg joined ESA to participate in its R&D programs.

In 2016, Luxembourg made an even more ambitious step by launching the SpaceResources initiative (e.g. asteroid mining), which resulted in a legal framework for the exploration and exploitation of space resources and continues to attract innovative space companies from all over the world to Luxembourg. In 2018, the Luxembourg Space Agency was founded to vigorously promote further growth of the space sector and related education and research activities.

In this environment, the University of Luxembourg - which ranks 12th among the worldwide best universities under 50 years in the Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking - aims to become a major, visionary player in space education and research. An Interdisciplinary Space Master with a focus on Space Informatics (not limited to AI/Robotics/Communications/Security), combining space studies and entrepreneurship training, will be launched in fall 2019 to support the growing space-ecosystem in Luxembourg.

The Computer Science and Communications (CSC) research unit of the University of Luxembourg, one of its main pillars of research excellence, is seeking applications for a postdoc position in Space Informatics who will support the development of space-related education and research activities. 

Your Role

The successful candidate will join a strong and motivated research unit to help spearhead research in the area of Space Informatics, broadly interpreted as encompassing methods from AI, robotics, reliability, security, communications, and data science. The research fellow will also take a leading role in building up the Interdisciplinary Space Master.

Your Profile

  • PhD degree in Computer Science, Robotics, Engineering, Telecommunications, or a related discipline. Note for the inter-disciplinary master program, we aim for a broad interpretation of what disciplines fall under Space Informatics.
  • Experience in projects with applications to Space Informatics, or a clear vision for how the applicant’s research methodology is relevant to Space Informatics.
  • Experience with international cooperation.
  • Experience in teaching, and developing course material.
  • A strong research publication record.
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Commitment, creativity, and teamwork skills.

We offer

You will work in a stimulating international and interdisciplinary environment.

Further Information

The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer.

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