Group Leader - Remote Sensing and Natural Resources Modelling

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Senior (10+ Years)
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As part of a Research and Technology Organization (RTO), the work of the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) Department tackles some of the major environmental challenges our society is facing today, such as climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, the efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control. To this end, the missions of the ERIN department are:

(1) To conduct impact-driven scientific research and development, as well as technological innovation
(2) To support companies in the implementation of new environmental regulations and advise governments on determining sustainable policies for the future with the objectives of:

  • Analysing, managing and exploiting sustainable resources (water, air, soil, renewable energy, bioresources)
  • Reducing the environmental impact of human consumption and production activities

She/he will join the Remote Sensing and Natural Resources Modelling group, one of 3 RDI groups in ERIN's Environmental Modelling and Sensing (ENVISION) unit. This unit carries out impact-driven research, geared towards monitoring, forecasting and predicting environmental systems in a changing world. She/he will be integrated into an interdisciplinary team of around 50 scientists, engineers, post-docs and PhD candidates supporting the public and private sectors by developing new process understanding, alongside new environmental management tools and technologies, operating at unprecedented spatial and temporal scales.


We are looking for a Group Leader to manage a group presently composed of 15 researchers, engineers, and PhD students. Its RDI activities focus on the integration of advanced remote sensing technologies (satellite, airborne, drone, ground), geoinformation science tools and environmental models for the assessment, monitoring and management of natural resources, from the local to the global scale. The group has substantial expertise in the quantitative analysis of microwave, multispectral, hyperspectral and thermal infrared image data for downstream applications in environmental risk management (with a focus on floods and droughts), precision agriculture and maritime surveillance. The final goal is to cover the whole innovation chain and design, craft, test and bring to the market new technological solutions relying on Earth observation information for a sustainable environment.

Her/his main challenges will be to strengthen a work environment conducive to a constant generation of ideas that will enable innovative solutions to be found. She/he will be responsible for the good balance in the group, enhancing collaboration and team work amongst employees, and finding relevant synergies with other research groups/partners, including industrial ones.

Examples of other expected interventions:

Team management

  • Lead a multicultural and multidisciplinary team of researchers and create a stimulating and motivating work environment within the group
  • Be the person hierarchically responsible for the group members and assume the operational responsibility of the group’s human resources (be supportive of the team, set challenging objectives together, support the team members' career development, be involved in their salary review process, etc.)
  • Appraise team members' performance, identify and promote personal development needs, ensure development plans are effectively implemented

Strategy definition and implementation

  • In collaboration with the team, define and propose an RDI strategy for the group, aligned with the department’s strategy and with LIST missions as an RTO
  • Ensure the implementation of the RDI group business plan
  • Develop and maintain a pipeline of innovative products and services, transferable to the private and public sectors
  • Develop relevant external collaborations, partnerships and networks

Research group administration

  • Ensure the financial follow-up of the group’s performances
  • Manage the portfolio of associated projects and activities related to the group
  • Be responsible for the scientific and technological outcome of the group
  • Represent the group and promote its achievements internally and externally

Beside these responsibilities and tasks, the Group Leader shall continue to build her/his scientific and technological knowledge and directly contribute to projects relying on her/his high level of expertise.



  • PhD degree in remote sensing or another environmental science with a specialization in remote sensing

Required seniority

  • Have at least 10 years of post-doctoral experience
  • Should have a sound RDI experience in remote sensing (image processing, algorithm development, spatial modelling techniques, integration of environmental and EO datasets), as well as in the development of applications and downstream services exploiting the opportunities of data and signals available from satellites
  • Previous experience in a RTO is an asset


More specifically, the Leader of the Remote Sensing and Natural Resources Modelling research group shall:

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of remote sensing processes, algorithms for the detection, classification and retrieval of Earth surface variables and processes, and natural resources applications
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of current challenges and trends in remote sensing, e.g. scaling between coarse and fine spatio-temporal EO data, data-model integration, multi-sensor synergies, big data and artificial intelligence in remote sensing, etc.
  • Have good team management experience, especially in a competitive RDI environment
  • Have relevant professional experience in project/portfolio management
  • Have proven experience in the acquisition of international competitive funding (in particular ESA, European projects), as well as in the acquisition of collaborative projects with private companies
  • Demonstrate proven experience in acquiring and driving multiannual RDI and product development projects as a Principal Investigator
  • Show a high-level scientific and technological track record related to the RDI group’s activities
  • Demonstrate strong experience in developing innovative products and services, as well as in bringing to the market new technological solutions relying on Earth observation information
  • Possess a sound experience in intellectual property management (patents, licences)


  • Have an excellent command of English
  • Knowledge in at least one of the official languages of Luxembourg (French, German or Luxembourgish) is an asset


Candidates interested in the above position can apply online on our website
The application must include:

  • A CV
  • A motivation letter
  • The names of two or three referees
  • If possible, a list of publications, invited talks, patents and granted projects