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University of Luxembourg (Uni.Lu), the country’s first and only public university, was founded in 2003 as part of an ambitious national strategy aimed at developing a transition to a knowledge-based economy. Multilingual, international and research-oriented, it is a modern institution with a personal atmosphere. About 56% of its 6400 students are foreign, originating from over 100 different nations. Organized in three Faculties and three Interdisciplinary Centres, Uni.Lu has 2000 employees, 800 PhD candidates under employment contract and 265 assistant/associate/full professors. Education and training are provided within 11 bachelor and 32 master programs as well as three doctoral schools, one covering the disciplines of each Faculty. Since its creation, Uni.Lu has put in place infrastructures to enable its researchers to submit, participate in and coordinate national and international collaborative projects. The central Research Support Department assists at the submission stage, while a group of Research Facilitators works closely with the researchers at their own faculty during the full project cycle (budget management, reporting, etc.). The International Office specializes in ERASMUS+ and other exchange programs and hosts a EURAXESS expert who helps with mobility issues of in/outgoing staff and students.


Alba Viejo Rodríguez

Alba (f) is a doctoral researcher in the Ultrafast Condensed Matter Physics Group at the University of Luxembourg since March 2021. She studied Physics at the University of Oviedo (Spain). In 2020 she obtained a master in Nanoscience at the University of the Basque Country where she carried out her MSc thesis at CIC nanoGUNE (Spain) about the development of smart substrates to enhance IR near-field spectroscopy. Her research activity focuses on understanding charge and spin dynamics in nanostructured correlated materials by using ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy. In particular, she is now centered on the study of the opto-acoustic response of multi-functional metallic micro-cavities.

Ornella Vaccarelli

Ornella (f) is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Theoretical Chemical Physics group at the University of Luxembourg, lead by Prof. Alexandre Tkatchenko. She graduated in April 2014 in Theoretical Physics at the University of Bari (Italy) with a work on the correlation between the components of a spin-1/2 Heisenberg chain interacting with an external magnetic field. In 2015 she won a research grant at the Physics Department of Bari to study Plenoptic imaging with thermal-light correlations. In September 2018 she obtained a Ph.D. in Physics at IMPMC - Sorbonne University in Paris, where she investigated the exotic properties of a new frustrated two-leg spin ladder, Li2O(CuSO4)2. Her main research activity focuses on the study of the structures and physical properties of various materials, from the micro to the macroscale level. In particular, she is interested in investigating quantum many-body systems through a combined theoretical and numerical approaches in order to predict the collective properties of very large numbers of electrons, atoms or molecules, and discover new principles and phenomena at the multidisciplinary interfaces of physics, chemistry and biology.

Silvia Venditti

Silvia (f) is Research Facilitator at University of Luxembourg since 2018. She studied Environmental Engineering at the University of L’Aquila (IT) and received her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London (UK). After several R&D positions in both Research and Industry, she decided to focus on research management roles. She currently supports the administrative and financial management of EU projects, including 3 Horizon 2020 (ERC Consolidator Grant, Marie curie ITN and FET OPEN), 1 Interreg NWE, 3 Interreg GR and 2 “Investment for growth and employment” (ERDF).