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Mechatronic Research Engineer for Conceptual Design

You create new software tools that will support the design of complex mechatronic systems (new machines, vehicles or subsystems).


Develop software tools to generate and optimize new machine designs

At the early design phase of a new industrial machine, vehicle or mechatronic subsystem there are a huge number of potential designs. Designers rely still very little on computer generated and assessed concepts. These could however generate innovative out-of-the-box designs concepts and boost the speed of the design process. To support industrial designers in innovation, Flanders Make will develop new software tools that can automatically generate design concepts. Equally important are software tools for the assessment and optimization of the generated designs.

On real-life industry applications (f.e. landing gear of airplane, complex vehicle exhaust system, active shock absorber, compressor …), you will:

  • Work together in a research team that combines expertise in optimization algorithms and evaluating concepts, using (dynamical) analyses of stiffness, strength, cost, energy efficiency…
  • Take the lead in developing new methodologies and algorithms and in creating new software tools.

More concretely, you:

  • Capture the industrial needs and requirements of conceptual design of different mechatronic systems;
  • Define the more adequate language and platform to create formal models for the different mechatronic systems;
  • Create the formal design space model (objectives, constraints, design repository/ component database, …);
  • Develop the framework to:
    • automatically generate design concepts from the formal design space model;
    • evaluate and optimise the generated design concepts;
    • visualise the optimised design concepts  to support the designer in concept selection.

Conceptual thinker with a broad interest

You have

  • A Master in Engineering (Computer Science, Mechatronics,…);
  • A Phd, postdoc or industry experience is a plus.
  • Combined interest in both Mechatronics and Computer Science. This means you are able and willing to learn everything about:
    • The architecture of mechatronic systems and dynamic programming (optimization techniques)
    • Domain-specific modelling languages and tools (SysML, Ecore, Express(-G), GrGen, OWL, Eclipse, Sirius, …) and ‘Concept architecture generation’ techniques, f.e. constraint programming and MIL programming.
  • Experience with at least one of the listed domains above.
  • Affinity with concept generation.
  • Knowledge of other modelling software (Simscape, Amesim, Matlab, Simulink, …) is a plus.

You are

  • Passionate about research and new technologies;
  • A good conceptual thinker;
  • Result oriented, responsible, self directing;
  • Team player;
  • A good communicator;
  • Eager to learn.

Work on highly innovative² concepts for highly innovative companies

  • Flanders Make gives you the opportunity to develop yourself in the network of top industrial companies, universities, and research institutes;
  • An open-minded, flexible, and challenging working environment;
  • A warm atmosphere and top colleagues;
  • An attractive salary with fringe benefits.

Flanders Make colleagues work together on projects in Belgium at site Lommel and at site Leuven (flexible workplace policy). Depending on your place of residence or preference, you can work in our offices in Lommel or in Leuven.

Flanders Make

Learn more about working on research projects at Flanders Make in this movie: https://youtu.be/zXuIIosZbZE

Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. Our mission is to strengthen the long-term international competitiveness of the Flemish manufacturing industry. That’s why we work together with SMEs and large companies on pre-competitive, industry-driven technological research, resulting in concrete product and production innovation in the vehicle industry, the manufacturing industry, and production environments.

Because of our unique position between industry and research, our teams combine application and system proficiency with technological and scientific knowledge. We focus on 4 key competences, all based on modelling and virtualization:

  1. Sensing, monitoring, control and decision-making for products and production
  2. (Co)design and optimization of products and production
  3. Motion product specification, architecture, and validation
  4. Flexible assembly specification, architecture, and validation

We operate from our offices in Leuven and Lommel and from research facilities at the Flemish universities.

How to apply?

Do you feel you can contribute to our research with your expertise? Do you share our values and our mission? We are looking forward to reading about your story, your interest in Flanders Make and for this job in particular.  To apply, please send your motivation letter and cv to humanresources@flandersmake.be