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Research engineer “Robotics for Machine Assembly”

As a research engineer you integrate top technology into the assembly lines of machine building companies, by optimizing human-robot collaboration in the work cells.

In machine assembly collaborative robots are of great value to execute complex assembly tasks. Even more so in the context of “flexible assembly”, where companies have to meet a climbing demand for tailor made products.

The operator is supported cognitively by the latest multimedia applications (ipads, smart glasses, projection) and physically by collaborative robots. Items addressed include dynamic work instructions and training using virtual and augmented reality, intuitive and easy programming of robots, self-learning production systems and workplace simulation and optimization.

Design the assembly workplace of the future

As an expert in control for collaborative robots and system optimization:

  • you work together in a team which combines expertise in modelling and control, robot programming, software architectures, and multi-media devices;
  • with the team you develop model-based system approaches to develop the human-robot collaborative assembly workcell of the future\, where you focus on optimizing the design and facilitating the robot control.

For real-life industry cases, you:

  • Select the optimal layout of an assembly workplace, combining operator tasks with robot tasks, taking into account cost effectiveness and lead time. You address the theoretic optimization challenge with a practical feel for assembly reality.
  • Translate low level robot programming code for the robots in this workcell into generic instructions on a higher level ensuring that an operator can control the robot himself in a fast and intuitive way;
  • Regularly discuss the technological ambitions and results with the company stakeholders, both production chiefs and operators;
  • Actively trace and present industrial challenges and research opportunities.

Creative engineer fascinated by machine assembly

You have
  • A master or PhD in a relevant domain;
  • At least five years of experience in research or industry;
  • Reliable expertise in optimization techniques, modelling and control, and programming of collaborative robots;
  • A keen interest in machine assembly;
  • Relevant experience in technology projects for real-life applications;
  • Affinity with the reality of an industrial production line;
  • Knowledge of mathematical modelling  and optimization software (f.e. Matlab);
  • Knowledge of robot programming languages (C/C++  and /or Python);
  • Knowledge of Java and/or robotic framework software (f.e. ROS, OROCOS) and/or Unix Shell scripting is a plus.
You are
  • Passionate about research and new technologies;
  • A listening ear for industrial needs;
  • A team player who can build sustainable relationships with all the partners and colleagues;
  • Empathic and interested in the operators and their wellbeing;
  • Eager to learn.

Working together in a multidisciplinary team is a free school

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

Your future colleagues work together on projects in Belgium at site Lommel and at site Leuven (flexible workplace policy). For this position most assignments will be situated in Flanders Make, site Leuven.

Convinced? Send your motivation letter and cv

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 for Flanders Make and for this job in particular. 

To apply, please send your motivation letter and cv to humanresources@flandersmake.be