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Research Engineer Energy Management Vehicles/Machines

You model innovative drivetrain designs for electric/hybrid motion systems, add advanced control systems, simulate and validate on a top-notch Hardware-in-the loop setup.

Flanders Make researchers help companies in making high-performance, flexible and autonomous machines and vehicles, f.e. by rethinking the drivetrain setups in their machines, robots or vehicles. Flanders Make‘s demonstration and validation infrastructure includes testing facilities for efficient drives,  and a top-notch Hardware-In-the-Loop platform for hybrid vehicle applications.


Rethink the design of advanced drivetrains and develop the active control

As an expert in electric drivetrains and mechatronic systems, control or simulation, you:

  • Rethink performance and energy efficiency of a variety of (beyond) state-of-the art technologies in a wide scala of industrial applications (a fruit picking robot, a forklift, a weaving machine, a suspension in a car,…);
  • Take the lead of work packages or projects and work together with a research team combining expertise in control, model based mechatronic system engineering, vehicle dynamics, testing and validation.

More concretely, you:

  • Redesign drivetrains/actuators and develop the active control;
  • Make design choices taking into account the total cost of ownership;
  • Use Hardware-in-the-loop simulation systems to evaluate the operation of system components and to study system behavior on innovative new designs;
  • Work on new ideas inspired by industry needs as well as the research objectives and high-tech infrastructure of Flanders Make;
  • Translate your innovative ideas into project proposals.


Examples of Flanders Make projects:

This movie shows how Flanders Make helped a company converting their trucks into electric Trucks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncG9KK0fM88


Creative industrial innovator with a conceptual mind

You have

  • Master's degree or PhD in Engineering (Electrics, Mechatronics, Power electronics,…)
  • Proven experience and expertise in electric drivetrains and mechatronic systems
  • Broad knowledge of machine and/or vehicle dynamics and motion control, modelling, control algorithms, system simulation, sensors and actuators, instrumentation, hardware-in-the-loop systems..;
  • Experience in an automotive context is a plus.

You are

  • A conceptual thinker inspired by research problems and technological innovation;
  • A good listener and communicator who can build sustainable relationships;
  • Enthusiastic about developing new project ideas;
  • Pro-active and taking initiative;
  • Open minded and a team player.


Make a difference in mechatronic technology

  • Flanders Make gives you the opportunity to develop pre-competitive research within the next-generation vehicle machine and technologies, together with Flemish and European companies, universities and research institutes;
  • An open minded and flexible working environment;
  • An attractive salary with additional extralegal advantages.



Flanders Make is working on projects in Leuven and in Lommel. Depending on your place of residence or preference, you can work on one of our sites (flexible workplace policy) or from a satellite office in Kortrijk.


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 jobs@flandersmake.be