The Waste Recycling Technologies (ART) team of VITO is looking for a creative and motivated researcher to pioneer the field of “Data Science” in the field of sensor based characterisation and sorting.  

As a post-doc researcher you will be part of an experienced and well-equipped research team aiming to develop advanced sorting and recycling techniques . Our team provides a clear view on how to recover resources for both industry and government. Using innovative approaches and a thorough knowledge, we strive towards a sustainable transformation of waste into high-quality products which contribute to the circular economy.

The research will focus on the development of state-of-the-art algorithms in the field of sensor based sorting through image processing, object recognition and machine learning. The algorithms will be used to quantitatively describe waste streams (metal scrap, batteries, MSWI-bottom ashes).  VITO believes that through artificial intelligence and data mining, novel technologies can be developed that allow a breakthrough in the waste processing industry. The algorithms will be applied to data  generated by a novel multi-sensor line scanner device (so-called ‘Characterise-to-Sort’). The prototype available at VITO consists of a conveyer belt currently equipped with dual energy X-ray transmission, 3D laser triangulation and RGB sensors.


  •  PhD. in the field of physics, mathematics or data science.  Advanced modelling and/or programming experience is a must.
  • Programming skills (e.g. Python/Matlab/C), experience with data analysis.
  • Experience with LabView and machine vision is a bonus.
  • Creative mind, ambitious and eager to turn new process concepts into practice. 
  • Excellent writing, presentation and communication skills.





  • A position in an eminent client-oriented organization, in the area of innovative technology research and science-backed consulting.
  • The opportunity to contribute to putting Flanders on the international map as active knowledge region and thus contribute to sustainable development.
  • An interesting salary package complete with extralegal benefits