R&D is at the heart of our organisation, with our R&D talent providing a strong foundation of knowledge. Each day, the 400-plus members of our R&D team work on developing powerful sustainable applications of technological research. But research is not our only focus, our organisation also engages in engineering and development. The outcomes include SCI papers, contract research for the public and private sector, patents and licenses, VITO spin-offs, pilot and demonstration projects, and much more. Turning technological research into tangible contributions is how we help to drive the transition to a sustainable society.

Available Jobs

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R&D EXPERT DATA SCIENCE

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

The VITO Data Science Hub designs, develops, tests and valorises data-intensive algorithms to improve sustainability in the areas of Energy, Materials, Chemistry, Health and Land Use. It holds a horizontal structure and operates on corporate level. This hub focuses on:

  • Strategy development for data science on corporate level
  • Multidisciplinary data-intensive projects
  • Supporting and coaching staff in relation to machine learning and automated data analysis
  • Helping to develop reusable software and working to raise the TRL (technology readiness level)

THE ROLE

 

  • You focus on designing and developing reusable software in which data science takes a central role
  • You work together with 5 colleagues
  • You advise staff from various VITO departments regarding the use of data science techniques
  • You participate in educating, training and coaching staff within our various VITO units
  • You broaden your knowledge and expertise, and remain up-to-date regarding the new developments and the data science community
  • You publish research results (in collaboration with PhD students) and present at international fora
  • You play an active part in drawing up research proposals and acquiring new projects
  • You help to identify new IP opportunities and valorisation initiatives


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HYDRO-INFORMATICUS INTERNET OF WATER

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

No description available in English since Dutch is required for this position, link to the Dutch vacancy.


R&D PROFESSIONAL TECHNO-ECONOMIC ANALYSES

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

No English translation available as Dutch is required.

Link to the Dutch translation

R&D PROFESSIONAL ONLINE MEETDATA - INTERNET OF WATER

Kortrijk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

No description available in English since Dutch is required for this position, link to the Dutch vacancy.


R&D PROFESSIONAL MODELLERING - INTERNET OF WATER

Kortrijk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

No description available in English since Dutch is required for this position, link to the Dutch vacancy.


R&D PROFESSIONAL ANALYSIS AND MODELING OF ELECTRIC ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

  • You will be responsible for developing, analysing and modelling electric energy storage systems. The activities undertaken will range from simulating (including finite element simulations) to the technological design and development of innovative systems based on electric energy storage (including publications and patents).
  • The extensive field of research in which you will work involves the production, storage and consumption of electric energy. Within that field, you will focus upon electric energy storage systems and the service life of these systems.
  • You will develop a sufficiently broad and, at the same time, in-depth knowledge and utilise this in your research, enabling you to study, analyse and evaluate the problems and technical feasibility of innovative electric energy storage technologies in the context of smart grids.
  • You will publish and present research findings, both internally and externally to our clients.
  • You will publish and present research findings in peer-reviewed international journals. You will present research findings at international forums.
  • You will provide general support within ongoing projects and enthusiastically participate in the development of the 'smart systems for intelligent energy networks' program.

R&D PROFESSIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF BUILDINGS

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

No English translation as Dutch is required for this position. Please take a look at the vacancy in Dutch by consulting the dutch version of the website.

PROJECT LEADER WATER

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

No description available in English since Dutch is required for this position, link to the Dutch vacancy.


PROJECT MANAGER FOR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

Are you an experienced project manager and are you in touch with energy technology? Do you have a strong analytical mind and do you want to work in a research environment with a focus on sustainability and social relevance? If so, this vacancy for a Project Manager for Energy Technology is perfect for you.


EnergyVille is a collaboration between the Flemish research partners KU Leuven, VITO, Imec and UHasselt about research into sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. On the basis of their expertise, our researchers advise industry and governments. The energy technology unit works on various topics such as electrical storage, the optimisation of thermal energy systems, intelligent management of the demand, and storage and production in a (regulated) energy market context.


At EnergyVille you can participate in socially relevant projects and really make a difference when it comes to a more sustainable society.
We are currently seeking a:

PROJECT MANAGER FOR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

  • As a member of our ‘Strategic Energy Research Roadmaps and Valorisation’ team, you will have an autonomous and wide-ranging role within the world of energy technologies.
  • You will be responsible for managing complex, international projects, carried out by partners with a broad range of expertise. Your range of duties will include staff planning, reports and budget management.
  • You will be in charge of defining and writing proposals for research, demonstration and valorisation projects related to various innovative energy technologies. 
  • You will bring together the various partners within industry, government, research and end user.
  • You will work with researchers from different teams, each with their own expertise, and will ensure that these partnerships run smoothly and efficiently.
  • You will actively maintain external relationships and create sufficient visibility for ongoing initiatives.

EXPERT ENERGY MARKET MODELLING

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

We are looking for an excellent researcher with affinity for consultancy to reinforce the energy market team. You will be involved in several projects as the expert on the energy market design modelling. The markets in scope cover electricity markets: from electricity day-ahead markets to the reserve markets, and also gas markets and heat trade. You will model the markets in python and julia as optimisation problems, and also as games capturing market participant behaviour. You will be based in VITO/EnergyVille in Thor Park Genk.

As Expert Energy market modelling, you will

  • Work within the energy market team on several different projects.
  • Research new concepts for energy markets and products, and create new insights on innovative market design for all the involved stakeholders in the energy landscape.
  • Write and analyse mathematical formulation of different (multi-carrier) energy market designs. The mathematical formulation could include modelling behaviour of market participants.
  • Implement and solve the market design in python/Julia.
  • Provide policy and strategy advise based on your research findings to the relevant stakeholders. 
  • Participate in writing (parts of) project proposals and offers to tenders.
  • Manage defined tasks related to your area of expertise. 

R&D PROFESSIONAL ATMOSPHERE

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

As a researcher, you will contribute to the Flemish, European and international environmental policy relating to air quality.

  • You develop models that simulate and predict the presence of pollutants in the atmosphere. These models will be used to support the environmental policy of Flemish and foreign authorities and the industry. Urban air quality is a focus area of the team. 
  • You are responsible for analysing model results and reporting to the client or the end user. Processing of (large) data sets therefore plays an important role.
  • You integrate your knowledge and expertise in collaborative projects with your fellow researchers, report the results of these and publish them in academic journals.

EXPERT ON ENERGY MARKETS AND NETWORKS

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

We are looking for a consultant with strong research skills to reinforce the energy market team. As an expert on energy markets and networks, you will be involved in a number of projects with the goal of designing a low carbon energy system. You will be in charge of acquiring new projects and writing proposals. You will be responsible for management of a task within your expertise. Topics include, but are not limited to market design (from futures to day-ahead to real time markets), local energy communities, emerging roles and tasks in the energy sector, business models for integration of flexibility in the electricity networks, and disruptive technologies in the energy sector. In your work, you will often be considering viewpoints of different stakeholders, and take into account technical, economic and regulatory aspects of the problem. You will be based in VITO/EnergyVille in Thor Park Genk.

As an expert on energy markets and networks, you will

  • Be involved as an expert on several international and national projects.
  • Identify challenges of different stakeholders in the energy markets.
  • Propose solutions to overcome the challenges faced by different stakeholders in the energy landscape.
  • Advise the relevant stakeholders based on your research findings.
  • Take the lead in writing offers to tenders and project proposals.
  • Manage tasks and projects related to your area of expertise. 
  • Transfer your knowledge to more junior team members.

SENIOR R&D CONSULTANT ENERGY STRATEGIES AND POLICY

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 
  • As a senior consultant, you will advise policy makers and industry operating at European and international level on the evaluation, development and implementation of their energy and climate related strategies.
  • Coordinating and delivering integrated assessments on energy & climate policy, based upon collection and analysis of statistics & indicators, summarising and critically evaluating literature, stakeholder interviewing, for example. 
  • You will interpret these results and on this basis, formulate scientific recommendations tailored to the client's needs. You will report the research results to our clients (authorities and industry).
  • You are responsible for coordinating and conducting consultative assignments within time and budget. You will work in a team, but will also be responsible for carrying out consultative assignments independently.
  • You will take the lead in writing client offers, research proposals and seeking funding opportunities.
  • You will continue expanding your knowledge within energy & climate policy domain on the basis of literature, networking, courses and on-the job experience. Within your area of expertise, you will be an active follower of the trends and the studies carried out by other consultants, research institutions and universities.
  • You will identify routes for new developments, playing an active role in exploring research questions for energy & climate related areas.

 

Our projects are highly varied, as our clients come from both the industry and the government, in our country and abroad. Speaking of an international, open and diverse working environment: no fewer than 100 of our 750 employees come from outside Belgium, because at VITO they have found a unique environment where they can make full use of their R&D talents. Here you can build up a valuable professional network that you can rely on throughout your career.

Our R&D positions cover a wide spectrum. This gives you a choice as a researcher between opportunities and challenges in our various units and segments. And there is more: we commit ourselves to creating an excellent research environment, among other things, by having a clear HR strategy for researchers.

No suitable job openings at the moment? We're always on the lookout for top talent. Send us your application and we'll get back to you when something opens up.

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