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



R&D & Engineering
  • VITO has clear ambitions to further strengthen its research program ‘Sustainable Materials Management’. We strive towards a more circular economy by developing zero-waste solutions to sustainably transform residues into resources and products. One of our core research activities is the development of innovative processes to develop sustainable construction materials (SCMs, fine sand, aggregates,….) from industrial residues (slags, ashes, sludges….). In our vision, it is key to find safe and added-value applications for the voluminous matrix that remains after the extraction of valuable metals and/or minerals from industrial residues. Applications as cement, fine and coarse aggregate of both high technical and environmental quality offer at the same time a stable and large volume market and bring added value to mineral waste streams, instead of landfilling these.
  • We are looking for an experienced researcher to strengthen this visionary research track. As a researcher, you will explore the relationships between the raw material properties, the processing steps and the technical/environmental quality of the construction materials in relation to construction applications. As an example, the activation of sludges (calcination) to produce supplementary cementitious materials and the granulation of processed tailings to produce fine sand or aggregates will be studied.
  • You are responsible for the acquisition, the execution and the coordination of applied scientific research projects. As a VITO expert in this field, you present results at (inter)national for a and you publish them in peer reviewed journals. You can rely on a strong network of relevant partners and you are eager to find opportunities for setting up concrete (demo) projects with industrial partners.  



R&D & Engineering

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated Quality Assurance Engineer to support our product development team.

Our ideal candidate will ensure consistent software quality by creating a test and acceptance infrastructure and making sure that  our remote sensing (web) applications are properly tested, verified and validated before release in an operational environment.

As a QA Engineer, you will work within a small team of Project Managers, Solution Architects and Software Developers. You will monitor the quality of work by designing and executing detailed test and acceptance plans, assuring that quality is built in from the start of each sprint cycle.

Strong analytical skills are crucial given that you will participate in an ambitious team where constantly evolving business needs create a production environment that requires robust & scalable implementations of innovative solutions.

You'll become part of a talented, dedicated team working in a fast-paced, challenging international environment. We thrive to develop cutting edge technologies that will be used by a broad public, industry, the public sector and universities.

Your responsibilities:

  • Design and set-up a software release strategy
  • Design and automate smoke and regression test cases
  • Create, execute and maintain manual and automated test scripts
  • Strong understanding of software development methodologies and QA processes
  • Perform risk analysis of any new/updated feature
  • Create and maintain test scenarios and test cases for the product
  • Perform root cause analysis and report software bugs
  • Contribute to improve the user experience, being the first user of our product
  • Create, maintain and improve documentation


R&D & Engineering

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 & Engineering

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


R&D & Engineering

The team GCT (Green Chemistry Technology) focusses on the development and making economically viable of new technologies for a more sustainable chemistry. In this there is a strong focus on the optimization of downstream separation processes and on process intensification via the in-situ connection between separation processes with various (bio)chemical conversion processes. Membranes and membrane processes are of great value in this, because of their broad application area, their low energy consumption, and their usefulness in continuous chemical processes on every scale. Examples are the recent development of a membrane-assisted process specific suited for the efficient execution of chemical reactions in high dilutions and the development of functionalized ceramic membranes for separations of f.e. lignin-derived molecules based on affinity instead of magnitude. New developments are strongly directed by the industrial need.


  • You are responsible for the execution and follow-up of projects in the domain of membrane technology, more specific on membrane modification technology on ceramic membranes.
  • You guide membrane tests in the context of process intensification and you also help to conduct them, mainly for the process industry.


R&D & Engineering

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.


R&D & Engineering

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.


R&D & Engineering
  • You apply your academical knowledge of chemistry for the development of durable industrial processes (synthesis, surface modification, catalysis, separation processes) 
  • You transform theoretical concepts to practical applications. E.g based upon reaction models, process flows,… a practical application is formed.
  • You analyze and control the economic feasibility and relevance of your research.
  • Your work is strategical-goal oriented: you maintain attention towards the real-life applicability of your research.
  • Your research implies transdisciplinary teamwork: with a multitude of scientific disciplines and the synergy effect as a key asset, you co-create results.
  • You valorize your research results; you protect and/or publish them using different means


R&D & Engineering
  • As part of the ‘Built Environment’ team in VITO/EnergyVille you will facilitate the transition towards clean energy within the urban environment focusing on the buildings, districts and urban energy- and climate planning
  • You coordinate challenging research projects, either financed or in a consulting set-up.
  • You manage the progression of the project team within our organization, aligned with the (international) partners involved
  • Being a Project Coordinator, you are the first point of contact for the customer and act as representative at public events
  • You take the lead regarding the operational organization within our team: monitoring of contracts, team planning and the financial follow-up of the different projects


R&D & Engineering
  • 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.



R&D & Engineering

The Remote Sensing unit processes petabytes of earth observation data. We primarily specialise in Big Data analysis with the use of machine learning and deep learning techniques in the application workflows.  That is our passion: the extraction of information from the vast amounts of incoming images... Information required by our clients. Our extensive group of clients can be found within the domains of land use, civil infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, water management, heritage and ecological development. Visit https://remotesensing.vito.be for more information about our activities.

We are currently seeking a motivated


As a Data Scientist, you will work within a group of software developers and application engineers. You will move in international circles with clients such as the European Space Agency, the European Commission, federal and regional governments. Our research is often carried out in partnership with foreign research groups and companies.


  • You translate user requirements into a system design
  • You develop back-end systems, web services and APIs
  • In close collaboration with the application scientists, you design and implement algorithmic components by using Java, Python, R and C++
  • You collaborate on cluster computing and workflow components
  • You constantly monitor the benefits and user experience quality for the customer
  • You manage subcontractors
  • You report your progress and results to our customers and our management
  • You will be actively involved in the creation of project proposals
  • You follow the trends within your field of expertise and use the obtained knowledge in order to build prototypes (data science, machine learning, public cloud, cluster/grid computing, etc.).


R&D & Engineering

The next few years will be characterised by the electrification of heating, transport and industrial equipment, further improvements in the energy efficiency of a range of systems, a further increase in the number of renewable energy sources and changing behaviour patterns among consumers. These developments will give rise to a number of technical challenges, bringing with them an exponential increase in the application of power electronics and placing pressure on the existing parts of the electricity grid. In order to tackle these challenges, innovative concepts must be developed that allow the use and integration of electrical storage systems to be simplified. These concepts must be tested under realistic conditions and the required power electronics, electrical components and sub-systems must also be designed.  If you are interested in working with Vito/EnergyVille to set out the course, you could be our new colleague.

  • In this regard, you will provide technical and creative leadership in a small, flexible and efficient project team. 
  • You are point of contact for the client and you will be responsible for identifying and mapping out the client's challenges and analysing them quickly and appropriately as well as developing, designing, implementing, testing and benchmarking innovative prototypes for power electronics or electrical components and subsystems that will form an essential part of the solution.
  • You will report on your work both internally and externally to our clients.
  • You will arrange appropriate protection for your inventions in the form of patent applications and licensable designs. Once protection has been put in place, you will present your findings at international forums.
  • You will maintain and continue to expand a broad and, at the same time, in-depth knowledge with regard to applications and state-of-the-art components.
  • You will provide technical coaching to the project team and will act as a first point of contact for employees involved in other projects requiring technical advice.

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.

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