VITO is building a research programme aimed at the upgrading of low-grade materialflows to high-quality products. In cooperation with industrial companies and other knowledge institutions we develop applications in this area and bring them to the market. Our focus is on the processing of inorganic flows, such as ash and slag. Through innovative techniques, we extract the valuable elements (e.g. metals) and look for useful applications, such as building materials, for the remaining matrix.

For this innovative and future-oriented research programme, we are looking for an experienced researcher to strengthen our teams. You will be responsible for the acquisition, execution and coordination of scientific research projects. As a VITO-expert in this research domain you will give presentations on (international) forums and you will pulish in scientific magazines. You will build an (international) network of high-level partners and look for opportunities to be able to set up concrete projects in the industry. In short, you will contribute to the image of VITO as being the leader in this research matter at an international level.


•You have a Master’s degree in (Applied) Sciences (Chemistry, Civil engineering, Bio-engineering, …). Preferably complemented by a PhD.
•You have a broad chemical background. Specific expertise in the domain of inorganic chemistry, physical and chemical separation technologies, mineral processing and recycling is a plus.
•You have an research experience, preferably in an industrial R&D environment.
•You have strong communication and persuasion skills and you are assertive enough to achieve results. You network (internationally) with ease.
•You have a customer-oriented attitude and an eye for opportunities. Entrepreneurship and taking initiative are qualities that characterize you.
•You have good project management skills and strong organizational skills.
•You work flexibly as a team player and are equally capable of working independently.


  • A competitive salary
  • A range of benefits including allowances, insurances, adjustable holiday package
  • Flexible working hours and workplace
  • Innovation is our core asset, therefore it goes without saying that we give our employees the opportunity to undertake additional training and keep up to date in their field of expertise
  • The chance to be part of an organisation with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy
  • The possibility to actively contribute towards sustainable developments at local, national and global level


R&D & Engineering