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 & PROJECT MANAGER REMOTE SENSING

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

You will be full time employed as an R&D expert & project manager in projects related to monitoring of agricultural resources. These will be projects for institutional clients like the European Commission, the European Space Agency, or the UN-FAO, but also for commercial clients active in the agro-food industry.


  • You act with a high degree of independency and in in close collaboration with your internal and external team members.
  • You report on the progress of your work to the team leader of the VITO agriculture team. Outside VITO you will communicate on your work in meetings with clients or partners.
  • You  operate in an international setting and take initiative to liaise with project partners of different consortia.
  • Next to the running projects you search for new projects, establish strong partnerships and compile proposals/offers.
  • As a scientist there is an opportunity to develop big data skills and integrated analysis combining different spatio-temporal datasets stemming from remote sensing, GIS and agricultural statistics.
  • As a project manager there is the opportunity to grow as a project leader of large international projects.
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R&D HYDRO INFORMATICUS DIGITAL WATER

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

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


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DATA SCIENTIST SUPPLY CHAIN OPTIMIZATION

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

You will be member of a team that focuses on supply chain optimization. The team provides supply chain decision support as a service towards public and private clients, via research projects as well as commercial consultancy. To support this activity the team developed MooV, our proprietary linear programming optimization model. More on: https://moov.vito.be/en.


As operations research developer you will extend, improve and apply MooV in close collaboration with our fellow senior developer.

  • You translate client supply chain optimization requirements into mathematical logics.
  • You program these logics into the MooV model tailoring it to meet the client’s requirements.
  • You test and validate the model’s results in relation to the client’s requirements.
  • You report the results in a (non-technical) decision support format.

Our team is embedded in VITO which holds the vision to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable world. As a MooV team we believe supply chain optimization is an essential part to make that happen. Interested? Check below if you match the profile that we are looking for this position.

 

R&D PROFESSIONAL DATA DRIVEN HEALTH PROMOTION

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

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

SENIOR EXPERT DECENTRALIZED FLEXIBILITY INTEGRATION AND MARKET DESIGN

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 
You will be involved in several research and knowledge-intensive consultancy projects as an expert on decentralized flexibility integration and market design, including energy communities, local markets, innovative local flexibility services, and network tariff design. Your drive is to use your expertise to help the stakeholders (utilities, regulators, system operators,…) in the decision making process. You will be based in VITO/EnergyVille in Thor Park Genk, Belgium.

Your responsibilities
  • You are involved in several research and knowledge-intensive consultancy projects as an expert team member, possibly as a task or project leader within your area of expertise. 
  • You formulate policy and strategy advice to relevant stakeholders including regulators, policymakers, system operators and industry based on your research.
  • You communicate research and project results in clear and high-quality reports, scientific papers and presentations. 
  • You actively extend your network and to expand the team’s portfolio of knowledge-intensive consultancy projects within your area of expertise or to improve scientific excellence and visibility of the team. 
 


SENIOR R&D PROFESSIONAL ENERGY MARKETS AND PRODUCT OWNER ELECTRICITY MARKET SIMULATOR

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

You will be involved in several research and knowledge-intensive consultancy projects as an expert on energy market (clearing) modelling and assessment of energy markets. The markets in scope cover electricity markets extended to multi-carrier markets for gas and heat: from day-ahead markets to real-time balancing including system services (flexibility). You will coordinate the development of the energy market clearing simulator in Python and Julia over different projects. You will be based in VITO/EnergyVille in Thor Park Genk, Belgium.


Your responsibilities

  • In the team of ‘Energy Markets’ you will be the expert on electricity market design and modelling. 

  • You are responsible for the electricity market clearing software and manage its development and roadmap. You are responsible for the definition of priorities of functionalities to be implemented. In cooperation with a business developer, you are able to derive and implement market-ready solutions and/or products from this software toolbox.

  • You supervise colleagues in tasks related to the electricity market simulator development.

  • You elaborate your expertise in the field of electricity market design and modelling, taking into account technical, economic, societal and regulatory aspects. 

  • You communicate research and project results in clear and high-quality reports, scientific papers and presentations.

  • You actively extend your network to improve scientific excellence and to expand the team’s portfolio of knowledge-intensive consultancy projects within your area of expertise. 

JUNIOR ONDERZOEKER NANOBIOTECHNOLOGIE

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 
With its research program 'Sustainable Health', VITO is fully committed to supporting social transitions to a more preventive health system. The detection of diseases at an early stage of development offers many advantages, such as a timely and specific treatment with considerable cost savings and the possibility of tracing the cause of a disease. VITO focuses on the development of biomolecular analytical technologies and the selection of biomarkers for health professionals, the pharmaceutical and biotech industry to support progress in the field of early diagnostics. Would you, as a junior R&D researcher, like to strengthen our team around nanobiotechnology? 
  • As a junior researcher, you are responsible for the practical implementation of several projects in the field of in vitro diagnostics. For this you will work closely together with lab technicians and other researchers in your team.
  • Specifically, you work on the development and improvement of analytical technologies for separation and detection of molecular biomarkers in liquid biopsies for lab-on-chip and point-of-care applications (miniaturization, ease of use, competitive technical performance, ...).
  • You will generate customer-oriented solutions together with your team within agreed time and budget limits. You are responsible for the critical analysis of the results and you support the interpretation and communication of the data to the various project partners. You translate the research results into useful advice for the project manager, colleagues and the customer.
  • Based on your knowledge and expertise, you contribute to the writing of offers and project proposals for the recruitment of projects.
  • You present research and project results at (inter)national forums and ensure knowledge transfer to team members. 
  • You take the initiative to bundle these results in scientific articles and patents.

SENIOR SCIENTIST LC-MS

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

Standard, routine analytical work is not often to be found at VITO. Your future lab's task is to resolve analytical issues that generally demand an approach tailored to the client. For this purpose, we have a whole range of analytical equipment, applications and experienced colleagues with complementary expertise on board.
The lab rarely carries out standard measurements – all of its work is carried out according to a client brief. More and more companies are contacting VITO's analytical lab with a challenge they can't immediately formulate a response to themselves. Insight into chemical issues mainly begins with a chemical analysis. Our analytical team produces an action plan for them and assists them with finding solutions. VITO tries to offer every client a tailored proposal.
The companies you will be working with are players in the chemistry, food and pharmaceutical industries – in short, they all have a complex question and they come to the VITO analysis lab for the answer.
The lab also supplies results for VITO's research projects in the field of sustainable materials research, health and sustainable chemistry. There will be no shortage of variety in your duties.


Are you interested in being a part of this team?
We are currently seeking an enthusiastic expert researcher in organic analysis to enhance our team. You will be responsible for the entire course of the chemical analysis, ranging from drawing up a measurement protocol to quality assurance and reporting. Besides this, developing project proposals and planning, carrying out and co-ordinating scientific research projects will be another major part of your duties.
You will independently seek out new opportunities to set up practical projects in the industry. In short, you will contribute to VITO's further growth into a recognised leader in this field, including at an international level.
In order to be able to carry out the role of an expert in full, you yourself will have several years of hands-on experience with a wide-ranging spectrum of analytical equipment and applications. Extensive expertise in terms of LC-MS is a must. Technical knowledge is indispensable in this, enabling you to become a point of contact for practical problems and troubleshooting in your role as an expert too. You will also take on the role of an expert externally, both during meetings with clients as in scientific forums. You will already have an (international) network of experts in your professional field.
You will divide your time between the lab and your office in order to carry out your duties. You will collaborate with analysts, who will take on the bulk of the practical work. This is why guiding and coaching team members will also be an important aspect of your task.


R&D EXPERT DATA SCIENCE HEALTH

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

Do you want to help determine the direction in Europe for the use of complex environmental health data to support European sustainability policies?


With its research program 'Sustainable health', VITO is fully committed to supporting the societal transitions to a more preventive health system. We want you in our team to strengthen our expertise in data science to better translate environmental health research into solutions for local, Flemish and European governments and companies. Does the following range of duties appeal to you?


Within a large European partnership you will be responsible for developing and applying guidelines related to data management (data collection, harmonization, quality control, reporting, sharing and processing). You maintain an overview of experts within and outside VITO who organize data management in a practical manner.
You are familiar with concepts such as FAIR data and Open data, you know the requirements of GDPR, and you want to actively develop new methods to improve data analysis of complex, heterogeneous and decentralized data in Europe.


As a professional you work together with the team on data science projects.


  • You lead the implementation of a work package in European research, coordinate the international team and ensure the timely delivery of results.
  • You work closely with the project manager, your colleagues from the project team, as well as with the customer to determine needs and define customer-oriented solutions within agreed time and budget limits. You translate research results into useful advice for colleagues and the customer.
  • You inspire by making the possibilities of data science and a systems biology approach very tangible for team members.
  • You take the initiative to include 'data thinking' in new research proposals, in consultation with your supervisors and team members
  • You present research and project results on (inter) national forums and also ensure knowledge transfer to team members.
  • You further expand your network with an international dimension with research and valorisation partners with a view to tapping new opportunities for VITO in the field of preventive health.



EXPERT ENERGY MARKET MODELLING AND GAME THEORY

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

You will be involved in several research and knowledge-intensive consultancy projects as an expert on modelling and assessment of energy markets. The markets in scope cover electricity extended to multi-carrier markets for gas and heat: from day-ahead markets to real-time balancing including system services. You will model markets as game theoretic problems, capturing system operator or market participant behaviours. Modelling languages are Python and Julia. You will be based in VITO/EnergyVille in Thor Park Genk, Belgium.

 

As Expert Energy market modelling, you will

  • Collaborate within the energy market team on various projects.

  • Develop and assess new concepts for energy markets and products, and create insights on innovative market design for all the involved stakeholders in the energy landscape.

  • Formulate mathematical problems for different (multi-carrier) energy market designs applying optimization and game theory, including the individual decision-making of market participants.

  • Implement and develop solutions/algorithms for the formulated problems in Python/Julia using mathematical solvers.

  • Translate your research findings in policy and strategy advice to relevant stakeholders including regulators, policymakers, system operators and industry.

  • Publish your work in scientific journals and conferences. 

  • Contribute to writing (parts of) project proposals and offers to tenders.

  • Manage defined tasks and budget related to your area of expertise. 

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