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 programme ‘Sustainable Materials Management’. We strive towards a more circular economy by developing zero-waste solutions to sustainably transform residues into resources and products.

To strengthen our research we are looking for a creative and motivated scientist or engineer to develop a VITO recycling technology based an artificial intelligence and sensor data.  

  • As R&D professional you will be part of an experienced and well-equipped research team aiming to develop advanced sorting and recycling technologies.
  • The research will focus on the development of software and state-of-the-art algorithms in the field of sensor based sorting through image processing, object recognition and machine learning.
  • More specifically, you will develop object recognition models based on images from different types of sensors (x-ray, 3D and color).
  • In this development, the focus is on image pre-processing techniques such as image registration (alignment), image segmentation, image quality improvement and on deep learning models for classification.
  • An important aspect is to optimize the computational efficiency by making use of GPU-based algorithms.
  • You will integrate the models into a software framework that streamlines the process of data acquisition, model training and result visualization, which are applied to specific material streams (residues) from various industrial customers.

VITO believes that through artificial intelligence and data mining, novel technologies can be developed that allow a breakthrough in the waste processing and valorization 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.


R&D & Engineering
  • As a researcher, you will advise industry and policy makers operating at Flemish and international level on the development of their long-term energy and climate strategy.
  • You will contribute to the further development of techno-economic optimisation and simulation models for the energy system with a focus on ‘Power to x’, ‘carbon capture and utilisation’, and the (petro)chemical and steel sector.
  • You will be using internationally developed software such as VEDA-TIMES, among other tools.
  • You will interpret the model results and on this basis and formulate scientific recommendations tailored to the client's needs. You will report the research results to our clients (authorities and industry) and to the scientific community.
  • You will actively expand your knowledge of energy system/strategy/models on the basis of literature, courses and on-the job experience. Within your area of expertise involving energy modelling, you will be an active follower of the trends and the studies carried out by other consultants, research institutions and universities.
  • You will work in a team, but will also carry out research projects independently.
  • You will help identify routes for new developments, taking up an active role in exploring research questions for industrial sectors and federations.
    You will assist in writing client offers, research proposals and seeking funding opportunities.
  • Above all you will help envision the role of established and innovative technologies in the Belgian and European energy system the day after tomorrow!



R&D & Engineering

No English version, since Dutch is required.


R&D & Engineering

With its research programme “Health” VITO strives to support the societal transitions to a more preventative health system. Aiming at translating health-related research even better into solutions for the medical world and policy, we would like to further enhance our expertise in molecular research by innovating in the field of data science, analytics and biomarker research. In order to achieve this, we are looking for a new colleague with omics data science expertise to strengthen our team.

  • As an R&D professional, you will work closely with the team on data science projects, focussing on omics data. You will be responsible for the systems biology approach by developing and using data science and bioinformatics algorithms, beyond the state of the art. Integration of classical bioinformatics techniques with machine learning and 'big data' techniques is one of the challenges.
  • You will work closely with the project manager, your colleagues in the project team and the client in order to determine their needs and to define client-oriented solutions within agreed time limits and budget restrictions. You will translate research results into usable advice for colleagues and the client.
  • You will inspire others by making the possibilities of a systems biology approach very tangible for team members within their domain.
  • You will take the initiative for incorporating the systems biology approach in research proposals, in consultation with management and team members.
  • You will present research and project results at (inter)national forums and ensure that knowledge is being transferred to team members.
  • You will expand your network further on an international level with research and valorisation partners with a view to exploring new opportunities for VITO in the field of preventive health.


R&D & Engineering

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)



  • 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


R&D & Engineering

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


R&D & Engineering

As an expert on energy markets and networks, you will identify the challenges in energy markets with increasing share of renewables; and create, investigate and implement potential new market concepts.

Research topics include a.o. market design (future 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 also be involved and/or take the lead in writing proposals, project management, publications of (scientific) papers. 


You want to take the opportunity to develop yourself as a leading expert in Design of Energy Markets, inspiring colleagues and PhD students.


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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