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 PROFESSIONAL AFVAL- EN RECYCLAGETECHNOLOGIEEN

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R&D & Engineering
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DATA SCIENTIST HEALTH FOR MONA SPIN OFF

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

VITO, an independent Flemish research organization, is looking for an experienced data scientist for MONA Health (self employed or on payroll); MONA Health is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated pattern-recognition software, currently under development at VITO, that can detect three different kinds of eye diseases from scanning retinal images: (1) Diabetic Retinopathy, (2) Glaucoma and (3) Aged Macular Degeneration (see www.mona.health).
The goal is to spin off MONA from VITO that will commercialize AI based screening programs to detect eye diseases. You will be part of the founding team of this new start up in healthcare using AI to solve one critical challenge: blindness prevention through AI.
In the meantime, you will strengthen the data science team of the Health unit which develops applications to detect earlier and better diseases in the context of a preventive health policy. The unit uses analytical technologies such as medical imaging, molecular measurements and mobile sensors to generate data that must be processed into useful information. The end goal? Develop biomarkers for health, pharma and biotech industry (by using artificial intelligence and deep learning).


  • As a data scientist, you are responsible for the overall development of the solution.
    • You lead the development of the entire processing chain: from the operational and technical aspects of image acquisition, through pre-processing of data to modelling algorithms.
    • You are responsible for analysing end user requirements, adapting the application architecture & analysis workflows, and developing improvements and new features to meet these requirements.
  • You use computer vision techniques, machine learning and deep learning to do image analysis of the retina.
  • You follow the trends within your field and use this knowledge for the construction of prototypes (data science, machine learning, ...).
  • As a member of a multidisciplinary team that works on multiple research projects, you make sure that knowledge is transferred to team members.
  • You contribute to the acquisition of projects by writing tenders and project proposals and you take initiative for combining results in scientific articles and patents.
  • You present the results of research and projects at (inter)national fora.

R&D PROFESSIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF BUILDINGS

Genk
R&D & Engineering
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R&D CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

No English version, since Dutch is required (Dutch vacancy).

R&D BIOSTATISTICIAN HEALTH

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

Do you like to spend your time as R&D Biostatistician developing and applying biostatistical methods in data science projects? Would you like to do this in the context of sustainable health, where you look for statistical links in data between living environment, lifestyle and health?


VITO is making full use of its research programme 'Sustainable Health' in order to support social transitions to a more preventive health system. We want you as R&D Biostatistician in our team to strengthen our expertise in the field of biostatistics in order to better translate environmental health research into solutions for local, Flemish and European authorities and companies. Would you like to contribute as R&D Biostatistician?

  • You work closely together with your colleagues to translate the research results of projects into usable models and advice for customers. Your role is, as mentioned before, statistical data processing by developing and applying (and ideally automating) biostatistical methods.
  • You contribute to the writing of proposals for project funding, under the guidance of more experienced colleagues.
  • You ensure that knowledge is transferred to colleagues and you present research and project results at (inter)national forums.
  • You expand your network with research and valorisation partners in order to create new opportunities within the field of preventive health.
     

SENIOR R&D CONSULTANT INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE STRATEGIES AND POLICY

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

Our team has a long lasting experience in advising decision makers and governments on their energy and climate policies and strategies. Within the framework of the Paris Climate Agreement, we are accelerating our international ambitions to support developing countries in energy & climate projects. This involves emission stocktaking and developing long term plans, capacity building and effective policies.


Does the above sounds interesting?
Are you a dynamic project manager with 10 years experience working in an international context? And perhaps looking for a new challenge? As a senior Project Manager you are responsible for coordinating and conducting large international projects with European and international, local partners and stakeholders.

  • You advise policy makers operating at international level (focus on Africa, but also active in Latin America), on the development of their national energy and climate strategy in the framework of the post 2020 climate actions.
  • In cooperation with our business development manager, you will take the lead in writing client offers, research proposals and seeking funding opportunities.
  • You identify and coordinate international funding and project opportunities and support market engagement to ensure the right project partnerships (including consultants, research groups and local partners) are being set up.
  • You work in a team of experienced energy experts, and  contribute to the further development of optimization and simulation models of the energy system, using internationally developed software such as LEAP, MESSAGE, TIMES, among other tools.
  • You will interpret the model results and on this basis, formulate scientific recommendations tailored to the client's needs. You will report the research results to our clients (government authorities as well as industry). You will bridge highly advanced scientific results with the client situation, which might sometimes be rather under-developed.
  • You will continue expanding 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 and ‘Nationally Determined Contributions’, 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 be responsible for carrying out consultative assignments independently. You will identify routes for new developments, playing an active role in exploring research questions for international decision makers and governments.

R&D PROFESSIONAL MILIEU-IMPACT BOUWMATERIALEN

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

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POLYMER CHEMIST

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

The unit Separation- and Conversion Technology (SCT) develops technologies for the sustainability of production processes in the (bio)chemical sector, replacement of fossil resources by renewable resources as feedstock for the chemical industry, and the treatment of waste streams into high value chemicals.
The synthesis of (semi)aromatic polymers derived from renewable resources is currently attracting tremendous interest from both academia and industry, as aromatic compounds are key intermediates in the manufacture of polymers and chemicals.
VITO is co-initiator of Biorizon, an industry driven Shared Research Center, focusing on technology development for the production of functionalized biobased aromatics for performance materials, chemicals & coatings. As the leading institute, VITO coordinates the development of lignin derived bioaromatics by its own technology and by collaboration with different technology providers. Lignin is the main source of aromatic bio-based molecules. Various phenols derivatives with a variety of chemical structures can be obtained from lignin deconstruction combined with advanced membrane separation techniques.
Up to now, VITO has developed a strong expertise in the valorization of biomass through conversion of lignocellulose into value-added lignin fragments and bio-aromatic derivatives. Our next goal is to develop IP and demonstrate how these new building blocks could be polymerized into value-added products. Depending on the phenol substrates obtained from the lignin separation processes, different chemical modifications and polymerization pathways will be envisaged and developed, leading to (semi)aromatic polymers covering a wide range of industrial applications.
We are looking to recruit one PhD graduate for a senior polymer chemist to work in our lignin-derived polymers program.


The main tasks of the candidate will be to:
• Synthesize polymerizable synthons derived from lignin fragments;
• Design co-polymers from these functionalized lignin monomers;
• Contribute to the structure-properties characterization of the obtained materials.

EXPERT ENERGY MARKET MODELLING

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

EnergyVille is a collaboration between the Flemish research partners VITO, KU Leuven, imec and UHasselt in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. VITO is looking for an excellent researcher to add competence to the  interdisciplinary energy market team (economics, business administration, applied mathematics, electrical & mechanical engineering).

 
You will be involved in several research and consultancy projects as expert on modelling and assessment of  energy markets including e.g. clearing mechanism, product system, spatial and temporal organization. Concrete, 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 mathematical problems formulated as optimization problems, and also as games capturing market participant behavior. Modelling language include 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 varied 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, optionally 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 findings in relevant policy and strategy advise to relevant stakeholders including regulators, policy makers, system operators and industry.
  • 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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