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.

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SENIOR R&D PROFESSIONAL DATA DRIVEN ALGORITHMS FOR ENERGY FLEXIBILITY

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

In the research group for Algorithms, Models, and Optimization (AMO) in VITO’s Energy Technology Unit at EnergyVille we focus on discovering, harvesting, and valorizing flexibility in energy production and consumption as a key factor in the drive towards a sustainable energy system. In cooperation with EnergyVille’s thermal, electrical, and market centric research groups we investigate, design, and implement pragmatic, data-driven, solutions and build high performance control, scheduling, orchestration, and bidding algorithms that optimize the use of flexibility in all contexts. 

Assignment 

  • You focus on the development of pragmatic solutions for the energy sector that applies these algorithms and models. You will do this together with a team of highly skilled colleagues/specialists; 
  • You lead and conduct research and development of techniques such as supervised learning, computational statistics, neural networks, reinforcement learning, and their applications in forecasting, control and orchestration in the domain of (renewable) energies. You find solutions for scarce data, tractable use of sensitive data, uncertainty quantification and propagation. You can count on the support of specialists in the different techniques and areas; 
  • You actively take part in national and European research projects and responsibly contribute to their deliverables. You communicate produce results with international partners; 
  • You publish research results in international, peer-reviewed, journals in collaboration with PhD students and you present your research results in international forums; 
  • You participate in contract research and support the IP production and valorization within VITO 
  • Together with the team, you are responsible for acquiring new research projects and writing research proposals. 
     

JUNIOR R&D AIR MONITORING

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

VITO is the reference laboratory for air measurements in Flanders. The air measurement team wants to further deploy innovative sensor techniques which, in addition to the reference methods and equipment, provide a multitude of data with large spatial and temporal distributions.  This way, personal exposure of the individual can be mapped out and larger areas can be covered spatially. We are currently looking for an enthusiastic junior R&D researcher to join our air quality monitoring team.

Position: 

  • As a junior researcher, you will be responsible for carrying out several research projects within the themes of air quality and climate.
  • Specifically, you will be working on the improvement and roll-out of innovative sensor measurement systems and networks. This includes measurement aspects, data communication and storage as well as the development of generic data platforms.
  • In addition, your task lies in content-based data analysis, based on a sound knowledge of various data analysis packages.
  • Along with your team, you will generate customer-focused solutions within agreed time and budget limits. You will be responsible for the critical analysis of the results, and will translate the research results into useful advice for the internal project manager and the external client.
  • You will establish and maintain contacts with Flemish/European companies and governments and convert the needs of the client into clear offers and research proposals.
  • Furthermore, you will frequently collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams with other units at VITO, particularly in the field of air quality and health modelling.

R&D PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

The Built Environment Team of VITO / EnergyVille asses the environmental impact of building materials and of energy technologies. We conduct research in the field of LCA of innovative products and processes and advise industry and governments on innovative solutions and alternative production methods. We are currently looking for an experienced Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) researcher to join our team.

  • In this position you will work as a researcher in funded research projects (e.g. HEUROPE) and scientific work for governments or industry.
  • You asses environmental impacts and help in the analysis of the financial-economic impact of energy technologies, in particular batteries, solar cells, HVAC systems.
  • You ensure innovation in the field through further development and improvement of LCA/LCC methodologies, scenario analysis, digitalization , data processing techniques.
  • You want to make a concrete contribution to science and sustainability through innovation trajectories in which new solutions are developed on the basis of your research, and subsequently tested and brought to the market.
  • You are responsible for cooperation within national and European researchconsortia and you expand your network with Belgian and European governments and industrial partners.
  • You also contribute to acquiring new research projects and to writing research proposals.

SENIOR R&D PROFESSIONAL ALGORITHMS, MODELS AND OPTIMIZATION IN THE ENERGY DOMAIN

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

In the research group for Algorithms, Models, and Optimization (AMO) in VITO’s Energy Technology Unit at EnergyVille we focus on discovering, harvesting, and valorizing flexibility in energy production and consumption as a key factor in the drive towards a sustainable energy system. In cooperation with EnergyVille’s thermal, electrical, and market centric research groups we investigate, design, and implement pragmatic, data-driven, solutions and build high performance control, scheduling, orchestration, and bidding algorithms that optimize the use of flexibility in all contexts. 

Assignment 

  • You focus on the development of practicable solutions for the energy sector that applies these algorithms and models. You will do this together with a team of highly skilled colleagues/specialists; 
  • You lead and conduct research and development of techniques such as mathematical optimization, combinatorial optimization, pragmatic mathematical modeling of physical systems, optimal control and model predictive control, and their applications in the domain of (renewable) energies. You can count on the support of specialists in the different techniques and areas; 
  • You actively take part in national and European research projects and responsibly contribute to their deliverables. You communicate produce results with international partners. You are willing to manage the contributions and work at VITO side; 
  • You publish research results in international, peer-reviewed, journals in collaboration with PhD students and you present your research results in international forums; 
  • You participate in contract research and support the IP production and valorization within VITO 
  • Together with the team, you are responsible for acquiring new research projects and writing research proposals. 

R&D PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICITY MARKET MODELLING

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

You will be involved in research and knowledge-intensive consultancy projects related to the electricity market and system modelling. The markets in scope include day-ahead markets to system services (flexibility) procurement and unit commitment and economic dispatch models. You will apply your modelling skills on a wide range of topics, such as energy communities, peer-to-peer markets, tariff design and TSO-DSO coordination.

Your responsibilities:

  • You are responsible for the electricity market and system modelling in several research and consultancy projects.
  • You translate the operational principles of electricity and service trading into mathematical models, implement them in algorithms, and formulate the modelling results as real-life conclusions understandable to the stakeholders without a modelling background. 
  • 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. 

R&D PROFESSIONAL ECONOMIC MODELING

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

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

R&D EXPERT REMOTE SENSING - LAND COVER MONITORING

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

You will be full time employed as an R&D expert in projects related to land cover/land use monitoring. These will be projects for institutional clients like the European Commission, the European Space Agency, or UN bodies. Occasionally there could be commercial customers. This function requires senior skills in data science, image processing, artificial intelligence and coding in operational context. Prior knowledge of remote sensing data processing and land cover/land use monitoring would be an advantage. The tasks should be executed with high degree of independency, though in close collaboration with the internal and external team members. In VITO you will report on the progress of your work to the Team lead of the Vegetation monitoring team, outside VITO you will communicate on your work in meetings with clients or partners.

Concerning the projects, you will operate in an international setting and take initiative to liaise with project partners of different consortia. Good communication skills with project partners, end-users and stakeholders are needed. There is an opportunity to deploy your data science skills to other topics in VITO’s Remote Sensing unit.

R&D PROFESSIONAL DATA SCIENCE

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

The Remote Sensing unit processes petabytes of earth observation data. We primarily specialise in Big Data analysis with the use of numerical/statistical analysis, computer vision, 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

 

R&D Data ScienCE Professional

 

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.

 

THE ROLE

 

  • You have a great affinity with the domains agriculture, civil infrastructure, forestry, water management, sustainable development
  • You translate user requirements into a system design
  • You cooperate in the development of back-end and front-end systems
  • In close collaboration with the application scientists, you design and implement algorithmic components by using Python, Java , 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.

R&D PROFESSIONAL HYDROGEOLOGIST / HYDROLOGIST

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

The drought problem presents our society with major challenges in terms of the quantity and quality of available water. VITO is working for government and industry on solutions to guarantee sufficient water of good quality for the various users, both now and in the longer term. We are looking for a passionate colleague with knowledge of surface water and groundwater systems. This also includes expertise in hydrological and hydrogeological modeling. Insight into water issues and water challenges is also a plus for this vacancy.

  • You are part of a team of water experts and IT specialists who work in an open environment on innovative assignments for government and industry in a Flemish and international context.
  • You have experience in the water domain and you are prepared to specialize (further) in performing qualitative and quantitative modeling. One of the important aspects here is the integration of (sensor) measurements in these models. By integrating (sensor) measurements and models, we want to maximize our efforts to understand and control complex water systems.

R&D PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT - ECONOMY

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

No English text available. Link to the Dutch vacancy

WATER INNOVATOR

Kortrijk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

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

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.

CONSULTANT TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

No English version available.

For more information : https://vito.be/nl/jobs/adviseur-technische-en-economische-haalbaarheid-van-innovatieve-technologieen

 

 

R&D PROFESSIONAL RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

  • As VITO, we have clear ambitions to further strengthen our 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. 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 do not only provide a stable and large volume market, but also add 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, you will work on the activation of sludges (calcination) to produce supplementary cementitious materials and the granulation of processed tailings to produce fine sand or aggregates.
  • 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 these 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 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.


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.

LINEAR PROGRAMMER SUPPLY CHAIN

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

No English version available

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. 

R&D EXPERT ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH DATA

Mol
R&D & Engineering
Description: 

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


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


Within a large European partnership you will be responsible for developing and applying guidelines with regard to data management (storage, sharing and linking of data, standardization, harmonization, quality control, security) and data analysis. You maintain an overview of experts and organizations within and outside VITO who practically organize the management of data on chemical substances, environmental distribution, human exposure, toxicity, health, living environment and lifestyle.
Your research focus is on the development and application of new methods to improve the integration and analysis of complex, heterogeneous, person-related and decentralized environmental and health data in Europe.
You are also familiar with concepts such as FAIR data and Open data, and you know the requirements of GDPR.


We expect the following from you:

  • You lead the implementation of a work package in European research for policy support, coordinate the international team and ensure the timely delivery of results.
  • You work closely with the program 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 the research results into advice for colleagues and customers.
  • You convince partners and customers with your knowledge of data analysis, vision on data management and with an eye for innovation.
  • You take the initiative to include “data thinking” and integration of various environmental and health data in new research proposals, in consultation with your team members.
  • You present research and project results on international forums and also ensure knowledge transfer to team members.
  • You expand your international network with research partners and governmental clients, in order to create new opportunities for VITO in the field of environmental health.



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