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 DECENTRALIZED FLEXIBILITY INTEGRATION AND MODELLING

Genk
R&D & Engineering
Description: 
You will be involved in several research and knowledge-intensive consultancy projects as expert on decentralized flexibility integration and modelling, including energy communities, local markets, innovative local flexibility services, and network tariff design. You will use your optimization skills to model the relevant concepts in Python and Julia. 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 decentralized flexibility integration and modelling. 
  • You elaborate your research expertise in the field of energy communities, local markets, innovative local flexibility services, and network tariff design, taking into account technical, economic, societal and regulatory aspects.
  • You are involved in several research and knowledge-intensive consultancy projects as an expert team member, possibly as a task leader within your area of expertise. 
  • You can pinpoint the challenges related to electricity market design and devise creative concepts to solve them. You can mathematically model and implement the solutions within your area of expertise.
  • You can translate your findings in policy and strategy advice to relevant stakeholders including regulators, policymakers, system operators and industry.
  • 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.


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SENIOR R&D PROFESSIONAL ON 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 expert on energy market (clearing) modelling and assessment of energy markets including e.g. clearing mechanism, market sequence, pricing or inclusion of network constraints in market clearing. 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 (flexibility). You will model market clearing as optimization problems in Python and Julia. 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 elaborate your research expertise in the field of electricity market design and modelling, taking into account technical, economic, societal and regulatory aspects.

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

  • You are involved in several research and knowledge-intensive consultancy projects as an expert team member, possibly as a task leader within your area of expertise. 

  • You can translate your findings in policy and strategy advice to relevant stakeholders including regulators, policymakers, system operators and industry.

  • 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. 

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.


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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