Research engineer “Robotics for Machine Assembly”

As a research engineer you integrate top technology into the assembly line of manufacturing companies, optimizing human-robot collaboration setups in the work cells.

In machine assembly collaborative robots are of great value due to the high precision requirements and complex procedures. Even more so in the context of “flexible assembly”, where companies have to meet a climbing demand for tailor made products.

In our research program “Agile and human centered production and robotic systems” we focus on research into the workplace of the future. The workplace operator is supported cognitively by the latest multimedia applications (ipads, smart glasses, projection) and physically by collaborative robots. Items addressed include dynamic work instructions and training using virtual and augmented reality, working relationships with intuitive and easy programming of robots, self-learning production systems and workplace simulation.

Design the assembly workplace of the future with collaborative robots

As an expert in control and design optimization for collaborative robots:
- you work together in a team which combines expertise in modelling and control, robot programming, software architecture, and multi-media devices;
- with the team you figure out a systems engineering approach to deal with a broad range of aspects of putting together a new assembly workplace with collaborative robots, where you focus on optimizing the design and facilitating the robot control.

For real-life industry cases, you:
-Design an optimal assembly workplace, combining different aspects in human-robot collaboration f.e. ergonomics for the operator, with other parameters such as cost effectiveness and lead time. You address the theoretic optimization challenge with a practical feel for assembly reality.
-Replace low level robot programming code by more generic instructions on a higher level ensuring that the robot can handle a bigger variety of tasks, and that an operator can instrument the robot himself in a fast and intuitive way;
-Regularly discuss the technological ambitions and results with the company stakeholders, both production chiefs and operators;
-Actively trace and present industrial challenges and research opportunities.

Creative engineer fascinated by machine assembly

You have

- Master or PhD in a relevant domain;
- At least 5 years of experience in research or industry;
- Reliable expertise in optimization techniques, modelling and control, and programming of collaborative robots;
- A keen interest in machine assembly;
- Relevant experience in technology projects for real-life applications;
- Affinity with the reality of an industrial production line;
- Knowledge of mathematical modelling and optimization software (f.e. Matlab);
- Knowledge of robot programming languages (C/C++ and /or Python);
- Knowledge of Java and/or robotic framework software (f.e. ROS, OROCOS) and/or Unix Shell scripting is a plus.
You are

- passionate about research and new technologies;
- a listening ear for industrial needs;
- a team player who can build sustainable relationships with all the partners and colleagues;
- empathic and interested in the operators and their wellbeing;
- eager to learn.

Working together in a multidisciplinary team is a free school

 Flanders Make offers you the opportunity to develop yourself in the network of top industry and universities and research institutes;
 An open-minded, flexible and challenging working environment;
 A warm atmosphere and top colleagues;
 An attractive salary with fringe benefits.
Flanders Make colleagues work together on projects in Belgium at site Lommel and at site Leuven (flexible workplace policy). For this position most assignments will be situated in Flanders Make, site Leuven.

Convinced? Send your motivation letter and cv
Do you feel you can contribute to our research with your expertise? Do you share our values and our mission? We are looking forward to reading about your story, your interest for Flanders Make and for this job in particular.
To apply, please send your motivation letter and cv to [email protected]

Flanders Make

Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. It combines the strengths of a team of application and system experts with the technological expertise of a range university labs that are an integral part of the Flanders Make network. The mission of the centre is to strengthen the long-term international competitiveness of the Flemish manufacturing industry by performing industry-driven, pre-competitive, excellent research in the technological domains of mechatronics, product development methods and advanced manufacturing technologies.
This research will result in applications for machines, vehicles, vehicle components and high-tech production systems at the participating companies.
To achieve this mission, Flanders Make conducts industry-driven joint projects and contract research assignments in the following research programs: Clean Energy-efficient Motion Systems, Smart Monitoring Systems, Autonomous Systems, Intelligent Product Design Methods, Design & Manufacturing of Smart and Lightweight Structures, Additive Manufacturing for Serial Production, Manufacturing for High Precision Components, Agile & Human-centered Production & Robotics Systems.

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