Belgium: Electro-Mechanical Design Engineer PhD

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Function details: This person will work in the High-Productivity Machines department and will analyze electrical drive motor combinations for varying load profiles of customer machines to optimize the energy efficiency. He/she will define and develop methodologies and (software) tools to offer to the FMTC member companies to help them define optimal drive motor configurations for different machines and applications.

He/she will help organize and liaise the different aspects of the projects both externally and internally and will work in close collaboration with experts from FMTC’s industrial partners and have regular contacts with mechatronics experts from knowledge centres in Belgium and abroad.

Expectations for this role include:

Be able to work in a timely and structured way
Be able to handle multiple projects at a time
Be able to work both independently and in a team
Become a specialist as a researcher in the domain of mechatronics in an industrial environment
Share ideas and knowledge with colleagues and customers
Education and qualifications:

PhD or equivalent by experience in Power Electronics and Control or Electro-Mechanical Engineering with a broad technical background
In depth knowledge of electrical drive systems and their controls
Broad interest and broadly skilled in the domain of electro-mechanics and mechatronics
Ideally you have already worked on similar projects. Publications on previous research results are a plus
Familiar with MS Office programs
Personality and mentality:

Very sociable person with very good communication skills (internal and external contacts)
Able to translate research results towards industry
Born pioneer
Willing to share knowledge
Proactive, creative and innovative person with vision
Passionate about electro-mechanics and mechatronics
Analytical mind and able to synthesize
Respectful and trustworthy
Dynamic and enthusiast
Fluent in English (oral and in writing)
Willingness to learn the Dutch language
Approximately 5% of the time will be spent in traveling mainly in Flanders, Belgium
Job specificities:

New function
Permanent and full-time employment
Location: Heverlee (Leuven), Belgium
Starting date: September – October 2008 (or ASAP)

Good financial conditions in line with your responsibilities
Extra-legal benefits
Challenging and varied job with a lot of industrial interactions in an informal atmosphere
Available education/training:
Possibilities for further education and on the job training.

Career opportunities:
Possibility to grow towards a top scientist in an industrial environment

To apply :
You match the requested criteria for min. 80%?
Then send your application to
mentioning reference BE-11JUL2008

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