The research is hosted by the KU Leuven Micro&Precision Engineering Research(MPE) group – as part of the Manufacturing and Process Systems division(MaPS) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. MaPS stands for the study of techniques, methods and devices that are used to manufacture parts of products and systems based on in-depth knowledge of the material-tool interaction and derived machine structures. Systematic data monitoring, analysis and management is used in this context, targeting system optimisation. Product specification, modelling, process planning and quality control are integrated aspects of the product-production cycle, for which the sustainability dimension is considered in a life cycle approach. This results in innovative manufacturing processes and systems that are developed in close collaboration with industrial partners. The MPE group is supervised by prof. Dominiek Reynaerts and it focuses on the development of micro-systems, micro-nano manufacturing (covering both machining processes and machine design) and the development of medical instruments.Website unit
The KU Leuven Manufacturing and Process Systems division(MaPS) is searching for a research engineer to join its team to work in a challenging project in collaboration with Flanders Make regarding quality assurance via accurate verification of part geometry.
This project is a part of a big initiative to bring manufacturing and metrology together in an integrated digital framework, whereby allowing to register the precise dimensional information of the evolving geometry of the parts in a given process such that the process can still be adjusted to accommodate deviations from the nominal shape.
The selected candidate will be developing enabling technologies for manufacturers of fine precision components so that in-process calculation of part geometry during subtractive machining can be realized to detect geometrical quality problems while they can still be corrected.
For this vacancy, the selected candidate will focus on the experimental research and technology development for establishing a digital twin of the manufacturing/milling system. This includes a thorough review on the state-of-the-arts in the relevant research domain (with the support from an industrial partner),proof-of-concept investigation on a prototype equipment, modelling and DoE experiments on process principle and process optimization, verification on industrial demonstrators.
- Diploma: Master’s degree or comparable qualification in Engineering Science (preferably in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Electronic engineering or adjacent fields).
- A strong interest for multidisciplinary research is required.
- A solid background/knowledge in mechanical manufacturing techniques is strongly recommended.
- Experience in electronics, data analysis and programming (LabView, Matlab etc.) will be considered as an advantage.
- Good knowledge of the English language, both spoken and written, is essential. TOEFL score at least 79 (IBT) or IELTS-score of 6.5.
- A remuneration package competitive with industry standards in Belgium, a country with a high quality of life and excellent health care system.
- An opportunity to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, typically a 4 year trajectory, in a stimulating and ambitious research environment.
- Ample occasions to develop yourself in a scientific and/or an industrial direction. Besides opportunities offered by the research group, further doctoral training for PhD candidates is provided in the framework of the KU Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School(https://set.kuleuven.be/phd), known for its strong focus on both future scientists and scientifically trained professionals who will valorize their doctoral expertise and competences in a non-academic context. More information on the training opportunities can be found on the following link: https://set.kuleuven.be/phd/dopl/whytraining.
- A stay in a vibrant environment in the hearth of Europe. The university is located in Leuven, a town of approximately 100000 inhabitants, located close to Brussels (25km), and 20minutes by train from Brussels International Airport. This strategic positioning and the strong presence of the university, international research centers, and industry, lead to a safe town with high quality of life, welcome to non-Dutch speaking people and with ample opportunities for social and sport activities. The mixture of cultures and research fields are some of the ingredients making the university of Leuven the most innovative university inEurope(https://nieuws.kuleuven.be/en/content/2018/ku-leuven-once-again-tops-reuters-ranking-of-europes-most-innovative-universities).Further information can be found on the website of the university: https://www.kuleuven.be/english/living
1. full CV – mandatory
2. motivation letter – mandatory
3. full list of credits and grades of both BSc and MSc degrees (as well as their transcription to English if possible) – mandatory (when you haven’t finished your degree yet, just provide us with the partial list of already available credits and grades)
4. proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, …) – if available
5. two reference letters – if available
6. an English version of MSc or of a recent publication or assignment – if available
For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Dominiek Reynaerts, tel.: +32 16 32 26 40, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Jun Qian, tel.: +32 16 32 25 24, mail: email@example.comYou can apply for this job no later than December 31, 2021 via the online application toolKU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.