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Optimisation Research Scientist

By exploring and prototyping mathematical optimisation techniques, you generate alternative designs for complex products (machines, vehicles…)

Companies look forward to take the next step towards innovative design processes.

As a researcher in multidisciplinary design optimisation, you will have the opportunity to work on challenging optimisation issues and apply various optimisation techniques to generate solutions for machine designers. Typical design problems are constraint-based and multi-objective, requiring advanced non-linear mixed-integer solvers.

Focusing on knowledge-based engineering tools for high-tech machine and vehicle design, you will:

  • Work together in a small research team combining expertise in signal processing, computer vision, mechatronics, robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and modelling of cyber-physical systems;
  • Define adequate models to capture the essence of a problem in the early stages of the design and to identify the parameters linked to machine or vehicle behaviour;
  • Solve (multi-objective) optimisation issues using methods such as but not limited to convex optimisation, constraint programming, non-linear programming… Decision variables can be continuous and/or discrete;
  • Programme, implement, test and verify the performance of these methodologies using prototype tools developed in e.g. Cplex, MiniZinc, ASP, Matlab.

You have:

  • A PhD in Engineering (Computer Science) or Mathematics (Applied Mathematics, Statistics) or any other relevant domain;
  • A track record in the field of optimisation;
  • Experience with constraint solvers, search algorithms and optimisation toolboxes (Matlab, Cplex);
  • A keen interest in applying theoretical concepts to practical case problems.

Any experience with applications on machines and/or vehicles or affinity with modelling software (Simscape, Amesim, Matlab, Simulink) are extra assets.

You are:

  • Passionate about research and new technologies;
  • A good conceptual thinker;
  • Result-oriented, responsible, self-directing and a team player;
  • A good communicator;
  • Eager to learn.

Experienced engineers will also coach young researchers and lead projects.


  • Flanders Make offers you the opportunity to develop yourself in a network of top industrial players, universities and research institutes;
  • An open-minded, flexible and challenging work environment;
  • A warm atmosphere and top colleagues;
  • An attractive salary with fringe benefits.

Depending on your place of residence or preference, you can work in our offices in Leuven, Lommel or Kortrijk (flexible workplace policy).

  • Location: Leuven, Lommel or Kortrijk


For more information:
at the number: +32 (0)11 790 590
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