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Research Engineer for Industry 4.0 work cells

You design new assembly work cells for Industry 4.0 production environments

Industry 4.0 companies collaborate with Flanders Make to develop their smart factory production systems where robots can work safely alongside with humans. The operator is aided by digital instructions and supported using wearable information technology and assistive automation tools.

Research and design Industry 4.0 work cells of the future with collaborative robots

  • Together with your team, you develop human-robot collaborative assembly work cells of the future for real-life machine assembly lines.
  • Your team combines expertise in optimisation algorithms, robot programming, smart devices, multi-media (tablets, Google Glasses, augmented reality) and virtual reality.
  • Your research focuses on the design of work cells, improving efficiency and operator support (ergonomically & mentally) and complying with quality standards and cost limits.

More concretely, you:

  • Gather insight in the company’s specific product and assembly tasks and in the reality of the workplace, e.g. the level of difficulty of operator tasks;
  • Model the optimal layout of the new assembly work cell, combining operator tasks with robot tasks;
  • Optimise the design layout, taking into account all aspects including cost effectiveness, lead time… You address the optimisation challenge with a practical understanding of the assembly tasks involved. You can use an existing or internally developed set of model-based design techniques to motivate your design choices.
  • Coordinate the realisation of the prototype;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the new work cell (e.g. lead time, operator’s wellbeing);
  • Regularly discuss the technological ambitions and results with the company stakeholders, both production managers and operators.

Creative technology engineer with a practical understanding of the production environment

You have:

  • A master’s or PhD diploma in a relevant domain (industrial engineering, robotics…);
  • Preferably 5 years of experience in research or industry;
  • Relevant experience in Industry 4.0 technology projects for industrial environments;
  • Affinity with the reality of an industrial production line;
  • Knowledge of simulation software (Siemens Jack & Jill, ABB RobotStudio, etc.) is a plus;
  • Knowledge of scripting languages (Matlab and/or Python) is a plus;

You are:

  • passionate about research and new technologies;
  • a team player who can build sustainable relationships with all partners and colleagues;
  • empathic and interested in operators and their wellbeing;
  • eager to learn.


  • Flanders Make gives 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.

This animation movie illustrates how Flanders Make sees operators functioning in the factory of the future, working side by side with cobots, and autonomous mobile robots.

Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. Our mission is to strengthen the long-term international competitiveness of the Flemish manufacturing industry. That’s why we work together with SMEs and large companies on pre-competitive, industry-driven technological research, resulting in concrete product and production innovation in the vehicle industry, the manufacturing industry, and production environments.

Take a look at our research and our projects:

  • Location: Leuven, Lommel or Kortrijk


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