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Software research engineer for smart manufacturing

You guide the leading Flemish manufacturing companies towards industry 4.0 innovations.

Manufacturing lines are becoming increasingly “smart”. For instance, machine configuration settings and operator instructions are automatically tuned based on quality measurement systems in order to reduce scrap rates or increase the production capacity. Flanders Make helps companies in creating proof-of-concept studies to support their transition to Industry 4.0.

You design Industry 4.0 software proof-of-concepts

To support innovation in the design process of real-life industrial manufacturing lines (e.g. manufacturing a compressor or a steel cord for tire reinforcement), you will

  • Work together in a research team that combines expertise in the development of software codes, modelling & simulation algorithms, concept design, system architecture, cloud and edge computing, big data architectures and digital twins;
  • Take the lead in conceiving new Industry 4.0 software architecture to bridge data connections.

More concretely, you will

  • Create software prototypes that demonstrate the feasibility and value of smart manufacturing functions to manufacturing companies. To this end, you will smartly glue together cutting edge IIOT technologies (PAAS/SAAS/IAAS, databases, ETL solutions, container technology, data analysis, OPC/UA...);
  • Support companies in the creation of future-proof software architectures enabling to integrate various new smart manufacturing systems;
  • Research new methods to swiftly integrate manufacturing knowledge into AI applications and deal with specific constraints of the manufacturing industry such as high-mix, low-volume series for which only limited data sets are available;
  • Actively follow up new developments (standards, protocols, technologies...) in the field of the Industrial Internet of Things, Data Science Technologies and industry 4.0;
  • Trace and present industrial challenges and new research opportunities.

Experienced researchers will also lead projects.

Software Scientist, Software Architect or System Architect

You have

  • A Master’s degree in Informatics or Engineering (Computer Science, Mechatronics…);
  • Minimum 4 years of relevant experience in an academic (e.g. PhD) or industrial context (e.g. as a software architect or system architect);
  • At least some hands-on experience with some of the state-of-the-art technologies used in the industrial internet of Things;
  • Experience as a system or software architect and/or with model-based software designs is a plus.

You are

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

You work on cutting edge tooling and methods for developing new technology

Flanders Make offers you

  • The opportunity to develop yourself within its network of leading industrial companies, universities and research institutes;
  • An open-minded, flexible and challenging working environment;
  • A warm atmosphere, first-class colleagues;
  • An attractive salary with fringe benefits.

Flanders Make colleagues work together on projects in Belgium at our sites in Kortrijk, Lommel and Leuven (flexible workplace policy).

  • Location: Kortijk, Leuven or Lommel


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