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Research manager Smart and High-Performance Machines Leuven Belgium,  

KU Leuven (company)

Posted on : 25 April 2017

Project Description

Define, write and coordinate research projects together with the program responsible and co-promoters, with a focus on more applied research projects and cooperative projects with industry partners
  • examples: Vlaio Baekeland Mandates, Vlaio Innovation  Mandates, Vlaio R&D projects, Flanders Make SBO and ICON projects, EU     (Research &) Innovation Actions, EU Marie Curie Initial Training     Networks &

Contribute to the strategy of the research groups
  • example: set up internal coordination and internal   dissemination meetings between the three thematic research groups.

Recruit, coach and motivate researchers
  • contribute to the description and publication of  vacancies (PhD, postdoc); 
  • coach and collaborate with doctoral researchers and  postdocs.

Coordinate operational and financial management of the research groups
  • coordinate research lab infrastructure selection,  purchasing and operation.

Set up activities to valorise research results
  • set up and intensify industry cooperation; 
  • patent applications, license agreement negotiations and  setting up spin-off companies.

Outreach, dissemination
maintain and expand the network of the research groups  together with the faculty members; 
  • represent the research groups within the strategic   research center for the manufacturing industry (Flanders Make) in which  faculty members are involved in Research Priority 'High-performance   Autonomous Mechatronic Systems' and Research Priority 'Agile and   Human-Centered Production and Robotic Systems'; 
  • participate in and organize conferences, workshops and   seminars; 
  • prepare scientific publications together with group   members. 

Build up and/or maintain expertise in a selected sub domain of the research groups
maintain or build up expert level so as to enable   acting as (co-)supervisor for selected doctoral students within the   research groups.

  • The candidate has a strong expertise in Smart and high-performance machines, vehicles & human-centered robotic systems, with at least three years of post-doctoral experience.
  • He/she should have substantial experience in multiple of the scientific expertise areas of the consortium (robust optimization and control for high-performance machines and vehicles, real-time and embedded software and control, cognitive machines and man-machine interaction, optimization techniques for planning and scheduling and for maintenance and care logistics) and have affinity with the application tracks mentioned above. 
  • The candidate has a track record on valorisation activities such as obtaining research funding on a national (Vlaio ...) and international (EU ...) level, setting up bilateral collaboration with companies, setting a spin-off company, negotiating license agreements, and has experience with coaching junior researchers.
  •  Ideally the candidate has experience in both university research and (high-tech) industry.

We offer a permanent full-time position in a flexible and competitive environment.


3000 Leuven Belgium

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