Research Engineer Functional Safety/ Reliability for the Vehicle of the Future (Automotive)

As an expert or a high potential in functional safety, you will execute research projects, developing the intelligent and autonomous vehicles of the future (cars, drones, AGV’s, …).

Challenge the design for hazards

You will work together in a research team that sets up the system architecture and testing procedures for new automation functionalities in highly automated vehicles for  a variety of industry partners (automotive sector, AGVs, public transport, logistic transportation, drones, follow-me vehicles, ...).  Being highly involved in every stage of the development, you are responsible to make sure that the new system will achieve the required level of safety integrity.

More specific, you:

  • think about the electric/electronical design together with the team;
  • map possible hazards and risks, caused by the malfunctioning behavior of electronic and electrical systems, taking into account the (A)SIL level of the vehicle application;
  • challenge team members to see the vulnerabilities of the design (“What if…”)
  • perform safety analyses, from the first idea until the execution faze, using standards to follow up on the safety of items and system elements;
  • impact directly on the architecture concept with your results;
  • figure out which tests will be needed to prove the functional safety is sufficient.

Our team is currently working on several high-performance autonomous mechatronic systems, always aiming to implement a proof of concept of the new technology in demonstrators for the participating companies: more info 

Creative mind with passion for functional safety

You have

  • A Master or PhD in Engineering (Electrical, Electronical, Automotive or Safety Critical Engineering);
  • Broad knowledge in vehicle technology and modelling software (SysML modeling, MATLAB/Simulink); Knowledge of programming languages (e.g. Python, C++, relational SQL data bases) is a plus.
  • Some experience with techniques for analyses (e.g. FMEDA, FMEA, HARA, HAZOP, FTA);
  • Knowledge of standards (e.g. ISO26262, ISO61508), or the willingness to learn these standards on short notice;
  • Track record in functional safety is highly appreciated, preferably in automotive or in a related sector.

You are

  • Passionate about functional safety and new technologies;
  • Creative and able to turn ideas into high-tech solutions;
  • A confident communicator;
  • A team player who can build sustainable relationships;
  • Analytic and systematic in your approach;
  • Research-minded and eager to learn.

Impact directly on top-technology and automated vehicles

  • Flanders Make offers 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.

Flanders Make colleagues work together on projects in Belgium at site Lommel and at site Leuven (flexible workplace policy). Depending on your place of residence or preference, you can work in our offices in Lommel or in Leuven.

Convinced? Send your motivation letter and cv

Do you feel you can contribute to our research with your expertise? Do you share our values and our mission? We are looking forward to reading about your story, your interest for Flanders Make and for this job in particular. 
To apply, please send your motivation letter and cv to

Flanders Make

Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. It combines the strengths of a team of application and system experts with the technological expertise of a range university labs that are an integral part of the Flanders Make network.  The mission of the centre is to strengthen the long-term international competitiveness of the Flemish manufacturing industry by performing industry-driven, pre-competitive, excellent research in the technological domains of mechatronics, product development methods and advanced manufacturing technologies.
This research will result in applications for machines, vehicles, vehicle components and high-tech production systems at the participating companies.
To achieve this mission, Flanders Make conducts industry-driven joint projects and contract research assignments in the following research programs: Clean Energy-efficient Motion Systems, Smart Monitoring Systems, Autonomous Systems, Intelligent Product Design Methods, Design & Manufacturing of Smart and Lightweight Structures, Additive Manufacturing for Serial Production, Manufacturing for High Precision Components, Agile & Human-centered Production & Robotics Systems.

More information on our research: