Hardware in the Loop Design & Test Engineer for Electric/Hybrid Vehicles (Lommel)

With a top-notch hardware – in- the-loop test infrastructure, you offer companies a taste in the latest technologies to test the performance of their electric/hybrid vehicles.

Flanders Make researchers are developing technologies for design and production of high-performant, flexible and autonomous machines and vehicles, rethinking the drivetrain setups in electric/hybrid vehicles. New solutions are tested on our demonstration and validation infrastructure in controlled conditions.

Improve drivetrain performance with hardware-in-the-loop tests

For different production processes and mechatronic applications, you:

  • work in a team, where you simulate via Hardware in the loop the behavior of vehicles and components like thermal, power, or performance parameters for batteries, supercapacitors or electric motors…
  • use, expand and manage the hardware in the loop setup, working closely together with technology experts in different domains (sensing, control, software architecture, software integration, automation, robotics, vehicle dynamics, testing).

More concretely, you will:

  • Organize virtual and experimental tests;
  • Define the test plan of research projects together with the project team and take the lead to define the specification, architecture, validation aspects;
  • Create, adapt and validate virtual models before experimental tests;
  • Formulate the requirements for new equipment or software needed;
  • Instrument the hardware for experimental tests;
  • Perform the test.
  • Analyse the testdata together with the team
  • Scope what we can do
  • You know your infrastructure and identify the scope and timing of the research solutions we can offer to companies;
  • Detect opportunities for new business.
  • Technically coordinate the infrastructure
  •  Adjust infrastructure for new research needs;
  •  Ensure that all equipment  and infrastructure functions safely and optimally at all times. 

“I will rebuild the machine or part and do all necessary tests to show that the concept works. I ensure that the tests are carried out, but I am also involved in designing and setting up the testplan. … For me, a technical job with a lot of variety is ideal. One moment you sit together with someone who builds cars,  the other moment with someone who makes windmills, or copiers..” (Koen, Design & Test Engineer since 2007 @ Flanders Make) 
Read more: http://www.flandersmake.be/en/testimonial-koenvandenboer

Hands-on Technical Researcher

You have

  • Masters degree in Engineering (Industial, Mechanical, Electrical, Mechatronics, Material, Power electronics),…;
  • At least 3 years of  relevant experience in an academic or industrial environment, preferably in mechatronic or mechanical machine design or in production process design, in instrumentation and testing, sensors (vision systems, temperature sensors,..) and actuators;
  • Expertise in electric or hybrid drivetrains, and system or  hardware-in-the-loop system simulations, is a big plus as a Hardware in the loop Test Engineer for Hybrid Powertrains
  • Affinity with vehicle dynamics, or Experience in an automotive context is also a plus.Experience in a safety critical test environment is also a plus;
  • Ability to get acquainted easily with different software packages. Daily use of mechanical design packages.

You are

  • Inspired by technological innovation;
  • Eager to broaden your knowledge about other domains and new manufacturing processes;
  • Pro-active and taking initiative;
  • Result-driven;
  • A professional communicator in English;
  • Hands-on, making your hands dirty in the lab is a pleasure;
  • Open minded and a team player.

Make a difference in technology 

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

Example video of the development of demonstrators: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv1ynbcTc-0&feature=share

Convinced? Send your motivation letter and cv

Which part of our infrastructure appeals to you the most? 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 our infrastructure. 
To apply, please send your motivation letter and cv to jobs@flandersmake.be