31 August 2021

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For more information please contact Prof. dr. Youri Meuret, tel.: 093316681, mail: can apply for this job no later than September 26, 2021 via the online application tool

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The Light and Lighting Laboratory of KU Leuven, department ESAT, has an excellent reputation within the lighting sector. Optical design of luminaires, energy-efficient lighting and color/appearance of materials are the main research topics. The laboratory features the most advanced light measurement equipment, necessary to guarantee services to businesses and to support (doctoral) research. Currently 20 people are employed within the laboratory and there are contacts with more than 70 companies from within the lighting sector.

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Within the Light and Lighting Laboratory there is currently a vacancy for a researcher with expertise in optical modelling and design of illumination systems. The candidate will work on several industrial projects together with companies from various sectors. These projects include the optical modelling of solar concentrators, design/development of quantum-dot-based backlights and modelling of volume-scattering materials.


For this function, we are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a Master Degree or PhD Degree in Photonics, Physics or Engineering. The candidate should have in-depth knowledge of optical modelling & design with ray-racing software (LightTools, TracePro, Zemax, FRED…). Besides this essential expertise, the candidate also possesses good programming skills in Python or Matlab. Because the function involves working together with multiple research partners and companies; good communication skills and time-management are also very important.


We offer a research position of at least 1 year, with the possibility to extend afterwards. The research will be executed within the Light & Lighting Laboratory of KU Leuven, located at the Technology Campus in Ghent (Belgium). The tentative starting date is 15th of November, 2021.