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State Estimation Research Engineer

To enhance the control of dynamic systems, you will develop state estimators for various machine and vehicle applications.

To apply, go to http://jobs.flandersmake.be.

Please fill in the online application form and upload a motivation letter and cv.




Electronics & Engineering

State Estimation Research Engineer

(Leuven, Lommel, Kortrijk)

To enhance the control of dynamic systems, you will develop state estimators for various machine and vehicle applications.

Flanders Make performs proof of concept studies to show companies new possibilities to improve the intelligence of their (autonomous) machines and vehicles. For the control of dynamical systems, researchers are investigating ways to achieve more accurate, more robust, and more adaptive controls, even when the required sensors are too expensive, or sensing signals are missing. In upcoming research projects the performance and robustness of state estimator algorithms are set forward as a research topic.

System analysis & descriptive model development

As an expert or enthusiast in state estimation, control, physics and/or modelling, you will:

-Work together with a team of engineers of various backgrounds (robotics, vehicle dynamics, power electronics, electric motors, transmission engineers, bearing engineers, electrochemical engineers, etc);

-Take the lead to analyze and model complex non-linear systems for the design of state estimators for cyber-physical systems.

More concretely, for several real-life industry applications (eg. transmissions for trucks, batteries for electrical , localizations systems for automated guided vehicles, robots or boats…),

and for a variety of physical parameters (position, speed, acceleration, distance, temperature, pressure, tension, electrical current, electrical charge, vibration, light, co2, …), you will:

  • Analyze and describe the physical relations in your system (MATLAB, Python);
  • Choose a design strategy to obtain the estimated states and parameters, and implement kalman filters, moving horizon estimators and other advanced filters (particle filters, extended kalman filters,…), black box models and/or other state of the art technologies;
  • Model and develop the state estimator (MATLAB, Simulink, Python);
  • Check your theoretical base line model on a test setup, obtaining the sensor data in a relevant test setting and improve your mathematical formula;
  • Demonstrate the industrial relevance and document re-usable results;
  • Continuously expand your domain knowledge with the state of the art, eg. control algorithms, benchmark algorithms, modeling techniques, digital twin models, etc;
  • Trace and present industrial challenges and new research opportunities.


You have

  • A Master’s or PhD degree in Control Engineering or other relevant degree in Engineering (Physical, Mathematical, Industrial, Software, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronical, Automotive,…) ;
  • A relevant experience in an industrial or academic context (e.g. R&D project, Master thesis, PhD);
  • Strong background in state estimator development and control or sensing strategies;
  • Excellent in numerical model selection and development ;
  • Any experience in new technology projects for industry is highly valued.

You are

  • Passionate about research and new technologies;
  • Strong in conceptual and abstract thinking;
  • Result oriented, responsible, self-directing;
  • A good communicator;
  • Proficient in English;
  • Keen to take initiative;
  • Eager to learn.


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 and 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).

How to apply?

To apply, go to http://jobs.flandersmake.be.

Please fill in the online application form and upload a motivation letter and cv.

About Flanders Make

Towards a digitally transformed, sustainable and competitive industry

Flanders Make is a fast-growing research centre that performs research to support companies from various sectors in their sustainable innovation processes. From our establishments in Lommel, Leuven, Kortrijk and Sint-Truiden and labs within the 5 Flemish universities, we stimulate open innovation through excellent research.

Because of our unique position as a bridge between industry and research, our teams combine application and system proficiency with technological and scientific knowledge. Academic partners and more than 150 companies are part of the innovative circular ecosystem of Flanders Make.

Our strategy based on industrial needs and long-term trends ensures a close link with the industry and its challenges. With our programmed research, we create impact in companies.

Sustainability, climate and workability have a high priority in our research. We want to help companies in developing sustainable, green, smart and connected products and production systems, with a special focus on people and their interaction with machines.

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