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Flanders Make

Simulation Engineer Mobile Robots

Autonomous mobile robots have a lot of potential. In line with industry 4.0, complex functions can be automated and we see an increase in flexibility, safety, productivity, quality and/or we reduce costs. Autonomous working functions (e.g. a gripper to pick products) are more flexible when mounted to autonomous driving platforms.

Additional challenges arise w.r.t. the design (e.g. how to ensure a fast and safe collaborative motion). Flanders Make researchers tackle these challenges on industry cases with new system architectures, delivering a working proof of concept.

Simulation of Autonomous Motion Systems

As an expert or young potential in modelling and control of autonomous systems:

  • you work together in a team which combines expertise in signal processing, adaptive & learning control, embedded software, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence;
  • with the team you add new autonomous functionalities to prototypes,
  • where you focus on decreasing the development time with virtual validation tools.

More concretely, for a variety of industrial cases (autonomous drones, mobile robots, tractors, forklifts), you will:

  • Translate the end-users needs to relevant test cases, key performance indicators and requirements;
  • Validate the sensing and control software and optimise the total cost of ownership (reliability, efficiency, flexibility,…) by using virtual validation tools (AirSIM, Unreal, Engine);
  • Apply model identification techniques to ensure a valid vehicle model which is used in your simulation framework;
  • Link virtual validation tools to hardware to create a HIL (Hardware-In-the-Loop) setup;
  • Test the autonomous driving and working software in a virtual simulation environment.

Experienced engineers will also trace and present industrial challenges and research opportunities or coach young engineers and lead projects.

Engineer with analytical skills

You have

  • Master's degree or PhD in Engineering (Control, Mechanical, Electrical, Mathematics, ….);
  • Experience with ROS and with virtual simulation tools such as Airsim, Gazebo, Unreal;
  • Strong insights in vehicle dynamics and kinematics of motion systems;
  • Broad knowledge of automation concepts, incl. sensor fusion, state estimation, control and vehicle models.

You are

  • Result oriented, responsible, self directing and team player;
  • A good communicator;
  • Passionate about research and new technologies;
  • Eager to learn, eg. multiple simulation tools;
  • Strong in analytical skills.


  • A challenging job, working with experts in various fields, using state-of-the-art infrastructure for autonomous systems, machine & vehicle dynamics, predictive control, data analytics, software prototyping;
  • An open company culture with short communication lines;
  • A multi-stakeholder research context;
  • An enthusiastic, international team.

  • Location: Lommel or Leuven


For more information:
at the number: +32 16 910 614 (from Monday till Thursday: 9h-16h)
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