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Flanders Make

Research Unit Leader CodesignS

To enable growth in research, Flanders Make is looking for a Leader for the CodesignS Unit.

The CodesignS unit (core lab) works on research and prototyping tools to support designers of products and production lines in making good decisions from the start of the design phase. Through objective trade-offs (cost, performance...) and optimisation based on captured knowledge, multiple iterations are avoided. The focus is not only on the design of the product and production line but also on the design of the corresponding digital twin. Your team has expertise in optimisation methods, trade-off assessments, control software design, design of digital twins, formal modelling, mechanical conceptual design, design-for-x methods...

Job description

You develop a Centre of Excellence. Based on our research roadmap, you define research projects and guarantee their excellent execution. You work together for this with the core labs of the Flemish universities and ensure that the project results are used by top companies within the manufacturing industry. You further expand your team and the research infrastructure.

In practise, this will entail the following:

  • You translate the ‘Design & Optimisation Roadmap’ to ‘focus competences’ and ‘research (project) activities’ aligned with the Flanders Make strategy. You create a technological vision for your team's research;
  • You lead and continue to develop a team of some 30 - 40 researchers;
  • You define research projects and infrastructure projects aimed at technological developments supporting and driving innovation at innovation leader companies within the manufacturing industry;
  • You actively seek funding for your research through subsidy programmes or bilateral partnerships with companies;
  • You manage the IP involved and are responsible for knowledge management;
  • You strengthen the cooperation with other core labs and with the relevant companies, both multinationals and innovative SMEs;
  • You create and report on KPIs that demonstrate the industrial relevance and scientific excellence of the research (e.g. implementation of technology by companies, collaboration with companies, scientific publications, international collaboration and recognition).

You report to the Research Manager.


  • You have a PhD or master's degree in a relevant technological domain;
  • You have management experience in research and innovation;
  • You are a born people manager who can inspire top researchers and make them excel;
  • You can convert strategy and vision into projects and execute them excellently;
  • You are able to build sustainable relationships;
  • You underwrite the values of Flanders Make and act accordingly.

Core labs are coordinated from Lommel, Kortrijk or Leuven.


  • A challenging job in which you can work together with experts in various domains and can use state-of-the-art infrastructure for autonomous systems, machine and vehicle dynamics, model-predictive control, data analytics and the development of software prototypes.
  • An open corporate culture with short communication lines.
  • Research within a multi-stakeholder context.
  • An enthusiastic, international team.

  • Location: Lommel, Leuven or Kortrijk


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