Software Research Engineer for model-driven engineering (Leuven, Kortrijk or Lommel)

You create innovative concepts and prototype software tools to support high-tech machine and vehicle designs by computational modelling.

Manufacturing companies are looking forward to take the next step towards an innovative design process. As the time-to-market is becoming increasingly important, companies want to find a way to make early design decisions and save time, e.g. by sharing design parameters between engineering departments or by finding design synergies in product families.
Propose beyond state-of-the-art computational modelling

You will:

  • Work together in a small research team combining expertise in CDS, model-driven engineering, optimisation techniques, mechatronic & structural design;
  • Work on challenging model-driven engineering problems and perform research into new methods, algorithms, frameworks, modelling languages & tools;
  • Push state-of-the-art software methods beyond the current limits;
  • Take the lead in developing prototype software for supporting design tools.
More concretely, for real-life industry designs of e.g. the landing gear of an airplane or a complex vehicle exhaust system…, you:
  • Characterise in a formal way the design space model (with objectives, constraints, design repository/component database…), integrating parameters such as manufacturability, total cost of ownership, performance…;
  • Use model-driven engineering and algorithms of computational design to automatically generate optimal high-performance design concepts;
  • Generate out-of-the box ideas to make the design space model smaller;
  • Check which solutions are technically feasible.
Bart, Software Research Engineer at Flanders Make: "When working on a new concept, I enjoy to puzzle out variants of existing tools, making sure they communicate correctly. When the industrial company finally adopts the solution, the data really come to life."


Computer scientist or Mathematical Engineer

You have:
  • A Master or PhD in Computer Science, mathematical engineering, electrical engineering (or a related discipline);
  • Experience with model-driven engineering;
  • A strong interest in acquiring the necessary skills to work with different modelling languages (e.g. SysML, Ecore, OWL, Eclipse…);
  • A strong interest to explore declarative languages.
  • Knowledge of modelling software (Simscape, Amesim, Matlab, Simulink…) is a plus;
  • Interested in Machine designs/Mechatronics.

You are:

  • Strong in conceptual and abstract thinking;
  • Passionate about research and new technologies;
  • Result-oriented and responsible and you take initiative;
  • A team player;
  • A good communicator;
  • Eager to learn.

Working at Flanders Make

Depending on your place of residence or preference, you can work in our offices in Leuven, Lommel or Kortrijk (flexible workplace policy).
Discover what we mean by “industry-driven research projects” in this project video:


  • Flanders Make offers you the opportunity to develop yourself in a network of top industrial players, universities and research institutes;
  • An open-minded, flexible and challenging work environment;
  • A warm atmosphere and top colleagues;
  • An attractive salary with fringe benefits.
Depending on your place of residence or preference, you can work in our offices in Leuven, Lommel or Kortrijk (flexible workplace policy).

Flanders Make

Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. From our sites in Lommel, Leuven and Kortrijk, we stimulate open innovation through excellent research.
Our purpose: realising a top-level research network in Flanders that delivers full support to the innovation projects of manufacturing companies. In this way, we want to contribute to new products and production processes that help to realise the vehicles, machines and factories of the future.
Because of our unique position between industry and research, our teams combine application and system proficiency with technological and scientific knowledge.
We focus on 4 key competences, all based on modelling and virtualisation:
1.            Decision & Control
2.            Design and optimisation
3.            Motion product specification, architecture and validation
4.            Flexible assembly specification, architecture and validation

How to apply?

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