Ghent University
Postdoctoral position in Smart Motion Systems
Ghent University
After decades of uninterrupted growth, Ghent University is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries with 36,000 students and more than 8,000 staff members.
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Published: 12 days ago
Application deadline: Jul 31
Location: Gent, Belgium
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Postdoctoral position in Smart Motion Systems

Last application date Jul 31, 2018 03:21
Contract Limited duration
Occupancy rate 100%
Vacancy Type Research staff

Job description

European factories are facing major transitions to adapt to global competitive pressures by developing the necessary key enabling technologies across a broad range of sectors. More specifically, there is an increasing global consumer demand for greener, more customized and higher quality products. The omnipresence of data and data analytics accelerated by amongst others the decreasing cost of sensors and the ever increasing computational power can provide new initiatives to answer the global demand. Next to this and often forgotten is that data analytics is becoming more and more mature offering real potential to be used as a relevant engineering tool in many applications. One of these applications relates to motion systems as can be found in the products of the European factories such as industrial machines and energy systems as in its assembly. This trend driven by digital evolution and increasing connectivity is often referred to as Industry 4.0.

To increase the technological basis of motion systems combined with data analytics, we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a strong track record in motion systems within mechanical engineering/mechatronics applications, having knowledge on electromechanical physical models, optimization techniques, control methods and data analytics technology. The mission of the candidate is to intertwine the hardware of manufacturing industries and their behavioral physics-based models closely with smart data-driven software to increase their operational efficiency, performance and reliability. You will be embedded in an internationally competitive research group, will interact with business developers and will cooperate with researchers active within the Ghent University EEDT research group (http://www.eedt.ugent.be) member of Flanders Make (www.flandersmake.be), and the Ghent University IDLab (https://www.ugent.be/ea/idlab/en) member of IMEC (https://www.imec-int.com/en/home).

  • You will map the industrial needs within the Flemish manufacturing sector with respect to smart motion systems.
  • You will set out a technological basis for combining data analytics with physics-based electromechanical models in the context of motion systems.
  • You will build a software platform that is able to handle (big) models and (big) data originating from real use cases within the research group and within industry.
  • You will engage and initiate innovative approaches towards digital condition monitoring of motion systems and smart control of their operations.
  • You will cooperate with researchers active both on the hardware and software side of electromechanical systems within the manufacturing industry.
  • You will map your developed approaches with the industrial needs and initiate collaborations with industry, other research groups and research institutions, both within Flanders as on the European level.
  • You will monitor evolutions in the Flemish manufacturing and initiate routes towards future smart motion systems.

We offer:

  • A 2 year period postdoctoral position with a competitive salary.
  • The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art tools and facilities, a network of Flemish companies active in the manufacturing industry, and the possibility to collaborate with other research groups.
  • The candidate will be directly embedded in an international research group of +20 people that work together as a team and will have the possibility to collaborate with many other people active at UGent both associated with Flanders Make and IMEC.
  • The research group is situated in Ghent, a lively city at the heart of Europe (https://visit.gent.be/en/HOME).
  • Starting date: as soon as possible, but flexible.

Profile of the candidate

  • You hold a PhD, or should be expecting a PhD in the near future. 
  • You have experience in or understanding of electromechanical/mechatronic systems.
  • You have experience in the modelling of dynamical systems, optimization techniques, control methods.
  • You have experience in or understanding of data-driven models and data analytics.
  • You have minimum 4 years or more experience in a highly renowned research institution.
  • The required skills are: working with electromechanical models, data-driven models, sensor data, motion control, dynamic systems. Experience in artificial intelligence would be a plus.
  • You have a team player mindset, a strong personality and work in a result-oriented manner.
  • You are creative, willing to work in a multidisciplinary context.
  • You are proficient in oral and written English and have strong communication skills.
  • You are able to extend your network and able to talk on technical matters.

How to apply

Please send your CV, containing a list of publications, a summary of past research, contact information of 2 or 3 referees, and a motivation letter to Prof. Guillaume Crevecoeur (Guillaume.Crevecoeur@ugent.be) and dr. Jeroen De Maeyer (Jeroen.DeMaeyer@ugent.be).

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