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Thermodynamic research engineer for innovative drivetrains (Leuven or Lommel) (# of pos: 2)

As a thermodynamic researcher, you model cooling solutions for next generation drivetrains in machines and vehicles.

Flanders Make is discovering new grounds in high-performant drivetrains to optimize performance of machines and vehicles. This research is supported by excellent lab infrastructure such as a cooling and lubrication test bench for power electronics and motors.

Model and optimize heat flows in innovative drivetrain concepts

As a young potential or an expert in thermodynamic research, you

  • Work together in a research team with expertise in high-performant cooling, energy storage, energy management and system integration for electrical drivetrains in vehicles;
  • Take the lead in heat recuperation and thermal management challenges.
  • For next generation designs of drivetrains & components flywheels in a car, new battery type in a ship, …) you

  • Figure out with the team how to cool the system, optimizing energy and heat flows, taking into account the total cost of ownership;
  • Integrate new out-of-the-box solutions for energy storage or heat recuperation, like phase changing materials, heat pipes, or other;
  • Virtually model the system (matlab), and discover the best solutions (heat exchanger, heat sink, fluids,…);
  • Experimentally validate your results in the lab;
  • Present your work during internal/external meetings, (international) conferences …
  • Actively collaborate with industrial companies.
  • Experienced engineers will also lead project teams. Young potentials will be coached by an experienced engineer.

    Offer Requirements


    Thermodynamic research engineer (young potential or expert)

    You have

  • A master’s or PhD degree in Thermodynamics, Thermotechnical Sciences, Thermal sciences, Fluid mechanics or Hydraulic Engineering.
  • Ability to understand new thermodynamic concepts power density, thermal resistance, heat transfer, heat flow,… )
  • Insight in the physics of electrical systems (losses, transients)
  • Industrial (and academic) experience is valued. Minimum: a first relevant experience.
  • A broad technical interest in vehicles and industrial machines;
  • Affinity with lubrication is a plus.
  • You are

  • Passionate about research and new technologies;
  • Result-oriented, responsible, self-directing;
  • Open-minded;
  • Pro-active and take initiative;
  • Eager to learn.
  • Thermodynamic research engineer for innovative drivetrains (Leuven or Lommel) (# of pos: 2)

    Flanders Make vzw, Leuven
    Research Engineer, Engineering
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