JOB OFFER - Fulltime senior researcher: computational design

(16-11-2021) Are you passionate about research with new technologies and the combination of academic research with industrial relevance and hands-on digital prototyping challenges? Then you may be the person we are looking for to strengthen our team!

First possible starting date: February 01, 2022

Appointment: 100% - AAP (temporary)
Department: Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design (EA18)
Diploma: PhD in engineering technology, engineering science, data- and/or computer science (or equal)

Job description

Within Ghent University you will have the opportunity to strengthen a dynamic team of interdisciplinary researchers as doctor assistant, where you will be part of the Industrial Design team and the imec research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies (imec-mict-UGent). Within this team you are responsible for the research roadmap on computation design. This includes discussing research strategy with ZAP (professors), project acquisition/coordination and guidance of junior researchers.

  • At least 70% of your assignment will be spent on academic research.
  • You will assist in teaching activities at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level with focus on emerging technologies and advanced CAD.
  • You will counsel Master’s students in their exercises, work placement and Master’s dissertation.
  • You will counsel doctoral students.
  • You come into contact with new emerging technologies (e.g. IoT, AI, VR/AR, Industry 4.0, Smart Products,..)
  • You (co-)manage national and international research projects
  • You will co-work in the heart of Ghent at 'De Krook', a place where knowledge, creativity and entrepreneurship are central AND in the ‘Industrial Design Center’ in Kortrijk.

Function profile

  • You are able to independently follow up a research project and adjust it in consultation.
  • You already have background knowledge and/or experience in the field of computational design / data-driven design.
  • You have interest and/or experience in research on new models / methods:

- Linking (users) data with (CAD) design and production

- Linking data interpretation with use of ‘smart’ products

  • You are familiar with tools like Arduino, Processing, Unity, Grasshopper, TensorFlow,…
  • You have good writing and presentation skills in both Dutch and English.
  • You are communicative and can work well in a team, but at the same time you show a high degree of creativity, independence and a sense of initiative.
  • You have a critical attitude and always looking for challenges and how they can be improved.
  • You can deal with deadlines and have a great deal of flexibility for changes within the research process.
  • You are able to combine and validate academic and practical knowledge.


Contact or +32 485 27 19 81

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