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Research engineer navigation of autonomous mobile robots

Several locations Gaston Geenslaan 8, 3001 Leuven Heverlee, Belgium
Graaf Karel De Goedelaan 5 Kortrijk, Belgium
Oude Diestersebaan 133 Lommel, Belgium
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You take on navigation challenges for autonomous mobile robots in a variety of industrial settings.  You broaden the possibilities for the future applications. 

Flanders Make researchers are creating demonstrators with next generation navigation algorithms that are adaptable and self-learning. An increasing number of autonomous functionalities could be added to industrial autonomous robots. While the industry hesitates, Flanders Make proves that these technologies are easy to deploy in complex settings  and more robust when needed, eg. in busy or noisy industrial contexts. 

Object identification, localisation, path planning & obstacle avoidance

As an expert or young potential in navigation algorithms for autonomous mobile robots, drones and vehicles:

  • you work together in a team which combines expertise in sensing, computer vision, odometry, signal processing, adaptive & learning control, embedded software, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence;
  • with the team you solve  challenges in sensor fusion & simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), static & dynamic world modelling, optimal and real-time path planning, motion planning and motion control, where you focus on indoor localization, world modelling and context adaptive path planning. 

For a variety of industrial cases (small indoor pick- and place drones & robots in warehouses, assembly cobots, large outdoor or heavy-weight forklifts) you will: 

  • Write 2D/3D navigation algorithms for indoor/outdoor localization, path planning & tracking, object identification and obstacle detection & avoidance;
  • Ensure innovation by improvements to simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM), advanced filtering and sensor fusion (Kalman filtering, numeric optimization,… )  and radically enhance the visual perception & localization. You add & improve items using python, Matlab or C++ and work in environments like ROS on the selected sensor set (Vision, LIDAR, UWB, IMU, …);
  • Simulate all the functionalities and validate your result on a mobile robot and drone demonstrator;
  • Experienced engineers will also trace and present industrial challenges and research opportunities or coach young engineers and lead projects.


You have

  • Master's degree or PhD in Engineering (Mechatronics, Robotics, Control, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronical ….);
  • Track record in navigation of autonomous vehicles (sensor fusion, obstacle avoidance, path planning,… );
  • Skilled in ROS and python, Matlab or C++;
  • Practical experience in at least two advanced localization or navigation algorithms (Kalman filtering, SLAM, adaptive path planning, world modelling);
  • A broad knowledge of sensing signals, system architecture, controls of machines, robots, drones and embedded software.

You are

  • Passionate about research and new technologies;
  • Result oriented, responsible, self directing and team player;
  • A good communicator;
  • Eager to learn.


  • A challenging job, working with experts in various fields, using state-of-the-art infrastructure for autonomous systems, machine & vehicle dynamics, predictive control, data analytics, software prototyping.
  • An open company culture with short communication lines;
  • A multi-stakeholder research context;
  • An enthusiastic, international team.

Kurt Geebelen, senior research engineer @Flanders Make since 2015: “At Flanders Make, I get to work with the latest technologies and apply them directly on industry relevant applications, while having the freedom to explore new ideas.”

How to apply?

To apply, go to http://jobs.flandersmake.be

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

Flanders Make

Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. From our establishments in Kortrijk, Lommel, Leuven and Sint-Truiden, 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 contribute to new products and production processes that help to realise the vehicles, machines and plants of the future.

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Research engineer navigation of autonomous mobile robots
Gaston Geenslaan 8, 3001 Leuven Heverlee, Belgium
Graaf Karel De Goedelaan 5 Kortrijk, Belgium
Oude Diestersebaan 133 Lommel, Belgium
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Flanders Make mission is to strengthen the long-term international competitiveness of the Flemish manufacturing industry.

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