As KU Leuven research group on Life Cycle Engineering of the Department of Mechanical Engineering we have acquired significant experience in re- and demanufacturing of Waste of Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), in other words the dismantling of products into their components or composing materials in support of reuse and/or high-end recycling. We also exploit this knowledge to support original equipment manufacturers in designing the next generation products for ease of disassembly and recycling. Hence, the research group supports both manufacturers and reuse, repair, remanufacturing and recycling companies and organisations in the transition to a more a circular economy.
In parallel running projects, the Life Cycle Research group is currently investigating opportunities for the development of advanced robotic re- and demanufacturing systems for a broader range of applications. One of these projects is the European Horizon 2020 project Si-DRIVE (Silicon Alloying Anodes for High Energy Density Batteries comprising Lithium Rich Cathodes and Safe Ionic Liquid based Electrolytes for Enhanced High Voltag EPerformance). Within the Si-Drive project you will investigate intelligent re-and demanufacturing systems that enable the automated dismantling by man-machine cooperation of electrical vehicle battery assemblies.
The research activities of the Life Cycle Engineering research group have also lead to the development of a robotic dismantling system using advanced computer vision, machine learning and man-machine cooperation techniques. In close cooperation with industry and in the framework of the Sustainable Demanufacturing (SUDE) project a pilot system is currently under construction incorporating these developments. While exploring opportunities for improving the in prior research developed technologies, you will also support the start-up of this system, the pilot tests and provide support to transfer the developed technology to industry.
To support these re- and demanufacturing research activities the KU Leuven has recently allocated 100 m2 of lab space to facilitate the development of test setups for practical experiment. You will closely follow up and support the design and construction of these test setups. In addition, you will increase the visibility for the re- and demanufacturing lab for both the general public and the (inter)national industry.
You are part of a multidisciplinary research group working on the topic of Life Cycle Engineering and will be reporting to Prof.Jef Peeters and Prof. Wim Dewulf.
You independently follow-up literature, patents, company releases, conferences, etc. and use the obtained information to set up, organize and perform validation experiments.
You contribute to the guiding and coaching of PhD researchers of the Life Cycle Engineering research group.
You report to industrial and academic partners during project meetings and at international conferences.
You contribute to the extending of the (inter)national academic and industrial network for the re- and demanufacturing research activities and the writing of research proposals.
You have a PhD in Engineering and your research interests relate to Artificial Intelligence, robotics and/or automation.
You have a profound interest in sustainability and circular economy, hence are willing to broaden your network of (inter)national academic and industrial organisations in this field.
You like to work in a multidisciplinary team of international researchers and show willingness to learn/explore innovative technologies and techniques.
You have a creative mindset, take initiative, and are not afraid to address innovative ideas and new opportunities.
You are fluent in English or willing to improve your language skills.
We offer a varied and challenging job in close cooperation with industry combined with an attractive salary package.
We offer a postdoc position (1 year contract(s) and 2 year funding available) in a stimulating and multi-disciplinary environment and a strong industrial network.
For more information please contact prof. dr. Jef Peeters, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can apply for this job no later than November 30, 2020 via the online application tool
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|Titel||Postdoc Position on Re- and Demanufacturing|
|Job location||Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven|
|Gepubliceerd||oktober 26, 2020|
|Sluitingsdatum||november 30, 2020|
|Vakgebieden||Kunstmatige intelligentie,   Interactie tussen mensen en computers,   Milieutechniek,   Productietechniek,   Robotica,   Elektrotechniek,   Mechanische techniek,   Machinaal Leren,   Computer Vision,   |