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Marine Robotics engineer/scientist
VLIZ | Ostend, Belgium | Deaddline: 27 Feb 2020

The VLIZ Marine Robotics Centre is pushing boundaries to innovate measurements techniques and to facilitate the adoption of autonomous marine systems in marine research and in the blue-economy.

Join us and become part of the VLIZ Marine Robotics Centre

In a new innovation project (funded by VLAIO), Coastbusters 2.0, research institutes (ILVO and VLIZ) collaborate with companies (Jan De Nul, DEME and SIOEN) to explore the potential of nature inspired designs for coastal protection. Within this framework, VLIZ is responsible for the development and implementation of new measurement techniques to study and monitor the development of mussel reefs on the Belgian Coast. The proposed techniques encompass high resolution acoustic mapping methods (multibeam, side scan sonar) and surveys with marine autonomous systems (AUV, USV,…) to measure large scale reef evolution. Furthermore, VLIZ will develop a smart mooring to investigate small scale dynamics of the reef.

To strengthen the Marine Robotics Centre, VLIZ is hiring a marine engineer/scientist  to enroll in the team of the Coastbusters 2.0 project.

Our offer

  • A challenging job in a dynamic and international environment at the VLIZ Marine Robotics Centre in Ostend.
  • A full-time contract of definite duration for 3 years, with option for extension. The salary follows the salary scales of scientific personnel in the Flemish Government.
  • Fringe benefits: holiday pay, end-of-year bonus, meal vouchers,bike allowance, free public transport for home-work-commuting and an attractive holiday arrangement.

Your tasks

  • Facilitate scientific and technological improvements and innovations with regard to monitoring systems, robotic systems, and their associated sensors to accommodate novel research and applications;
  • Assist in conceptualisation and testing of measurement systems in the marine environment;
  • Conduct scientific measurement campaigns;
  • Data analysis, visualisation and interpretation of scientific data;
  • Assist in writing scientific project reports with support of the VLIZ team.

For each function, VLIZ considers enthusiastic involvement, open servitude, excellent professionalism and integrity as important characteristics.

Your profile

  • BSc, MSc or PhD in Engineering or MSc or PhD in Natural Sciences (physics, geology, biology, oceanography, etc.), or equivalent through experience;
  • Following skills are an asset: affinity with (marine) research and innovation, experience in marine survey work, knowledge of programming, knowledge of automation and robotic systems, knowledge of processing and management of large amounts of data;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Strong problem-solving skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Motivated team player with a service-oriented approach;
  • Willing to work in an international context.

About us

Over the last 20 years, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has become a knowledge institution indispensable to the marine research landscape. What started as an institute focusing on science support, has evolved into a national and international point of contact for marine research. VLIZ initiates and carries out multidisciplinary research and supports marine experts by providing research infrastructure, data, information and knowledge. VLIZ supports the blue economy and reaches out to a broad public. VLIZ further broadens its marine horizons and aims at becoming a world player in the field of marine and coastal research.

A stimulating working environment forms the base of our flourishing knowledge institute. The well-being of our employees comes first. VLIZ is looking for colleagues who, with their passion and knowledge, want to strengthen our growing institute and face the blue challenges of the future.

Additional information

For more information concerning this vacancy, please contact:

Does this vacancy appeal to you?

Send in your cover letter on 27 February 2020 at the latest:

  • By mail: with subject "Vacancy engineer/scientist MRC"
  • By post: Jan Mees, General director VLIZ, InnovOcean site, Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Oostende

You can contact us by telephone on +32 (0)59 34 21 30.

VLIZ promotes equality and diversity in the workplace. You will be recruited based on competencies. Qualities of people are decisive, regardless of gender, religion, ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation or any disability.


Based on the received motivation letters and CV’s; a select group of candidates will be invited for a job interview. You will be informed by email.

The job interviews will take place in the offices of VLIZ mid- March.