Facility Engineer (Lab Technician) - 2021

Department General
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Careers at the von Karman Institute: Construct the future together!

For 65 years as international center of excellence in fluid dynamics, the von Karman Institute brings together young engineers and scientists from all over the world to study, improve their skills and perform their research.

Construct the future together! Besides its mission of education, the von Karman Institute gathers the top-level scientists and engineers to work on very challenging projects as the next generation of engines, new propulsion concepts, the new green energy, the safety of industry, solutions for a cleaner space, the Mission to Mars and many other fields of research which can make the difference for the human kind. Those scientists have access to more than 50 wind tunnels and test rigs, some of them unique in the world to help them in their projects.

VKI is a team of people looking in the same direction, for a better future, not only scientists and engineers but also students, PhD candidates, PostDocs, IT, Human Resources, accountants, librarians, designers and technicians and more....

“A scientist studies what is, whereas an engineer creates what never was“, Théodore von Kármán

Job description

As a scientific laboratory technician, you will be involved in a variety of laboratory-based research. You will assist staff and support laboratory-based investigations by undertaking a range of technical and experimental tasks, operating unique facilities like the Plasmatron (a 1.05MW plasma generator), the Longshot tunnel (a Mach 14 wind tunnel) or any other research facility.

The work is almost entirely laboratory-based and technician may work alone or as part of a team of scientific staff. The role includes supporting scientific investigations and experiments and management of the laboratory equipment, working alongside the scientific staff. More specifically, daily work may consist of:

• Assembling, preparing and mounting of test articles in the test facilities.
• The installation of precision instrumentation including pressure transducers, thermocouples, and precision electronics. Verifying the correct operation of sensors and actuators necessary for each experiment.
• Maintenance and operation of laboratory equipment, installations and wind tunnels under the supervision of the research team.
• Ordering and maintaining stock and resources.
• Ensuring proper organization and tidiness of lab spaces

Requirements and Qualifications

To qualify for this position, the candidate must possess, or be ready to learn, the following knowledge, training, experience and abilities:

• Hands-on electromechanical experience with laboratory equipment / hardware
• Experience in preventative maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment
• Ability to operate test equipment and wind tunnels, including operation of high-pressure lines and vessels
• Profound knowledge of technical norms concerning safety and a keen eye on all safety aspects of laboratory-based work
• Troubleshooting experience (preferably both electrical and mechanical experience)
• Understanding of technical drawings, dimensioning, and tolerances is required.
• Experience in mechanical design and technical drawing (by CAD software) is an asset.
• Computer Skills: Basic computer skills, including email, internet, and spreadsheets for reporting and basic mathematical calculus.
• Language: Minimum working knowledge of English (oral and written) is mandatory. French or Dutch is required. Both is an asset.
• Ability to work in a team and in an international working environment
• Bachelor in electro-mechanics or equivalent through experience

We offer

• A Permanent full time contract
• An attractive salary package, including group and hospitalisation insurance and other fringe benefits
• A stimulating and challenging job
• Work with enthusiastic people driven by passion
• An international environment with students, as a research and educational institution

Localisation :

Rhode-Saint-Genèse (Flemish-Brabant)


Please apply online via the "Apply for" button (below the page). Make sure you complete following fields:

- Individual info Tab: Personal data + upload CV & Cover letter (The other fields are NA)

- References info Tab: nice to have

(Recruiting Mgr: Vincent Van Der Haegen)

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