Project Engineer R&D & Testing – Wind Energy

in ANTWERP (hoofdlocatie) & LEUVEN

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Sirris is the collective research & technology centre for the Belgian technological industry. We cover multi-disciplinary research, development an innovation projects in many industry fields and technology theme’s. Since 2010 Sirris became highly active in the field of industrial (offshore) wind energy research and development as co-creator of the OWI-Lab, a leading expertise consortium including Sirris, VUB and UGent. It’s mission is to support onshore and offshore wind energy research, development and innovation projects that reduce the LCOE of wind energy and ensuring a strong Belgian industrial value chain. Through the OWI-Lab initiative different high tech testing infrastructures have been set-up (for example a large climatic test chamber in Antwerp where wind turbine components (and other spill-over applications) are tested in harsh climatic environments). Also, different research projects and experiments in (offshore) wind farms have been set-up to learn for example from field data to optimise the operations and maintenance of machinery.

Through technology expertise & infrastructure, innovation support services, and both national as international collaboration, we support the wind energy sector to maintain our leading role in this emerging energy industry. Within Sirris a dedicated wind energy program has been set-up to support the Belgian on -and offshore value chain with their technology challenges. This team is coordinating the OWI-Lab collaboration framework, and is executing the expanding R&D project portfolio comprising a range multi-disciplinary R&D projects.

Within this team; we are looking for a project engineer R&D and testing who will be responsible for the industrial test and validation activities in the climatic test lab in Antwerp. You will be involved in setting-up and executing applied R&D, test & demonstration projects in the climatic test lab linked to on & offshore wind energy, energy transmission, energy transition technologies (including storage, hydrogen and e-fuels) and spill-over markets. 

Do you have a passion to test and validate industrial innovations, and do you have a strong technical interest in wind energy and/or the energy transition in general? Do you want to contribute to multidisciplinary research and development? Then this opportunity might be something for you.


  • You will coordinate the technical and commercial feasibility checks of climatic test & validation projects in the Sirris climatic test lab in Antwerp. You will translate test requirements or test-standards from (international) customers into realistic testing campaigns in the climatic test lab. As project lead you initiate the projects after ordering in collaboration with the lab technician and other team members, follow-up the executions and close the projects after completing.  

  • You will set up and lead (complex) electro-mechanical testing campaigns in the large climate chamber – on prototype equipment including instrumentation in collaboration with the lab technician, the customer and suppliers or partners.

  • You will also be involved in the commercial aspect of the offerings of the test-lab.

  • You will be leading the operations and maintenance activities of the climatic test lab and it’s test infrastructure in collaboration with the lab technician.

  • You will execute work packages of R&D projects or tasks linked to the wind energy program of Sirris – you will be involved as R&D engineer in research projects with a focus on instrumentation, testing and demonstration.

  • You will be leading the development and the commissioning of a new ice spray test bench that will be used for fundamental and industrial research projects.

  • You will be involved in developing opportunities of expanding the lab capabilities in respect to the testing of multi-MW wind turbine components, hydrogen applications or other opportunities that cross you day-to-day operations in regard to continuous improvements of the test lab. 

What do we expect from you?

  • You have a master degree in electro-mechanical engineering (or equivalent based on experiences).

  • You have preferably 2-3 years of experience in the (offshore) wind energy sector or a testing and validation environment in electro-mechanical engineering in general.

  • You have experience and understanding of instrumentation and measurement set-ups (sensors, acquisition systems).

  • You have experience with test and validation projects.

  • You have project management and organizational skills.

  • You have a hands on attitude, and like to do practical implementation on prototype equipment such as installing sensors and data acquisition set-ups.

  • You have a pragmatic and practical attitude, excellent technical insight in combination with a commercial mindset and customer focus.

  • You are collaborative and have a team work mindset.

  • You are proactive, creative and you have a problem solving mindset.

  • You have excellent command of English and a good command of Dutch.

  • You are prepared to travel from time-to-time, in Belgium (to the different Sirris locations) and abroad from time to time to discuss international customer requests. 


What do we offer you?

As a Sirris expert you actively participate in top projects at Belgian companies. You build up knowledge and experience in the most advanced technologies. Every day you experience the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing pioneering work. In short, you deliver innovative work in its purest form.


Flexible work, personal development and an environment in which collaboration is central, that's what Sirris stands for. We offer an attractive salary package that is completely in line with your job and experience.


For more information about this position, please contact

Pieter Jan Jordaens, Program Manager Onshore & Offshore Wind Energy Industry or Franne Godderis, HR business partner

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