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 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. 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 are tested in harsh 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 EU 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. Currently, 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 for which we seek reinforcement of the team.
We seek additional talent with a mixed passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, technical interest in wind energy and/or the energy transition in general. Are you up to the challenge of dealing with multidisciplinary research and development? The R&D projects in which you will be involved are:
COOCK Fighting Icing project (dealing with wind energy and icing challenges)
EU funded DOCC-OFF project (dealing with digitalization of critical components in offshore wind turbines)
EU funded Newskin project (dealing with anti-icing coatings and testing of new coatings in harsh environmental conditions)
ICON Supersized 4.0 project (dealing with Smart O&M for a fleet of supersized wind turbines in industry 4.0 context),
cSBO SeaFD project (dealing with realistic CFD wind load computations for offshore wind turbines)
Energy Transition Fund project Phairywind (dealing with setting up a phd-community cluster for offshore wind research in Belgium)
ICON Rainbow (dealing with wind turbine blade erosion monitoring and degradation behaviour for offshore wind turbines)
Are you also interested to participate or take the lead in funded or commercial research and testing projects? And are you enthusiast about supporting the process of setting up new initiatives and innovation projects within the Sirris wind energy program and the OWI-Lab expertise collaboration?
If yes, read more about this challenging role :
You are responsible for taking a technological lead in new and ongoing R&D projects or specific work packages either in the onshore, as the offshore wind energy sector. In this context you follow up company ideas or you initiate your own ideas in the framework of the R&D projects and industry interests. The development of concept studies to practical implementations in cooperation with external knowledge partners, and /or with internal expert colleagues are part of your role.
You support a test & measurement team that develops and executes testing campaigns in both the lab testing environment (for example in our large climatic test chamber) and in field conditions in existing wind farms. You will engineer the sensor and measurement set-ups, support the execution of measurements, post-process and analyze data, and report it to the team and/or customers. Moreover, you will also coordinate the A to Z of projects: project management, setting up the test campaign, interpreting measurement, follow-up projects,...
You support the team in building out an industry driven wind energy program at Sirris by being up-to-date with ongoing technology trends, support business cases or investigate new test infrastructure investments.
You focus on projects that are linked to supporting ‘environmental testing and monitoring of components and full systems in harsh environments’, 'reliability and decision support in harsh environments', and ‘operations & maintenance’ of wind energy assets in general based on the understanding of the wind turbine application and a wind farm in general.
In collaboration with experts of other technology fields (external partners and/or internal departments) such as materials engineering, mechatronics, ICT and data-analytics you help companies in the wind power industry to innovate.