PhD Position on IT Tools for Repair and Remanufacturing KU Leuven, Technology Cluster Mechanical Engineering Belgium


(Ref. BAP-2017-410)


Employment: Full time

Duration: Certain duration

City: Leuven

Apply until: 15/12/2017


For the Technology Cluster Mechanical Engineering Engineering, Campus Group T Leuven we seek a motivated PhD candidate for the subject: PhD Position on IT tools for repair and remanufacturing



A circular economy, in which the lifetime of products is extended and the environmental impact generated during the production and disposal is reduced, requires cross-sector cooperation and the sharing of information and knowledge among the different actors of the value chain. Today, several IT tools already exist to share information and knowledge on how to repair products, of which the best known example is probably the website. At the same time several initiatives from nonprofit organizations, such as the repair cafés, as well as from original equipment manufacturers and European policy makers already exist that support the sharing of repair information and knowledge. Nonetheless, the number of products that are repaired today is still limited in consequence of the rapid and continuous increase in complexity of products and the limited availability and/or access to the required information and knowledge to extend the lifetime of these products. 

Therefore, there is a strong and increasing need for innovative tools to help original equipment manufacturing, reuse, repair, remanufacturing and recycling companies and organizations to access and share relevant information and knowledge. For this reason, the Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) research group of the KU Leuven has, among others, been working on the development of computer vision techniques to identify discarded products, on databases to store product information, on algorithms to scrawl and update these databases, and on methods to offer decision support to the different actors of the value chain. 

With the ambition to expand these research activities and the related laboratories, the LCE research group is looking for a motivated colleague with demonstrated excellence in the development of IT tools who likes a hands-on and co-/participatory design approach. 


  • You are part of a multidisciplinary research group working on the topic of Life Cycle Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jef Peeters, Prof. Wim Dewulf and Prof. Joost Duflou.
  • You are responsible for the development of software, databases and user interfaces to make relevant information and knowledge available and easily accessible during repair and remanufacturing activities, as well as for the evaluation of the developed IT tools.
  • You contribute to organizing and performing practical experiments and events to obtain feedback from end/lead-users, as required in a co-/participatory design process, and to evaluate the performances of the developed IT tools.
  • You contribute to national, Benelux and European projects on the development of policy requirements on disassemblability, repairability and the sharing of product information.
  • You independently follow-up relevant literature, patents, industrial developments, policy, standards, etc. and attend international conferences.
  • You report to your supervisors and to partners during project meetings and contribute to the writing of project proposals.
  • You act as a coach for Masterstudents.



  • You hold a Master in Science or Engineering.
  • You have demonstrated excellence in the development of software, databases and user interfaces, and like to combine these with a co-/participatory design approach
  • You have good organizational skills required to organize stakeholder meetings and practical experiments
  • You have a creative mind set and are not afraid to take initiative to explore innovative ideas and new opportunities.
  • You are fluent in English.
  • Being Dutch speaking or being willing to improve your language skills is an asset.




  • We offer a varied and challenging job in close cooperation with industry combined with an attractive salary package.
  • We offer a research position in a stimulating and multi-disciplinary environment and a strong industrial network.
  • We give you the opportunity to obtain a PhD and build an international network.
  • We offer a work location in thenice environment of Campus Arenberg in Heverlee, Belgium



More information can be obtained from Mr. Jef Peeters, tel .: +32 16 32 25 69, mail: or Prof. dr. Ir. Wim Dewulf, tel .: +32 16 37 28 81, mail:


Application for this job can be through 15/12/2017 until 15/12/2017 

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