Researcher in 3D Printing of Electrical Applications University of Leuven, Advanced Manufacturing research Laboratory (AML) Belgium




Last modified: 1/12/2017

The researcher will join the Advanced Manufacturing research Laboratory (AML) at the Campus De Nayer (Sint Katelijne Waver) under the supervision of Eleonora Ferraris.AML is part of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Cluster (METC) ( and the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the KU Leuven. METC involves research and service-to-society in various mechanical engineering fields. Its activities are typically application-driven or application-oriented, and can rely on a strong network with the industrial and services sector and also with more fundamentally oriented research partners, leading to a continuous interaction between fundamental and applied research activities. AML currently include 3 PhD students and several master students. The research interests range from FDM of composites to 3D printing of electronics and bio-printing for mechatronic and biomedical applications. The laboratory has several own-built and commercial 3D printing systems, with a main focus on jet- and extrusion-based techniques that will be used in this project.The researcher will work in the frame of a national project and have the opportunity to interact with the research partners (and more specifically with the group of Wim Deferme and Mieke Buntinx, University of Hasselt, and Patrick Pelgrims, Thomas More) and the industrial users.
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The final aim of the project is to develop customized smart solutions and industrial applications based on electronic printing technologies. Focus will be on the development of thermal and force sensors, interconnects and antennas, printed via Aerosol Jet based techniques (AJP) on flat and customized shapes, and to integrate them into medical and consumer products.


Electronic printing is regarded as a Key Enabling Technology (KET) for the Factory of the Future. The Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things context put forward not only massive sensorisation concepts, but also the need of customized devices and smart tools, wherein RFID, antennas, batteries, interconnects, resistors, capacitors, etc. can be flexibly integrated. Compared to roll-to-roll and screen printing, direct writing technologies can offer additional opportunities with respect to prototyping, customization, flexible design, repairing and small batch production. In addition, multiple nozzle based technologies can be combined within a unique platform to explore new scenarios, including bio-electrical printing for tissue engineering and integrated manufacturing for mechatronics.


The candidate is expected to develop printing strategies for the realization and validation of a given number of electrical applications, and he will be supported across the whole process, from electrical design to materials selection, printing, experimental set-up and testing. The candidate is expected to develop multidisciplinary competence in various areas, including 3D printing, inkrheology, electrical design, machine components, and experimental testing.


Additional responsibilities of the candidate will include:

  • Collaboration on related research activities within the groups.
  • Guidance of master students on related projects.
  • Participation in writing of new project applications.
  • Limited teaching tasks within the department and support for coordination of laboratory activities and laboratories.
  • Presentation of results during regular group meetings and in meetings with project partners.
  • Writing of scientific papers and presenting at scientific conferences, of results obtained during the project.


We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and independent researcher, willing to pursuit a doctoral degree and with:

  • a master's degree in mechanical engineering,chemical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering technology, or arelated domain;


  • goodcommunication skills (oral and written) in English, knowledge of Dutch is aplus;
  • acollaborative attitude and interest in multidisciplinary research;
  • experiencein electronic printing  and/or jet printing, and/or electrical design,and/or mechatronics.



The successful candidate will receive:

  • A full-time researcher position at an internationally renowned research university for 2 years, extendable to a 4 years doctoral studies.
  • A competitive salary according to the relevant university salary scales.
  • The opportunity to attend international conferences and participate in other training courses and teaching activities.
  • The opportunity to collaborate with top research groups nationally and internationally, and to explore new research scenarios.
  • The opportunity to develop an extended industrial network.
  • The opportunity to develop teaching skills and people management skills.
  • The opportunity to work closely for the coordination of laboratories.


The position is available immediately.  If eligible, the selected candidate will apply for a personal doctoral fellowship/mandate.



Applicants must use the online application tool to submit: * an academic CV; * transcripts of bachelor and masters degrees; * a short statement of research interests and career goals; * at least two references with their full names and contact information. For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Eleonora Ferraris, tel.: +32 16 37 28 84, mail: The position will be filled in as soon as the right candidate will be identified. So if you have interest, please apply immediately!
You can apply for this job no later than February 01, 2018 via the online application tool
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