PhD Position: Noise Effects in Surface Measurements KU Leuven Mechanical Engineering Technology TC, Group T Leuven Campus Belgium


The Manufacturing Metrology research group investigates, develops, optimizes and implements measurement solutions for manufacturing quality control. Our expertise covers surface and 3D coordinate metrology using tactile and optical probes as well as X-ray Computed Tomography (CT). We target Industry 4.0 readiness of measurement solutions by increasing speed, reducing measurement errors, and establishing traceability, to realize in-line and in-process capabilities that intelligently feed back inspection results for of first-time-right and zero-waste manufacturing. We put our expertise and state-of-the-art equipment at the disposal of manufacturing companies to address complex metrology challenges and to improve manufacturing process understanding and performance.



In the characterization of surface measuring instruments and surface measurements themselves, noise is a typical and important characteristic for the instrument-specimen combination.

This research will focus on a proper quantification of noise for several surface measuring instruments, of both contact and non-contact (optical) type, and for a variety of specimen: flat, smooth, rough, reflective, etc. with special attention for surfaces that appear in production processes studied in the PMA group, such as additive manufacturing and laser texturing.


It is expected that a proper noise evaluation will enable a better surface characterization, the correction of systematic errors, and may identify basic shortcomings in the used characterization methods and will give a key for a proper and feasible measuring method.


In this PhD, you will research noise effects in a multitude of surface measuring instruments inside and outside the group. Also you will maintain, develop and modify existing instruments in order to have full access to all the raw measurement data –typically image stacks – in order to develop and apply new evaluation methods.

The work will be carried out in the laboratories of the PMA group, but also cooperation and exchange with other universities and companies is aimed.


  • Master’s degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering or Physics or an equivalent university-level degree and relevant experience
  • Strong and demonstrated experimental and computer programming skills
  • Interest in metrology, instrument evaluation and data processing
  • Interest in the physical and mathematical background of data processing methods.
  • Ability to work as an independent and flexible researcher in interdisciplinary teams
  • Strong English writing and speaking skills
We offer a PhD position at the Group T Campus Leuven and the Manufacturing Metrology research group.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Han Haitjema, tel.: +32 16 37 42 83, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than December 31, 2018 via the online application tool

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