PhD position in digital manufacturing and automation

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
April 08, 2023
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PhD position in digital manufacturing and automation

(ref. BAP-2023-136)

Last modification : Wednesday, March 8, 2023

We are offering a PhD position in the field of manufacturing and automation systems. You will become a member of Manufacturing Processes and Systems (MaPS) division of the Mechanical Engineering Department at KU Leuven. KU Leuven is the most innovative University in Europe. MaPS is active in academic research in the field. MaPS also has a very strong focus on application-driven research and development in close collaboration with industry. The knowledge gained from steady research over the years has resulted in multiple spin-off companies.

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Designing tolerances can be a time-intensive and heuristic process in mechanical designs. Often these tolerances are simply copied from previous designs or obtained from rather heuristic tolerance synthesis methods. Typically these methods do not account for the actual behavior of an assembly nor do they take into account the production cost. In other cases, designers even lack the freedom to alter the tolerances, and need to stick to company standards. This is problematic as these tolerances can have a major impact on the performance of the system while they are also strongly affecting the cost of manufacturing and of quality control. The proposed thesis will focus on the development of a workflow to optimize tolerances (to optimize manufacturing cost) while fulfilling the functionality of the assembled product. The software tool chain developed in the project is expected to extend the capabilities of the existing CAD/CAM/CAE systems by novel tolerance and design optimization tools.


You share strong interest in design and manufacturing, and you have:

  • MSc in Mechanical engineering. Computer science, Mechatronics (or equivalent),
  • Some experience (courses/projects) with programming (C++ or python),
  • Any prior experience with CNC machine tools is beneficial but not mandatory,
  • Affinity for both model based (physical models) and machine learning analysis,
  • An analytical mind,
  • Technical/practical implementation skills,
  • Good English written and oral communication skills.
  • Offer

    We offer a full-time PhD research position in Mechanical Engineering:

  • You will join a supportive and collaborative team in which you can develop know-how and expertise in state-of-the-art (digital-) manufacturing systems,
  • You will have the opportunity to build up research and innovation skills that are essential for a future career in academia or in industry,
  • You will work in a multicultural working environment at the KU Leuven High Tech Campus.
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    For more information please contact Prof. Dr. ir. Dominiek Reynaerts, tel.: +32 16 32 26 40, mail: [email protected] or Dr. Shashwat Kushwaha, tel.: +32 16 32 64 50, mail: [email protected].

    KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at [email protected].

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