Over 70 researchers, from all fields of science

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are some of the most exciting research fields of the near future. As a result, our growing research groups are always on the lookout for fresh talents. Are you interested in joining one of our teams? Make sure to contact us!

Wanted: Engineer with a desire to help people

The department of Robotics and Multibody Mechanics (R&MM) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is currently looking for engineers wanting to do a 'Baekeland' PhD in an Orthopaedic company. The goal is to help the company develop the next generation robotic revalidation devices.

Baekeland PhD: great way to combine research and "real life"

A Baekeland PhD is a PhD grant sponsored by the Flemish government to give individual researchers  the opportunity to perform their PhD research in close collaboration with an industrial partner. 


Send us your resume via and we'll be happy to discuss the possibilities!


Other job offers at the Human Centered Robotics research group in Brussels 

Who are we looking for:

The department of Robotics and Multibody Mechanics (R&MM) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is currently looking for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers with a strong background in mechatronics, mechanics,  electronics, control or biomechanics to reinforce our R&D team in the domain of human centered robotics.

More specifically, we are looking for researchers with experience in :

  • mechatronic design and evaluation of compliant actuators
  • mechatronic design and evaluation of exoskeletons (preferably lower limb), orthotics or prosthetics
  • development and testing of social robots

Who are we:

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a dynamic and modern university with two parkland campuses in the Brussels Capital Region. You will be working in  the main campus in Etterbeek, which is home to seven faculties. Centrally situated in the capital of Europe, our university takes up its role as an ambassador for Flanders and Brussels, in a spirit of active pluralism and open mindness.

The main research topics of the Robotics & Multibody Mechanics (R&MM) research group are physical human-robot interaction (pHRI) and cognitive HRI (cHRI), with a strong focus on improving the quality of life of people. The group consists of approximately 30 researchers. R&MM has developed several types of Variable Impedance Actuators (VIAs) with the intent to facilitate human-robot interaction. These principles are used to build prototypes in various applications which prove the group’s expertise in rehabilitation robotics and exoskeletons, such as EU projects CORBYS,  BIOMOT,  CYBERLEGS, DREAM, SPEXOR and the ERC Grant SPEAR and several regionally funded projects.

 What do we offer:

  • Salary conform academic salary scale as function of years of experience
    • Post-doc: gross yearly income 50,000-65,000 euro depending on level of experience
    • PhD student: net income (tax free): approximately 30,000 euro  
  • Full medical insurance
  • Reimbursement of public transport between work and home
  • An inspiring team of colleagues; including other researchers, technical staff and business developers

Are you interested?

Contact us: prof. Dirk Lefeber ( or/and
prof. Bram Vanderborght (
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