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R&D Technician- MEA

Date:  Jul 12, 2024

Deerlijk, BE

Company:  Bekaert NV


Be part of something bigger!

As the world and the way people live is changing, at Bekaert we believe it’s our responsibility to contribute to finding new solutions for the future. Our ambition is to be the leading partner for shaping the way we live and move. And to always do this the Bekaert Way – safe, smart, and sustainable.

With a heritage of more than 140 years, we continue to strengthen our core competencies that have made Bekaert a global market and technology leader in material science of steel wire transformation and coating technologies. Today, we also apply our expertise beyond steel to create new solutions with innovative materials and services for markets including new mobility, low-carbon construction, and green energy.

As a dynamic and growing company with over 27,000 employees worldwide, 75 nationalities, a retention rate above 90% and almost € 7 billion in combined revenue in 2022, we're looking for someone like you to join our team!


Why join us?

  • Personal Growth – Let us help you unlock your full potential
  • Pioneering – Join us to challenge the impossible
  • Creativity - Discover possibilities beyond steel
  • Purpose – Drive progress for our planet and people
  • Diversity – Together, we create change



About the role

This position will provide R&D focussed technical lab and/or engineering support to research scientists and project managers in the field of water electrolysis. As a R&D Technician, you will perform a variety of hands-on electrochemical laboratory tasks aimed at the development of next-generation components and continuous improvement of the performance of our existing water electrolysis products. This position will be placed within a larger group focussing on next generation products (MEA) and will report to the Lead of MEA within the Hydrogen R&D Group.

Your Impact as ‘R&D Technician – Hydrogen’:

  • Fabrication of samples including cell construction, electrode coating from research materials, and electrochemical testing.
  • Execute pre and post-test characterization of materials and perform investigative tear-down of electrochemical cells.
  • Record results, organize data, perform basic computations in R&D test database and provide feedback.
  • Work closely with other members of our product development and product engineering teams to support our product development program.
  • Ordering of miscellaneous materials, parts and consumables and maintenance of laboratory supplies.
  • To ensure that a safe working environment is maintained at all times through compliance with Health and Safety at Work legislation and Bekaert's.
  • Operational Procedures. This includes conducting COSHH and Risk Assessments and the maintenance of records of hazardous substances used within the labs.

About You

Essential skills & competencies


  • Knowledge of proton exchange membrane (PEM) and Anion Exchange Membrane (AEM) electrolyser 
  • Clear understanding of electrocatalysis, fuel cell/electrolyser components, catalyst coating techniques, electrochemical testing, etc
  • Experience with solution-based coating and cell assembly techniques and equipment
  • Able to work independently with precision and safety and to meet deadlines.
  • To be able to prioritize workload and work under own initiative.
  • The ability to work as a team member and possess good interpersonal, communication and literacy skills.
  • A BSc or MSc in science or engineering, ie chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or other related fields 
  • 2 – 3 years' experience working in an electrochemistry lab or electrochemical device characterization, such as batteries, fuel cells and/or electrolysis.


What is in it for you?


  • A Competitive salary with Benefits.
  • 20 vacation days + 17 ADV days.
  • Learning programs developed by our L&D department.
  • A great opportunity to play your part in an international growth story.
  • A chance to grow along with your responsibilities (national or international).
  • Cool colleagues all over the world.


Will you dare to take the next step?


Join us to unlock your full potential AND have a true impact in pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

We're looking for individuals who are not afraid to take risks and explore new ideas. If you are passionate about personal growth and bringing your authentic self to work, we want you on our team!

At Bekaert, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

To learn more about us and our exciting career opportunities, visit Bekaert Careers 


Our Hydrogen Business Unit is a dynamic and innovative scale-up business, part of Bekaert’s Specialty Businesses. We specialize in Energy Transition, with a focus on Hydrogen generation. Our international team features young and diverse professionals bursting with entrepreneurial spirit. Are you a talented individual passionate about renewable energy? Do you want to be part of a growing, exciting team? Join us in shaping the future of renewable energy.


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