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R&D Technician

Date:  Jul 1, 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

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


  • Support next generation porous transport layer research and development within the hydrogen R&D group of Bekaert.
  • Plan and execute required characterisation of PTL samples such as SEM, TEM, EDX, mechanical and electrical characterisation.
  • Report on test results with a focus on providing insights to support further development cycles.
  • You will design and construct quick and easy test set-ups to evaluate new ideas and principles towards performance, quality and possibility to implement in industrial environments.
  • You will collaborate with internal and external partners to further support Bekaert’s PTL product development.
  • You will define and execute detailed experiments with regards to porous transport layers from titanium, nickel and/or stainless steel and report in detail to peers and colleagues in the R&D team.


About You


Essential skills & competencies

  • You have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in material sciences/chemistry or related field or equivalent by experience.
  • Previous experience in industrial settings with a focus on fiber production, webbing, sintering would be considered an advantage.
  • You have an innovative and creative mindset (thinking outside of the box).
  • You are hands on, a true team player & result/action oriented.
  • You are a strong communicator & proactive problem solver.
  • You’re excellent in dealing with ambiguity (dare to challenge the ‘what is’).
  • You are structured in your approach and have high attention to detail in way-of-working.
  • You’re fluent English, Dutch would be considered an advantage.


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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