• R&D Engineer

    Werklocaties BE-Duffel
    Technical jobs, R&D and Engineering
  • Job overzicht

    Aleris is a relatively young company, formed at the end of 2004 through the merger of Commonwealth Industries, Inc. and IMCO Recycling, Inc. Since then, they have strengthened the business through organic growth and operational improvements, as well as strategic acquisitions. In 2014, Aleris also made the strategic decision to exit the recycling and extrusions business to strengthen our focus on our rolled products business. In that way Aleris will have greater flexibility to concentrate resources in the areas with the highest growth potential.

    Aleris’s site in Duffel operates one of Europe’s largest rolling mills. The plant, with its 1000 employees, is not only Aleris’s second largest production facility, but also the competence center for automotive. Recent investments in production and R&D (the worldwide innovation center for automotive has been established in Duffel) prove and reinforce the important role that Aleris Duffel plays within the group.

    Throughout the years, Aleris Duffel has shifted away from volume commodity business towards state-of-the-art quality products with high added value. Today, more than ever, key values are quality, customer focus and operational excellence.


    The R&D Engineer is part of Aleris Duffel’s R&D team. This team consists of specialized Metallurgists and has a focus on the domain of Formability and the correlation between the thermo-mechanical processing of the aluminum and its microstructure. The R&D team is part of Aleris’s Innovation Center for Automotive.


    The R&D Engineer will investigate the fundamental interaction between process parameters and processed materials in order to make it possible to produce these products in a consistent way.


    He/she will:

    • Define & arrange up-scaling trials for industrial qualification;
    • Define & coordinate test programs with internal and external test houses;
    • Define serial production route for dedicated products;
    • Analyze test data;
    • Provide input for customer meetings / international registrations;
    • Co-ordinate projects with external partners;
    • Propose material qualities for new applications at the customer;
    • Evaluate with the customer potential materials for new applications;
    • Define design of demonstrators together with customers;
    • Support design of demonstrators with simulation tools / trade studies;
    • Follow testing and evaluation.

    Vereiste kwalificaties

    • PhD in Metallurgy (preferably in aluminum).
    • High level of interest for material science and metallurgy;
    • Proven experience in an industrial research department;
    • You are an expert in aluminum alloys and the industrial application from it. As a specialist you deepen your knowledge in your domain continuously.
    • You have an experience in project management.
    • Team player;
    • Good communication and coordination skills;
    • Customer oriented;
    • Good knowledge of English and German.

    Ons aanbod

    • A position within a dynamic, stable and growing company.
    • An intellectually challenging role in a state-of-the-art technological environment.
    • The possibility to become an expert in a growing market and to have a real impact on product quality, reliability and cost effectiveness.
    • A competitive salary package.


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