Research Engineer/Scientist (M/F) Evaluation & validation of laser dazzling on Electro-Optical sensors (DAP16-04 project) CISS Department

Job description and associated tasks

In the framework of a research project financed by the Belgian Defence, we are looking for a research scientist/engineer with a master's degree in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Electrical Engineering (Applied Sciences, Engineering Sciences).

The main objective of this project would be the prediction and assessment of the laser dazzler effectiveness against EO (Electro-Optical) sensors (level and duration of the functional disruption of the imager) at a certain range and in specific light conditions. The EO sensors will range from visible to short-wave infrared sensors. For the evaluation and validation, measurements on off-the-shelf laser dazzlers as well as ‘home-made’ laser dazzlers will be necessary followed by experimental evaluation of their effectiveness on a range of EO sensors. The performance prediction of laser dazzlers as a main objective will also lead to a better understanding of the protection measures needed for the EO sensors. Indeed, since the effectiveness of lasers have been recognized to distract and diminish the operational performance of EO sensors, protection measures are of growing importance.

The research may lead to a PhD.

The researcher will be integrated in the research unit lead by Dr Ir Marijke Vandewal. This research unit is part of the Signal and Image Centre where about 20 researchers are active.

The project itself contributes to a NATO Research and Technology working group of the Sensors and Electronic Technology Panel (

Main Tasks:
Performing the research tasks of the project allotted to the Royal Military Academy:

  • Creation of experimental set-up (laser and electro-optical sensor) to evaluate and validate the vulnerability of EO sensors against laser illumination
  • Exploitation of the acquired video’s/images to quantify the loss in field-of-view and contrast
  • Definition of a robust set of metrics to define the performance degradation and, if available, evaluate the effect of protection measures

The results will have to be communicated to the other members of the research consortium and in the scientific literature, mostly in English.

More info about the project: please contact Prof. Marijke Vandewal

Required skills

Technical skills
  • The applicant shall have a Master’s Degree in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Electrical Engineering (Applied Sciences, Engineering Sciences)
  • Training or experience in laser radiation is highly recommended
  • Training or experience in EO sensors is highly recommended
  • Training or experience in EO image processing is an added value
Specific requirements

The researcher will be exposed to classified information and will therefore have to obtain the required security clearance. The candidate must consent with the background check required to obtain this clearance, which will be executed by Belgian Defense.

Personal skills
  • You conduct scientific research in an independent and upright way within a multidisciplinary environment
  • You think in an innovative and creative way
  • You communicate your results in a clear, concise and precise manner
  • You take initiatives
  • You are involved and results oriented
  • You are honest, loyal toward the institution and respect confidentiality
  • You plan and manage proactively your self-development, while being critical to your own functioning and striving to your self-improvement
  • You improve the team-spirit and solve interpersonal conflicts
  • You solve problems autonomously and find alternatives or solutions
  • You behave in a respectful way toward the others, their ideas and opinions as well as toward procedures and instructions
  • You are flexible for change and adapt yourself
  • You are capable of writing qualitative technical reports on your work
  • You are capable to manage, direct and assist with the composition of deliverables towards the funding authority
  • You are capable to write and present scientific papers about your work
  • You will be working with international partners from across NATO as well as with other researchers of the CISS department. The ability to work well in a team is therefore an absolute must.
Experience & other skills
  • The applicant shall have excellent knowledge of English (oral / written)
  • Minimum knowledge of French or Dutch is an added value



Point of contacts
  • Probable date of recruitment will be as soon as possible, in consultation with the applicant
  • Status: The candidate will be offered an open-ended contract with the patrimony of the Royal Military Academy for a full-time employment. This does not imply that the candidate will be a civil servant
  • Wage scale: A11 (holders of a Master’s degree) / A21 (Ir or holders of a Master’s degree in Engineering) / A22 (holders of a PhD)
    • Possibility to obtain a bonus for bilingualism (Dutch/French)
    • Holiday allocation
    • End-of-year bonus
    • Hospitalization insurance
    • Free public transport (home-work commute)
    • Cycling allowance
    • Free access to the on-campus sport infrastructure
    • On-campus restaurant and cafeteria with discount on the daily menu
  • Workplace: The usual workplace is the Royal Military Academy, 1000 Brussels, occasional travels abroad are possible as well as measurement campaigns off campus and meetings at partner’s premises





  • Send:
    • your motivation letter,
    • your CV,
    • a scan of your ID card (both sides) or passport,
    • and the filled and signed request for security check (see below)

to Marijke VANDEWAL and to Thierry DEPREZ

  • The work is to be performed in a military context and that implies that the candidate will undergo a background check. Please add to your application the filled out document.
  • Please mention clearly the reference of the project: DAP16-04
  • Application deadline: December 4, 2020
  • A first pre-selection will be conducted based on the received documents. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be invited to an interview at the Royal Military Academy, rue Hobbema 8, 1000 Brussels. Taking into consideration the COVID-measures, remote / tele-interviews are likely. The date and time of the interview will be communicated to the preselected candidates.