Computational process research engineer

NLMK Europe, a trusted partner in value added steel. NLMK Europe  has plants in Belgium, France, Italy, and Denmark which produce a wide range of steel products, including hot rolled, cold rolled and coated steels, and steel plates. The company also has an extensive distribution and service network to satisfy the needs of its customers. NLMK Europe’s customers, local and multinational businesses, benefit from the Group’s efficient vertically integrated production chain that allows the company to provide them with an extensive range of products, and guarantee on-time delivery. Supported by reliable supplies of high quality steel slabs from Novolipetsk.

NLMK Europe Strip and NLMK Europe Plate successfully compete on the European market of high value added steel products and steadily increase the number of loyal customers in the automotive, yellow goods, energy, construction and other industries.

The Strip Products business, with plants and service centers in Belgium and France, has become a trusted partner for customers that look for reliable supplies of hot rolled, cold rolled and coated products.

The Plate business, which operates three plants in Belgium, Italy, and Denmark, provides its customers with a broad range of steel products, from thin to thick plates, wide plates and tool steels. NLMK Europe acknowledges the importance of motivating employees and developing their skills to increase competitiveness and stay committed to a sustainable growth strategy.

The company remains focused on safety issues and developing employee skills, on the efficiency of production systems and protection of the environment, on providing customers with high quality and safe products and making them more competitive in their respective markets.


The role:

Numerical Modelling Specialist in one or more of the following:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computational Particulate Flow Modelling
  • Metallurgical process flow modelling

(Computational Metallurgy and Thermodynamics)

Job description:
The computational modelling specialist is part of the Computational Simulation Resource Team. Team members work in project teams, in collaboration with production, maintenance, and technical sales on industrial R&D problems. Team members are exposed to all elements of steel making in our vertically integrated company, from mineral processing to ironmaking to steelmaking, rolling, and galvanizing. Team composition is adjusted to project needs and scope and team members experience many different part of the steelmaking and product and process development. For the current role the focus is on metallurgical process engineering, CFD and optionally DEM.

Requirements and Education

  • Must hold a PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy, or related field.
  • At least working professional level English
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in advanced steel research
  • Willingness to travel up to 15%, depending on project requirements (job based in La Louvière - 50 km south of Brussels)
  • Willingness to co-author and present industrial scientific work
Soft skills:
  • Open minded team player
  • Eager to learn
  • Exhibit ownership

Nice to have:

  • Experience in programming (C++, Fortran, shell, …)
  • Modelling of welding is a plus
  • Experience in statistics, data processing, and data visualization (Matlab, R, Statistica, Gnuplot etc.)
  • Experience in Version Control (preferably Git)
  • Experience with CAD and mesh generation
  • Additional languages are a plus, in particular French and/or Russian
  • Project management skills, especially Agile methods (KanBan, Scrum, DevOps, etc.)
  • A combination of the desired backgrounds, e.g. CFD-FEM or CFD-DEM
  • Contribution to and/or use of open source projects