In 2016 IK4-IKERLAN will be renewing its commitment to seek and incorporate talent begun in 2015. As the result of a growth strategy with which IK4-IKERLAN is seeking to take a qualitative leap in its competitiveness, over the coming months the centre is set to take on about 30 people who will be contributing towards boosting its capabilities in the future.
This recruiting drive will take place throughout the year, and during the first six months especially, in the areas of embedded systems, information and communication technologies (ICTs), energy, power electronics and advanced manufacturing.
The aim is thus to recruit contracted researchers and well as ones in training. The job offers have been posted on the centre’s website.
”We want to attract the best talent to help us go on innovating in future technologies,” remarked Ion Etxeberria, the head of IK4-IKERLAN’s People area. “The newcomers will help us conduct research to tackle the new challenges in the transport, industry and energy sectors and will also help to drive forward the competitiveness of companies,” he added.
Transfer and research
The centre is thus planning to bolster all its units, those devoted to research projects and those involving technology transfer to companies. IK4-IKERLAN is working to drive forward the competiveness of companies that are leaders in their sectors, such as CAF, Orona, Alstom, Fagor Arrasate, Grupo ULMA, Copreci, Fagor Automation, and with important SMEs sich as Laulagun, ABC and Tifell.
“IK4-IKERLAN is an ideal place for people who are curious, restless and pro-active and who have a technical capacity and research calling," said Etxeberria. He added that the centre is “an excellent place for developing one’s professional career since it allows one to contribute towards increasing the competiveness of companies, work in a cutting-edge R&D environment and collaborate with a network of leading organisations across Europe”.
It is no surprise therefore that it has an important network of collaboration on an international level involving over 20 organisations. Prominent among them are the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the universities of Aachen, Louvain and Zürich. The agreements that IK4-IKERLAN has struck with these entities allow its researchers to do PhD theses and go on international stays.
IK4-IKERLAN is a leading centre in technology transfer and in the contribution of competitive value to companies, thanks to its capacity to offer comprehensive solutions by combining various technological domains. This is possible due to its high degree of expertise in six major areas: embedded systems, power electronics, microtechnologies, energy efficiency and storage, structural dependability and advanced manufacturing and the fact that it has a significant network of national and international collaboration that complements its offer so that it can provide its customers with the best solution.