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Entrepreneurial AI scientist (CTO)

Research & development - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Driving the product development for a disruptive fake news detection start-up based on data mining and AI

Entrepreneurial AI Scientist with CTO potential


VUB and imec have developed technology for a disinformation monitoring application at their joint ETRO lab in Brussels. To further develop this technology, imec and VUB are investigating the creation of a new spin-off company.  For this venture-backed start-up, we are looking for an entrepreneurial AI scientist with CTO potential.

What you will do

  • You will be responsible for the definition and execution of the product roadmap of a spin-off on fake news detection.
  • Lead the execution of the technical work. As the start-up grows, you steer the day-to-day management of developers and AI experts.
  • Support the CEO in voice-of-customer interviews to define the user requirements.
  • Translating the functional product requirements into a software architecture and development roadmap in close collaboration with the business lead (CEO) of the start-up.
  • Keep yourself updated of the latest technical developments in the field of AI and big data mining and benchmark the solution with respect to competitors’ offering. 
  • Identify technical risks, prioritize them and assess the impact on the product development roadmap and propose elegant and efficient solutions to de-risk critical steps in an early phase.
  • As an inventor of elegant solutions to problems encountered, you contribute to the patent portfolio of the spin-off company

What we do for you

We offer you a unique opportunity to join and take up a leading role in and potentially co-founding an imec spin-off currently in incubation. With your talent, passion and expertise, you will become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. The initial collaboration to get the venture started will be under a consultancy agreement (no full time payroll position).
Imec/VUB and its family of spin-off companies create technologies and products that will shape the society of tomorrow.

Who you are

  • You have a PhD or Master’s degree with equivalent experience in big data or AI.
  • You have lead software developments in the past and are familiar with leading a technical team.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills in which you combine theoretical expertise with a pragmatic and hands-on approach to solving problems and demonstrate progress.
  • You are thrilled by translating a disruptive technology into a compelling product.
  • Ideally, you have previous experience in start-ups.
  • You are based or willing to be based in Belgium and available to travel when needed.

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