Research Technician and Education in Mechanical Engineering

The research group Discrete Technology and Production Automation has a vacancy for a Research Technicianin Mechanical Engineering and Education Coordinator who will coordinate the laboratory activities and support projects for the groups DTPA, SMS, and ODS.

Within the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), the Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen conducts engineering science research and covers a broad area of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, biotechnology, and information technology.

The research unit Discrete Technology and Production Automation (DTPA) is focused on the dynamical modeling, analysis and systems engineering of complex electro-mechanical systems. The application areas include smart energy systems, mechatronic systems, robotic systems, mechatronics of materials, as well as, multi-agent autonomous systems. Two other research units, Smart Manufacturing Systems (SMS) and Optimization and Decision Systems (ODS) share some of the laboratory space with DTPA.


  • coordinate the activities in the laboratory of DTPA at two locations, with two additional Research and Education assistants
  • provide new ideas, new designs and support for laboratory set ups in Systems and Control, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering related research and education
  • active preliminary research for new technology available on the market, or to be developed in the laboratory
  • design and development of mechatronic systems and electronic circuits
  • testing, installing, documenting, and delivering new setups
  • coordinate the maintenance of the laboratory setups
  • function as advisor about laboratory research and education in the relevant fields
  • function as advisor for and participant in projects of DTPA, and potentially also of SMS and ODS
  • participate in the acquisition of projects.
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Duration: 1 year


They offer in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience with a minimum € 2,960 (salary scale 10) and maximum € 5,439 gross per month (salary scale 11) for a full-time position
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance.

Job Requirements

Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or similar engineering from a university or university of applied sciences, with significant additional experience. Specifically,

  • significant experience with laboratory support and coordination
  • experience with analogue and digital electronics, electro-mechanical systems, control engineering, sensors, actuators, embedded software, simulation tools and techniques and physical measurement systems.
  • in particular, experience with ROS and software development for embedded systems with ARM-Cortex microcontrollers is highly desirable
  • fluent in English and Dutch
  • a dynamic, creative and pioneering professional attitude
  • the ability to work independently and with colleagues, and to take the lead in coordination and providing new ideas
  • a problem solving ability
  • cross-cultural sensitivity and strong communication skills
  • enjoys working with young people of several educational backgrounds.

Application Process

Interested applicants are to send their application via the apply button below and include the following:

  • A motivation letter,
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae.

Click here to apply for Research Technician and Education in Mechanical Engineering.

Deadline: March 22, 2023.

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