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    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Research & Science
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  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      December 16,2021
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    Postdoctoral researcher ‘Development and Application of MEMS Sensors’

    The professorship ‘Sensors & Smart Systems’ is embedded in the Research Center Biobased Economy. Research and development focus are IoT technologies and methodologies to facilitate the Industry 4.0 trend in the transformation of production capabilities and products of all industries, the health sector and the energy sector in the Dutch Northern region and beyond.

    The future IoT edge technology will be characterized by the emergence of increasingly miniaturized, eventually millimeter-scale sensor units that can be realized with advances in low-power electronics design, packaging and battery technologies. These Miniature systems are expected to be a driving force for novel Smart IoT applications with unprecedented real-world prevalence, such as implanted diagnostic sensors and pervasive environmental monitoring sensors.

    Position in the organisation

    You will be employed at the Institute of Engineering and you will work for the professorship Sensors & Smart Systems. The professor will be your supervisor.

    Content of the role

    In a collaboration between Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the University of Groningen and the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Postdoc researcher will conduct research in the field of 3D printed micro/nano sensors, 3D printed MEMS, micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) sensors, embedment of MEMS sensor systems in an application, automation and control systems. The candidate is expected to conduct research related to additive manufacturing, flexible soft polymer MEMS/NEMS, micro/nano sensors, self-powered sensors, and energy harvesting systems. It includes the embedding of such systems in a MEMS device, thus taking a mechatronics design perspective, and deals with research activities on micro transduction technology, on rectification systems, as well as, on micro power management systems.

    In particular, you will:
    • Design and conduct micro/nano fabrications of MEMS/NEMS sensors based on self-powered sensing mechanisms.
    • Explore 3D printing and additive manufacturing as a method to fabricate novel sensing elements and biomimetic sensors.
    • Develop flexible and stretchable nano-electronic sensors using soft polymers such as PDMS and hydrogels.
    • Embed such micro/nano sensors in sensing systems for in situ detection of the dynamics and conditions of fluids in transport pipes and (bio-)chemical reactors.

    Your qualifications

    • PhD degree in Applied Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or another related engineering education.
    • Work experience in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, lithographic micro/nano fabrication processes and design of MEMS/NEMS sensors.
    • Experience in electrospinning technique for nanofiber generation, graphene sensors, electrospun nanofiber sensors is an advantage.
    • Experience in material and nanomechanical characterization tools such as SEM, nanoindenter, micromanipulator, picoindenter, XRD, Raman, etc., and experience in synthesis of soft polymer materials is an added advantage
    • Experience with CAD/CAM, COMSOL and MatLab or similar.
    • Excellent research qualities, as evidenced by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and renowned conferences, and a relevant international network
    • A dynamic, creative and pioneering professional attitude
    • Ability to work independently and with colleagues
    • A problem solving ability
    • Cross-cultural sensitivity and strong communication skills
    • Able to communicate and teach in English, and Dutch is an advantage


    For this role the following competences are required: creative and out-of-the-box thinking, results orientation, work independently, academic writing, and planning and organization. You are a teamplayer, who takes initiatives and is creative.

    What do we offer

    You will be part of an ambitious and innovative team of researchers and teachers and have the opportunity to develop yourself further as a practice oriented researcher. You can extend yout network and contribute to timely research in an international network.

    The appointment will initially be for one year, with the option of extension. It concerns a 1.0 FTE position. The position is valued in scale is 11, in accordance with the collective labor agreement. The salary is at least € 3.453,- and a maximum of € 5.026,- gross per month for a full-time job.

    In addition, you will be entitled to holiday pay and a year-end bonus. Hanze UAS offers plenty of opportunities for further development in your field. Our Hanze PL Academy will facilitate and support you in this process.

    A certificate of good conduct may be required. You will get reimbursement for the fee by the Hanze University.

    More information

    Information about this role can be obtained with Heinrich Wörtche, Professor Sensors & Smart Systems, telephone +31 (0)50-595 36 72.

    Will you be our new colleague?

    Send your CV and motivation by using the application button.

    The interviews will be held on Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 January 2022 (online MS Teams).

    Vacancy status

    This vacancy is internal and external published; this means that employees of Hanze UAS are preferred over external candidates.

    We do not appreciate acquisition in reference to this advertisement.

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