Researcher 3D Printed Electronics

3D printing has revolutionized manufacturing as it can bring significant advantages across many metrics: simplified supply chains, less transport of goods across the globe and increased product design freedom. At Holst Centre we believe that the next big thing is going to be 3D printed electronics (3DPE) where 3D printing and printed electronics are being mixed and matched. 3DPE will allow to distribute electronical, mechanical, optical and fluidic functionalities freely across the volume of a product. Imagine customized but still hermetically sealed implantable devices, tailor-made organ-on-a-chip devices but also 3D printed semiconductor chip packaging. Some more information on our activities in this field can be found at the following link: Breakthrough printing technology for series manufacturing.

For this new and exciting field, we are currently looking for a creative hands-on experimental 'Researcher 3D printed electronics' that can take this topic to the next level.

Your responsibilities:

  • Be engaged in collaborating with application-oriented groups in Holst Centre, to find useful application cases for 3DPE;

  • Ensure tangible results (e.g. demonstrators) and patents are being created, partially through collaboration in multi-disciplinary teams;

  • (Co)-defining the roadmap (applications, functionalities), based on a good view on the market and interactions with (potential) customers;

  • Responsible for leading and/or participating in one or more customer and/or EU funded projects.


What we expect from you

  • PhD level education in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science or a related field;

  • A hands-on and creative researcher with an affinity for applied, experimental research;

  • An organized and goal-oriented investigator with proven record in leading (industrial) costumer projects;

  • Up to 2 years of experience in industry in the field of microelectronics, 3D printing and/or printed electronics;

  • Previous experience in 3D printing (in particular SLA) and printed electronics is a (strong) plus;

  • Pro-active attitude in initiating collaborations both internally and externally, for example with our sister institute CITC in Nijmegen;

  • You are self-propelling and have strong drive to succeed and continuously improve.

What you’ll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary between € 3.818,- and € 5.994,- (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:

  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.

  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.

  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.

  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.

  • Travel allowance.

  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.

  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home.

  • Networking opportunities and great activities organized by Jong TNO.

  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.

  • A good pension scheme.

Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

The selection process

Please apply before 19 September 2022. The selection process comprises two interview rounds.  In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to the recruiter.

Recruiter: Brahim Dagdaoui
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-111 60129


Hiring manager: Jeroen van den Brand