Researcher 'printing with light'

Holst Centre has a strong team of researchers and engineers supporting industry by developing the next generation of printed electronic products and technologies. The printed electronics activities are enabling exciting, extremely thin, stretchable and low-cost electronic products that will address pressing challenges in the field of wearables (clothes, patches), medical (instrumentation, in-body devices) and automotive (Human machine interface, lighting) fields. The development of printed systems providing novel functionality is gaining rapid momentum. There is a high demand from industries for highly accurate, fast and large area deposition processes of functional materials, such as metals, transparent conductors, insulators and conductive adhesives. Traditional approaches such as vacuum deposition, inkjet and screen printing technologies all have their own merits, however also have specific drawbacks in terms of processing conditions, maximum resolution, achievable layer thickness, materials performance and processing speed. To answer the call from the industries, in the past few years Holst Centre has been very active in developing direct-write technologies based on innovative use of light sources, printing with light technologies such as Laser Induced Forward Transfer (LIFT) technology, to print functional materials in a noncontact, digital manner.

Holst Centre is continually pushing the boundaries of hybrid printed electronics technologies to open new frontiers and enable new promising applications. Leveraging on over a decade-long experience in development and maturing of LIFT technology and bringing it to the next level, we have developed a new laser-assisted printing technology – Volume-Controlled Laser Printing (VCLP) – capable of high-throughput deposition of ultrafine interconnects, such as conductive adhesives and solder pastes, from structured carrier plated covered with a proprietary permanent release layer. To complement VCLP interconnect printing technology and complete high-throughput integration of microcomponents, we have recently developed another laser-assisted technology targeted to selectively and accurately transfer microcomponents from carrier wafers populated with high-density arrays of microcomponents.

Are you eager to develop and mature another innovative laser-assisted technology to support aggressive industry roadmap? Do you want to be join a team of multidisciplinary and multicultural team of enthusiastic researchers and engineers?

Holst Centre is looking for a researcher capable of supporting and guiding the development of innovative concepts in the field of digital printing and microcomponent assembly. As a team player you will be responsible for further developing innovative printing with light technologies that can be adopted by industry.

Your responsibilities:

  • Shape the technology development for direct-write printing technologies;

  • As a team define the roadmap of printing with light developments;

  • Interact with internal as well as external stakeholders;

  • Provide support to and collaborate with international projects.

What we expect from you

You have a PhD degree (or equivalent work experience in a research environment) in experimental physics or materials science;

  • An affinity with printed electronics and fluid dynamics/mechanics is a requisite;

  • Proven creativity through a strong list of publications, patent applications and/or other tangible output;

  • Affinity for combining practical work with theory to support obtained results;

  • A pro-active and hands-on mentality, taking responsibility and organizing work in an efficient manner;

  • A team player;

  • Self-organizing and take initiative;

  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English.

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€ 2.818,- and € 5.531,- (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.

  • A good pension scheme.

Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

The selection process

Please apply before 20 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 our recruiter.

Recruiter: Brahim Dagdaoui

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

Hiring manager: Jeroen van den Brand