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Researcher in Microsystem Test & Design

Geplaatst: 20-03-2020
Sluitingsdatum: 11-04-2020
Enschede (Overijssel) 
Onderwijsgevend, Onderzoek / Lector 
min. 1 fte, max. 1 fte 
min. 10 (€2.769,32 - €4.192,37), max. 11 (€3.560,72 - €4.892,31) 


Dr. ir. A. Andreski, Associate Professor NanoPhysics:“Our job is to take care that Micro/Nano Science becomes Micro/Nano Industry. Many ideas, concepts and devices must be efficiently producible in relevant numbers before being marketed and sold. We inspire start-ups, companies, universities and institutes to work together with our researchers & students to make that happen. Our focus lies on the interface between science and industrial practice. Our expertise is in Micro/Nano industrialisation.”

The Saxion Research Chair NanoPhysics (NP) is looking to strengthen its team with a researcher in the area of Microsystem Test & Design. The candidate will play a key role within the new NP research line MEMS Test & Reliability by implementing its research program and by working closely with its team leader in expanding our project portfolio.

The focus of this new research line is improving the producibility and reliability of more-than-Moore MEMS devices via innovations in design & testing methods. The work lies on the crossroads of reliable fabrication, testing/validation and design of MEMS devices as well as the development of software tools for those purposes. Examples of devices we work with are MEMS flow sensors, piezoelectric MEMS and photonics.

Due to a close partnership with the Dutch Space Research Institute SRON, the NP Chair is regularly supplemented with their reliability and microsensor experts. You can read more about the NP Chair towards the end of this text.

You will participate in industrial R&D projects together with other NP team members, experts at SRON and scientists/engineers at our industrial partners. A second task will be working together with the team leader during new project acquisition by for example brainstorming, providing technical data, analyses and project documentation. Guiding junior researchers and students as well as providing input in developing the NP research roadmap is also part of your tasks.

1,0 fte = 40 hours

Your Characteristics:

  • good in the “R” but actually motivated by the “D” from the term R&D;
  • future-oriented, inspired by science & technology but respecting the limits of reality;
  • independent and ambitious in your work but also willing to share and lead students & juniors by example;
  • creative and open-minded but also accessible for guidance and motivation by experts;
  • quick learner yet thorough reader;
  • eager to attain new knowledge and continuously develop self;
  • open to absorb multidisciplinary knowledge and improve our educational programmes?

Then this may be the job for you:

  • develop knowledge, tools and methods for the industrialisation of more-than-Moore MEMS products;
  • model microstructures in a way that is elegant and efficient yet robust and testable in a realistic production setting;
  • work on novel testing methods for more-than-Moore MEMS;
  • teamwork on acquiring, developing and pitching new industrial project ideas;
  • guide junior researchers and students in the projects;
  • translate and use your knowledge to teach and develop educational curricula.


Your new working environment
The world is getting smarter. Every day we see products, services and solutions that were not there the day before. Saxion believes that people need to be at the centre of this process. That is why we prepare our students in various ways for their future role in this ever-changing society, with the promise: "Get ready for a smart world".

At Saxion, students learn how their field of study is influenced by innovations and how they can apply technology to achieve the best results. On the other hand, our research distinguishes itself by focusing on the interaction between humankind and technology. Saxion's approach ties in well with the strong growth of the high-tech manufacturing industry, in which the eastern part of the Netherlands is taking a leading role. Students and researchers come with surprising views and smart solutions to issues encountered by companies and organisations. These solutions have a high impact on people and their living environment; life becomes easier, more agreeable, more affordable, more sustainable.


The School of Life Science, Engineering & Design (LED) includes ten bachelor programs and one master program that all focus on technology and science. The Life Science branch of LED offers BSc programs in Biology and Medical Laboratory Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Forensic Science and the Master program of Applied Nanotechnology. The LED branch Engineering offers BSc programs in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering, Mechatronics, Computer Science, Engineering Physics and Mechanical Engineering. In addition to the educational programmes there are also eight applied research chairs attached to LED:  Lightweight Design, Sustainable Energy Supply, Industrial Design, International Water Technology, Mechatronics, Nanotechnology Bio Interface, Nanotechnology Physics Interface and Advanced Forensic Technology.

Approximately 2700 students are enrolled at LED. It has, together with its applied research chairs, about 230 employees. The school strives to provide her students with a relevant theoretical base, the necessary competences and an innovative mindset in order to prepare them for a dynamical professional field.

The NanoPhysics Chair
Within the research chair NanoPhysics (NP), applied research and innovative development is being carried out in the field of chip-based Micro- and Nano-sensor technology. We work together with the (regional) business community and research institutions to transfer scientific insights into practical solutions, new applications and for the industrialisation of micro/nano technology. The research chair is active in multiple projects that involve companies from the nano- and microtechnology sector.

NP has three main research lines: “Point of Care”, “Gas Sensing” and “MEMS Test & Reliability”. Within this growing research chair, there is an equivalent of three permanent staff, three part-time teacher/researchers and a group of approximately ten active students at any time. The background of the group members lies mostly in the fields of applied physics and electronics. The group is also actively involved in the Master of Applied Nanotechnology educational programme, both in teaching as well as in the development of its curriculum.

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Your Qualifications & Experience:

  • a (scientific) Master or preferably PhD in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics;
  • a proven academic record or proven industrial R&D experience in at least one of the following fields:
    • microtechnology and MEMS: fabrication & materials;
    • microtechnology and MEMS: design & modelling of microstructures;
    • electronic measurement science and techniques;
    • analog electronic IC design;
    • semiconductor devices: modelling, fabrication and/or test;
  • familiar with statistics/probability as well as noise analysis?


Does this sound like your new job?
Apply now! Applications can be submitted until 12 april 2020. To apply, click the button located on the right hand side of this page and complete the application form.

The interviews with the candidates will be held by mid April, the exact date will be communicated on time. At the interview we would like to hear a short (<10min) pitch about your background and motivation. 


What do we offer?
A position as a researcher/lecturer in the NanoPhysics Research Chair. Based on a full workweek, your salary is maximum € 4.192,37 (salary scale 10 in the collective labour agreement for the higher education sector [cao-hbo]) or maximum € 4.892,31 (salary scale 11), depending on academic background and level of experience. In addition, you will receive a holiday allowance of 8% and an additional month's salary. Initially the contract duration is for one year with the possibility to extend under conditions of good functioning. Saxion aims for diversity amongst its team members. This vacancy is open for both internal and external candidates. Internal candidates have preference under conditions of equal qualifications and experience.

Keeping in mind the interdisciplinary nature of the position, we will provide a paid training placement at the Dutch Institute for Space Research SRON with the purpose to supplement the researcher in either reliability, MEMS fabrication or electronic design. The exact arrangement such as duration and days per week will be tailored to the candidate’s background.

Contact informatie

Do you want more information about the position?
Please contact Aleksandar Andreski, Associate Professor Nanotronics, via email address a.andreski@saxion.nl or via mobile number 06 1489 7309.

Acquisition from employment agencies, based on this vacancy, is not appreciated. 

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