Mechanical/Mechatronics Engineer (1.0 fte)

University of Groningen

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Since its founding in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education, offering high- quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Working location will be at the Energy & Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG), University of Groningen, at the Department of Ocean Ecosystems (Zernike Campus).

Job description
The candidate will be working on designing and potentially producing innovative technical solutions derived by a biomimetics protocol, to solve an industrial problem originating from a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME). E.g. this can potentially be a sensor derived from an insect antenna but might also be a monitoring filter system for very fine dust, and anything in-between. Prototypes will mostly be designed and produced involving CAD and 3D-prototyping/printing. Ideally the candidate has an affinity with biomimetics and/or be willing to orient him/herself thoroughly in this direction, to be able to contribute significantly to the biomimetic solution-finding process. The candidate should be creative and broad-oriented, have an open mind and be flexible, because the character of the problems that he/she will be working on is hardly known beforehand and can range from sensors to structures to optimizations. The candidate will contribute to formulating research commissions with internal and external parties .The candidate will work in close cooperation with biomimetics specialists who will help and guide him/her during the bio-inspired solution-finding process.

- education as engineer in Mechanics or Mechatronics
- BSc level or a similar or higher level of education (e.g. University of applied sciences)
- flexibility and creativity
- out-of-the-box mentality
- good communication skills
- able to cooperate with SME-representatives and biomimetics specialists
- capable to improvise when necessary
- experience in CAD design
- experience in practical mechatronics
- affinity with biomimetics is desirable but not required.

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 06 maanden.
The University offers a gross monthly salary dependent on qualifications and work experience from € 2,709 up to a maximum of € 3,722 gross per month (salary scale 9 Dutch Universities). The full-time appointment will be in the Education and Research Technician- O profile level 3 and will be initially for a 6 months period. Which can be extended until April 2019 if the candidate is functioning to satisfaction. This position is part of the EU-Interreg ‘Biomometic Innovation for SME’ project. Secondary benefits, based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities, are generally excellent and include a pension scheme, flexible employment conditions, a holiday bonus of 8% of the annual salary, and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. Starting date: As soon as possible. Application You may apply for this position until 20 July / 21 July before 2017 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Maximum salary: 3722.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Prof. E.J. Stamhuis
+31 50 3632078.

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 217266E

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