Technician in Dynamics and Vibration Group (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage currently more than 36,000 students and researchers to develop their individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe, the top 100 universities in the world and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG - conducts engineering science research and covers a broad area of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, biotechnology and information technology. The research group Dynamics and Vibration is focused on the dynamical modeling, analysis, modal testing of electro-mechanical systems. The application areas include smart systems for active vibration control and energy harvesting. The research group is also focused on the modeling and control of complex systems by nonlinear dynamics and large-scale dimensions. Examples of these systems are found in manufacturing systems, distribution networks, and control systems.

Job description

The Dynamics and Control research group has a vacancy for a technician who will support in experimental research activities in dynamics and control related projects. This includes technical supports for PhD students and postdoc staffs and supervision of both Bachelor and Master students from Industrial Engineering Management and Mechanical Engineering.

Main activities:

● assist with experimental research performed by undergraduate, postgraduate students and postdocs
● assist students with the right operation of the lab equipment and materials (training of lab equipment to postgraduate and undergraduate students)
● perform laboratory procedures and research as part of on-going research projects
● help with the maintenance and calibration of the equipment
● develop of new (electromechanical) experiments set-ups and tools
● assist the group members with projects and experiments including designing and manufacturing laboratory structures, setting up experiments, running experiments, collecting and recording data
● prepare detailed daily, weekly, and project completion reports and documentation that includes project progress, issues or problems, recommendations, test results and analyses
● participate in project meetings including but not limited to: kickoff meetings, planning meetings and progress meetings
● act as ARMICO (work and environment contact person), responsible for safety, safety regulations, etc.
● responsible for purchasing lab equipment and material. Ensure the inventory is always stocked and that everything is clearly and correctly labelled.

Examples of tests to be performed:

Modal testing including hammer tests and shaker tests using Siemens test lab data acquisition system, active vibration control tests using d-Space system for real time acquisition and control, measurements from electro-mechanical systems such as inertial actuators and piezoelectric actuators, optical measurements from high-speed cameras.

Assist with some practicals:

● assist with technical drawings for example Solid works
● assist with the design of the structure and suggest required modification
● assist with manufacturing of the test set-up
● prepare the test set-up when necessary
● support the general operation of the lab.

In particular, you will:

● provide instruction, advise and offer technical support to MSc and PhD students from Dynamics and Vibration group
● set up of practicums and participate in lab experiments
● coordination of lab experiments for courses such as Advanced vibration, Dynamics, etc.
● design methods, techniques and equipment for research
● install and maintain software on lab computers and solve issues with lab equipment
● represent DV at relevant engineering fairs, and provide support in contacts with industry.


Masters' degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or equivalent, or a Bachelors' degree in the same fields with additional relevant experience.

● fluent in English and Dutch
● a dynamic, creative and pioneering professional attitude
● the ability to work independently and with colleagues
● a problem solving ability
● cross-cultural sensitivity and strong communication skills
● enjoys working with young people of several educational backgrounds.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

The University of Groningen offers, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience with a minimum of € 2,710 (salary scale 8) up to a maximum of € 4,093 gross per month (salary scale 9) for a full-time position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
- a position initially for 1 year. After 1 year indefinite extension is possible if the outcome of the evaluation of the job performance during the Result and Development Interview is positive.

Job Application

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, please send us your application which should include:

• a motivation letter
• a curriculum vitae.

You may apply for this position until 17 July 11:59pm / before 18 July 2022 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university's website).

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:[…]/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP):

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. M. Ghandchi Tehrani
+31 50 3634943

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 222051EH

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