Research Engineer H&T labs

Updated: 19 days ago
Deadline: 06 Sep 2021


Non academic staff (supporting staff)


Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences

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Job description

To expand the team of lab support at the department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences we are looking for two engineers. Researchers in the Humans & Technology (H&T) research theme in this department perform high-quality multidisciplinary scientific research at the intersection of humans and technology, and translate fundamental research insights into viable applications, services, and policies. In the position of research engineer, you will support scientists and students in performing experiments in the Humans & Technology (H&T) labs by realizing required experimental setups, taking care of maintenance, upgrading but certainly also further development of equipment and software applications, providing documentation and supporting and instructing researchers on the use of the facilities. Among others, the H&T labs include the Social Robotics lab, a Virtual Reality lab and a controlled Lighting lab and large-scale living labs.

Ideally, the research engineers, for instance a lighting research technician and a technical software engineer complement each other to provide the support and software development required for these labs.

  • The lighting research facilities are there to facilitate researchers in the Intelligent Lighting Institute (ILI) in their investigation of effects of novel lighting solutions of human functioning. The Lighting Lab enables such research in small-scale controlled conditions, while in the MARKTHAL Living Lab and the ATLAS Living Lab experiments are conducted in a real-life setting. You develop software applications for this research and are responsible for the maintenance of the lighting research equipment.
  • The Social robotics lab consists of a space with various types of intelligent robots. The research in the Social robotics lab aims to create responsible and socially intelligent robots that can be adopted in a wide variety of human environments.

In the Virtual reality lab people can become fully immersed in virtual worlds. This allows us to study behavior in the virtual worlds, but also enables us to precisely track peoples' behavior. You develop VR environments and 3D objects and write interactive VR applications in Vizard, Unity or Unreal Engine, program robot actions and are responsible for the maintenance of the relevant research equipment.

Job requirements
  • A completed degree in Applied Physics (Technische Natuurkunde), Electrotechnical Engineering or Technical Software Engineering at HBO-bachelor level or comparable.
  • Theoretical knowledge of light quantities or the willingness to master them. Experience with lighting technology or lighting research is an advantage.
  • Affinity and evident experience with software development. Experience with .NET (C #), Python, Lua, Unity or Unreal Engine is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of/experience with DMX and/or DALI lighting systems is an advantage.
  • Communicative and skilled in spoken and written English.
  • You enjoy working in a dynamic environment.
  • You are a team player, who likes to share and collaborate with colleagues

Conditions of employment
  • An environment in which you are given the opportunity to show off your excellent skills;
  • Working at an inspiring campus where we work for the benefit of humanity and where you have plenty of room for personal development and growth;
  • The salary is in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities and depending on education and work experience;
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including excellent work facilities (sports opportunities on campus), extra holiday allowance 8% in May, end-of-year bonus of 8.3% in December and 41 holidays per year.

Information and application

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
Prof. Yvonne de Kort, Y.A.W.d.kort[at], or +31 40 247 5754.

For information about terms of employment, please contact Kim Spinder – van Puijenbroek, HR advisor, HRServices.IEIS[at] or +31 40 247 4465.

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