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Lead systems Engineer for industrial robotics

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The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering with a view to enabling society and industry to innovate and create value using sound, efficient and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading centre for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to some 1,800 Bachelor's and Master's students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates and offers three degree programmes: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our educational and research programme are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the ET Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.   



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Lead systems Engineer for industrial robotics

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As this is a unique joint position for Saxion in collaboration with Frauenhofer Project Center at the University of Twente, we offer a position as a Researcher for 50% at Saxion and for 50% at Fraunhofer Project Center. The employment is for one year, contracted by Saxion University of Applied Science, with a possibility of extension.

Your new working environment
As technological developments and innovations change the world making it smarter every day, Saxion University of Applied Sciences asks itself: how can we best contribute to this? Now and in the future.

At Saxion we believe that to be part of tomorrow’s world we need to learn, think and act differently together. We can do this by focusing on Living Technology.  For us, the question is what do technological innovations mean and how can they contribute to humanity, society and our planet? This starts with the way that we connect knowledge and technology.

Team-composition  The research group of mechatronics at Saxion is the largest research group, in which applied research and innovative solutions are developed in the research programs of Unmanned Robotic Systems and Smart Industrial Systems, with specialisations in sensing &perception, control &manipulation, and cognition &AI. Together with the regional and (inter)national partners,  the group develops innovative, impactful and applicable technologies and technological solutions based on the latest scientific insights. The research group is active in several projects involving  more than 65 public and private partners. Currently, the research group employees more than 26 research engineers and more 300 students are involved in the running projects annually.

Your challenges

We are looking for a lead systems engineer for industrial Robotics who has a pragmatic and pro active approach towards new technologies, methodologies and solutions in the domain of industry 4.0. You are industry focused, which means that you know and understand the customers in your specific domain. You understand their challenges, needs and you can establish a good relationship with them.

Then this may be the job for you:

  • design and develop a variety of applications for robotics, AGV and vision technology
  • develop working Proof-of-Concepts & prototypes (demonstrators)
  • maintain the technical aspect of the developed robots and controllers
  • provide input in defining new projects around the topic of industrial automation (robotics, vision and AGV)


Your Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master level; verifiable by education or years of experience in mechanical engineering, mechatronics or electronics
  • Knowledge in system decomposition and interfacing
  • Expertise in Python and/or C++
  • Experience in developing Robotics and AGV prototypes
  • Experience with ROS (robotic operating system)
  • Knowledge of software package; Matlab, Simulink, SolidWorks

Your characteristics:

  • An expert in Systems & Robotic engineering
  • An expert in Automation
  • Capable in understanding of real time OS (operating systems for industrial applications) configuration and network communication
  • Experienced in vision technology
  • Able to communicate in both Dutch and English (written and oral)

We offer

As this is a unique joint position for Saxion in collaboration with Frauenhofer Project Center at the University of Twente, we offer a position as an Engineer for 50% at Saxion and for 50% at Fraunhofer Project Center. The employment is for one year, contracted by Saxion University of Applied Science, with a possibility of extension. Depending on your knowledge and experience, the salary is maximum € 5026 (pay scale 11 - cao HBO) at a full-time working week. In addition, you receive 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end of year bonus.

Information and application

For more information about the procedure of this vacancy you can contact Chantal Boomkamp- Eppink (c.boomkamp@utwente.nl). Additional information about this position can be obtained from dr.ir. Abeje Y. Mersha (a.y.mersha@saxion.nl) or via dr. Muhammad Niazi (m.s.niazi@utwente.nl)

You can submit your application, including a recent CV and motivation letter, before 23rd of May 2021 using the link below.


About the department

The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, a German organization consisting of 72 institutes world-wide is a leading applied research organization in the field of advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0/Smart Industry. In 2017, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, opened a project center at the University of Twente. The Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente (FPC@UT) is an alliance between the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Germany, the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences. It is a young, fast growing environment fully focused on Industry 4.0/Smart industry technologies and solutions for production.

Our mission is to reinforce the competitive strength of the industry in a field of production and high-tech systems. Our customers are multinationals involved in developments of the next generation production processes and systems as well as smaller innovative, technology-based companies. Our focus is on the practical solutions for the current production processes, production equipment, digital manufacturing and manufacturing value chain organization.

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Nederland, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB


Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB Enschede

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Minimum level of education required

4. Master

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