Lab Technician Female/Male (V38.2895)

Lab Technician Female/Male

Eindhoven University of Technology is looking for a Lab Technician Female/Male (1,0 fte), at the new atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel of the Department of the Built Environment.
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Job description

The Department of the Built Environment provides a multi-faceted scientific education within the area of the Built Environment. Graduates from the Department are recruited into the professional fields of architecture, urbanism, building physics, urban physics, building services, structural design, real estate and management and building technology. The Department is also a research institute, where excellent research in many relevant areas of the Built Environment is performed. More information can be found here:

The new atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel (ABLWT) will be used for two main categories of research and testing. Wind flow around large, surface-mounted obstacles such as buildings and other constructions can be analyzed in view of their effect on their environment, and vice versa. Examples are hospitals, potentially negatively affected by traffic-induced air pollution in their vicinity that enters through the hospital ventilation system. The ABLWT has a test section of 27 m length and a cross-section of 3 m by 2 m. It is equipped with the newest measurement techniques for analysis of wind flow, turbulence, forces, pollutant concentrations, etc.

The ABLWT will also be used for aerodynamic analysis of moving objects such as ships and other floating structures, but also cyclists, skaters, cars and motorvehicles. For large objects such as cars and motorvehicles, the wind tunnel can be operated in open test section to accommodate these objects. The ABLWT is also specially equipped for sports aerodynamics. In view of cycling aerodynamics, the wind tunnel will allow the simultaneous measurement of the aerodynamic resistance of 9 cyclists in a team time trial.

Worldwide, only a few experimental facilities can match the features of the new ABLWT. The combination of the two large wind tunnels present on the TU/e campus is probably unique worldwide. A dedicated team of experts performs experiments for research groups at the TU/e and for external commercial parties.

You will work in a dynamic international and multidisciplinary team of technicians and scientists. Together with this team, you will contribute to the establishment of this wind tunnel as a top class research facility.

As experimental technician in the ABLWT, your tasks will include – among others:

  • Developing and planning experiments with scientists
  • Independent execution of internal and external measurement assignments including reporting
  • Conducting measurements and calculations
  • Analysis of measurement results and reporting
  • Providing instructions to PhD students and others concerning complex measurement techniques such as PIV and LDA
  • Calibrating and maintaining complex measurement instrumentation
  • Ensuring safe conduct of experimental activities and working with class 4 lasers
  • Developing software for measurement equipment control and data acquisition

Job requirements

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic, motivated and independent candidate that satisfies the following requirements:

  • You have a higher education diploma in physics, aerospace or (electro)mechanics.
  • You keep your knowledge up to date and are committed to continuing education
  • You are interested in fluid dynamics
  • You are capable of designing and building measurement set-ups
  • You are familiar with wind tunnel research
  • Knowledge of advanced measurement techniques (like LDA, PIV) is a plus
  • Knowledge of Labview software is a plus
  • You have good command of at least the English language
  • You are committed to high quality in experimental research
  • You have a professional and customer-friendly attitude
  • You have good social communication skills
  • You like to engage in preparation meetings and problem-solving sessions with researchers, are pro-active and eager to learn

Conditions of employment

We offer:

  • A challenging and multi-faceted job in a motivated team
  • A challenging high-tech environment that works on challenging and novel projects and that employs the most advanced measurement techniques
  • An international environment, both concerning co-workers and projects
  • A temporary appointment for a period of 3 years. When positively evaluated and given similar positive economical circumstances, the employment will be converted into a permanent appointment.
  • Depending on your knowledge and experience, the salary is minimum gross € 2.552 and maximum € 4.028 (Scale 10, CAO Dutch Universities)
  • Besides this the TU/e has holiday- and end-of the year allowances, an excellent package of attractive benefits for employees, a child-care facility, and a modern sports complex. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given.

Information and application

For more information you can contact:

  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Bert Blocken, Professor Building Physics,
  • Ing. Jan Diepens, Head Laboratory Building Physics & Services,; 040-2473514
  • Jelmer Sieben, HR-advisor, Dept. Built Environment,; 040-2473946