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Technician with an affinity for design and automatization of process technology

Technician with an affinity for design and automatization of process technology

For group Sustainable Process Engineering (SPE)
Non academic staff (supporting staff)
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
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Job description

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is one of Europe's leading research universities. The Eindhoven area, in the southern part of the Netherlands, is one of Europe's top 'innovation ecosystems', with many high-tech companies and institutes. TU/e is intertwined with many of these companies and institutes, and research at TU/e is characterized by a combination of academic excellence, industrial relevance and societal interweaving.

Eindhoven University of Technology is a community of scientists, supporting staff, students and partners. People are the heart and soul of TU/e, so it is of great importance to safeguard the distinctive Eindhoven atmosphere, creating a personal, welcoming and vibrant environment that enables individuals and groups to grow professionally and personally.

The department Chemical Engineering and Chemistry is one of the nine departments of Eindhoven University of Technology. It was established in 1957, shortly after the university was founded. The department is located in the Helix and Matrix buildings on the TU/e campus.

Sustainable Process Engineering (SPE)

The Partnership Sustainable Process Engineering consists of the four groups Chemical Reactor Engineering headed by John van der Schaaf, the group on biomass processing of Dr. Neira d’Angelo, the group Energy Intensified Chemical Reaction Engineering of Prof. Dr. Evgeny Rebrov and the Inorganic Membranes & Membrane Reactors group of Prof.dr.Eng. Fausto Gallucci. The SPE partnership consists of 3 Professors, 2 UDs, (all acting as PIs), 15 postdocs, more than 55 PhD students and 7 support staff.

The group's mission is to be among the world's top academic research groups in its field and to be leading in the development of novel technologies for new, highly efficient, inherently safe, and robust (micro)structured multiphase processing systems, which show the best productivity by a dedicated design of all relevant dimensions and optimum choice of dedicated operational procedures.

Research in the Van der Schaaf group focuses on the development of catalytic and non-catalytic multiphase reactors that use rotation to create high gravity and high shear conditions. These conditions lead to excellent interphase mass transfer, intra-phase mixing, and fluid-to-wall heat transfer. The research focuses on characterizing and increasing the performance of high-gravity high-shear equipment as a function of design, operating conditions, and fluid properties. Applications have been demonstrated in e.g. oxidations, hydrogenations, electrochemical reactions, in separation processes such as distillation, stripping, extraction, crystallization, and as heat exchangers. The group collaborates with major industrial parties both national and international.

Research in the Rebrov group is related to the development of structured multiphase catalytic reactors, in particular hydrogenation reactors for fine chemical synthesis and their scale-up to capacities of 50 kg per day and beyond. The research focuses on the optimization of the regular microscopic structure of the reactor internals, to maximize process selectivity and the radial convective heat transfer rate. Furthermore, the deployment of alternative energy sources, e.g. plasma, inductive heating, or microwaves, in such structured reactors are investigated.

Research in the Gallucci group is related to the development of membranes and novel multiphase reactors, in particular membrane reactors and dynamically operated reactors. The research focuses on the interaction of heterogeneous catalysis, transport phenomena, and fluid mechanics in these novel multifunctional reactors. The SIR chair coordinates and participates in several large European Projects and works in strict collaborations with several industrial partners.

Research in the Neira D’Angelo group is dedicated to the integrated development of novel catalysts, high-performance reactors and process intensification strategies to address relevant challenges in the much needed transition towards renewable feedstocks (e.g., second-generation biomass) and energy sources (e.g., electricity from solar or wind energy) for a future energy and resource efficient chemical industry. This group focuses on structured catalytic reactors, multi-functional reactors and electrocatalytic reactors for biomass valorization.

Job description

As technician of the Sustainable Process Engineering group you will work in a team of technicians and help the PhD students and scientific staff to develop novel reactors and system for the chemical industry.

Your specific task will be the design and automatization of experimental setup, in collaboration with the other mechanical technicians as well as designers and safety supervisor.

You will help the students in setting up their experimental setups, solve day-to-day challenges with experimental setups as well as help in the scale-up of our experimental systems to TRL5-6.

Job requirements

We are looking for a candidate with the following profile:

  • Education as mechanical/electrical technician with proven affinity with process control;
  • Good experience in design of control systems, PLC programming for chemical systems
  • Experience in electrical drawing, programming of visualization/HMI software
  • Good teamworking capacity;
  • Experience in working with lab scale setup;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Good knowledge of English language;
  • Experience with CAD software is a plus.

Conditions of employment

Our offer:

  • A meaningful job in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious University. The TU/e is located in one of the smartest regions of the world en part of the European technology hotspot ‘Brainport Eindhoven’; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups;
  • a fulltime employment;
  • appointment will be for one year initially, with the possibility for a permanent appointment according to performance and unchanged conditions;
  • the salary based on 1.0 FTE is a maximum of € 4.079,- gross per month, depending on knowledge and experience (based on scale 9 , CAO of Dutch Universities);
  • 328 holiday hours based on a fulltime working week (40 hours);
  • Attention to a good work-life balance;
  • plus 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year allowance;
  • an attractive package of fringe benefits, including child daycare, saving schemes and pension provisions and excellent sports facilities;
  • We prefer candidates with a good team spirit, who like to work in an internationally oriented, social environment;
  • furthermore, space is provided for subject-oriented self-development.

Information and application

  • General information about the Department Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, candidates will find on
  • About this position the candidate can get more information from Prof.dr. F. Gallucci, (F.Gallucci[at];
  • If you have any questions about the application procedure, please contact
    Sandra van de Weijer, Personnel adviser (p.j.v.d.weijer[at]

Your application must contain a letter of interest, an extensive curriculum vitae and references.

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