Lab Technician / UAV Expert

University of Twente


October 20, 2021


Job description

You will work on the customization of hardware and software components installed on the drones of the faculty. You will actively develop new solutions for new applications. You will be asked to customize hardware and software components of drones conceived for remote sensing applications in indoor and outdoor environments. You will need to collaborate with staff from different departments of the Faculty and understand specific problems from the different domains. Knowledge of ROS and programming languages (e.g. Java, C, python) will be needed to synchronize hardware and run scripts to customize functions on the navigation and functioning of the drone.

Your profile


  • Have a MSc or BSc (or equivalent) in Robotics or adjacent disciplines. Experience in robot customizations is required. Specific experience on flying platforms is a plus.
  • Have expertise in the customization of the different components of robotic platforms, synchronization of different hardware and software components.
  • Have programming skills in one or more of the following languages: Java, C, python.
  • Are familiar with ROS (Robot Operating System)
  • Have excellent communication skills and good English language proficiency
  • Have an affinity with a multi-cultural education environment, excellent work ethics, and commitment to the job (desirable)
  • Our offer

    We offer an inspiring and challenging international environment for 32 40 hours per week. You will be employed for one year. Prolongation of the contract after this period is a possibility.

  • Gross monthly salary between € 2,700.00 and € 3,606.00 (fulltime) depending on experience and qualifications (job profile Education and Research Technician V-profile, level 2).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs;
  • Costs for moving to Enschede may be reimbursed.
  • Information and application

    For more information about this position, you can contact Dr. Francesco Nex ( You are also invited to visit our homepage.

    Please submit your application before 25October 2021 (choose apply now below). Your application should include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages), emphasizing your specific interest in the position and outlining your relevant skills and experience
  • A full Curriculum Vitae
  • About the department

    The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, is establishing the centre gUAVe of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. For this centre there is a vacant position.

    About the organization

    The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science (GIS) and earth observation. We use remote sensing and GIS for collecting spatial data. Our aim is to contribute to the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies. As part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, we ensure that everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people and society through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We also seek to sustain and expand our role as a leader in academic social entrepreneurship.

    University of Twente (UT)

    University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

    As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, 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, customisable conditions.

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