Research Engineer "Thin film coatings using physical and chemical deposition techniques"

University of Twente


February 9, 2022


Job description

Do you enjoy being practical and hands-on while contributing to scientific research with a pragmatic focus for industry? Then come and join our XUV TechEngine team!

The TechEngine team is a group of 5 technicians that is the engine of the XUV Optic Group. They work every day with the complex deposition and measurement setups in the lab, and they support students, PhDs, but also post-docs and professors in physics research projects.

It is our mission to form an approachable and reliable team that provides hands-on support for thin film research for and with industrial partners such as ASML, Zeiss, Panalytical and VDL. There is always room for growth and professional development as well as social interaction. We hope you will join our team so that we can realize our vision of being the leading technical team that enables state-of-the-art research in the Silicon Valley of Twente.

As a Research Engineer you will be responsible for the design, operation and maintenance of one or more of our (vacuum) thin film deposition and analysis setups. These deposition setups include physical vapor techniques such as pulsed laser deposition and magnetron sputtering but also chemical deposition techniques such as dip-coating or spray-coating deposition. With these systems you will participate in research projects for the semiconductor industry and you will perform a diverse palette of experiments, from thin film deposition, to measuring material properties at the atomic level. In addition, you will help to analyse measurements of samples made and report the analysis within the relevant research project. You are also responsible for contacts with suppliers, and you participate in project discussions with our customers.

And of course there is every opportunity for you to participate in group activities, from drinks to sports together to visit our industrial partners.

Your profile

The ideal candidate for this position has the following profile:

- You have completed a bachelor's degree in applied physics or chemistry, materials science, mechatronics or nanotechnology

- 0 – 5 years work experience

- Knowledge of Ultra-High Vacuum (UHV) systems, thin film deposition, laser/optics and/or dip- or spray coating deposition, self-assembled monolayers, nano-particle colloidal solutions

- Working independently in a technical/academic environment (physics and chemistry laboratory), thinking critically and solving technical problems is very important to us

Students who will soon graduate and recognize themselves in this profile are also welcome to apply

Our offer

We offer a varied position with an informal working atmosphere with a lot of freedom and personal responsibility within the project team. This is a full- time position for a limited period of time. You will initially be appointed for 1 year. The employment conditions are in accordance with the CAO NU. Depending on your education and the duration and relevance of your work experience, the salary is a maximum of € 3,606 per month. In addition, you will receive 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. The UT also offers excellent secondary employment conditions:

- With full-time employment (40 hours a week), you have 41 vacation days (29 leave and 12 compensation days)

- Free subscription for all UT sports facilities, including group lessons

- Internal and external training for both technical and professional skills

Information and application

If you would like to know more about this position, please contact:

dr. Muharrem Bayraktar (tel: 053-4893910, email:

eng. Bart Spanjer (tel: 053-4891863, email:

Are you enthusiastic after reading this vacancy? Be quick and apply directly via this site. Send us your motivation letter, curriculum vitae and list of marks before January 31, 2022 via the Apply Now button.

About the department

Within the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente, the XUV Optics group focuses on physics research in the field of thin layers. This specialization in materials science forms the basis for special multilayer optical coatings for the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and X-ray (X-ray) wavelength range. World records have been achieved at XUV that enable the latest industrial developments, such as the optics for ASML's EUV scanners with Carl Zeiss mirrors. The emphasis in the research is on fundamental and application-oriented studies of nanometer-thin films. The multidisciplinary program is strongly motivated by industrial, high-tech innovation. For this research, the XUV Optics group has a 500 m2 large, state-of-the-art laboratory with unique research possibilities. The group has about 35 employees. See also our

About the organization

TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

Our faculty focuses on three domains, namely Chemistry, Health, and Physics. We are the home base for the research institutes TechMed, MESA+, the Techno Centre for Education and Research (TCO), and the Twente Graduate School (TGS). TNW offers six Bachelor's and seven Master's programs in Health Sciences, Nanotechnology, (Applied) Physics, Chemistry, and Technical Medicine. Over 850 colleagues and 2,700 students are active within the faculty of Science & Technology.

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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