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Robotics Laboratory Education Technician (1.0 FTE) (V24.0221)

Job description

Do you have a passion for building robotics and software and do you want to make an impact in a young and innovative environment? Do you also have an affinity with education and are you enthusiastic about supporting and inspiring young talent? Read on and discover what the role of education technician in the robotics laboratory at the University of Groningen has to offer you.

As a robotics laboratory education technician, you will have the opportunity to work in an inspiring university teaching and research environment. You will closely collaborate with lecturers and researchers from the robotics labs of the Department of Artificial Intelligence, where you will provide support to, in particular, associate/full professors with teaching Bachelor's and Master's students. Furthermore, you will be responsible for installing and maintaining the facilities in the robotics labs: commercial and self-developed robotics platforms, computers, and software.

What you will be doing:

• Support teachers in their robotics courses
• Assist with the supervision of Bachelor's and Master's students doing research in the laboratory
• Set up simulations, develop software codes, and build robotics and software
• Support teachers in developing and maintaining new practical courses.

Where you will work:
The University of Groningen is a research university with a global perspective, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has been a top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently ranked in the top 100 of various influential rankings. The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) offers teaching and research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, from traditional disciplines such as physics and biology to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence and industrial engineering and management. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from all over the world. This position will be embedded within the FSE's , which offers fourteen Bachelor's programmes and twenty-six Master's programmes to approximately 7,200 students.


The ideal candidate has

  • a Bachelor's or Master's degree (university of applied sciences or university) in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Electrical/Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, or a related engineering field
  • experience or affinity with Python and ROS
  • experience or affinity with embedded software development in C/C++ and Linux
  • experience with 3D printing for manufacturing (e.g. Solidworks)
  • practical, demonstrable skills in using robotics platforms (hardware and software)
  • affinity with teaching and technical support, preferably in an educational setting
  • a B2 level of English proficiency.

Additionally, skills such as independence, willingness to collaborate, a proactive attitude, and communication skills are crucial. You enjoy working with young people from various educational backgrounds and are able to seamlessly integrate into an international group.


Conditions of employment

In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU), we offer you

  • a salary based on qualifications and experience of between €3,072 and € 4,103 gross per month (scale 8, UFO O&O3) based on a full-time position
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus based over the annual gross income
  • based on a 38-hour working week, you will receive 232 leave hours. If you choose a 40-hour workweek, you will accrue an additional 96 leave hours annually
  • a position for one year initially. After one year, an appointment for an indefinite period is possible if mutually agreed upon.


You may apply for this position until 28 May 11:59pm / before 29 May 2024 Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The University of Groningen aims to be a University where students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality is a shared responsibility, and we work constructively to create a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. Therefore, we particularly invite applicants from underrepresented groups to apply. For more information, please see our diversity policy webpage:

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the NVP’s Recruitment Code:

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Fokie Cnossen, associate professor, f.cnossen
  • Prof. dr. R. Carloni, Associate Professor, r.carloni

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.