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Research Assistant Design 3D

The Jan IngenHousz Institute is a young institution located on the campus of Wageningen University & Research, dedicated to improving photosynthesis to enhance crop production. Our goal is to contribute to global food security in the face of climate change, biodiversity challenges, and population growth. Our ambition is to unravel the secrets of photosynthesis, not in the laboratory, but in the real world. To achieve this, we develop advanced methods and equipment to bridge the gap between the field, the greenhouse, and the lab. This enables us to continuously measure how photosynthesis responds to changes in environmental conditions. Our team consists of engineers, data scientists, biochemists, biophysicists, geneticists, and plant breeders, working collaboratively at a national and international level.

The Jan IngenHousz Institute is a non-commercial knowledge institute, funded by a philanthropic fund, and utilizes the facilities of Wageningen University & Research with whom we closely collaborate.


JII will develop an open science platform to monitoring photosynthesis to improve the yield and robustness of crops. This part or full time position is to develop hardware components for sensors, assist in the design, building, testing, and maintaining prototype instruments.

What you will do

  • Participate interactively in rapid design cycles for scientific instrument development, including communication with scientists and engineers.

  • Develop and produce components for prototypes. using additive manufacturing (3D printing) and related tools.

  • Communicate with machine shop technicians for processing of mechanical components

  • Perform quality control and testing of devices

  • Actively collaborative with scientist and outdoor research teams to ensure rapid development cycles.


  • 3D Design of parts for devices

  • 3D printing and post-processing

  • Create 3D models for demonstration

  • Assembly of 3D-printed parts with optics and printed circuit boards

  • Some knowledge of electronics testing (preferred)

  • Trouble shooting and problem solving skills and independent thinking as needed to fulfill design needs

  • Data analysis, record keeping and progress report presentation

Knowledge & Skills



  • Proficient in CAD software (Fusion 360, FreeCAD, SolidWorks, or similar)

  • Hands-on experience with 3D Printing

  • Proficient with the use of basic hand tools

  • Fluent in English

  • Basic knowledge of safety and personal protection equipment for powered tools


  • 2+ year’s experience using CAD for 3D-designs

  • Degree in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or Biology

  • Skill in programming (C++, python)

  • Experience with Electrical engineering

  • Knowledge of optics, material science, envi


Campus Wageningen UR

Type of Employment

Status Vacancy

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