HBO Researcher Mechatronics in horticulture

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17 juli 2018
Locatie Wageningen
Expertisegebied Agriculture
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We are looking for

  • Executes projects in the field of advanced automated horticultural production systems with a focus on robotic applications, uses a methodolocial desing approach.
  • Contributes with his mechanical engineering knowledge to the design of (harvesting) robotics systems, sorting systems for agroproducts or quality inspection systems of fresh products and crops.
  • Is responsible for the design of specialised mechnical components, such as end-effectors of robots or inspection modules, to be used in mechatronic systems in the green environment.
  • Translates the design to practical solutions for customers; monitors the realisation.
  • Works in projects together with various academic and industrial partners.
  • Conducts applied scientific research within the projects.
  • Communicates relevant research results to projectpartners; - Is lab manager of the mechatronics lab.

We ask

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious researcher computer vision, with:

  • Background in mechanical engineering or mechatronics (HBO education level).
  • Knowledge of mechatronic systems and the methodological design of prototypes.
  • Experience with 3D drawing and calculation software, such as SolidWorks, and with 3D printing.
  • Is able to interact as interface between researchers and workshop employees.
  • Knowledge and experience with mechatronic systems in the green environment and the willingness to learn the challenges of horticulture.
  • Is creative, thinks as a designer; is practical, contributes to the realisation.
  • Is an enthusiastic team worker with good communication skills towards clients and colleagues.
  • Is customer- and quality-oriented and stress tolerant.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Dutch language.
  • Driving License B.

We offer

We offer a temporary employment contract with an average working week of 36 hours, salary a maximum of €3818, - gross per month for a full working week (scale 9) and depending on education and experience. The duration of the employment contract is initially for the period of one year with possibilities for extension. In addition to a market-based salary, we offer you good study and leave arrangements and a pension plan with the ABP Pension Fund.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact dr. Silke Hemming, team leader research team Greenhouse Technology, tel. 0317-486921.
Information about employment can be obtained from Marike Westra, HRM department, tel. 0317-480324.

You can apply online via up to and including August 30, 2018.

We are

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at the special career site.

Wageningen University & Research, business unit Greenhouse Horticulture, is the internationally leading contract research institute for greenhouse horticulture. We focus on innovations in the greenhouse horticulture sector. Together with industry, science and government, questions on greenhouse design, crop management and cultivation are analyzed and translated into application-oriented research and innovation processes. The business unit Greenhouse Horticulture has about 90 employees and four research teams: 

  • Crop health, water and growing medium
  • Crop physiology and management
  • Greenhouse Technology
  • Flower bulbs
The function described here is part of the Greenhouse Technology research team.

The Agro Food Robotics programme is a new programme within Wageningen with focus on Agro Food Robotics expertise, a joint proposition and collaboration of different research groups within WUR. It covers computer vision and robotics research in the chain from breeding, via primary production and post-harvest to supply networks with primary focus on the plant chain. Aim is to grow, strengthen and connect Agro Food Robotics further within Wageningen.
The research topics are:
  • Precision farming (computer vision and robotics parts thereof);
  • Robotic harvesting;
  • Non-destructive measurements;
  • Automated quality assessment;
  • Automated vision guided phenotyping;
  • 3D reconstruction & hyperspectral imaging;
  • Quality phenomics (computer vision and robotics parts thereof).
For further information about working at WUR, take a look at and