Future IoT Edge Technology Architect/ Lecturer/ Researcher

Future IoT Edge Technology Architect/ Lecturer/ Researcher

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12 Sep 2 Oct Groningen

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The professorship ‘Sensors & Smart Systems’ is embedded in the Research Center Biobased Economy. Research and development focus are IoT technologies and methodologies to facilitate the Industry 4.0 trend in the transformation of production capabilities and products of all industries specifically the bio-based economy and the health sector in the Dutch Northern region and beyond.

The future IoT edge technology will be characterized by the emergence of increasingly communication between supplier and its customers or consumers. Creation new ways of responsible and sustainable brandloyality. Meeting new levels of consumer satisfaction, causes a groundbreaking optimation in collaboration patterns between different partners in the valuechain. Hanze university of Applied Sciences is presently establishing such new patterns with partners from industry. In this context we are looking for a Future IoT Edge Technology Architect/ Lecturer/ Researcher (1,0 FTE).

Job description

In an active collaboration between Hanze University of Applied Sciences and industrial partners, the IoT Architect will conduct applied research in the field of product development, sensors and its commercial applicance.
It includes the understanding of consumer needs (end user), and the needs of partners direct customer. Visit customers of the Industrial partners for brainstorming, presenting ideas/concepts and discussions.

In particular, you will:

  • Explore the product philosophy of partners’marketing departments and clients
  • Adopt the brand values of partners’ clients into technical and functional innovative design as part of the client’s strategy to become recognizable as supplier of unique selling features including AI embedded in the smart IoT technology.
  • Explore the partners current product portfolio and production processes in which the smart IoT Technology should be integrated.
  • Designing, testing and implementing new product designs that are an integral part of organization’s (client) product development process.
  • Design technical new features which support and fits in to new product functionality.
  • Participate in partners’ product development teams
  • Analyse engineering drawings and specifications of products to determine physical characteristics
  • Work closely with product manufacturer teams
  • Designs smart product technology which can interact between brand and consumer
  • Translates corporate brand values into technology driven enabling features
  • Sees product as ultimate interactive communication utility, and derives from it new functionalities effecting consumer experience.
  • Supports clients marketing needs by creating attractive packaging which support the communication of brand values
  • Cooperates with copywriters, marketing experts and other designers to ensure that product meets branding requirements and suits target audiences.
  • Gains full understanding of the product needs of the company.
  • Analyzes consumer tastes, market trends and product details to conceptualize new packaging features
  • Explore 3D printing as a method to fabricate novel sensors to be embeeded in new packaging.
  • Organize and lead brainstorm sessions

Position in the organisation

You will be employed at the Institute of Engineering and you will work for the professorship Sensors & Smart Systems. The professor will be your supervisor. In consultation you will be deployed for a few days at our partner ESKA in Hoogezand.


Hanze University of Applied Sciences


  • A master degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or another related engineering education.
  • Expertise in technology to design and create new product features, that appeals in user-friendliness.
  • Expertise in creating customer – consumer interactions with amongst others playful Interactions, innovative product design.
  • Expertise in art of technical materials in relation to Productiontechnology.
  • Work experience in Technical Modelling and additive manufacturing.
  • Experience with CAD/CAM and designing tools.
  • A dynamic, creative and pioneering professional attitude.
  • Ability to work independently and with colleagues.
  • Ability to work in multidiscipliairy teams.
  • Ability to inspire and convince people.
  • A problem solving ability.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and strong communication skills.
  • Able to communicate and teach in English, and Dutch is an advantage.


For this role the following competences are required: creative and out-of-the-box thinking, perseverance, results orientation, work independently, academic writing, and planning and organization. You are a teamplayer, who takes initiatives and is creative.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year, with the option of extension.

You will be part of an ambitious and innovative team of researchers and teachers and have the opportunity to develop yourself further as a practice oriented researcher. You can extend yout network and contribute to timely research in an international network.

The appointment will initially be for one year, with the option of extension. The position is valued in scale is 11, in accordance with the collective labor agreement. The salary is at least € 3663,- and a maximum of € 5332,- gross per month for a full-time job.

Hanze University Groningen has an extensive package of fringe benefits, including a holiday allowance of 8%, a structural end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and a maximum of 53 vacation days. In addition, Hanze University of Applied Sciences encourages employees to continuously professionalise. Our Hanze PL Academy facilitates and supports this.


  • Education; Research, development, innovation; Assistant professor
  • Natural sciences; Engineering
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3663—€5332 per month
  • University graduate
  • v22.0222


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