Laboratory technician to support Photovoltaic Materials and Devices group

The Photovoltaic Materials and Devices group operates cutting edge equipment for manufacturing innovative solar cells, modules, and systems. The group looks for an energetic technician that will help in setting up the basic operation of our fabrication, characterization, and monitoring equipment, support its maintenance and manage PVMD group’s data platforms

Job description

this job position, you will be assigned to the following tasks:

  1. Maintaining Within and operating fabrication equipment in our Module Manufacturing Room in the PVMD wing of the ESP Lab;
  2. Supporting the measurement setups for the electrical, optical, and structural characterisation of photovoltaic devices, in the different PVMD labs.
  3. Giving support for the outdoor PVMD monitoring station, the Photovoltatronics Lab and the educational PV Lab;
  4. Creating upgrades (software/hardware) to extend the possibilities of our equipment;
  5. Support the coding and the maintenance of the Dutch PV Portal ( as well as other data platforms of the PVMD group;
  6. Training users;
  7. Executing projects for third parties.

You will become member of the ESP Lab section, headed by Lab Manager Sandra Dordevic. Technicians of the ESP Lab are responsible for the research equipment of the research groups and take care of the infrastructure of the ESP Lab. Your work will be focused on the support of the PVMD group, headed by Prof. Olindo Isabella.

About the department

The research in the department of Electrical Sustainable Energy is inspired by the technical, scientific, and societal challenges originating from the transition towards a more sustainable society and focuses on four areas:

  • DC Systems, Energy Conversion and Storage (DCE&S)
  • Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD)
  • Intelligent Electrical Power Grids (IEPG)
  • High Voltage Technologies (HTV)

The Electrical Sustainable Energy department provides expertise in each of these areas throughout the entire energy system chain. The department owns a large ESP Laboratory (ESP Lab) assembling High Voltage testing, DC Grids testing environment, and large RTDS that is actively used for real-time simulation of future electrical power systems, AC and DC protection and wide-area monitoring and protection.

The PVMD group has vacuum equipment in clean room for depositing thin layers and fabricating high efficiency silicon-based solar cells, opto-electrical characterization equipment, photovoltaic modules manufacturing unit, an outdoor testing facility and a photovoltaic laboratory. In the latter, practicals, courses and demonstrations are given to students. The technicians ensure that the students and PhD students have access to the necessary testing equipment. For more information about the departmentESP Lab en the PVMD section, please visit our websites.


The candidate is required to:

  • Hold a BSc/MSc degree in applied physics or electrical engineering or have demonstrable relevant experience. Specific knowledge in photovoltaic. technologies and previous work in clean room are welcome.
  • Have experience/affinity with 3D design and printing, PCB design and electronics, programming PC/PLC control software (Labview, Matlab, Python), prototyping (with microcontrollers) and LAMP/Python/HTML/Java for web applications.
  • Basic optics knowledge is a prerequisite.
  • Work organized and tidy.
  • Manage time effectively.
  • Be a reliable team worker.

Conditions of employment

  • A salary according to the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities, plus 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Discount with health insurers.
  • Flexible working week.
  • Every year, 232 leave hours (at 38 hours). You can also sell or buy additional leave hours via the individual choice budget.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the vitality program.

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines – electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact

  • Olindo Isabella, Professor, email:, tel: +31 (0)15 27 81947
  • Sandra Dordevic, Electrical Sustainable Power Laboratory Manager, email:, tel: +31 (0)15 27 83279

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Mark Vielvoije, secretary, email:

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before January 31, 2023, via the application button and upload your motivation and a detailed CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.