/Optical / Electrical Biosensor Engineer

Optical / Electrical Biosensor Engineer

Research & development - Wageningen | More than two weeks ago

To develop biosensors using biology in our OnePlanet Research Center in Wageningen

Optical / Electrical Biosensor Engineer

What you will do

As an Optical / Electrical Biosensor Engineer you will develop and design the optical and/or electrical readout of a cellular biosensor. A cellular biosensor comprises a detector surface that contains cellular organisms that recognize the biomolecules of interest plus an electrical or optical readout of these cells. The cells on the detector surface convert difficult-to-measure molecules to signals that are easier to measure units, for example, light. The cell’s DNA contains instructions set for the cell to which molecule it needs to respond and the type of signal it should generate. With the continuous increasing in-depth understanding of cellular biology and the expanding synthetic biology toolbox with the high-end electrical and integrated optical sensor technology of imec, these types of sensors will reach the level of real applications. 
As an Optical / Electrical Biosensor Engineer, you have a background in electronics and optics and can apply this in a creative way to design a sensitive readout of the cellular detector surface. Besides know-how in designing the optical and electrical components of the detector, you have basic knowledge of surface chemistry and biology to be able to communicate with synthetic biology and chemistry experts. 

Your tasks will include:

  • Develop and design the optical and/or electrical readouts of cellular biosensors.
  • Interact and work in a multidisciplinary team consisting of biologists, chemists, other sensor application engineers, researchers etc.
  • Set-up and perform tests and validate them in lab environment.
  • Design methods to produce the cellular sensors (combined readout + detector cells).
  • Participate in publications at conferences and journals.

What we do for you

We offer a challenging and international environment at the forefront of technology, in an international network of renowned industrial customers. This is your opportunity to bring new technologies to the market that will have an impact on tomorrow’s society. 

OnePlanet Research Center is a multidisciplinary collaboration agreement between Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Radboud University, Radboudumc and imec. Imec The Netherlands, as an employer of choice, offers you an attractive compensation and benefits package including a 100% employer-paid pension plan and flexible working hours. Furthermore, imec-NL offers a wide range of training possibilities.

At the same time OnePlanet is a new collaboration of 3 renowned and globally respected research institutes/universities. By joining the OnePlanet team, you will be part of a team of world changers, disruptive innovators and practical thinkers. Here, your ideas will have an impact on our future lives. 

Who you are

  • You hold a Bachelor / HBO degree in physics, electronics, or biomedical engineering with a demonstrated interest in biology and sensor development.  
  • Have a solid background in electronics.
  • Hands on lab experience is a must.
  • You have knowledge of chemistry and biology. 
  • You have a strong affinity with the research domains of the OnePlanet Research Center: nutrition, food, preventive health, etc.
  • You are eager, creative, proactive, problem-solving, smart, and open-minded.   
  • An excellent communicator in English (written and spoken).  


Does this position sound like an interesting next step in your career at imec? Don’t hesitate to submit your application by clicking on ‘APPLY NOW’.
If you have more questions about the job and the recruitment process, you can contact Mayuri Nalawade, Talent Acquisition Specialist. You can reach Mayuri by email at mayuri.nalawade.ext@imec.nl. She will be happy to assist you. If you wish to apply, then please submit your full resume, and include a motivation letter. 

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