Internship | Accurate printed pressure sensor

This project aims to develop a new type of printed pressure sensor accurate at low pressures for medical applications



Education type

higher professional education (hbo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

The aim of this student project will consist of creating a new generation of printed pressure sensors that can used for measuring pressure on the body accurately. This will be achieved by using the expertise at Holst Centre on stretchable electronics in an innovative manner. As a student you will be asked to support the development of the sensors and the manufacturing process. In the order to improve and benchmark the sensors, electromechanical tests will be performed in a tensile tester. A proof of concept device will be considered where the pressure sensor will be integrated into a type of garment.

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

You are an ambitious bachelor or master student with both scientific and practical skills looking for an internship or thesis opportunity for at least 6-9 months. You have a applied science background, with knowledge in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or applied physics. You are pro-active and independent, and a good team player. Good communication skills in English is expected.
You will be part of a motivating and enthusiastic team on non-contact sensing. Your tasks and responsibilities include:
  • Background/literature research on pressure sensors;
  • Optimize the manufacturing process of the pressure sensors;
  • performing mechanical and electrical measurements;
  • Analyze the results and present them in a comprehensive manner;
  • Participate in group meetings, provide feed-back, discuss results, and propose solutions to various challenging aspects;
  • Write technical internship report.

What you’ll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

TNO as an employer

TNO is an independent research organization whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organizations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organizations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Contact: Edsger Smits
Phone number: +31651914030

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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