Internship | Wearable Technology Design Research

You will support the wearable electronics team in designing and making wearables based on the integration of flexible and stretchable printed sensors and circuits into textiles.



Education type

higher professional education (hbo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

In the Wearable Electronics team of Holst Centre we create wearables based on the integration of flexible and stretchable printed sensors and circuits into textiles. You will support the design team (responsible for the development of demonstrators) with developing new concepts, smart textiles and wearable prototypes and demonstrators. This involves hands-on experimentation with printed electronics and textiles. Besides this, you have the freedom to propose your own research ideas. The aim of this student project is to advance the role and integration of printed electronics, including various types of sensors and actuators, in textiles and garments. The work is based on a design-oriented approach and has a focus on strengthening human-garment relations and overall well-being.

Your tasks
  • Literature and visual research to benchmark the state of the art and to generate new concepts
  • Design development
  • Textile experiments (including things like laser cutting, mechanical explorations through origami/auxetic structure, other techniques like weaving/knitting, etcetera)
  • Perform experiments in laboratory and clean room involving the integration of printed electronics into textiles
  • Execute design ideas through sketching/draping/pattern cutting/sewing/etcetera.
  • Testing garments (or mock ups) on individuals.
  • Participate in group meetings, provide feed-back, discuss results, and propose solutions to various challenging aspects
  • Write intermediate experimental reports

What do we require of you?

You are an ambitious bachelor or master student with affinity to (fashion) design research, material exploration and/or textile engineering and an interest in wearable technology. You have the following background:
  • Fashion Design
  • Textile Engineering
  • Interaction Design
  • Industrial Design
You have a hands-on and experimental design approach combined with a research mentality. You are communicative and organized and are able to work in interdisciplinary environment. Besides your open and creative mindset you are pragmatic, flexible, pro-active and independent.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, 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, companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. 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. You will work in a dynamic and highly innovative environment in a team with people from many different backgrounds.

What can TNO offer you?

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.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

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

Contact: Pauline Dongen, van
Phone number: +31 (0)6-290 15209

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


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