Internship | Silicone-Based Strain Sensors



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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Holst Centre is an Open Innovation research center founded in 2005 by TNO and IMEC. It is located on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Holst Centre develops applications in flexible electronics together with industry. The application of printed and flexible electronics is necessary for the advancement of soft robotics.

What will be your role?

Working in a small team, the student will be responsible for demonstrating the utility of printed strain sensors on textile. The student will be responsible for optimizing processes to develop a working prototype. Hands-on fabrication and measurement of sensors will be performed.

This student project will be an internship and/or master thesis with a duration of at least 6 months.

The goal of the project will be to:
  • Develop a process to realize a strain sensor based on elastomer composites.
  • Optimize and characterize strain sensors and establish structure-property relationships.
  • Fabricate the developed strain sensor and demonstrate its utility in an application.
  • Support with the integration of Holst Centre’s other technologies.

As a team member your tasks will be:
  • Knowledge acquisition through literature survey, discussion with other team members, and internal seminars/colloquiums.
  • Fabrication of sensors in clean-rooms and chemical laboratories.
  • Performing electrical and material characterization.
  • Analysis and presentation of experimental data.
  • Documentation of results in a technical report or scientific publication.
  • Presentation of results in internal seminars/colloquiums.

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

Your Profile:
  • Master student from materials science, electrical engineering, nanotechnology, physics, chemistry, or related with both theoretical and experimental skills.
  • You have good communication skills in English.
  • Independent but also a team player.nal seminars/colloquiums.

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

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

Contact: Peter Zalar
Phone number: +31 (0)40-40 20513

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


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