Associate Professor in Robot Control and Manipulation

Do you have the ambition to lead the Control and Manipulation research line in a leading applied research group? If yes, this job, from Saxion, may be for you!

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You are an expert in the field of Robot Control and Manipulation, who is able to develop and direct a coherent and impactful research program in applied control and manipulation that lead to innovative practical knowledge that are valorized in professional field and higher professional education.

You acquire and leads collaborative (new/existing internal/external network partners) projects, and disseminates the resulting knowledge products through various impactful channels.

You are a passionate, empathetic and professional leader, who is able to inspire, lead, supervise and coach a group of research engineers, lecturers as well as students from diverse background and who is able to create alignment between personal development objectives and group objectives.


  • A doctorate degree with at least three years of experience (industry or academia) in one of the following fields—Robotics, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, Applied Computer Sciences.
  • Strong affinity in applied research and development in the fields of robotics, mechatronics and AI, and application areas, such as Safety & Security, Manufacturing Industry, Precision Agriculture, Inspection & Maintenance.
  • Strong theoretical and practical experience in physical interaction of a robot with an environment (including human and robot), efficient path planning in constrained environment, and target manipulation.
  • Experience in systems architecting and integration to achieve improved interaction and manipulation capabilities with minor modification of existing robotic systems.
  • Demonstrable experience in strategic and analytical thinking in the direction of bridging the gap between market and science through applicable technology development and training of young professionals.
  • Experience in effective dissemination of practical knowledge, and exploitation of applied research results in renewing higher professional education and products/processes/services in professional fields.
  • Experience in systems engineering and robotic software engineering is a strong PLUS.


  • A maximum salary of € 6.579,22 (scale 13 – cao-hbo) working on a full-time basis. 
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus. 
  • You will be offered a temporary contract with a view to permanency as Associate Professor. 
  • A generous leave policy. For example: if you work full-time and have opted for a 40-hour week you can take 428 hours of leave annually. This means you will have 53.5 holiday leave days, including statutory holiday days and public holidays. 
  • Personal development: follow an inspirational webinar, workshop or training course at our internal Saxion Academy, do a career check or explore the possibilities of taking a master’s degree or PhD programme or professional doctorate. 
  • The Saxion Hybrid Working Package. 
  • A comprehensive retirement plan. See the cao-hbo for more information. 
  • 100% allowance for travel by public transport and tax benefits on the purchase of a bicycle. 

Bedrijfsprofiel Saxion

At Saxion we explore future developments, look beyond our borders and disciplines and drive innovation. By doing this together we contribute to a smarter, safer and more sustainable world. We question how significant technological innovations are and how they can contribute to humanity, society and our planet. We teach our students to look at social issues from a broad perspective and to come up with practical solutions.  

School of Life Science, Engineering and Design

As Associate Professor at Saxion, you will be a member of the Smart Mechatronics And RoboTics research group. This team is part  School of Life Science, Engineering and Design (LED). LED offers an inspiring and effective learning, work and research environment, focused on applied technologies and recent national and international developments.


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