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Researcher Plant Nutrient Sensors

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With a broad view on emerging technologies to advance horticulture solutions.

What you will do

We are looking for a Researcher Plant Nutrient Sensors to contribute to the technologies that will define tomorrow's society. In this start-up alike environment, you will work in a multidisciplinary team of (amongst others) sensor application engineers, electrochemical and optical specialists and hardware engineers creating innovative solutions in precision agriculture. Your main work will be the exploration, development and validation of nutrient sensing technologies that can be applied in vertical farms and greenhouse horticulture.

Tasks include:

  • Based on identified needs in the market, assess the potential of novel nutrient sensing technologies (e.g., optical, electrochemical) with respect to meeting the required specifications.
  • Develop a R&D roadmap for nutrient sensing in water and substrates.
  • Develop and validate innovative sensor technologies that can be used in solutions to measure nutrients in controlled indoor farming applications.
  • Work together with hardware and software engineers to ensure a smooth transfer of proof-of-concepts towards implementation in prototypes for field testing.
  • Apply learnings from field tests to improve the performance of the technologies.
  • Translate new insights into patent applications and publications at peer-reviewed conferences and journals.

What we do for you

Imec offers 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.
Imec, 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, we offer you a wide range of training possibilities via imec.academy.

Innovation center for chip and digital technology in food, agro and health
OnePlanet Research Center is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Radboud University, Radboudumc and imec. We use the latest chip and digital technology to create a society in which everyone can live a healthy life and has access to healthy and sustainable food. We initiate fundamental and applied research, ground-breaking innovations and smart product applications.

Who you are

  • You hold a Ph.D. in the field of physics, chemistry, Biology, Plant Science or a related field or a M.Sc. in the same fields with 3-5 years relevant experience.
  • A solid understanding of plant nutrient science. 
  • You have a strong background in sensor related technologies and sensor fusion.
  • A solid understanding of the horti- and agricultural sector, in particular related to sensor technologies is highly appreciated.
  • Your communication skills in English (written and spoken) are excellent.
  • Result oriented and hands-on attitude; which means taking initiative, thinking proactively and having a flexible mindset are attributes that define yourself.
  • You can deal with ambiguity and you see changes as an opportunity to learn and grow.


Do you want to learn more about it, then you can connect with Perine Doreleijers, Talent Acquisition Specialist. You can reach Perine at perine.doreleijers.ext@imec.nl. If you wish to apply, then please submit your full resume and a cover letter.

Click on ‘apply’ to submit your application. You will then be redirected to e-recruiting.

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Researcher Plant Nutrient Sensors
Wageningen, Netherlands
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