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Internship | New Applications in Microscale Patterning and Control

  • Type Internship
  • Degree Master
  • Location Eindhoven, NetherlandsEindhovenNL
  • Posted
  • Start date -
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  • Full-time internship
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Steering and aligning of matter at the microscale is being actively pursued in many areas such as lithography, surface design and bioengineering. To a large extent the reason is the unfulfilled promise of the new applications that could be created from achieving single particle control at each scale. At the materials solutions department within TNO we work in between upcoming technologies and promising applications with industrial relevance. Our department has a large track record of particle synthesis varying in both size and morphology of organic and inorganic particles. Often such particles are found in between amorphous dispersion and emulsion where orderly structures were not taken into account. At present various high demanding applications are requiring that particles are aligned and follow specific patterns which will enable the features needed for a given functionality. In this assignment we aim at combining our extensive experience of particle synthesis with recently acquired state-of-the-art setup for colloidal particle manipulation.

For this internship you might expect tasks such as:

  • Literature study.
  • Learning set-up operation.
  • Material selection.
  • Process characterization.
  • Report writing.
  • Presenting your work among peers.

Expected duration: 6 months.


You are a proactive and independent MSc student with background in one of the following areas Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or similar. At the same time, you are seeking for an interdisciplinary and challenging environment within applied research. A hands-on mentality is a must. Knowledge or experience in colloidal synthesis is a plus, but certainly not mandatory. Good communication skills in English, particularly for presenting your work and writing reports is expected.


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. The Materials Solution Department combines scientist connected to academia with different professionals connected with the industry accelerate innovation cycles. Initial steps which lead to technology developments are of high value to our department. We have a proactive and international working atmosphere with diverse backgrounds and multidisciplinary expertise.


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.

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