Laboratory engineer, 3D Metal Printing Technician

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    University of Vaasa
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    EngineeringMaterials engineering
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    14/02/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Finland › Vaasa


At the University of Vaasa, we think out of the box in order to build a sustainable future. We are a university that invests in the quality of research and teaching in order to tackle the challenges of our time. We educate responsible and internationally-minded leaders and experts. We are well known for our high-quality education and inspirational teachers. Our expertise in the fields of business studies, technology, administrative sciences and communication forms the core of our university. Our discipline-based research is complemented by our phenomenon-driven research platforms.

This is a three year fixed-term position with a start date at the beginning of March 2021 or as agreed. The position is located in the School of Technology and Innovation in Technobothnia Research and Development Laboratory (more precisely Additive Manufacturing Fabrication Lab - AMDF). The position is located in Vaasa and has a six (6) month trial-period.

Your role

Your role is to operate and maintain the selective laser sintering SLS Metal 3D Printer and related pre as well as post processing machinery to deliver consistently high quality products.

You will operate eg. power tools, blast cabinets, band saws, powder mixing machines and the powder and post processing oven post process and finalize printed parts. You'll also handle reactive and non-reactive metallic powers and inert gasses. Further tasks include monitoring, purchasing and storing materials and consumables for production. You will work under strict safety, health and environment (HSE) standards.

As Laboratory Engineer you will operate and maintain Technobothnia LMDM lab 3D printers including Multijetstrusion, SLA, DLP and FDM types of machines, acquire and store printing materials and post process printed parts. You'll also be working on a variety of 3D engineering tasks using different software tools for designing, 3D scanning, prototype testing, calibration, equipment trouble shooting, performing of experiments, data collection and data processing.

You'll work directly with the Team Leader to ensure operational goals and objectives are either met or exceeded and will give support in special projects, as required. As Laboratory Engineer you need to be able to carry out independent scientific research and responsible research-oriented organizational tasks. You are also required to participate actively in planning research and development projects, acquiring external funding and international collaboration. The Laboratory Engineer carries an overall responsibility of duties within research, education, and university administration within his/her special field.

The tasks include:
•    Complete, as required, all tasks of running and maintaining SLS, SLA, DLP and FDM 3D printing machines and associated pre and post processing equipment
•    Follow strictly operating instructions; troubleshooting breakdowns; maintaining supplies; calling for repairs when needed
•    Maintain a run inventory of parts and completed build assemblies, print parts and tests performance with related procedures
•    Perform routine maintenance of equipment and tooling, including preventive maintenance and maintaining cleanliness of equipment and work area
•    Use precision measuring instruments to perform inspections of tooling, equipment, and product to ensure they meet requirements
•    Operate material handling equipment and change consumable materials
•    Gas bottles rack handling and replacement
•    Working with specialist protective gear and handling nano particles and metallic reactive and non-reactive powders under  Safety, Health and Environment (HSE) standards
•    Maintain machine build schedule, prioritize test prints and provide projected completion date of projects
•    Assist project team manager; attending and participating in group and project meetings, assist in training and development of manufacturing employees
•    Maintain up to date knowledge within the 3D printing industry both through research and by participating in educational opportunities surrounding 3D printing methods and materials

All tasks are agreed in more detail in the Annual Work Plan. The annual working time for laboratory engineer is 1612 hours.


The candidate must have previous 3D printing experience and be comfortable with a wide range of printers and materials. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to use some of the most advanced technologies on the market and broadest selection of materials.

The position requires the ability to understand, utilize and modify 3D file formats and assembly documentation such as but not limited to the following: Schematics, BOM’s, CAD Drawings, Visuals, Testing tools and procedures.

Applicants are required to have a Master’s degree in the related field of Science, Industrial Management, Electronics or Electrical Engineering.

We are hoping that you have experience of the following:

  • Industrial equipment installation and maintenance experience
  • SLS machine operation training
  • Minimum 1 year previous experience with FDM and SLA 3D printing and laser and structured light 3D scanning
  • Participation in academic research projects
  • Argon and Nitrogen gas welding training

Software skills:

  • CAD 3D design and modeling software  
  • Parametric, Non-Parametric, and Implicit 3D modeling, Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Slicers and g code generators, support generators and editors
  • Materialize Magics software training
  • Mesh generation and repair, 3D models format conversion etc.

The working languages are Finnish and English. Read more about the selection process and language guidelines: https://www.univaasa.fi/en/open-positions/application-and-selection-process.

The University of Vaasa adheres to the principles of responsible research evaluation and the DORA Declaration.

Inspirational work environment

The position is situated in School of Technology and Innovations and team of Production (Industrial Management).

Industrial Management provides comprehensive teaching and research operations to cover entire production operations and service chains. The aim is to educate multidisciplinary professionals who have the ability to combine technological, commercial and management perspectives in their work. The main focuses in research are strategic management, logistics systems, product and service development in Vaasa and service innovations in Lapua (SC-Research group).

We are strongly networked and responsible actors in research, education and public relations. As a work community, our team is diverse, international and encouraging. The cooperation and support of colleagues promotes well-being and inspires working.  

More information about the school: https://www.univaasa.fi/en/about/organisation/schools/technology-and-innovations/

We offer

The salary will be based on both the job requirement and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. The monthly salary of a Laboratory Engineer is based on job demand level 4 (2563€). An additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please use our online application system (using the “Leave an application” button below). The application, including appendices, has to be submitted to our online application database no later than 14th February 2021.

The application should include the following annexes:

Further Information

  • Professor Petri Helo, phone: +358 29 449 8551
  • Vice-director Ilpo Ojala, phone: +358 29 449 8339
  • Laboratory director Janne Suomela, phone: +358 29 449 8142
  • email: firstname.surname (at) univaasa.fi
  • Inquiries about the online application system: careers@univaasa.fi

The 5,000 students and 500 employees of the University of Vaasa thrive on the most beautiful campus in Finland, at the seaside. Our university community is international: we come from 80 countries. As an employer, we focus on employee well-being at work by providing extensive occupational health care, flexible working time arrangements and opportunities for competence development. We have been awarded the HR Excellence in Research recognition. Read more about us: www.univaasa.fi/en/rekry

Application period starts: 2021-01-22 15:00

Application period ends: 2021-02-14 23:59

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