(Senior) Process Engineer

  • Working hours: Full time (32-40 hours)
  • Location: Geldermalsen, the Netherlands

You are the bridge between the System Architect and the Materials Research and Processing team. You have the vision to define the printing process and the responsibility for translating this vision into reality from the hardware, software, and accessories perspective. Your job requires a technical Master’s degree level and broad knowledge and experience in material processing including, but not limited to, polymer processing, coatings, etc.

What will you be doing?

As a Process Engineer, you will be working as part of the Material Research and Processing team and hand-in-hand with the System Architect.

Your main responsibilities include:

  • Defining - from the application level - the printing process, translating this into hardware, material and software requirements. Helping to design and qualify new printers, accessories, and materials
  • Creating theoretical knowledge on the extrusion process of 3D printers
  • Researching, integrating and implementing technologies in print process and print strategies
  • Performing hands-on experiments with test printers or dedicated test equipment
  • Troubleshooting and determining the root cause of complex issues that may be related to current designs and suggest improvements
  • Leading individual technical projects related to the printing process
  • Generating documentation (drawings, test protocols, reports, troubleshooting guides, manufacturing instructions)

What will your team look like?

The Materials Research and Processing team includes 11 professionals (polymer chemists, material engineers, and 3D printing enthusiasts) with 5 different nationalities. We work together on different projects with clear communication, which allows us to solve problems efficiently.

What have we worked on recently?

In the past two years we have expanded the materials portfolio from 3 to 10 with a focus on the engineering market to broaden the current use of 3D printed parts. Printing profiles in Cura are designed and continuously optimized to allow users to make an easy and reliable perfect print. We’ve worked with the hardware and software departments, and external material suppliers on new initiatives and projects.

What will your day in the office look like?

You will have interdisciplinary meetings, both internal and external, to bridge the knowledge and technology gaps. You will build on the company knowledge level and work on innovative projects. At the same time, you will bring your ideas immediately to practice on new 3D printer designs.

Do you fit this profile?

  • Master's degree, preferably in polymer engineering/chemical engineering / applied physics (or equivalent)
  • 3 to 7 years of working experience in material processing, material improvement and/or how to process materials and/or modelling of materials
  • Overarching knowledge of all material processing aspects, including equipment, tool design, material properties, characterization and process definition, and processing techniques
  • All-around process thinking – concept, theory, and application
  • Knowledge of polymers and/or materials common to 3D printing
  • Ability to troubleshoot and fix existing equipment/device and to contribute to design test rigs to proof theoretical concepts
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment
  • Ability to communicate in a multidisciplinary team and with people from different backgrounds
  • Team player attitude
  • Ability to work independently and proactively

We are looking for a professional with processing background from the hardware / software / materials point of view (please indicate in your application which field is your expertise).

Definitely a plus

  • 3D printing experience or affinity
  • Experience in polymer extrusion
  • Knowledge of mechanical and electronic devices commonly used in automation
  • Hands-on or supervisory experience in building automated equipment, electro-mechanical equipment or mechanical prototype fixtures. Ability to build and test/debug a working prototype from a design concept
  • Basic experience with programming (i.e., Phyton), CAD (i.e., SolidWorks) and FEA/CFD modeling (Abaqus, Ansys, Moldflow, etc...)
  • Basic knowledge of Statistical Process Control

The benefits of working with us

  • A competitive salary in line with your experience
  • Ultimaker makes contributions to your pension
  • We pay for your daily commute
  • 27 days of paid leave per year
  • Use of an Ultimaker 3D printer
  • An open, family atmosphere and fun work environment
  • Lunch with healthy sandwiches, salads and a daily special
  • A convenient location within walking distance of public transport and near the highway
  • Room to expand your knowledge by following courses and going to meetups
  • A monthly get together with drinks, food, raffles, and fun!

More about Ultimaker

Ultimaker has been in operation since 2011, and over the years has grown to become a market leader, creating powerful, professional, and accessible desktop 3D printers. With offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore, plus production facilities in both Europe and the US, Ultimaker’s team of over 250 employees continually strives to offer the highest-quality 3D printers, software, and materials on the market.

We offer you the chance to become a part of a young, fast-growing, technically advanced company. We are focused on further developing the Ultimaker, developing the world of 3D printing, and further expanding the skills of our people.

We are ordinary people with extraordinary plans. Creating high-quality products is our driver. Our passion and creativity help us to make the unbelievable believable. Just like our community of tenacious tinkerers, we love to try new ideas and see what works. In fact, they often conceive of wonders we could never have imagined on our own. Together we make one hell of a team.   

As part of our company plans for expansion, our head office in the Netherlands will relocate from Geldermalsen to Utrecht in mid-2019.


Interested in working at a fast-growing, ambitious company? If so, please get in touch with Maria Verdu by email with your motivation letter and resume.

Only candidates eligible to work in the EU will be considered for the position. Unfortunately, given the high volume of applications we receive for our vacancies, those professionals (not entitled to work in the Netherlands) will not be given a status update.

Agency calls will not be appreciated.

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