(Industrial) Automation Engineer

As an (Industrial) Automation Engineer you are responsible for :

Designing, programming, testing, validating, commissioning and documenting all aspects of our automation platform according to GAMP regulations.

About Vivolta

Vivolta is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) that supports her MedTech clients with the development and manufacturing of highly innovative fiber-based implants or components.

These activities are not possible without our highly skilled engineering department. Drawing on 15 years of experience , Vivolta has broken new ground in the future of medicine. We have the ambition to professionalize the production of biodegrable implants by developing the MediSpin ™, the world’s first automated mass production platform for medical electrospinning.

Knowledge sharing, commitment, and a strong team spirit, all combined in a shared vision and mission are crucial to enable our success.

To realize our ambition in the coming years, Vivolta is currently growing from the current 18 employees to almost double in 2024 and beyond.

Because we are a unique company creating unique machines and products we are looking for a unique person to join our team. Next to attracting an engineer that has extensive knowledge of both PLC and C#, we also offer a position in which you get the chance to leave the beaten path and experiment on new exciting challenges and create new technology from A to Z. You get the chance to truly pioneer! And besides that you will take a highly complex R&D project to mass production that will directly improves people’s lives! Two machines that are now creating 12 products per day will grow towards hundreds of thousands or even millions of products per year per machine.

To achieve this we are exceeding the “sky is the limit” on automation! Feel challenged?

What is medical electrospinning?

The goal of electrospinning is to create structures of polymer fibers from nano- to micrometers in diameter. The polymer is spun from a solvent into a long fiber by means of a high voltage field.

The structures created are used for innovative medical applications such as stents, artificial veins and heart valves, but also applications for wound healing, targeted drug delivery and regenerative medicine.

A special feature of electrospun fibers is the imitation of the natural environment of cells, which minimizes rejection phenomena and scar tissue formation.

These implants also have the special property of allowing the human body to repair itself, because the biodegradable implant is replaced by the body’s own cells.

Role Description

What will you do in this challenging position?

Vivolta uses in-house developed knowledge, tooling, and production machines for electrospinning. As an (Industrial) Automation Engineer you are responsible for :

Designing, programming, testing, validating, commissioning and documenting all aspects of our automation platform according to GAMP regulations.


For those who are not aware of GAMP, it’s the medical version of the V-Model)

  • Supporting, improving and maintaining the existing machinepark, our product today is based on numerous iterations since 2009, these machines are still operational worlwide giving you the opportunity to learn a lot from the past that can and will be used in our future products
  • Satisfying internal and external customers with state-of-the-art technical solutions
  • Creating awareness, visibility, and communication on automation initiatives to support our goals and priorities
  • A close collaboration with other disciplines such as mechanical engineering, measurement and control technology, biology, chemistry, materials science, and physics
  • High-tech development with the use of Beckhoff controls, Mongo databases and C# applications

What do we hope you will bring to the table?

To be able to fulfill this role, you recognize yourself in the following profile : you are a down-to-earth person who likes to be involved in a groundbreaking product where you can make a positive impact on people’s lives.

You are a proactive person who likes to think along and discuss and spar with colleagues. You like to give and receive feedback with the goal to move forward together.

You are eager to learn more about our electrospinning and automation technology and -potential so you can grow in your responsibilities.

Furthermore, we hope that you recognize yourself in most of the following points :

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree (HBO) with a background in Electrical-, Mechatronic- or Automation engineering is considered a must
  • You have a strong affinity with working on precision (mechatronic) systems and physical processes and preferably the trackrecord to prove it
  • We are looking for someone that wants to take the next step in their career, so we are aiming for someone with at least 5 years of experience in complex automation challenges within product development
  • Strong knowledge on C#
  • You are familiar with preferably Beckhoff controls (or Allen Bradley). When you have strong knowledge of Siemens PLC we expect you are eager to get familiar with the above mentioned controls
  • Knowledge on Mongo databases or the willingness to learn
  • The will to learn in an iterative manner and to keep pushing the boundaries of our developing technology. While doing this you maintain a high quality-mindset (Plan, Do, Check, Act)
  • As a person you are flexible, structured and have a very high proficiency in attention to detail. Furthermore, you are creative and always up for a challenge
  • You have the ability to work and communicate with others in a professional and effective manner, within a team-oriented environment
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn more on the quality systems we need to uphold as our design path is according to GAMP regulations
  • Affinity with or experience within the medical industry / cleanroom environment is considered an advantage
  • English language in word and speaking is considered a must (Dutch is preferred)
  • You are practical and next to your job you love to share some of your personal hobby projects with us
  • You are available for at least 32 hours per week

What does Vivolta have to offer?

A very varied job within a high-tech, innovative company in which you can work on ground-breaking projects every day. In addition, it is a company that is constantly developing and takes pride in the involvement and development of every individual.

Vivolta is an informal company that pays attention to its employees, individual wishes, and team spirit. You get the space to develop yourself in a project-based, client-centric environment.

In this position you work in a relatively small team but on the full concept, so from machinecontrols to overarching factory software. We also offer:

  • A professional working environment with excellent equipment, passionate colleagues with a great deal of knowledge and a mentality in which teamwork, knowledge transfer and room for own initiatives are key
  • Projects with both short (minimum 4 weeks) and longer (minimum 1 year) lead times. You are interested by this variation of fast short-term projects and long-term development projects
  • A product with numerous variables, a lot of physics, a lot of motion making it a perfect and unique challenge for an passionate engineer
  • Good secondary working conditions such as a pension plan and at least 26 vacation days and 5 ADV days (reduction of working hours)
  • Development opportunities through training and / or courses, both in-house and external as part of Vivolta’s own Knowledge Sharing Program
  • Various team building activities during the year focused on personal and team development, with great value being attached to good cooperation within the team
  • The intention is to enter a long-term relationship
  • There is also a SAR scheme (Stock Appreciation Rights) in place
  • This position will strengthen the core team of Vivolta via direct employment

Do you want more information?

If you have any content or technical questions, please contact us via 040-2827956. If you are interested in this position at Vivolta, sign up via our website or contact Ivo Munsters via 06-15674880 or ivo.munsters@vivolta.com or jobs@vivolta.com

“As an Automation Engineer you create solutions to help the body to heal itself”


  • Acquisition for this vacancy is not appreciated. Vivolta always strives for direct employment. For support in filling vacancies, Vivolta uses an external (interim) recruiter who provides support and guides Vivolta in the selection of new employees.
  • In addition, Vivolta does not accept unsolicited help from intermediaries / employment agencies or other third parties for this vacancy, except the interim recruiter mentioned above.

Resumes (in whatever form) sent by the parties mentioned to any employee of Vivolta without a valid assignment are considered public information.

No compensation will be owed to the parties mentioned in the event that a candidate is hired whose resume and / or other information has been sent unsolicited.

  • Vivolta is not a recognized sponsor for visa sponsorship and therefore we are not eligible to hire outside of the EU and / or people without an EU passport.

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