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Lubrication & Tribology Expert

Requisition ID:  9430
Category:  Innovation & Technology
Career level:  Professional
Contract type:  Permanent

SKF works to reduce friction, make things run faster, longer, cleaner and more safely. Doing this in the most effective, productive and sustainable way has made the SKF Group a leading global supplier of products, solutions and services within rolling bearings, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems. Services include technical support, maintenance services, condition monitoring, asset efficiency optimization, engineering consultancy and training. 
The Strategic Focus Area Tribology & Prognostics at the SKF Research & Technology Development is responsible for generating new knowledge and technology as well as for developing predictive physical models for life, lubrication and friction of rolling bearings. 

Tribology, bearing life, friction, lubrication, lubricants and diagnostics are knowledge area’s and technologies that are at the heart of SKF. They are key for the technological leadership of SKF and are crucial building stones in SKF’s innovation in its core functional competence: low friction, long endurance shaft rotation. 


At present the department consists of more than 40 highly skilled and educated researchers, scientists and technologists with the responsibility to build and provide knowledge, technology and solutions for the SKF products. 

To strengthen the Lubrication Team in Houten we are looking for a:


Lubrication & Tribology Expert

As an expert in the Lubrication Team, you will be supporting R&D projects focused on lubrication, surface behaviour, lubricant development (in collaboration with external partners), selection and performance. Lubricant and material selection for improved bearing performance is currently covered by a number of projects and activities in which you will play an important role.
You will report to the Competence Area Team Leader Lubrication.

Key responsibilities
•    design and perform physico-chemical methods for lubricant analysis;
•    co-develop screening methods and tools for lubricant selection;
•    design and perform tribological tests (MPR, MTM, WAM etc.) to study lubricant and surface performance;
•    maintain physico-chemical equipment;
•    manage (parts of) technology development projects;
•    support and coach researchers and research technicians in the department to grow our competence;
•    contribute to the 5S standard of our laboratories;
•    provide consultancy and support to our internal stakeholders in the various business areas on their lubrication related challenges.

Job requirements
•    at least a MSc in Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent;
•    at least 4 years of relevant working experience;
•    experience in working in an R&D environment;
•    knowledge in chemistry, lubrication, lubricant performance and tribology;
•    hands-on approach and interested in working in a laboratory for experimental testing and practical work;
•    enthusiastic attitude;
•    self-motivated and pro-active team member;
•    customer-focused and result oriented;
•    good communication skills and fluent in English. 

Our offer
We offer you the opportunity to work in an innovative and well-equipped R&D environment, which is part of a large, successful company with an excellent reputation. The facilities are in fully renovated and partly newly built facilities in Houten, The Netherlands. Depending on your experience and education we will offer you a junior or senior role in the team.
You will join a team of well-motivated colleagues and will have a lot of international contacts. We look forward to seeing you develop as a professional who creates a career in SKF and we will support your steps. Of course, our employment conditions are competitive. 

If you are interested and meet the above requirements, please apply with your CV and motivation letter. We only take applications in consideration that are written in English. You can contact Marcel van Eijk (, Competence Area Team Leader Lubrication, for more information.

About SKF

SKF’s mission is to be the undisputed leader in the bearing business. SKF offers solutions around the rotating shaft, including bearings, seals, lubrication management, condition monitoring and maintenance services. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in SEK is around 85 billion and the number of employees ca 45,000.