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Internship | Agile Drone Radar

Den Haag, Zuid-Holland 6 mois
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What will be your role?

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is a high-resolution radar imaging technique used in airborne and spaceborne radars. TNO has developed a mini-SAR system that is circular in design, weighs only 800 grams, and can be mounted on a small drone. This 32-channel radar can perform novel and innovative radar modes in combination with an agile platform, such as a drone. This radar is a unique system, that is at the forefront of drone radar development. Its inherent flexibility allows for many new radar modes to be conceived and demonstrated.
Advanced signal processing for various new imaging and detection modes is being defined and implemented. Furthermore, motion compensation schemes and navigation methods need to be improved and evaluated. Your task will be to write, evaluate and improve radar signal processing or navigation algorithms. Depending on your background and interests, the work may also focus on software engineering and software integration tasks.

You will perform this assignment in the Department of Radar Technology. We are a passionate and creative group of professionals (60 people) dedicated to the specification, development and evaluation of innovative, high-performance MMICs, miniaturised and integrated RF subsystems, antennas and front-ends. The department is at the heart of novel, game-changing radar system and signal processing concepts for the military, space and civil domains.

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

You are in the final stages of your bachelor's or master's degree in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering or a similar degree and you have a track record in the field of signal processing. You have experience in programming in Matlab, you are pragmatic and focused on making things work. Knowledge of navigation principles is a plus. Next to technical expertise we value communication skills and a results-driven attitude.

What you'll get in return

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.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow's world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

For this internship vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance (VGB) after conducting a security screening. Take into account that this process may take about 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 6 consecutive months, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, it may take longer. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don't hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Matern Otten
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 64082
Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.