Dynamics & Control specialist | Delft

Pushing the performance of high-tech instruments to its ultimate limits requires in-depth knowledge of dynamics and control. Will you help us to make the impossible possible?



Education type

university (wo),PhD



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

As a dynamics and control specialist you are familiar with the fundamentals of eigenfrequencies and eigenmodes of mechanical structures and knows how to process modal analyses to predict dynamic behavior. You have the ability to derive multi-dimensional lumped-mass models of mechanical systems and can relate these to FEM and experimental results. You have expertise to validate dynamic performance in practice, i.e. is familiar with system identification techniques and/or experimental modal analyses. Preferably, you also have some background in non-linear dynamics, and you are able to formulate and analyze specific non-linearities in mechanical systems or new system concepts, and you are able to translate the results in practical solutions.

Moreover, you are familiar with control engineering terminology and you know the basics of linear control theory and controller synthesis. You can interpret Bode diagrams and can relate these to mechanical properties of the system. You are able to apply loop-shaping techniques, assess the resulting closed-loop behavior of the whole system, and you are familiar with more advanced synthesis techniques such as robust and adaptive control. Preferably, you have experience with non-linear analyses and controller synthesis techniques, in order to come up with innovative solutions for the complex systems of the future.

What do we require of you?

You have a MSc and preferably a PhD in mechanical engineering with a specialization in dynamics and control and several years working experience. You have a pioneering mentality, and you are comfortable with the uncertainty that comes with scientific and engineering challenges. With your excellent communication skills, energy, creativity and a boundless curiosity, you can convince and inspire colleagues and customers alike.

What can you expect of your work situation?

The research group Opto-mechatronics develops optomechanical and mechatronics systems for extreme performance in demanding environments. We push the limits of technology; to stimulate industry and enable scientific discovery. In addition to our internal research programs we execute large commercial projects for customers in the domains of Space & Science instrumentation and Semiconductor Equipment. The role of the group within the strong global position of the Dutch mechatronics industry is that of supplier of breakthrough technology. The group has a close collaboration with several universities and research institutes and a large network in industry.

What can TNO offer you?

Work enjoyment means something different for each employee. This is why we offer a-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that you can switch around on a monthly basis. Flexible working hours (like 4 days x 9 hours) and different leave schemes mean that you can create a package attuned to your specific wishes.
TNO attaches great value to both your personal and your professional development. Many opportunities exist for you to develop: conferences, courses, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job rotation. At TNO you can orchestrate your own career.

Application process

You can apply till the 21st of July. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. Due to holidays, the first round of interviews will be held on the 7th of August. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete this within 4 weeks.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

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

Recruiter: Anneke Geerts
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-556 94125

Hiring manager: Monique Oldenburg
Phone number: +31 (0)88 8661310

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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