Electrical Engineering innovator with knowledge of Electromagnetic Effects

Contribute to a safer world. Envision it. Become an Electrical Engineering Innovator at TNO in The Hague.


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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Recent conflicts are showing us that military personnel face a wide range of operational threats. A major threat they face comes from the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by terrorist organisations and during asymmetric military conflicts. These include roadside bombs that can be detonated in various ways, but also explosives in vehicles (so-called car bombs), carried by people (wearing bomb vests, for example), or dropped from drones. The Netherlands’ Ministry of Defence considers the protection of its personnel and resources against this type of threat, from within its own organisation and those of its allies, of the utmost importance. Hence, a lot of attention is being paid to developing ways of locating IEDs and preventing them from detonating, thereby contributing to the safety of locations, routes, and environments. This applies to mission areas in which military forces are active, but also to national security. Concerning the latter, think of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Service, and the national security services of Defence, the police, and the justice department. Techniques in the electromagnetic spectrum play an important role in IED detection and protecting from this threat. That is why the Electronic Defence department is closely involved in research and innovation in this field. Some examples of subjects we’re working on are Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) used to find objects, Non-Linear Junction Detection (NLJD) to detect hidden electronic components, the use of advanced equipment for drone detection, and the controlled denial of access to certain areas.

What will be your role?

As an electrical engineering innovator, you’ll work on innovative and challenging projects, mainly for Defence and the domains of public order and safety. Your role will be to work within project teams using research and innovations to help our clients find solutions to their operational issues. You’ll use your knowledge of electromagnetic effects to, together with fellow experts, develop new concepts to counter IEDs and drones, which you’ll test in the lab and in the field. In this, various aspects are important: from fundamental physical models of EM propagation to the operation of electronics contained in the target systems; from detection methods using EM effects to ways to intervene in systems and connections – and finally, the translation of all these elements into applications. Within this context, you’ll make your contribution by conducting research, analysing, designing, and implementing solutions, testing and evaluating them. This is often an iterative process, wherein test results generate new insights that give rise to conceptual changes.

Our team of highly trained electrical engineers, physicists, and mathematicians in the Electronic Defence department conducts research and works on innovative solutions to a wide range of threats (including those posed by IEDs) in order to make a valuable contribution to the protection of the Dutch armed forces, and with this, peace and security. Read more about Electronic Defence and the Defence, Safety & Security (DSS) unit - our innovations | TNO. Meet some of your future colleagues here: Working on a safe society | Get to know TNO - YouTube

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

On top of your substantive expertise, you have experience with or the ambition to organise and coordinate activities within this field of work. You also possess good advisory and communication skills, which you can use to communicate with clients and your colleagues. Since much of the work is international by nature, it’s important that you have a good spoken and written command of English. Additionally, you get energy from transferring knowledge to your colleagues. You’re also flexible, inquisitive, able to switch gears quickly, and set priorities. You’ll work on different subjects and projects at the same time.

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:
  • You have an academic technical degree (at a bachelor or master level) in electrical engineering, technical physics, or similar.
  • You have proven work experience (2-5 years) in the field of EM theory, RF technology, radar and radio systems, communication protocols, and measurement techniques.
  • Knowledge of and experience with EM-simulation tools, Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology, MatLab, Python, C/C++, and electronics are particularly relevant to the position.
  • Practical experience with wireless communication or experience gained as a radio amateur are also advantages.

What you’ll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary between € 3,500,- and € 5,700,- (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

Perhaps you would like to grow your career in the direction of commerce or consultancy? Or would you like to become a project manager? Immerse yourself in sustainable innovations? Or carve out a career as a technical expert?

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.
  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.
  • Travel allowance.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
  • A good pension scheme.
Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

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.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

Please apply before May 19th 2022. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.

As you will be working for clients in the domain of defence and security, a Certificate of No Objection issued by AIVD (The Dutch General Information and Security Service) is mandatory. This means you will have to undergo a security screening. Read more about security screening.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

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

Hiring manager: Peter Jan Doets
Phone number: 08886 67041

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


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Dr. ir. Peter Jan Doets

  • Electronic Defence

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