What will you be doing?
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. Advanced signal processing for various new imaging and detection modes needs to be defined and implemented. Furthermore, motion compensation schemes and navigation methods have to be implemented and evaluated. 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. Depending on your interests, the work may also include application of novel processing techniques such as compressive sensing or machine learning or the development of image processing tools needed for new types of radar imagery, such as wide-angle multi-aspect image sets.
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.
What do we require of you?
You are in the final stages of your 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 systems is a plus. Next to technical expertise we value communication skills and a results-driven attitude.
What can you expect of your work situation?
TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.
What can TNO offer you?
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.
For this vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance after conducting a security screening. This process may take up to 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 3 consecutive months in the past 5 years, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, the process may take longer, but it is also possible that the application will not be processed. In most cases you can start after 3 months. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.
Has this vacancy sparked your interest?
Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.
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.
Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.
Contact: Matern Otten
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 64082