Internship | Laser Communication Program



Education type


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

The developments on communication are following up in a rapid pace. Apart from the amount of data the network coverage gets increasingly important. High bandwidth satellite communication is essential to transfer for example satellite sensor data and offer (internet) coverage to remote areas. Conventional RF-bands such as 4G and 5G are highly regulated and limited in throughput. Laser communication offers, similar to glass fibers, a much higher bandwidth. Within the department of Optomechatronics we design and build ground, air and space terminals for a variety of use cases. One of the challenges of free space links is the impact of weather conditions and turbulence in particular. Therefore accurate modelling of turbulence and the impact on an optical link is key in the design of optical communication terminals.

Details of the assignment will vary on an case by case basis. As an example:

You will be involved in verifying the existing turbulence model with experimental data gathered in previous ground-to-ground tests. Based on your background you could either focus on the physics, the control or the impact on the optical link. If the opportunity arises, you will assist us in setting up and performing future ground-to-ground tests.
The turbulence model is used in several different projects based on which the design of the terminals are being developed. Based on your background and interest you could be coupled to a specific project.

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

We are looking for a intern or graduation student with the following profile:
  • Master student in Engineering (Aerospace, Physics, Mechanical or equivalent) with an affinity to data processing, physics, optics and (turbulence) modelling;
  • Language: English required, Dutch optional;
  • Distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant literature;
  • Analyze the results and present them in a comprehensive manner;
  • Experience with Matlab and/or Python;
  • Understanding of data processing methodology in temporal and frequency domain.

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.

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 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.

Contact: Will Crowcombe
Phone number: +31646847410

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


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