Internship | Optical design of space borne instruments



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Imaging spectrometers are important instruments used in space for many applications ranging from Earth remote sensing (ocean color imaging, land monitoring, atmosphere chemistry) as well as for space exploration (planets, comets, asteroids). Several types of interferometers can be used as basis for static Fourier transform spectrometers that are very compact and promising for Earth remote sensing on small platforms (cube sats). The aim of the traineeship is to compare these concepts and any other related instruments with the current state-of-the-art and to perform a preliminary optical design for such an instrument for an application in (infrared) atmospheric remote sensing.

The following tasks will be done:
  • Literature review to identify the possible variants of static interferometers, selection of one concept based on relevance, complexity, performance
  • Simple performance modelling to size the instrument
  • Preliminary/exploratory optical design
Expected duration 4 to 6 months

What do we require of you?

  • Master's student, or equivalent education in physics/optics
  • First experience with optical design preferred

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. 

The trainee will be part of a team of ~15 optical designers working on space projects (1/3), microlithography (1/3), and various other fields (biomedical, ground based astronomy).

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.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

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

Contact: Benjamin Brenny
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 64473

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


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