Internship | Through-the-wall sensing

Can you see inside buildings using radar?


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

In our ever changing world, the urban environment becomes more and more important. This means that both military and security operations will be in the urban environment. Knowing what is behind a wall becomes of paramount interest. For this reason, through the wall radar systems are being developed which focus on obtaining building lay-outs, and/or on the detection of people inside a building.

A novel approach to detecting people inside a building is forward scattering. Within TNO several radar systems have been developed for through-the-wall sensing. These systems will be used to perform several experiments to record both forward scattering and monostatic backscatter (traditional radar) data. These recordings will be used off-line to fine tune and optimise a tracker (data fusion engine to track people over time) or design a new tracker that can combine these different types of observations. The goal is to track people inside a building using RF technology.

Your activities will consist of using an existing experimental radar system to record relevant data, simulate the scenarios and integrate the data processing with the tracker.

The duration of this internship is at least 3 months.

What do we require of you?

  • You are in the final stages of your degree in artificial intelligence, physics, mathematics, electrical engineering or a similar degree and have some track record in the field of signal processing and sensors;
  • You have experience in programming in Matlab and/or Python;
  • You are pragmatic and focused on making things work;
  • Next to technical expertise we value communication skills and a results-driven attitude.

What can you expect of your work situation?

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 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.

Application process

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.

Contact: Raymond Dijk, van
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 64066

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


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