Research fellow system architecting at ESI | Eindhoven



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

You will be part of a small team within one of several public/private funded applied research projects in close collaboration with industrial partners. These projects focus on the exploration, development and practical validation of innovative systems architecting methods in high-tech systems. You will do applied research in the context of concrete and business-critical challenges in multidisciplinary industrial R&D projects of highly complex, digital-intensive systems and applications. You will work closely with the stakeholders from the industry and with ESI colleagues, addressing the opportunities and challenges of using model-based systems architecting and systems engineering methodologies. It is our aim to make the industry more effective and efficient, by developing and embedding such methodologies in cooperation with an industrial partner and to advance the architecting capabilities of all industrial partners in our network by transferring knowledge and ways-of-working to their (future) system architects.

You will be part of the system architecting expertise team of ESI and develop model-based methodologies for systems architecting and systems engineering. You will be challenged to develop and apply architecting methods for reasoning about the relation between customer and stakeholder values, architectural concepts and technologies, in the context of high-tech industrial processes, organizational structures and business needs.
You will do so “on the R&D floor” of our industrial partners, as you will be participating in a variety of applied research projects in close cooperation with product development teams of the industrial partners of ESI, at their premises. In these projects, you will both solve challenges of our high-tech industrial partners and contribute to the goal of ESI to develop and embed model-based methodologies for systems architecting and systems engineering.
Your responsibilities may also include coordinating the work of master and/or PhD students and of industrial engineers, as well as coordinating software engineering activities to professionalize the modeling tools developed by ESI.

What do we require of you?

First and foremost you are a inspiring colleague for your colleagues at ESI and a competent sparring partner for our industrial and academic partners.
You enjoy operating in unexplored areas of research, developing novel approaches for the design and engineering of complex high-tech systems. Like ourselves, you are convinced that it is essential to reason at high abstraction levels and across disciplines to architect and realise increasingly complex systems. You want to research systems architecting methodologies with the strong desire to transfer and embed the results into industrial practice.
You enjoy creating structure and overview by means of analytical techniques. You combine this with a desire to dive deeply into specific issues when needed. As a goal-oriented and self-reliant professional you always aim for high quality results. 
What else do you bring to the table?
  • An academic degree, preferably at PhD-level, with a strong affinity with computer science, electrical engineering or related engineering discipline;
  • A relevant professional background, having worked in- or with high-tech industry in the area of product innovation;
  • Experience in systems architecting and the development of high-tech products and systems;
  • Experience with stakeholder management and change management in R&D;
  • Proven ability to critically observe and analyze as well as to critically reflect on your own ways of working;
  • Skills in using information and process discovery methods (interviewing skills, etc). 

What can you expect of your work situation?

ESI is an open and diverse innovation research centre hosted by TNO with strong partnerships with industry-leading high-tech companies. ESI addresses the ever-increasing complexity the high-tech industry is facing in the systems they create through the development of new methods and techniques for system design and engineering. Its extensive research programme aims to advance high-tech industry in improving lead-time and effectiveness of their product innovation process, as well as the functionality, quality and societal impact of their products. The ESI project teams are motivated to accomplish a difference for their eco-system within an informal working ambience. In addition, ESI provides specific programmes for innovation support and competence development of system architects and senior engineers. See further: 

What can TNO offer you?

Work enjoyment means something different for each employee. This is why we offer a-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that you can switch around on a monthly basis. Flexible working hours (like 4 days x 9 hours) and different leave schemes mean that you can create a package attuned to your specific wishes. TNO attaches great value to both your personal and your professional development. Many opportunities exist for you to develop: conferences, courses, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job rotation. At TNO you can orchestrate your own career. Visit this page to find out more about our flexible terms of employment. 

Application process

You can apply till the 31th of October. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete the interviews and assessment within 4 weeks

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

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

Recruiter: Yvonne Pribnow
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-11097594

Hiring manager: Wouter Leibbrandt
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 65560

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


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