Researcher electromagnetic propagation

Contributing to knowledge development in the field of electromagnetic propagation. Envision it. Become a Researcher electromagnetic propagation at TNO in The Hague.


Den Haag

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Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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Satellite communication, surveillance radar, and infrared sensors in rockets have something in common: the propagation of electromagnetic radiation through the atmosphere plays a major role in all of their functioning. As such, understanding the state of the atmosphere and its effect on the propagation of radiation is essential if you want to know whether you’re visible on your enemy’s radar, missiles are able to find you, or whether it’s possible to establish an optical satellite link. As a researcher of electromagnetic propagation, you’ll contribute to knowledge development in the field of electromagnetic propagation and how it can be predicted.

What will be your role?

You’ll be working in a team that’s developing knowledge regarding electromagnetic propagation for a special client: the Netherlands’ Ministry of Defence. Using expert knowledge and models, you’ll help the Ministry of Defence to assess the functionality of its own and its enemies’ sensors under given circumstances. This information isn’t only vital during missions; it’s also used in the design process of new systems or platforms to achieve optimal results.

You’ll work closely with fellow researchers, Defence, and industrial partners while working on various research projects. For example, your work could include predicting optical turbulence, analysing propagation measurements, investigating how drones can be used to accurately map the conditions of a mission area’s environment, researching the modelling of aerosols and their influence on laser beams, or investigating how artificial aerosols can be used to defuse hostile high-power laser beams. Your work will be theoretical, numerical, as well as experimental.

Sixty highly qualified electrical engineers, physicists, and mathematicians together form TNO’s world-leading Electronic Defence team. Together, we’re seeking the answers that will contribute to electromagnetic innovation. We mainly work for clients within the defence, police, and justice sectors, thereby contributing to national security. We collaborate with national and international partners in multidisciplinary projects, on scientific panels, and in NATO working groups. Meet some of your future colleagues here: Working on a safe society | Get to Know TNO - YouTube.

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

You’re a researcher who likes to be part of different projects aimed at developing the knowledge required to answer client questions. You enjoy getting to the bottom of subjects, but also finding pragmatic solutions to arrive at workable models. You’ll work on several projects simultaneously across a range of different subjects: a variety which both challenges you and makes your work interesting.

You enjoy collaborating with your colleagues and/or presenting your work to clients. Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:
  • A university master's degree in physics, mathematics, geophysics, remote sensing, or a comparable field.
  • Some work experience is an advantage, gained, for example, while completing your PhD.
  • An interest in one or more of the following areas: meteorology, remote sensing, optics, data processing, modelling, electrodynamics, laser, electro-optics, light-matter interaction, fluid mechanics.
  • Experience using MATLAB and/or Python.
  • Affinity with the defence domain.

What you’ll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a monthly salary (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.
  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.
  • Travel allowance.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
  • A good pension scheme.

Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

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.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

Please apply before the 29th of May, 2022. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.  
The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check. 

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.

Recruiter: Anneke Geerts
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-556 94125

Hiring manager: Peter Jan Doets
Phone number: 08886 67041

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


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Dr. ir. Peter Jan Doets

  • Electronic Defence

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