Senior Expert RF Systems

Contributing to peace and security. Can you envision it? Become a Senior Expert RF Systems at TNO in The Hague.


Den Haag

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Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

In the position of Senior Expert RF Systems, you will work on innovative and challenging projects, in particular for Defence and the National Security domain. Your role will be to work with a project team applying research and innovations in order to help clients find solutions for their operational issues. These issues relate to the electromagnetic spectrum and the signals it contains from communication, radar, navigation and sensor systems. Examples include picking up signals from the electromagnetic spectrum and analysing them to map enemy communications and derive information about an opponent or their intentions. Besides this 'electronic surveillance' of the spectrum, active capabilities also play an important role, involving research and development of techniques to disrupt, manipulate or falsify signals in the spectrum. These capabilities are deployed to protect against threats, for example in the case of roadside bombs detonated by remote control, or against drones that threaten security. Based on the knowledge of signals in the electromagnetic spectrum and the techniques to manipulate them, cyber actions are developed via wireless connections. You will contribute your expertise to this field of knowledge, known as Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA).

You will also research analysis methods to understand wireless (civilian and military) communication protocols, intercepting information, manipulating signals, exploiting vulnerabilities and locating transmitters. You do this by making smart use of modern methods and techniques in the field of signal and protocol analysis, machine learning, digital signal processing, simulation, system implementation (Software Defined Radio) and software tooling.

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 have a proven track record in organizing and coordinating activities within this field. In addition, you have good advisory and communication skills to communicate results to clients and to your colleagues. You also get energy from transferring knowledge to colleagues and you are flexible, inquisitive and able to switch between tasks and set priorities. After all, you work on various subjects and projects simultaneously.

What else do you have to offer?
  • You have a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, (Technical) Physics, Computer Science or similar.
  • You have work experience in the field of EM and antenna theory, signal analysis, radio communication systems, communication protocols and measurement techniques.
  • Knowledge of and experience with RF systems, EM simulation, Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology, MatLab, Python, C/C++, and modern electronics (such as embedded computing and FPGA) are a plus.
  • Our work is often done in an international context and therefore you have a good command of English, both verbally as well as in writing.

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 gross monthly salary between € 3,500 and € 5,800 (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. Perhaps you would like to grow your career in the direction of commerce or consultancy? Or would you like to become a project manager? Immerse yourself in sustainable innovations? Or carve out a career as a technical expert?

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:
  • A good pension scheme.
  • Travel allowance or a bike 
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field. 
  • 28 days annual leave and 5 compensation days under the reduction in working hours scheme (ATV, arbeidstijdverkorting) on a full-time basis.
  • 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. 
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
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TNO as an employer

A system that allows the armed forces to mislead enemy radar systems. An application for disrupting walkie-talkie communications in conflict areas. Or a method to spoof the navigation data of enemy systems. You are the subject matter expert and leader in these projects in the field of electromagnetic innovations. These projects are diverse, but have one thing in common: they all contribute directly or indirectly to peace and security.

The 60 highly trained electrical engineers, physicists and mathematicians of the world-renowned Electronic Defence research group seek the answer to these types of questions and help to develop electromagnetic innovations. We do this mainly for clients within the defence, police and justice sectors. We work together with national and international partners in multidisciplinary projects, scientific panels and NATO working groups. Read more about the Electronic Defence department here.

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

Please apply before August 15th 2021. The first round is planned on August 26th and 27th. 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.

In view of the current Corona restrictions, the selection and onboarding processes have been modified. Your invitation for a job interview will detail the relevant information.

As you will be working for clients in the domain of defence and security, a Certificate of No Objection issued by AIVD (The Dutch General Information and Security Service) is mandatory. This means you will have to undergo a security screening. Read more about security screening.

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: Jane Duinisveld
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-294 07566

Hiring manager: Philip Weimar
Phone number: 08886 63976

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


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Philip Weimar MSc

  • electromagnetic
  • spectrum
  • electronic
  • warfare
  • cyber

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