Type dienstverband:
Den Haag
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

FPGA systems engineer | The Hague

Contributing to technological breakthroughs for state-of-the-art RF sensor systems. Envision it. Become a FPGA Systems Engineer at TNO in The Hague.

About this position

Radar systems are indispensable in the modern world. Whether for naval vessels, military drones or self-driving vehicles, radars provide a reliable picture of the environment, day and night and in all weather conditions. TNO possesses exceptional knowledge in the field of radar technology. If you are up to being challenged in an environment that is among the top in the world and if you are excited at the prospect of working with experienced colleagues on the design of digital systems for RF and microwave sensors. Then this might be your chance! We offer a stimulating environment with world-renowned experts and career opportunities that match what you do best - today and in the future.

What will be your role?

Technology is changing extremely fast, resulting in new threats to the safety of our society but also in chances to realize what was not possible before. An example is the possibility to create very compact radar systems, light enough to be mounted under a small drone, to scan a terrain before you enter it. In the position described in this vacancy, you will translate theoretical concepts into practical systems to prove the concept and show the added value to the end user.
You will be designing the digital system for RF and microwave sensors. The primary functions are data-capture, real-time digital signal processing, command & control of the sensor and connecting to one or more industry-standard digital interfaces. 
You will work at the Radar Technology department within the Defense, Safety and Security unit of TNO. At the Radar Technology department, we passionately work on technological breakthroughs for state-of-the-art RF sensor systems, radar demonstrators, synthetic aperture and/or modem satellite communication. More information on the department can be found here: Radar technology | TNO


"At TNO, we focus on today’s challenges as well as do a lot of research for the world of tomorrow. Through our work in public-private partnerships with our academic and industrial partners, we know what society needs both now and in the future."

Kallol Das

Research scientist

What we expect from you

You are an analytical and structured team player that communicates easily with colleagues from different areas of expertise. Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • A Master degree in Electrical Engineering and at least two years of relevant experience including:
  • Solid knowledge of FPGA technology, including interface standards like: JESD204B/C, SATA-x, NVMe, DDR-x, Ethernet and USB.
  • Hands-on experience with AMD/XilinX™ FPGAs (or at least Intel/Altera™) and their design tools like Vivado™.
  • Experience in high speed digital circuit / board design using EDA tools highly appreciated.
  • Being familiar with converting Matlab™ and/or Python scripts to timing critical FPGA code, using techniques such as Fast Fourier Transformation, Digital Down Conversion, Decimating filters and NCOs and PLLs for clocking domains.
  • Experience in working with an embedded Linux (or similar) system on the ARM™ based microprocessors integrated on modern FPGAs, using C/C++ as programming language, as well as a good understanding of version management using GIT-lab.

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 € 3.300,- and € 5.300,- (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:

  • 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 8th of December, 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.

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.

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