Internship | In-situ RF Monitoring and Control of Microwave Power Amplifiers
About this position
Power amplifiers are key components in radar systems. In a phased array configuration, the loading of the power amplifiers varies with transmit angle due to mutual coupling in the antenna elements. As a result, the performance of these amplifiers depends on the transmit angle and will be suboptimal in many cases. The current assignment addresses this issue by real-time measurements of the loading condition of the amplifier and controlling the amplifier settings to optimize the performance for the measured load.
What will be your role?
The first step will be the development of the hardware for real time load monitoring using an already existing integrated microwave power amplifier. This involves the design of for example coupler structures and power and phase detectors. A PCB will be designed on which these detectors are implemented, together with the amplifier to be controlled. A measurement setup will be developed to demonstrate the load measurement and amplifier control in a lab environment. This involves both the hardware setup as well as the software scripts.
What we expect from you
The candidate has the qualities to conduct research in a research environment with the help of specialists from the department. Requirements are: Knowledge of RF (measurements), experience with CAD tools (preferably Keysight ADS) and software scripting (python/matlab).
What you'll get in return
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.
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
After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.
For this internship vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance (VGB) after conducting a security screening. Take into account that this process may take about 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 6 consecutive months, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, it may take longer. Read more about security screening on the AIVD website.
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.