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Mechanical Lead Engineer | Delft

Contributing to the future technology of industry. Envision it. Become a Mechanical Lead Engineer at TNO in Delft.

What will be your role?

As mechanical lead designer you will work on projects for the design and realization of complex hardware. You support the Systems Engineer in the requirements phase of projects and create conceptual designs. Together with your colleagues you will translate system requirements to create conceptual designs, build experimental setups to demonstrate key aspects, and make detailed designs of full instrument prototypes.

Read and see more about the TNO unit Industry: Unit Industry | TNO and TNO Unit Industry - YouTube. About this specific group: Optomechatronics | TNO.

In the detailed design phase you lead a team of several mechanical engineers in addition to your own design work. You make sure you and your team follow proper design way of working for the relevant domain and see to it that the detailed design is seen through all the way to the end. In the MAIT phase you support assembly and testing with your strong conceptual knowledge of the design.


"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

As a candidate you have:

  • An education as a MSc. in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering.
  • Experience with design in 3D CAD and PLM software, preferably NX and Teamcenter.
  • Experience with analytical tools for structural and thermal analysis (e.g. Ansys, COMSOL, Matlab).
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in the design of (opto)mechanical systems in either the semiconductor industry or space&science. Experience in both is a plus.
  • Detailed knowledge of construction principles and statically determined design.
  • Detailed knowledge of thermomechanics and the design for ultra stability.
  • Knowledge of the dynamic behaviour of mechanical structures. Basic knowledge of optics and control engineering is a plus.
  • Experience in leading a team of other engineers.
  • Strong analytical skills; you can think in terms of concepts and can understand complex problems and find the essence.
  • Good communication skills and a mastery of the english language, both verbal and written, mastery of the Dutch language is not a requirement, but a preference.
  • A sense of responsibility and taking ownership.

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 € 4.063,- and € 5.225,- (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 18 December 2022. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place in week 1 or 2 of 2023. The second interview round has been scheduled for weeks 3 and 4. 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.

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