Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Den Haag
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Sensor Technology Readiness Calculator

About this position

For TNO’s Weapon Systems Department, we are currently seeking a highly motivated intern to join our team and assist in the development of a GUI for our STR calculator (STR stands for Sensor Technology Readiness). Within our department, the performance of weapon systems is analysed primarily to advise the Netherlands ministry of defense. The variety of weapons range from small calibre systems up to large and complex guided weapons. To determine the contribution of weapon systems to combat success, a lot of system aspects must be covered. Good advice requires all these aspects to be taken into account.

What will be your role?

The STR calculator is intended to provide a quick triage as to whether a specific (sensor) technology is suitable for a specific military application. This triage consists of an assessment of the Technology Readiness Level, as well as a comparison of the sensor characteristics with what is required by specific military applications. The comparison will produce a quantitative basis for selection of sensors for specific applications as well as for directing research and development efforts.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a project that will enable TNO and our customers to quickly estimate the usability of ( experimental/quantum ) sensor systems in the military domain. The planned activities for the internship include:

  • Assisting in the design and development of the GUI.
  • Working closely with our development team to ensure that the tool meets the requirements of the project.
  • Participating in code reviews and testing to ensure the quality of the final product.
  • Writing documentation (manual, software design description, etc.).

This is a full-time, paid internship with flexible hours for the duration of 3 month. You will be working in the department of Weapon Systems at our location in The Hague in close collaboration with 3 or 4 colleagues with different backgrounds such as software development, weapon performance analysis, aerospace engineering and systems engineering. As a member of the team you will have the opportunity to join department meetings, lectures and events provided by our staff association. Take into account that you need to apply for a security clearance before you can enter our location, which generally takes at least 8 weeks. If you are passionate about software development and have a desire to learn and grow, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

What we expect from you

  • Currently enrolled in a computer science or related program on HBO level.
  • Strong understanding of programming concepts, particularly in Python and/or MS Excel.
  • Experience with GUI development and design is a plus.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.

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.