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Dynamics Control specialist | Delft

Contributing to the future technology of industry. Envision it. Become a Dynamics & Control Specialist and a time setter at TNO in Delft.

About this position

Pushing the performance of high-tech instruments to its ultimate limits requires in-depth knowledge of dynamics and control. Will you help us to make the impossible possible? The research group Optomechatronics develops optomechanical and mechatronic systems for extreme performance in demanding environments. We push the limits of technology; to stimulate industry and enable scientific discovery. In addition to our internal research programs we execute large commercial projects for customers in the domains of Space & Science instrumentation and Semiconductor Equipment. Typical application domains for our dynamics & control specialists are ground-based astronomy (including adaptive optics), and free-space optical communication (including accurate pointing control of narrow laser beams). The role of the group within the strong global position of the Dutch mechatronics industry is that of supplier of breakthrough technology. The group has a close collaboration with several universities and research institutes and a large network in industry.

What will be your role?

As a dynamics and control specialist you are familiar with the fundamentals of eigenfrequencies and eigenmodes of mechanical structures and know how such dynamics affect the compliance and transmissibility of complex servo systems. You have the ability to derive (multi-dimensional) lumped-mass models of mechanical systems, and you preferably also have experience with processing modal analyses (such as FEM) into state-space models to predict dynamic behavior and feedback performance. You have expertise to validate dynamic performance in practice, i.e. you are familiar with system identification techniques and/or experimental modal analyses. You are comfortable in thinking and processing in the frequency domain, both when it comes to modeling and to experimental identification.

Moreover, you are experienced with control engineering terminology and master the essentials of linear control theory and controller synthesis. You can interpret Bode and Nyquist diagrams and can relate these to mechanical properties of the system. You are able to apply loop-shaping techniques for feedback controller design, assess the resulting closed-loop behavior of the whole system, and have experience with dynamic error budgeting. Preferably, you are also familiar with more advanced synthesis techniques such as robust and adaptive control, and know about their limitations. You can cope with the typical uncertainties of control performance predictions in early design phases of a new project, as well as the challenges faced in the laboratory during realization and execution phases. Moreover, you enjoy looking beyond your own expertise, and look forward to work together with specialists in optics, mechanics, physics, in multidisciplinary projects.

What we expect from you

To be successful in this role you have:

  • A MSc and preferably a PhD in mechanical engineering with a specialization in dynamics and control.
  • At least 3 years of experience in a similar position.
  • A pioneering mentality, and you are comfortable with the uncertainty that comes with scientific and engineering challenges.
  • Excellent communication skills, energy, creativity and a boundless curiosity, wherewith you can convince and inspire colleagues and customers alike.

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 4000,00 Euro and 5500,00 Euro gross per month (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.
  • We offer a comprehensive and flexible mobility plan that also includes full compensation for public transportation for commuting and business travel or a leased car.
  • 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, the possibility to work parttime (32 of 36 hours) and the possibility of working from home.
  • A good pension scheme.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.

Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

TNO as an employer

Welcome to the TNO research group, Optomechatronics! Our group develops high-end optical and mechatronics systems for applications for space exploration, (satellite) communications and the semiconductor industry. We bridge the gap between new inventions from the academia and the industry. Moreover, we help partners and customers to resolve their most challenging questions, and we design and develop technical solutions and prototypes. See more about the TNO Unit High Tech Industry and the Opto Mechatronics group.

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

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.

A certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) is required before starting a new job at TNO.

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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