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

Synthetic Aperture Radar Expert (Medior) | The Hague

Want to make your mark on our time? Become a Synthetic Aperture Radar Expert (Medior) at TNO in The Hague!

What will be your role?

Radar systems have become part and parcel of the modern world, whether on naval vessels, in military drones or in self-driving cars. A radar provides a reliable picture of the environment, day and night and in all weather conditions. TNO has exceptional expertise in radar technology, ranging from FMCW and MIMO radars to advanced phased arrays. As a signal processing expert at TNO, you really work on the frontline of phased array radar technology.

Do you enjoy being challenged in an environment dedicated to top-notch research? And working with experienced colleagues on Active Electronically Scanned Array radars and digital radars? Then this might be your chance! We offer a stimulating environment with renowned experts and career opportunities that match what you do best.

You will work in the Radar Technology department within the Defence, Safety and Security unit of TNO. In the Radar Technology department, we work passionately on technological breakthroughs for state-of-the-art RF sensor systems. More information about the department can be found here. Technology is changing extremely fast, resulting in new threats to the security of our society but also opportunities to make things happen that were not previously possible.

Click on these links for more information about the department: Radar Technology and TNO Radar - Youtube.

Your role
Traditionally large radar systems need to be scaled down for today's operational platforms such as unmanned aerial vehicles, small drones, and small satellites. As the potential threats become increasingly diverse in nature, it’s desirable to use advanced radar imaging strategies to better identify and classify threats. TNO is developing new radar technology for such compact radar applications. As a SAR expert, you perform theoretical performance analysis as well as modelling and specification of new system concepts, with a good understanding of both the RF and digital processing aspects of such a system. In addition to the design of SAR systems and performance evaluation, you’re involved in the development of algorithms for new imaging radar applications, demonstrating advanced capabilities. You'll also be involved in testing and evaluating experimental systems up to TRL level 7.

As a leading European R&D partner in the field of radar technology, TNO's Radar Technology department develops the whole range from complete system concepts and architectures to integrated microwave circuits and antennas. We research and apply new techniques, such as compressive sensing, deep learning, and quantum radar technology. We have a large, strong team of radar experts, software engineers, hardware developers, EM/antenna designers, and other experts, working together in an open and relaxed atmosphere to meet our clients' needs. We’re driven by a desire for technological breakthroughs, and your ideas are welcome.

What we expect from you

You’re an analytically minded, structured team player who communicates easily with colleagues from other areas of expertise and from different backgrounds. Your heart is in RF sensors, signal processing, systems engineering, and space applications, and you love nothing more than expanding your knowledge in these areas. You have hands-on experience in SAR system design and imaging strategies, algorithms, and concepts for information exploitation. Working at the interface between research and applications, you come up with creative ideas and know how to get your colleagues and stakeholders excited about your initiatives. You’re able to clearly explain the intricate details of aerospace radar to clients and other parties. You’re willing to work at least 3 days at the office (The Hague) to interact with your team and Radar Technology colleagues.

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • A master's degree or PhD in electrical engineering or physics.
  • At least 5 years of work experience is preferred, but we’re also interested if you have less experience or have just graduated.
  • A scientific background in one or more of these areas: trade-offs and performance evaluation in SAR system design, radar imaging techniques, RF electronics and antennas, signal processing, SAR algorithms, implementation of detection and tracking algorithms.
  • Working knowledge of MATLAB and/or Python.
  • Working knowledge of systems engineering principles.
  • Experience in testing and verification of SAR systems.

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 € 4.156,- and € 6.888,- (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.
  • We offer a comprehensive and flexible mobility plan that also includes full compensation for public transportation for commuting and business travel.
  • 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.
  • 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

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.

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.

Posted by: #LI-SM1 Serge Moesman

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