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Want to make your mark on our time? Become a Systems Engineer Sensors and Robotvision at TNO in Delft!


What will be your role?

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.

See more about the TNO Unit High Tech Industry and the Opto Mechatronics group.

What will be your role?
In your role as senior system engineer, you are the technical leader in multidisciplinary teams of specialists and are the technical 'conscience' in projects. To do this, you need to be creative and have a good understanding of the expertises you're working with; mainly optics, mechanics, and control engineering.

For this role your main focus will be on SmartIndustry applications, where TNO develops technology for the Dutch/European manufacturing industry to sustain in the global competition, with projects in the following areas:

  • High tech machine building in multi disciplinary teams;
  • Targetting autonomous robotics and zero programming solutions to increase industrial productivity;
  • Low/medium volume production of high value series at the price of mass manufacturing;
  • Adaptive robotics fusing (CAD)models with sensor data (2D and 3D robotvision).

Your challenge lies in connecting all expertises involved in a project, and in shifting between detailed technical discussions and maintaining a helicopter view to make strategic project decisions. These decisions often have to be made on the basis of incomplete data, and therefore it's important that you are aware of the underlying technical and physical principles.

Your main contributions to the projects are in the conceptual phase for idea generation and design phase for budgeting, technical decisions and team steering, in close cooperation with the customer(s), subcontractor(s) and partner(s). As system engineer you stay involved up to delivery to the customer, which requires the capability to manage the TNO team and their partners towards the desired performance results within time and budget constraints. In this, you work closely with the project manager. In addition, together with your colleagues you write project proposals for new paid assignments; you define topics for the TNO-internal fundamental research and you mentor your younger colleagues.


What we expect from you

To be successful in this role, you have:

  • A Bachelor or Master in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics or another relevant specialisation.
  • Extensive skills and experience in:
    • Sensor systems.
    • 2D and 3D Robotvision.
    • Machinelearning / AI.
  • Affinity with mechatronic design and/or machine building integration.
  • Experience with motivating, inspiring and convincing colleagues, project teams and customers, being able to steer your team members towards the result you have in mind.A critical mindset, eager to get to know what the customer demand is and willing to outdo his expectations together with your team.
  • A pragmatic and creative attitude.
  • Mastery of the English language, both in speech and in writing.

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 € 3.300,- and € 4.300,- (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.

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.

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 the 14th of August, 2023. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place in weeks 34 and 35. The second interview round has been scheduled for weeks 36 and 37. 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.start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.