Senior System Engineer Space Instruments TNO in Delft

Aerospace plays a crucial role in the daily lives of everyone on Earth.

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Delft, Zuid-Holland


Onderwijs & Onderzoek


HBO Master

Werk- en denkniveau



Technisch / Exact



Uren per week

32 tot 40 uur


Professional (meer dan 5 jaar)

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Aerospace plays a crucial role in the daily lives of everyone on Earth. Communication, navigation and observation satellites as well as their innovative information systems, terminals and high-tech instruments are becoming a unique part of our planet's infrastructure. TNO works on aerospace technology together with the Dutch government, companies, institutes and universities.

The Space Systems Engineering expert group develops and supplies optomechatronic instruments and systems for aerospace, ground-based astronomy and scientific research. The demands placed on these systems are generally challenging the limits of technology. Creating such instruments therefore calls for a thorough project organisation, in which experts in the fields of optics, mechatronics, manufacturing and testing work together in a multidisciplinary setting to achieve the desired result. The System Engineers are in charge of the technical realisation, which involves processes such as requirements analysis and verification, design trade-offs and budget management. The System Engineers work as members of a core project team together with the Project Manager, the Product Assurance Manager and the MAIT (Manufacturing-Assembly-Integration-Testing) Manager.

Our System Engineers operate within complex projects for developing and creating optomechatronic instruments for aerospace applications. In favour of these projects TNO teams up with National and International partners, sister institutes, subcontractors and clients. Projects are subject to a delivery obligation at a fixed price and generally fall under the European Space Policy driven by ESA, the European Space Agency.

The projects are multidisciplinary and involve TNO specialists in the fields of optics, mechanics, mechatronics and production. Projects range from €500,000 to €5,000,000, and run for several years. The project organisation usually comprises a core team consisting of a Project Manager, System Engineer, Product Assurance Manager and MAIT (Manufacturing-Assembly-Integration-Testing) Manager, supported by a technical team.

The System Engineer is in charge of the technical activities and is responsible for the development, creation and acceptance of the complete technical solution. The System Engineer is the point of contact for our customers when it comes to the technical content of the project. Within the project team, the System Engineer liaises between customer, project manager and specialists. The Systems Engineer knows which resources/tools can be used to streamline the technical processes and has the ability to motivate and inspire the project team. Within the project organisation, the System Engineer reports to the Project Manager.

Wij zoeken

The System Engineer we seek has at least 5 years of experience as a System Engineer in the field of optomechatronics in a working environment which, in terms of complexity, is in line with that of TNO. Experience in the field of (optical) space instrumentation is a plus.
You have a good command of the English language, both written and spoken.
You are very customer-oriented and have excellent problem analysis skills. Your power of persuasion is strong, you demonstrate good communication skills and you possess natural leadership qualities.

Wij bieden

Work enjoyment means something different for each employee. This is why we offer a-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that you can switch around on a monthly basis. Flexible working hours (like 4 days x 9 hours) and different leave schemes mean that you can create a package attuned to your specific wishes.
TNO attaches great value to both your personal and your professional development. Many opportunities exist for you to develop: conferences, courses, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job rotation. At TNO you can orchestrate your own career.

Over TNO

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.

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Michiel van den Baar started his traineeship in a sustainable chemistry department. He is convinced that TNO can really make a difference in this area.

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Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Recruiter: Kim Dielwart
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-15207318

Hiringmanager: Ton Maree
Phone number: 08886 61239

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