Systems Engineer

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Closing Date:
22 oktober 2017

Informatie over organisatie

The mission of ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen via the development of novel and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research.

We are a world-wide leader on the development of array antennas for radio astronomy. We have developed and built phased arrays of 100,000+ elements operating between 10 and 1450 MHz, and L-band phased array feeds for the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope. Our research and development aims at continuously improving the performance and cost-effectiveness of this technology for future telescopes, such as the Square Kilometre Array.

ASTRON is hosted just outside Dwingeloo in Drenthe. At the moment there are about 165 researchers, technicians, and operational employee’s working at ASTRON. You will be working in the SD&I (System Design & Integration) Group. This group consists of six people.


As a Systems Engineer, you will contribute to the systems engineering activities of scientifically and technologically innovative astronomical instruments. These instruments consist of various sub-systems, ranging from antennas, dedicated electronics and mechanical structures to advanced digital signal processing and complex software systems. At ASTRON, you will work closely with people from various disciplines.

Your primary duties and responsibilities consist of defining and implementing the systems engineering activities at ASTRON. This includes, but is not limited to, drafting requirements, decomposing stakeholder requirements to system level functions, defining functional architectures and flowing down performance to all functional levels. The deliverables of the development process, including testing and handover to production are a key element of your function. Collaborating with other departments is therefore essential. Also maintaining technical budgets and allocations, configuration and change control management together with participation in (international) system level reviews is part of your job. As an experienced systems engineer, you will also contribute to consolidate and sustain the systems engineering process within ASTRON’s R&D department and find a balance between the formal process and the needs of projects.

The Systems Engineer we are looking for:

  • A Master's degree in (electrical) engineering, (applied) physics or scientific instrumentation
  • Preferably experience with astronomical instrumentation
  • Knowledge about and experience with systems engineering processes, principles and practice
  • Proficient oral and written communications skills
  • Experience in tailoring/agile systems engineering
  • Flexible to adapt processes to the project need
  • Team player
  • Open and convincing attitude

More information

For more information about ASTRON check our website For more information about this vacancy please contact Richard Melessen, Senior HR Officer, phone: +31 521 595 100 or e-mail:

You can apply for this job by sending your motivation letter and curriculum vitae to ASTRON via the website (reference number 2017-02-012). The deadline for submission is October 22nd 2017. Candidates will be considered until the position has been filled. Internal and external recruiting will be executed in parallel.

We offer

  • We offer a contract for two years.
  • Besides a pleasant and challenging work environment we have a good package of benefits like a pension plan, group discounts on individual insurances, travel expenses and a year-end bonus.
  • We offer flexible conditions of employment, tailored to your personal situation. For example the exchange of holidays for salary.
  • We offer generous relocation expenses and support with finding accommodation.

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