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Inverse SAR with Airborne FMCW Radar

Internship in The Hague, the Netherlands

Degree level


Job function


Required languages

English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 1 years

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Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is a high-resolution radar imaging technique used in airborne and spaceborne radars. In recent years TNO has developed a novel compact airborne radar called AMBER, Affordable Multi-Beam Radar. This multi-channel radar is much smaller than existing systems with comparable performance and its development aims at small and unmanned aircraft (UAV). Furthermore, novel radar imaging modes have been demonstrated exploiting the 24 receive channels in this system Many more radar modes have been conceived, but have not yet been implemented.

The goal of this assignment is to implement a so-called Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar mode for high resolution imaging of moving ships or vehicles from the air. The algorithms must be defined, implemented and tested on previously recorded flight data. Depending on the duration of the assignment, the work may include participation in conducting new (flight) tests and processing of the resulting data.

Starting date april 2020. The duration of this internship is at least 3 months.


  • You are in the final stages of your degree in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering or a similar degree and you have a track record in the field of signal processing;
  • You have experience in programming in Matlab, you are pragmatic and focused on making things work;
  • Some skill in programming in C and Java is a plus;
  • Next to technical expertise we value communication skills and a results-driven attitude.


You will perform this assignment in the department of Radar Technology. We are a passionate and creative group of professionals (60 people) dedicated to the specification, development and evaluation of innovative, high-performance MMICs, miniaturised and integrated RF subsystems, antennas and front-ends. The department is at the heart of novel, game-changing radar system and signal processing concepts for the military, space and civil domains.

You can find more information about the department of Radar Technology here (in Dutch).


You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.


For this vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance after conducting a security screening. This process may take up to 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 3 consecutive months in the past 5 years, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, the process may take longer, but it is also possible that the application will not be processed. In most cases you can start after 3 months. Please visit for more information the AIVD website


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


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