ASTRON

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ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy and is part of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Its mission is to enable discoveries in radio astronomy. Its headquarters are in Dwingeloo.

making discoveries
in radio astronomy
happen

ASTRON works with universities all over the world to discover the universe by developing new and innovative technologies, operating world-class radio astronomy facilities, and conducting fundamental astronomy research. ASTRON engineers and astronomers have an outstanding international reputation for new technologies and fundamental science in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy.

ASTRON's programme comprises three main elements:

  • Operating groundbreaking observing facilities such as the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope and LOFAR.
  • Conducting fundamental astronomical research using the ASTRON facilities together with a wide range of other telescopes around the world and space-based instruments.
  • A strong technological development programme, including innovative instrumentation for existing telescopes and new technologies for future facilities. The Square Kilometre Array will be the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope with a reception area of about one square kilometre.

Technological development

Discoveries in astronomy are closely linked to innovation in technology. The scientific technology programme is aimed at both providing innovative instrumentation for use at current observing facilities and laying the groundwork for future generations of telescopes and signal processing instruments. ASTRON will create facilities for the design, prototyping and qualification of:

  • Low-noise cryogenic radio receiver systems
  • Digital electronics at very high speeds
  • Antenna array
  • Advanced instrumentation for use in optical and infrared wavelengths
  • Algorithms and software engineering for instrumentation control and data visualisation.

Our vacancies

Electronics / PCB Prototype Engineer

Electronics Automation Software

  • Dwingeloo
  • MBO
  • 1 year with prospect of extension if functioning properly.
Are you also curious about how complex systems for radio astronomy work and would you like to build the prototypes yourself? Do you like to work in a team of motivated people where customer-oriented support is important? Are you someone who can make printed circuit boards (PCBs)? Are you good at soldering but can you also…

Support Engineer precision mechanics TSG

  • Dwingeloo
  • MBO
  • 1 year with prospect of extension if functioning properly
Are you also curious about how complex systems for radio astronomy work and would you like to build the prototypes yourself? Are you customer focused? Are you someone who can make precision mechanical prototypes? Are you good at milling and turning, but can you also operate a 5-axis CNC machine? Do you have knowledge of 3D printers? Do you like to work…

Data Engineer

  • Dwingeloo
  • HBO/WO
  • 2 years
ASTRON's mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen via the development of novel and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities — such as LOFAR — and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research. ASTRON has embarked upon a program to develop a Science Data Center (SDC): an initiative to maximise the…

Coordinator ICT

IT Innovation

  • Dwingeloo
  • HBO
  • 2 years with a view to permanent
ASTRON in Dwingeloo (Drenthe) is the Dutch institute for radio astronomy. About 200 scientists, technicians and operational staff work together in an international community, in which the ICT department has its own place. The IT department is not only responsible for all workplace-related IT facilities, but also for the servers and hardware infrastructure of…

systems engineer

IT Innovation

  • Dwingeloo
  • HBO/WO
  • 2 years with a possible extension of 1 year
ASTRON's mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen via the development of novel and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities — such as LOFAR — and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research. ASTRON has embarked upon a program to develop a Science Data Center (SDC): an initiative to maximize the scientific…

Contact details

Old Hoogeveensedijk 4
7991 PD Dwingeloo