Electronics / PCB Prototype Engineer

Vacancy by Astron

  • Astron
  • Dwingeloo
  • MBO
  • 1 year with prospect of extension if functioning properly.

Electronics Automation Software

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 operate a pick & place machine? Can you perform measurements on electronics? Can you work independently and keep production facilities operational and improving? Would you also like to work in an international scientific working environment with enthusiastic colleagues? Then this position is really something for you!

Job description:
As a prototype / support engineer you make electronics prototypes. You will receive “gerber files and parts lists” from design engineers, after which you can independently make PCBs yourself or outsource complex PCBs. You order electronic components independently and you take care of the assembly by soldering manually or with the pick & place machine. You can have complex PCBs produced externally, after which you perform an IPC inspection on the incoming electronics. Control measurements are performed on assembled prototypes. You deliver the prototype to the design engineers, where you provide feedback with advice for production optimization. The designed prototypes are used in the development process for the latest radio telescopes for astronomical research. We entrust you with the management of lab facilities, machines and measuring equipment.

This job description requires specific, broad knowledge and experience. In the first year you will be supervised by an experienced employee. Electronics knowledge and soldering skills are necessary, but specific knowledge and experience can be learned.  

Job requirements:

  • A completed MBO / MBO + education in the direction of electronics
  • Knowledge and experience with PCB and electronics production including production machines
  • Soldering experience
  • Basic knowledge of software design tools, “gerber files” and parts lists
  • Knowledge of electronics measuring and measuring instruments
  • Independent, communicative and customer-oriented
  • Command of the English language
  • Knowledge of pick & place machines and soldering processes is an advantage
  • Knowledge of IPC standards is a plus

Areas of Interest

  • Electronics Components and Circuitry
  • RF Transmitters and Receivers
  • (Home) automation
  • Embedded software

If you have knowledge and experience in one of the above areas of interest, please state this in the motivation letter.

We offer:

  • A contract (38 hours per week) for one year with a view to extension if you perform well.
  • A salary in accordance with scale 7, CLA WVOI, depending on relevant experience.
  • In addition to good primary employment conditions, we also offer you excellent secondary employment conditions, including a favorable pension scheme, group discount on individual insurance policies and travel allowance.
  • With us you also benefit from a flexible package of employment conditions, specifically aimed at your situation. For example, you can decide for yourself whether you want to sell vacation days.

The organisation:

ASTRON, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, promotes the development of our knowledge of the universe. We do this by conducting our own astronomical research and by developing advanced technologies and instrumentation for radio astronomical research.
ASTRON is located just outside Dwingeloo in Drenthe. It employs approximately 165 scientists, technicians and operational staff. You will work in the Technical Support Group (TSG). This group consists of six employees and takes care of the production and assembly of prototypes.


Check out the website for information about ASTRON www.astron.nl. More information about this position can be obtained from Marchel Gerbers, Group Head TSG, telephone number: 06-21599242 or by e-mail: gerbers@astron.nl.

You can apply by sending your CV and motivation letter to ASTRON via email: hr@astron.nl (with reference to the job title). You can respond up to and including 7 December 2022. Internal and external recruitment will take place at the same time.

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