Support Engineer precision mechanics TSG

Vacancy by Astron

  • Astron
  • 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 enjoy working with engineers and students to develop their designs? Are you inventive? Would you also like to work in an international scientific working environment with enthusiastic colleagues? Then this position is really something for you!

Junior precision mechanics prototype engineer (f/m)

(Support Engineer)

Job description:
As a support engineer you make (fine) mechanical prototypes. You will receive drawings, CAD files or STL files from design engineers, after which you will work independently to make a (fine) mechanical prototype. You order materials and take care of production and assembly in our well-equipped instrument shop. The mechanical prototype is often supplemented with electronics developed and produced in-house, making knowledge of mechatronics an advantage. 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.

This job description requires specific knowledge and experience. You will be guided by an experienced employee. Fine mechanical knowledge and some experience is necessary, but specific knowledge can be learned and experience can be gained.

Job requirements:

  • A completed Leiden Instrumentmakers School or an MBO/MBO+ education in precision mechanics;
  • Knowledge and experience with conventional and CNC milling and lathes;
  • Knowledge of and experience with 3D plastic printers;
  • Basic knowledge of CAD, CAM and slicer software;
  • Command of the English language;
  • Self-employed with good communication skills.

Areas of Interest:

  • Technology and science
  • Model making
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Astronomy

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, the 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 TSG (Technical Support Group) Group. This group consists of six employees and takes care of the production and assembly of prototypes.


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

You can apply by sending your CV and motivation letter to ASTRON via email: You can respond up to and including 13 November 2022. The internal and external recruitment will take place at the same time.

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