Stage Event: Internship Mechanical Group

Geplaatst op: 30-10-2019 | Solliciteren voor: 02-01-2020

ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. Its 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, and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research.

The ASTRON Research & Development division is responsible for the technical program. The program focuses on innovative instruments for existing telescopes as well as on developing technologies for future observing facilities.

The work ranges from development of instruments for the biggest radio telescopes in the world like LOFAR and SKA. The mechanical group is responsible for all the development and design for this type of telescopes in close cooperation with antenna, radio and electronic specialists. Technologies such as using polyester foil (as used for flower packaging) and EPS (Expanded Polystyrene, as used in any ordinary package) together with High Performance Computing cooling for electronic parts are parts of the portfolio. Additionally, mechanical design of parts specifically aimed to be 3D printed belongs to the tasks. 3D printing facilities are in-house.

The scope of the job is broad and consist of brainstorming, research, development, design, (FEA) calculations, prototyping, testing and deployment.
Also optical instruments for telescope are in development in a related group NOVA which is developing instruments for the biggest telescope in the world like VLT and E-ELT with several high-end precision mechanics techniques and designs.

You typically work in a project organization and work together with high skilled engineers in several disciplines (Mechanics, Electronics, Software and Production).
You will broaden your insight in technology and instrument development, the design process and by having a hands-on-approach you will learn and experience a lot. No day is the same.

The required education level & specialization is HBO Werktuigbouwkunde.

Your specific skills are: design, CAD, testing, creativity, analytical, curiosity.

For more information please contact Paula Fusiara, Design Engineer, and

You can send your CV and motivation to



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