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Committee Vacancy: Extern - Internship/thesis: Software Defined Radio Development and applications

What will you be doing?

During your assignment you will be involved in the research and development aimed at innovations in the surveillance of the radio spectrum. With the rise of Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology, radio functionality and digital signal processing capabilities come available which creates opportunities for further development and applications.

Several aspects need further attention varying from the theoretical concepts to experimental implementations and testing. In this context you could work on topics that are currently relevant:
• Minimization of an experimental SDR platform (including processing) to an extent that it can be implemented in a small form factor, such as an airborne platform (drone)
• Application of SDR platforms for radio spectrum surveillance
• Development and enhancement of emitter identification and localization algorithms
• Spectrum monitoring and anomaly detection
• Development of methodologies for signal classification and emitter identification
• Development of applications in the cyber domain

At the start of the internship a suitable assignment will be determined and agreed between you, the university and TNO. The broad scope of topics related to SDR technology provides the possibility to align the assignment to your knowledge, interest, the duration of the internship and the required academic profile. A adequate balance between theoretical research and practical implementation/demonstration will be sought.

What do we require of you?

For this assignment we are looking for master or bachelor students  in Electrical Engineering with a background in radio technology and Digital Signal Processing (DSP). Affinity with FPGA and embedded computing is appreciated, but not required.

This assignment will be performed under supervision of the TNO Electronic Defence department. In order to be able to work at our location in the Hague a security screening may be required depending on the period of the assignment. More information can be found at the AIVD website.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application.

The Electronic Defence department at TNO works on electronic solutions that make the world a safer place. We have knowledge about the electromagnetic spectrum, how to use it, but also how to deny others from using it. With our customers being primarily government (agencies), and the Dutch Ministry of Defence in particular, Electronic Defence makes an important contribution to applied scientific research on areas such as wireless cyber warfare, countermeasures against improvised explosive devices, protective measures against (small) drones and measuring, analysing and giving advice (ship) signatures reduction (i.e. stealth design).

The internship can start from February 2017.

What can TNO offer you?

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.

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