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Noordwijk, the Netherlands

Internship SpaceLabs Engineering - Thermo Elastics

Expires: ASAP


Job Overview

The SpaceLabs Engineering department, one of our in-house teams, is currently searching for a highly motivated student that is willing to join the vanguard of structural and thermal engineering in order to solve the latest problems in Space related projects. This student will be able to join our team as an intern for period of preferably 5 to 6 months. The starting time can be discussed with the candidate, but preferably sometime between May and September.

The overall topic of the internship will be on ThermoElastic (TE) analysis.TE analysis in space combines the disciplines of thermal and structural modelling and analysis.  In TE analysis, the thermal model provides the temperature inputs to the structural model which is used to compute distortions, stresses, etc. Due to the different domains, different modelling and analysis methods are used (i.e. ESATAN for thermal analysis, NASTRAN for structural analysis). As a result, the final TE results are highly dependent on all process steps and uncertainties can be introduced along the way. This topic is becoming more and more important as the TE results can often directly impact the performance of a mission were increasingly high accuracies are needed for e.g. pointing, optical performance etc.

How this topic will be addressed will be based on the skills and interests of the student also taking into account how they can help and develop their skills on the projects that are ongoing during the internship period. The intention is that during the internship the student develops a more fundamental knowledge on the core building blocks of TE elastic analysis, such as structural or thermal modelling and analysis. As these building blocks are not limited to TE analysis a student could help out on wide variety of projects. Some work possibilities can include:

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Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Tool development (post processing of specific types of analysis, workflow tools to build and run FE models more efficiently , etc.);
  • Support on ongoing projects (including where possible the use of the developed tools);
  • Detailed side-studies applied on ongoing projects (e.g. the optimization of a part, an investigation into a modelling method, etc.).


Structural Analysis/FEA knowledge (NASTRAN experience in particular is an asset);
Thermal Analysis (for space applications);
Python (or a strong affinity with a similar programming/scripting language).
More importantly though is a student that is a smart problem solver, who can work well independently, but also efficiently asks for support when needed.
Teamwork skills and a rudimentary sense of humor are required as well.
After the internship there may be the possibility to extend the internship with thesis on TE, using all the knowledge amassed during the internship.

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