The Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR (Nederland Lucht- en Ruimtevaartcentrum) is one of the Dutch Major Technological Institutes which perform a large part of the applied research in the Netherlands, each within its own specific technology field.

As an independent non-profit organisation, NLR is the central organisation for aerospace research in The Netherlands. 

NLR’s activities

NLR’s activities are market-oriented, independent, socially relevant and without profit priority. By acting so, NLR can adequately respond to the need for scientific knowledge and technology in the field of aviation and space travel, which arises from the government, public and industry. Thus being the natural partner for aerospace research. Work under research contracts (national and international, government and industry) amounts to 75 percent of NLR’s activities, the remaining 25 percent is funded by the Dutch government for basic demand-oriented research programmes and development of research equipment. Depending on the project and the customer’s preferences, NLR acts as a sole contractor or as a subcontractor cooperating with other institutes or partners from industry. 

Working at NLR

Because NLR employs highly educated staff, it is a high-quality centre of technological knowledge. Our knowledge and skills depend on the efforts, contributions and qualities of each employee. Anyone with drive and potential will receive the chance to grow. NLR offers full assistance in education and training because of the importance of keeping knowledge up-to-date and to get the opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge. 

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 NLR’s structure

A staff of approximately 700 people is employed at two sites, one located in Amsterdam, and the other in the Noordoostpolder (about 100 km north-east of Amsterdam). Over two-thirds of the staff are graduates from universities or technical colleges, with a large variety in specialised professions such as aircraft engineers, psychologists, mathematicians and physicists. This variety is necessary for ensuring the broad expertise that is needed for coping with mostly challenging problems in the aerospace sector. For more information:



“I’m crazy about helicopters” Natalie Münninghoff, Research Engineer, helicopter section I’m crazy about helicopters, and this has always driven the professional choices I’ve made. I graduated from TU Delft, and then went to work for the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR). For me, this was the place where it was happening. Helicopters are complex and technically very interesting. There is still so much about them that we don’t fully grasp. My position at NLR involves helicopter certification and qualification: I look to see if they are safe and airworthy, and if they satisfy the user’s requirements. I’m proud of my job, especially because it suits me so well. I’m very happy to go to work each day. The best days are those in which I bring together various parties to solve practical problems. You try to listen well and identify the problem at hand. Often this involves delving deeper into the organization. My work is diverse and practical in nature. And extremely pragmatic: we do not merely opt for the simplest technical solutions. I love being busy with a broad range of issues. I also love the excitement and interaction. This is a side of me that I discovered through working at NLR. I used to be more self-involved. During my studies at TU Delft, some people used to say that NLR was a dull organization. That is a peculiar characterisation. What my colleagues and I share is simply the desire to achieve extremely concrete results: the specification of new equipment, a new maintenance procedure, or leading the qualification process of a helicopter that the police force is waiting for. I find this meticulous organisational culture extremely appealing.