Eager for innovation? Join the TNO Trainee Programme!

In the TNO Trainee Programme will give you the chance for optimal self-development. You will have the ultimate opportunity to get to know our organisation in a short period of time, to develop yourself quickly.

WHO'S THE Trainee Programme FOR?

The traineeship is for recent graduates (Master and PhD) with the following study backgrounds:

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Automotive
  • Building technology / building physics
  • Chemistry (analytical or organic)
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer science
  • Data science, Econometrics
  • Electrical engineering
  • Health sciences
  • Industrial design
  • Innovation science
  • Logistics, Marine engineering
  • Materials sciences & engineering
  • Mathematics (technical)
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Physics (applied or technical)
  • Process technology
  • Sustainable Energy Technologie
  • Systems & control
  • Systems engineering
  • Work- and organizational
  • Social or cognitive psychology
  • Electrical engineering/control engineering



  • You are driven by your interest, knowledge and experience to help solve societal and economic issues.
  • You are innovative, enterprising and are keen to take on challenges.
  • You are able to take control of your own development and therefore you consciously take the first steps in your career.
  • Through content and relationships, you can make good connections with the people around you.

Trainee Programme in brief

As a TNO trainee:
  • You work for three periods of eight months for different departments.
  • You work on multidisciplinary projects for clients or for knowledge and market development.
  • You fulfil different roles, depending on your interests and the projects themselves. For example, you will work as a researcher, project leader or consultant, or you will be challenged to fulfil a commercial role.
  • You work with other trainees on internal strategic projects.
  • In the projects you will be personally guided by experienced project leaders, senior researchers and by the trainee manager.
  • You spend a large part of your time on personal development, for example through coaching, and you participate monthly in intervision, training and workshops.

APPLY FOR THE Trainee Programme

Due to Corona limitations, the Trainee Selection procedure that was about to open April 9, is revoked. We are hoping to open up our next vacancy (for the Trainee Programme of February 2021) end of this summer.

In order to be eligible for the TNO Trainee Programme, you will participate in the selection process that consists of three steps, namely:

Step 1: CV selection
By using this form you can upload your CV, letter of application and a short video in which you answer the question: "what makes me tick?".

Selection moment 1: If your CV, letter of application and video match our wishes and criteria for the Trainee Programme, then we invite you for the trainee selection day with a personal program. You will receive notification from us one week after the closing date.

Step 2: TNO trainee selection day
Before the trainee selection day takes place, you will receive an invitation to take the LTP capacity test.
During the selection day at our head office in The Hague, you will have two job interviews, complete a group assignment and make a pitch. You will also get to know current and former trainees.

Selection moment 2: Based on the evaluation of all parts of selection so far, we invite you to the next round.

Step 3: Assessment
The final step to the TNO Trainee Programme consists of an extensive assessment in which you will be tested by LTP on important competencies.

Selection moment 3: Based on the feedback from LTP, we decide which candidates will be appointed to the Trainee Programme. If you are chosen, you will then be invited to an interview on terms and conditions of work.

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