Constructions Innovator

Do you want to use your knowledge of structures to help us contribute to safe and reliable infrastructure that we can continue to use for years to come at an acceptable price? If yes, then apply for this job, quick!



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

People and society at large rely on the infrastructure and buildings they use to always be safe, reliable and available. Whether it’s ageing infrastructure, increasingly complex building designs in the residential and utilities sector or new challenges in offshore infrastructure and wind farms, the reliability and service life of structures is crucial.

For the Structural Reliability department, we are looking for an enthusiastic and talented individual with a civil engineering or mechanical engineering background. The position is a junior one and we are looking for someone with an interest in the behaviour of concrete and/or steel structures in the built environment (infrastructure and buildings). Knowledge and (approx. two years of) work experience in civil engineering would be an advantage. Knowledge of methodology and techniques is essential You have a familiarity with programming languages.

You will work as an applied researcher on the Structures team as part of the Structural Reliability expertise group, which itself is part of the Buildings, Infrastructure & Maritime (BI&M) unit. Your job is centred on predicting the performance of structures and assessing their structural safety. You work together with experts on methods for determining as closely as possible the (remaining) service life of structures, using analytical methods, finite elements calculations, numerical modelling and tests carried out in the laboratory.

Your expertise in the areas of civil engineering, and concrete and steel structures can be used straightaway in a variety of civil engineering domains, such as (hydraulic) engineering structures, tunnels, railways and in the offshore industry. As such, you work on projects in the BI&M unit and in other TNO units, as well as with a wide range of clients in the building, infrastructure and maritime sector. The results of the research you conduct are applied directly to consultancy assignments for our clients.

What do we require of you?

You graduated from a technical university with good results, preferably with a qualification in civil engineering or mechanical engineering and a specialisation in steel or concrete structures. You excel in mechanics and have an excellent sense of space. Knowledge of probabilistic designs and numerical modelling would be an advantage. You have an affinity with conducting research and are always curious about technical options and solutions. You have good communication skills, and are very creative and solution-minded.

You find it easy to make contact with experts inside and outside TNO and are able to work well with various disciplines. You have a good spoken and written command of Dutch and English.

What can you expect of your work situation?

The Structural Reliability expertise group contributes to the safety, reliability and performance of structures, while the total cost of ownership is optimised. To that end, we develop innovative solutions to extend the service life of infrastructure and buildings, reduce CO2 emissions or make materials completely circular We do this by conducting fundamental research, contract research, consultancy and forensic engineering.

What can TNO offer you?

Work enjoyment means something different for each employee. This is why we offer a-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that you can switch around on a monthly basis. Flexible working hours (like 4 days x 9 hours) and different leave schemes mean that you can create a package attuned to your specific wishes.

TNO attaches great value to both your personal and your professional development. Many opportunities exist for you to develop: conferences, courses, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job rotation. At TNO you can orchestrate your own career.

The salary for this position is between € 2.830,- and € 3.600,-, depending on your expertise and experience. Visit this page to find out more about our flexible terms of employment.

Application process

You can apply till the 12th of June. The first round of interviews is scheduled on the 18th of June. The second round of interviews is scheduled for the 21st of June. The process comprises at least three (selection) rounds. First two interview rounds and then an assessment. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete the interviews and assessment within 4 weeks.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Recruiter: Lara Hagendoorn
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-507 40690

Hiring manager: Peter Rasker
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 61470

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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