Deputy Research Manager Building Physics and Systems

Contributing to your colleagues’ professional growth while working on your own development. Envision it. Become a Deputy Research Manager for the Building Physics and Systems department in Delft.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

As the Deputy Research Manager for Building Physics and Systems, you will be the close assistant of the department's Research Manager (RM). Together, you will be responsible for every aspect of your department, from strategy to operations and from planning to implementation. You will also be responsible for certain personnel matters, in which context you will encourage your team members to pursue their personal development. Typical of TNO is that as a manager, you will work very closely with the members of your team. You will understand the broad outlines of what they are working on and create the ideal conditions for them to do their work in the best way possible.

The Building Physics & Systems department employs around 45 committed experts with backgrounds in physics, data science, mechanical engineering and architecture, who work on social issues related to sustainability and safety in the construction and greenhouse horticulture sectors. Our knowledge base covers the entire life cycle of a building, from initial planning, design, construction and use of the building to its eventual demolition, at which point its components can be once again become a valuable source of new materials and products. Our projects involve data analysis and modelling of buildings in an effort to understand and automatically adjust building performance in terms of energy, indoor environment, circularity, structural safety and functionality. We also develop product and system concepts to improve real-world building performance. Key developments include physics- and AI-based predictive twins, building clustering, platform technology to industrialise the construction process and the integration of sustainable heating and cooling technology at system level.

The ongoing effort to make the built environment more sustainable will fuel the department's continued growth in the years ahead. You will help to achieve this growth by properly embedding new employees, by connecting people, and by creating a positive atmosphere in the department.

You will spend approximately 60% of your time doing the work of the Deputy Research Manager. The rest of the time you will work as a project manager setting up and implementing our multidisciplinary projects. You will manage a team that includes BPS colleagues and, in many cases, professionals from other TNO research groups. Your BPS colleagues will be responsible for systems engineering and/or content in these projects. They will also contribute their deep knowledge of the healthcare, construction and greenhouse horticulture domains. You will be responsible for making firm arrangements and for managing the projects so that they achieve their intended results on time, on budget, and to our clients' satisfaction. With your communication skills and feeling for different cultures and interests, you will know how to convince teams, clients, partners, and other stakeholders. Your clients will mainly be Dutch, but many of your TNO colleagues speak English. You should therefore have an excellent command of both languages. You should also have outstanding communication skills and feel at home working on innovative projects at the interface of construction and buildings, technology and practical application.

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

  • Knowledge of and affinity with BPS's areas of expertise; knowledge of construction in the housing, healthcare and/or greenhouse horticulture sectors is an advantage.
  • You match the TNO leadership profile; you take the initiative and you are focused on getting results.
  • You have good instincts when it comes to political-strategic decision-making and you are sensitive to signals from your environment.
  • You are able to plan, organise and prioritise the work effectively.

What you’ll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

Perhaps you would like to grow your career in the direction of commerce or consultancy? Or would you like to become a project manager? Immerse yourself in sustainable innovations? Or carve out a career as a technical expert?

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:
  • A good pension scheme.
  • Travel allowance or a bike.
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • 28 days annual leave and 5 compensation days under the reduction in working hours scheme (ATV, arbeidstijdverkorting) on a full-time basis.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.

Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

The selection process

The selection process comprises third interview rounds.

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.

As you will be working for clients in the domain of defence and security, a Certificate of No Objection issued by AIVD (The Dutch General Information and Security Service) is mandatory. This means you will have to undergo a security screening. Read more about security screening.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

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

Hiring manager: Nancy Westerlaken
Phone number: 08886 63422

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


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Nancy Westerlaken MSc

  • Building Physics & Systems
  • Sustainability
  • Building Performance Modelling
  • Product And Concept Development

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