Deputy Research Manager Wind Energy

Contributing to tomorrow’s world. Envision it. Become a deputy research manager at TNO Wind Energy in Delft and/or Petten.



Education type



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

In the Netherlands, the energy transition is working at full strength to achieve a carbon-free energy system by 2050. Offshore wind energy plays the lead role in this scenario, as the major share of renewable electricity in the Netherlands will be produced by offshore wind farms. TNO Wind Energy focuses on the development of offshore and other types of wind energy. Reducing costs and improving the efficiency of wind farms are just as important as integrating offshore wind energy into the energy system and the ecology. Your task, together with the research manager, is to create the conditions in which the team will have the greatest possible impact on the energy transition through research and innovation projects. 
Read more about wind energy at TNO

Under the responsibility of, and together with, the Research Manager, you’ll implement HR policies, including performance management and strategic human resource planning. You’ll also be responsible for capacity planning. This combination means that your work will involve matching the project-based demand for knowledge and competences with the provision of these by the team. In doing so, you’ll maintain a good balance between optimal results and the personal and professional development of our employees.

The Wind Energy department consists of some 55 researchers, divided over 2 locations: Petten and Delft. The team has experienced steady growth and consists of a range of enthusiastic professionals with backgrounds in aerospace, physics and technical physics, materials science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and measurement & control engineering.

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

For the position of deputy Research Manager Wind Energy, we’re looking for a committed colleague who wants to be structurally responsible for a share of the department’s management tasks. You’re therefore experienced in leading a group in a changing environment. You have a demonstrable affinity for applied scientific research and the energy transition, and preferably some experience with wind energy. In addition, you’re autonomous, sensitive and decisive, you’re energised by motivating and encouraging people, and you have excellent oral and written communication skills in English (Dutch is an advantage, but not essential).

The management tasks include:
  • Contributing ideas, being a sparring partner for the Research Manager with regard to broad management and development of the employees and the department;
  • Deputising for the Research Manager in his absence (including all responsibilities);
  • Guiding employees in their development;
  • Planning and distribution of work within the department;
  • Improving work processes, including acquisition and project management.

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%, a flex budget (5.58% + € 180) and you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

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.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
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

Please apply before October 10, 2021. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on October 20, 2021. The second round of interviews is scheduled for October 28 and 29, 2021. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.

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

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: Mark Boerman
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-11074214

Hiring manager: Marc Langelaar
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 63060

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


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