Experimental engineer for execution of large-scale experiments for geo-energy | Rijswijk

Your lab in Rijswijk is the place where experimental research is conducted on geothermal energy, CCS, subsurface storage and well abandonment and as an experimental engineer, you are at the forefront of these a



Education type

higher professional education (hbo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

As an experimental engineer at Applied Geosciences (AGS) you will focus on the execution of large-scale experiments for a variety of subsurface energy domains (such as geothermal, carbon storage, storage and oil and gas), particularly around well issues. The experiments are simulating the subsurface conditions, implying experimental conditions at different temperature and (high) pressure regimes. Many experiments concern fluid flow and you are expected to master the associated experimental equipment. Ensuring safe operational conditions is pivotal and a pro-active attitude towards safety is essential. 
You are providing the technical support to the researchers and are responsible for executing the experiments according to the set plans and standards. You will work in a team of professionals with a joint accountability on the execution of the experiments, while taking individual responsibility of the entrusted tasks. You will have many opportunities to work together with clients on developing innovative solutions for complex problems faced by the energy industry, where there is room for your contributions and ideas. Our clients are internationally oriented thus giving you the opportunity to work with and in within different cultures. 
In summary, you will have the opportunity to be a part of multi-disciplinary research projects with experimental engineers, geoscientists, geomechanical engineers as well as production technologists. 

What do we require of you?

As an experimental engineer we expect you to be involved in multiple projects across our project portfolio, while having the lead on particular experimental set-ups. Examples of these are the 50T drilling unit and the cutting flow-loop, both set-ups where multiple machines are connected for integral operations. You are also able to work with researchers to understand their domain specific requirements and translate them into achievable experimental work plans. You have experience working with high pressure equipment (pumps, pipelines, pressure vessels), preferably in a laboratory setting. Affinity with electrical systems for monitoring and sensoring of the equipment. A hands-on trouble shooting attitude without comprising safety is conditional.

Qualifications and Qualities:
  • BSc in mechanical engineering or similar;
  • Laboratory experience preferred, in particular HPHT;
  • Well engineering experience preferred;
  • experience with process engineering flow schemes and design drawings;
  • 5 to 10 years industrial experience;
  • Familiarity with lab systems (e.g. LabView) preferred;
  • Risk management and safety qualifications;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Team player.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is at the forefront of research and development of technical innovations for the energy industry. The expertise group Applied Geosciences (AGS) within TNO hosts about 50 professionals, for a large part earth scientists and subsurface engineers. Our project portfolio covers the entire chain of resource exploration, efficient production, subsurface storage, and the re-use and de-commissioning of existing infrastructure. Our project portfolio is diverse in scope and size: we manage large national research programs, participate in EU funded research consortia, and provide consultancy services for the private sector. We offer our partners and clients - ranging from the global players in the energy sector to municipalities and from universities to start-up enterprises –a creative vision on the energy transition and transform this vision into practical solutions, based on world-class geoscientific expertise and leading edge technological capabilities.

The lab facility is in Rijswijk.

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. Visit this page to find out more about our flexible terms of employment.

Application process

You can apply till 10th of March. The first round of interviews is scheduled on 20th of March. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. 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: Anne-Maartje Uijl- Meijman, den
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-469 66067

Hiring manager: Paul Wyers
Phone number: +31888662295

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


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