Hands-on Research Engineer | Leiden

Contribute to tomorrow’s world. Envision it. Become Hands-on Research Engineer at TNO in Leiden.



Education type

higher professional education (hbo)



Hours a week

Parttime – 36


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What will be your role?

The department of Metabolic Health Research (MHR) develops technology, models and knowledge in the area of biomedical health. We have international collaborations with academia, research institutes, public bodies and food, cosmetics and pharma industry. Together we directly implement our innovations in industrial applications and projects. In this way we help companies to innovate. 

Within the team Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) & Biomarkers we perform advanced analytical research and measurements in clinical samples from drug development studies. For the analysis we use accelerator mass spectrometry, chromatographic techniques and accurate mass spectrometry. We have facilities in Leiden and Zeist. We combine high end commercially available technology with in-house developed devices which we are constantly improving.

Our team is growing to match the growing interest of our customers. That is why we are increasing the numbers of our instruments. Currently, we are looking for a hands-on research engineer. You will help us with troubleshooting and technical maintenance of our unique cutting edge technology. This includes a 1MV particle accelerator and in-house developed interfaces. You will contribute to building of prototypes and their testing and validation. Also you will have a role in their installation and implementation to make the innovative technology ready for sponsor projects.

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

As a Research Engineer at TNO, you preferably have:
  • a higher technical degree and background in mechatronics, electrical or mechanical engineering;
  • the ability to read wiring and instrumentation diagrams;
  • a hands-on, problem-solving mentality;
  • the willingness to learn new things, as our technology is unique.

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 between € 2.500,- and € 3.500,-  (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.

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.
  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.
  • Travel allowance.
  • 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.
  • Access to our Talent Development Programme.
  • A good pension scheme.
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.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

Please apply before the 1st of September 2022. The selection process comprises two interview rounds.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: Marco Tongeren, van
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-112 49467

Hiring manager: Han Sandt, van de
Phone number: 08886 61833

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


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  • health
  • safety
  • toxicology
  • risk management

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