Human Performance Scientist and/or Project Manager

Use your knowledge and skills to contribute to innovative solutions that will help equip professionals working in extremely strenuous conditions, like the military and police force, and allow them to perform at their best.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Peace and security are dear to us all, which is why the military, police force, fire service and many other emergency services work to safeguard them every day. Our Training & Performance Innovations department ensures that these people can perform at their best, often under extreme and very demanding conditions. Areas we are currently working in include:

  • Reducing physical burden for the military by developing such things as an exoskeleton and a cooling vest.
  • Researching the impact of new innovations on the cognitive performance of military personnel.
  • Modelling and measuring the thermo-physiological impact of heat, cold and precipitation.
  • Using virtual reality to optimise performance.
  • Evaluating the impact of new systems, clothing and equipment on physical performance.
  • Supporting large tender processes for military clothing and equipment.
  • Optimising food, sleep, physical training and mental/cognitive training to allow military personnel to perform as best they can, both physically and mentally.

Depending on your background, you will join us as a researcher, project leader or consultant in one or more (research) projects. You will work in multidisciplinary teams with people who have a background in subjects such as human movement science, thermo-physiology, cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, and biomedical technology, human technology interaction and physics.

What do we require of you?

We are looking for enthusiastic and energetic colleagues who can and want to use what they know to work together with experts from other disciplines on innovative solutions that will help optimise the performance of people working in extreme conditions.
For this, we are looking for people who:
  • Have a relevant academic background in a subject such as biomedical technology, industrial design, physics, human movement science, artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology and/or knowledge of a relevant field (i.e. defence or the police), as well as relevant project experience if possible.
  • Enjoy working as part of multidisciplinary teams and can bring people together.
  • Have an affinity with human performance and enjoy the challenge of working on operational 'human factors' in the security and defence domain.
  • Are client-oriented and result-focused.
  • Are proactive and find it easy to take the initiative.

What can you expect of your work situation?

We offer an inspiring work environment, where you will conduct fundamental and applied research with colleagues from various backgrounds. The Training & Performance Innovations department consists of approximately 35 researchers in the fields of education, training, and human performance & system integration. The department has unique facilities to be able to conduct advanced research in the physical, mental and cognitive performance of humans. In addition, you will work with colleagues from other departments and you will typically also work very closely with our clients’ representatives. In short, a very varied work environment with plenty of personal and career development opportunities.

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.

Application process

You can apply till the 12th of July. The first round of interviews is scheduled on the 16th of July. 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.

For this vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance after conducting a security screening. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.

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: Rutger Prins
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-141 79583

Hiring manager: Eddy Boot
Phone number: 08886 65874

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


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