Innovator national Security

Contributing to making the Netherlands safer. Envision it. Become a National Security Researcher/Innovator at TNO in The Hague.


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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Are you a team player with in-depth knowledge of security organisations and a drive to make the Netherlands safer? Then you’re just the person we’re looking for! The pleasant and driven Surveillance, Security & Counter Terrorism (BBT) team, part of the Networked Organisations (NO) research group, is looking for reinforcement. Both people with limited experience and those with more experience are invited to apply. In our daily work, we are committed to enabling our clients (such as the Ministry of Justice and Security, Ministry of Defence, municipalities and implementing organisations like the police and the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary) to optimally prepare their organisations and people for the future. We actively seek opportunities to apply new technological developments, build up unique expertise on the security domain and provide advice in areas such as risk management, surveillance and security, and crime fighting. In this way, we contribute to a safer society. In addition to projects in the BBT team, you can also do projects within the domains of crisis management, critical infrastructure, cybersecurity and strategic analyses. These are the other teams in the Networked Organisations research group.

What will be your role?

As a National Security Researcher/Innovator, you will work on optimising the surveillance & security of the Netherlands, optimising the security domain and many other subjects in the area of security. Your work will focus on the actions of security organisations in the physical environment, such as the police and the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary. You will deal with issues such as: What role can robotics play in the surveillance and security of critical infrastructures? How can upscaling and downscaling be accelerated using new forms of deployment with supporting observation technology and cooperation with other parties? How can information from sensors help to increase security in the physical environment within the scope of legislation? How can risk management help in the process of border control? and What is needed to implement solutions in an organisation?

Responding to the issues within the security domain requires in-depth knowledge of the causes, consequences, strategies and measures to deal with them. We have knowledge of how people, organisations, processes and technology are connected in complex organisations and how multidisciplinary network organisations function. We study how information spreads through networks, how risks and vulnerabilities arise from dependencies within networks and how decisions are made. We use our insights to make the partners in the security domain more agile, more resilient and ready for the future.

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

We are looking for a colleague with a passion for the national security discipline. Someone who is able to build a bridge between technical and organisational aspects and who can translate innovative concepts into relevant applications for the organisations we work with.
  • You have experience in working in projects and conducting research and are network- and client-oriented, as well as aware of internal and external developments. You are a creative team player and are capable of making a success of several projects at the same time;
  • You have completed a university programme in a relevant field such as security science, security studies, criminology, sociology, psychology or (technical) business administration and have an affinity with technology;
  • You are a strong investigator, based on your research skills and excellent communication skills (both written and oral and in both Dutch and English);
  • You have knowledge of and experience with the security domain (police organisation, KMar).

We ask for slightly more from applicants with more work experience:
  • More than three years relevant experience. You have in-depth knowledge of technology (such as artificial intelligence, big data, autonomous systems), innovation, security and risk management;
  • Your conceptual thinking, analytical skills and scientific curiosity are recognised externally through your work experience and successful projects;
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with writing research proposals for European projects is an advantage. We can also guide you in this;
  • You monitor the quality of colleagues’ work and provide feedback. You have good communication skills with clients and their environment and are able to translate their questions and complex project objectives into concrete solutions. You like to connect different areas of expertise and therefore know how to offer structural solutions to complex issues and subsequently implement them or help others to do so.

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 € 3.900,- and € 6.200,- (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:

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  • 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 and the possibility of working from home.
  • 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 13th of June, 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.

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: Heleen Stork
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-515 34922

Hiring manager: Karin Jong, de
Phone number: +31 (0)6-515 42255

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


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