Internship | (Graduation) internship at Structural Dynamics



Education type

higher professional education (hbo),university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Are you looking for an internship or for a graduation project? The department of Structural Dynamics in TNO is always looking for students that like to combine innovation with technology.

The goal of the department Structural Dynamics is to help customers improve the reliability, safety, performance and life of structures. Due to the many natural occurrences of dynamics in structures projects and customers are very diverse, including maritime, offshore and onshore structures. Challenges that arise in these areas are tackled using solutions from theory and numerical simulations in combination with experiments in our multi-purpose laboratory or in the real world.

You will follow in a long line of students that graduated or did their internship in our department on challenging subjects like raking damage in ships, earthquake damage in masonry structures, additive manufacturing of ship sections and many more. Graduation projects are combined with real world demand for smart solutions, which enables the use of experiments and real world data. Does this excite you and would you like to research topical challenges with a lot of freedom and puzzling in an inspiring environment? Look no further and apply here!

Concrete research topics include:
  • Ship- and vehicle resilience; (under water) explosions, projectile damage, collisions, IED's, composite materials and jumping behavior of vehicles.
  • Materials; fracture mechanics, failure modelling, composites and other materials in extreme conditions (cryogenic temperatures, extreme load cases etc.).
  • Simulations; impact, advanced FE models, new modelling solutions like projective dynamics and PUFEM.
While there are often enough assignments available linked to current projects, you are also encouraged to come up with your own ideas on anything structural dynamics.

What do we require of you?

A (graduate) student in TNO is looking for innovative ways of solving problems, in a way that is independent but also in collaboration with employees. Performing experiments and theoretical research at TNO requires planning, ambition and perseverance. A matching student therefore has:
  • An active enrollment in an HBO or Master program Maritime, Civil, Aerospace, Materials or Mechanical engineering.
  • A strong theoretical background and affinity with coordinating experiments.
  • A go-getter mentality as well as a creative mind.
  • Good communication and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent command of the English (and preferably Dutch) language.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

Application process

First you respond to this vacancy! We will look for an opportunity for you or your own idea will be evaluated. Than you will be invited to an introductory meeting with an expert in the field and the research manager. If both you and TNO foresee a fruitfill cooperations we will offer you an internship contract. 

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Okko Coppejans
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 62608

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


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