Internship | Improving the measurement of NO2 using affordable electrochemical sensors



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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Clean air is literally of vital importance. But unfortunately, air pollution is the fourth factor causing most premature deaths in the Netherlands – worse than diabetes or overweight. About 11,000 people die prematurely each year due to air pollution, reducing the Netherlands's average life expectancy by about nine months. The quality of the air varies to a great extent per place and even within cities. Monitoring at sufficient temporal and spatial scales is therefore of great importance. Electrochemical sensors provide an increasingly important role in this domain. A patented measurement system was developed by TNO that allows continuous measurement of NO2 by an electrochemical sensor.

What will be your role?

To help us in this development, we expect that the student starts with a literature study on techniques for measuring NO2, which can be aligned with the CAIREBox platform. Historical data can be analyzed to investigate when the problems occur. Possible solutions can be analyzed and validated at our laboratory. If time allows, the student can put the proposed solution into the field next to reference high-end measurement systems.

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 an MSc student interested in atmospheric measurements and applying tools from the data science domain. Knowledge of environmental chemistry or geosciences is desired but not a requirement.

What you’ll get in return

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.

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

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

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.

Contact: Gerrit Jan Bruin- Hoegée, de
Phone number: +31 (0)88 86 64723

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


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