Internship | MIDDEN - Energy transition in industry



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Would you like to contribute to solving the climate change challenge? In this project, you play a key role in resolving one of the hardest problems that the Netherlands is facing in achieving its Paris Agreement targets: enabling a sustainable transition to zero emissions of its energy-intensive industry by 2050.

MIDDEN is the Manufacturing Industry Decarbonisation Data Exchange Network, developed and coordinated by ECN and PBL. MIDDEN will be the knowledge exchange platform for the energy transition of the Dutch industry used for the Energy and Climate Agreement that the new Dutch government aims to build, system integration studies and the development of industry roadmaps. MIDDEN will go deeper than other knowledge sources, and will be acknowledged as the shared source for industry, government, local authorities, technology suppliers and consultants. Dutch industries actively contribute to and benefit from MIDDEN. For MIDDEN, ECN and PBL are teaming up with Utrecht University, TU Delft and Radboud University to create a robust knowledge base for implementing the Paris Agreement in Dutch industry.

You will be intensively trained to analyse, derive and construct future decarbonisation pathways for specific industries on plant level. You will directly consult, under guidance, both companies and policy makers on options for decarbonisation. Your scope will include process innovation, electrification, materials optimisation and circularity, carbon capture and utilisation, renewable energy and new energy infrastructures. You will work in a team of MIDDEN students and researchers, but individually contribute to MIDDEN by examining at least two different industrial processes. The fixed duration of the MIDDEN internship is six months. During your internship you cooperate closely with supervisors from your university (post doc level) and ECN/PBL industrial experts on a 80% (you) 20% (cooperation and guidance) basis. Moreover you will cooperate and exchange experiences with other MIDDEN interns and share training and evaluation sessions. After successful completion of two process analyses you will receive a certificate of “MIDDEN-expert” and two years of access to MIDDEN-events.

What do we require of you?

Open to masters students from:
Utrecht University, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Faculty of Geosciences
TU Delft, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management and Radboud University, Faculty of Science.
Other University master tracks can be considered on request.

What we require is a background in process technology, chemistry or physics and an eager interest to both dive in the specifics and keep overview to select the information that matters. Mastering the Dutch or English language, communication skills and perseverance. The internship is suitable for a master thesis or master graduation research project, as it will have a strong research component.

What can you expect of your work situation?

You will possibly have to sign a confidentiality agreement. You will be based at PBL (The Hague) or ECN>TNO (Amsterdam), but may have to travel across the Netherlands for data collection. The general internship remuneration and conditions of ECN and PBL apply to the internship. Anticipated starting date for new internships is May-August 2019, but later starting dates can be negotiated.

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

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.

Contact: Ton Dril, van
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 62361

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


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