Internship: Modeling of materials, from atoms to application



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime - 40


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What will you be doing?

Within the department Materials Solutions we look at different aspects of materials science and engineering ranging from characterization of new functionality to performance and design of material systems. Our department combines know-how on materials using experiments and simulations in a wide range of applications. To reach such a broad scope we make use of computer-aided models based on descriptions at the most relevant scales involving the physics and chemistry of these materials. It is clear that according to the application and scale of interest, same materials can be used in different ways and under various conditions. All this results in a interdisciplinary rich and challenging set of problems. Examples of these are: assessment of microstructural interfacial integrity in heterogeneous materials, optimum formulations for materials used in 3D printing, analysis of materials optical response for molecular sensors, evaluation of nanomaterials toxicity, among others. At present we look for a student to take part in our team for projects in line with ongoing research subjects. The nature, scope and specific tasks for such research are to be agreed upon in consultation with the intern/student interests.
Main activities involve but are not limited to:
- Literature study and review
- Develop and tailor simulation software according to applications
- Perform simulations so to bring additional mechanistic insight and guide experiments

What do we require of you?

You are a proactive and independent bachelor or MSc student with background in one of the following areas Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or similar. At the same time, you are seeking for an interdisciplinary and challenging environment within applied research. Although not necessarily required, previous knowledge or experience with molecular modeling software such as Materials Studio or LAMMPS is desired. Preferably you have programming experience including automation of jobs in high-performance computing clusters. Good communication skills in English, particularly for presenting your work and writing reports is expected.

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.

Has this vacancy aroused your interest?

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

Contactpersoon: Fidel Valega Mackenzie
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 65526

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


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