Internship | MSc project "Sense of urgency in VR flight simulation"



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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Are you interested in the effect of a moving-base on the "sense of urgency" perceived inside a Virtual Reality (VR) flight simulator? TNO and multiSIM B.V. are developing flight simulation in VR, so that a pilot can fly the aircraft through a virtual environment presented inside VR goggles, while seated on a chair. We want to find out how physical motion increases the pilot's “sense of urgency” by combining VR with a moving platform. In 2022 we expect to have access to a moving platform, so that we can make a moving-base VR simulator.

What will be your role?

Your assignment will be to perform an experiment with human subjects as a first exploration whether a moving platform enhances their sense of urgency in VR.

Your internship will take place at the Human Performance department, in collaboration with the co-located simulator company, multiSIM B.V. Our department exists of 30 enthusiastic researchers who focus on improving human performance in adverse and demanding environments, either physical (e.g., aircraft, ships), or virtual (simulators).

Our department is located at TNO Soesterberg, which regularly organizes activities such as drinks, laser-gaming, etc. You will have the opportunity to work with TNO researchers and other interns who may be involved in completely other research projects than you.

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

You are a student in the final stages of your master in Cognitive Psychology, Human Movement Sciences, Aerospace Engineering, or a similar study. You are interested in human perception in relation to VR. We expect that you can perform experiments with human subjects, as well as the data-analysis and statistics, and that you have a pragmatic mentality. In addition we value good communication skills, and the confidence to work in a team.

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.

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.

For this internship vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance (VGB) after conducting a security screening. Take into account that this process may take about 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 6 consecutive months, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, it may take longer. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

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: Eric Groen
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 65926

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


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Prof. Dr. Eric Groen

  • human factors
  • performance
  • aerospace
  • simulator training
  • flight safety

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