Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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The unit of Circular Economy and Environment of TNO is involved in many projects in which the sustainability of innovations is assessed by the department of Climate, Air and Sustainability. Not surprisingly environmental life cycle assessment is part of this, but the economic aspects are also not forgotten. In the ALMA project on battery electric vehicles and CISUFLO on sustainable flooring the economic aspect is covered by life cycle costing (LCC). The outcome of an LCC can be used in techno-economic assessments and furthermore in investment decisions. Many of the innovations focus on the future and price volatility may affect the results of an LCC. This internship gives you the opportunity to address the effect of price volatility in the LCCs of innovative projects!

What will be your role?

The work will involve the following, amongst others:
  • Conduct a literature review study to see how price volatility is built in in LCC;
  • Review and extraction of information from selected studies and implementation in LCCs of the projects with a focus on the automotive and chemical industries;
  • Further develop a regionalised material cost database;
  • Report writing of the work performed and outcome of the data analysis.

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 Master or HBO student who has knowledge of and is interested in the financial aspects of the circular economy and innovations;
  • You are enthusiastic about working on a project that is continuously evolving and combines various disciplines to develop practical applications;
  • You can work closely with a multi-disciplinary team (environmental experts, engineers, scientists), but also thrive working independently.

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: Tom Ligthart
Phone number: [email protected]

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


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Dr. Tom N. Ligthart

  • Climate
  • Air and Sustainability

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