Internship | Social Life Cycle Assessment & The Circular Economy

Do you want to assess the social impacts of the Circular Economy? Then join the Sustainability team of the Circular Economy and Environment unit of TNO!



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Parttime – 36


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What will you be doing?

The department of Climate, Air & Sustainability has several projects that focus on options to increase the circularity of the use of plastics, keeping the polymers in the loop and not lose them to energy recovery. Furthermore, in the quest for reducing the consumption of fossil fuels electrification of transport is growing. Batteries will play an important role and here also better recycling is needed to close the material loops. The focus is on the environmental performance of these new technologies like chemical recycling and improved mechanical recycling. As the stakeholders will change due to these new and improved technologies the social impacts may also change. Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) is an upcoming method which will broaden the sustainability assessment to include the social aspect.
This internship gives you the opportunity to broaden the scope of sustainability by including the social dimension in relation to the Circular Economy.

What do we require of you?

  • You are a Master student who is interested in sustainability and the Circular Economy and want to explore the social impacts of state-of-the-art recycling technologies;
  • You are enthusiastic about working on a project that is continuously evolving and combines various disciplines to increase the circularity of plastics and batteries;
  • To work closely with our sustainability team, but also thrive working independently.

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 for the applied sciences and for practical applications. 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; an internship 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 internship and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable internship compensation.

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: Tom Ligthart
Phone number:

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


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