Internship | Text-mining

Do you want to help pharma create better drugs? Then join our TargetTri project!



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

TNO is developing a platform, called TargetTri, to aid drug developing companies in the selection of their drug targets based on biological and disease data. To collect and interpret this data, a combination of text-mining, data-mining and network biology is applied. In addition to automated techniques, knowledge is added to the system by TNO experts from multidisciplinary backgrounds. A challenge of the project is to obtain exact relationships between protein targets and effects, and dispense of "noise".

In the current project you will optimize our text-mining approaches by implementing new relation extraction routines in the text-mining engine of TargetTri. Your improvements will be made available via the TargetTri web interface to our customers.

More specifically, the project will entail:
  • Making an overview of state-of-the-art relation extraction methodologies.
  • Implementing the most suited method in TargetTri.
  • Benchmarking of the performance of the newly implemented technique.

What do we require of you?

  • You are a Master’s student with a passion for text-mining approaches and ontologies.
  • You enjoy being part of a multi-disciplinary team, but can also work independently.
  • Knowledge of Life Sciences is an advantage.

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 sparked your interest?

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

Contact: Jennifer McCormack- Venhorst
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 62586

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


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Dr. Jennifer McCormack-Venhorst


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