Junior Cyber Security Specialist | The Hague


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

The Cyber Security and Robustness (CSR) department comprises approximately 50 enthusiastic professionals. Our professionals are very knowledgeable about (technical) cyber security, and quantitative models and algorithms, and very experienced in developing and applying innovative technology and methods. With this knowledge and experience, we ensure that organisations can depend on secure and robust ICT networks and services, both now and in the future. To do this, we work closely with partners such as universities, other knowledge institutes, service providers and product suppliers, in the Netherlands and abroad. Our contribution ranges from providing independent advice to conducting exploratory research into promising technology. We also make technology usable for a specific client or context, e.g. by developing proof-of-concepts. Clients for our research include the defence sector, financial institutes, telecom service providers and industry parties operating in the mobility and logistics sector. For many of our clients, a secure and robust ICT system is crucial to their business’ success. A few examples of the role played by and involvement of the CSR department and TNO are:
  • The co-development of technology for the detection of advanced cyber attacks with national and international partners.
  • Research into the security of new and existing systems for bank transactions.
  • Research into the usability of advanced cryptographic technology in the medical sector with university and industry partners.
  • Analysis and benchmarking of the security level of European telecom providers on behalf of the international sector organisation.
  • Research programmes for the defence sector focussed on expanding its cyber security capabilities.
As we are expanding the team, we are now looking to hire a Junior Cyber Security Expert.

As the new Junior Cyber Security Expert, you are fascinated with technology and happy to learn more about new technologies and related matters. You will quickly spring into action on project teams working on innovations in the field of cyber security. These projects will often be with partners from outside TNO. With your robust IT background, your role in the projects you work on will focus on technical details. As a Junior Cyber Security Expert at TNO, your role will be varied. You will work on different projects (simultaneously) together with colleagues from your own department, but also from other (IT) disciplines. Depending on your personal interests and talents, your duties may vary from contributing to (shorter-term) consultancy assignments for clients to contributing to long-term research projects or a combination of this. Creating proof-of-concepts and collaborating on the development of new technology are an important part of your role. Given that, in this role, you will work a lot with and for clients, good social skills are a must.

In terms of your duties, you generally decide yourself what your role is (e.g. applied research, consultancy) and what content to focus on, and you develop into an expert in one of the fields TNO is active in.

What do we require of you?

  • A graduate with a master’s in Information Science preferably or another technical study (e.g. AI, electro-technology, astronomy or biomedical engineering) with enough affinity with ICT.
  • Recently graduated or with less than three years’ experience in an IT role.
  • A demonstrable interest in cyber security.
  • Experience with popular IT platforms and tooling.
  • Capable of turning your ideas into a demonstrator or proof-of-concept.
  • Result- and solution-oriented.
  • Communicative and skilled at giving advice.
  • Client-focussed.
  • Creative, inventive.

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?

Work enjoyment means something different for each employee. This is why we offer a-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that you can switch around on a monthly basis. Flexible working hours (like 4 days x 9 hours) and different leave schemes mean that you can create a package attuned to your specific wishes.
TNO attaches great value to both your personal and your professional development. Many opportunities exist for you to develop: conferences, courses, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job rotation. At TNO you can orchestrate your own career.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

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

Recruiter: Yvonne Pribnow
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-11097594

Hiring manager: Daniëlle Keus
Phone number: +31 (0)6-20015789

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


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