Junior/Medior Researcher Artificial Intelligence (AI) | Helmond



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Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

To achieve the goal of zero traffic casualties, more and more tasks are being taken over from the driver by automation. In order to function in a complex, open world, Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes more prevalent in automated driving functions. Safe deployment of AI systems on the public road brings several challenges, including issues of explainability (why did the AI system take certain decisions?), robustness (can the AI system handle situations not encountered during its training?), situational awareness (can the AI system determine its own capabilities in the current situation?) and ethics (how can we teach an AI the moral standards of society?). In addition, both the road authorities and car manufacturers struggle with the questions of verification and validation of the new generation of automated functions in vehicles. The use of AI requires new validation methods that go beyond the current ISO standards and type approval procedures. Challenges include testing for specificity (is the system behaving according to specifications?), robustness (can the system handle unforeseen situations?) and monitoring (can we continuously monitor the system’s behavior after deployment?). Would you like to contribute to these challenges? Envision it and become a Junior/Medior Researcher Artificial Intelligence at TNO in Helmond.

You will be part of an inspiring international team of experts with various expertise and background in the field of Integrated Vehicle Safety, working both in an international and national context, both for industry and public parties. The department IVS is part of the Unit Traffic and Transport, in which we work on big societal challenges in the field of mobility and transport, i.e. striving for "the 3 zero's": zero casualties, zero loss and zero emissions.

You will work in a team on state-of-the-art AI solutions for various automotive applications. For example, using anomaly detection or inverse reinforcement learning techniques to model (ab-)normal driving behavior. Developing neurosymbolic AI for situation awareness and ethical decision making. Using Bayesian machine learning methods to predict the movements of other vehicles and pedestrians. But you could just as well be working on uncertainty modelling for computer vision, or develop a framework to test AI for robustness, or do extensive data processing, cleaning and 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

As a Junior/Medior Researcher Artificial Intelligence you are interested to learn more about the automotive domain, with a focus on safety. As an AI researcher you are creative, innovative, curious, ambitious and willing to take responsibility for your part within each project. As a researcher you are motivated to come up with improvements and novel ideas to create impact in the automotive domain, and are pro-active in making them reality.

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO: 
  • MSc in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, or related field;
  • Knowledge and experience with the Python software language and relevant packages (e.g. scikit-learn, pytorch, tensorflow);
  • Knowledge and experience with machine learning techniques;
  • Knowledge and experience with data processing and analysis;
  • Knowledge and experience with statistical models;
  • Convincing oral and written communication skills in English.

Preference will be given to candidates who in addition have:
  • Knowledge and experience with other software languages (e.g. Matlab, C++);
  • Knowledge and experience with Git, Azure, and Docker.

What you’ll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:
  • A good pension scheme.
  • Travel allowance or a bike [OPTIONAL] or a leased car.
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • 28 days annual leave and 5 compensation days under the reduction in working hours scheme (ATV, arbeidstijdverkorting) on a full-time basis.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • Access to our Talent Development Programme.
  • Networking opportunities and great activities organized by Jong TNO.
Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

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

Please apply before August 8th 2021. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.
As you will be working for clients in the domain of defence and security, a Certificate of No Objection issued by AIVD (The Dutch General Information and Security Service) is mandatory. This means you will have to undergo a security screening. Read more about security screening 

The interviews (first round) will be held via TEAMS and are scheduled on August 19 2021, 14.00-15.00h; 15.00-16.00h; 16.00-17.00h
The interviews (second round) will be held (face to face) and are scheduled on August 25 2021, 09.00-10.00h; 10.00-11.00h.

In view of the current Corona restrictions, the selection and onboarding processes have been modified. Your invitation for a job interview will detail the relevant information.

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.

Recruiter: Frank Bax
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6 113 20080

Hiring manager: Maurice Kwakkernaat

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


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