Junior Scientist Ammunition Safety and Infrastructure Protection



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

As a researcher in ammunition safety and the protection of infrastructure, you will work as part of project teams on different projects in this field. One example of work in this field is the research into the effects of an accidental explosion in a magazine. The aim of the study is to gain better insight into the potential risks of a magazine to the surrounding area and what measures can be taken to mitigate the risks. TNO collaborates on this with international partners to be able to also valorise the models for experimental purposes.
In terms of protecting infrastructure, a lot of research is being done into what the structure of a building and the surrounding area should look like to protect against explosions, bullets and other threats, e.g. RPGs. You will work on this with other TNO departments that will produce advanced FEM models of the buildings. You will analyse where the weak spots in the design are and how the structure can be modified to increase the safety of the people in and around the building. In short, you will work in a varied field of work and your work will have a lot of impact.

What do we require of you?

  • Knowledge of structural mechanics;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to learn independently;
  • Attention to detail;
  • MSc in a technical subject, e.g. civil engineering, mechanical engineering, aviation and space travel technology.

What can you expect of your work situation?

The Explosions, Ballistics and Protection research group has about 45 staff that work together on national and international projects for the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, the police, Dutch society (primarily terrorism related) and for international companies.

This work concerns the development and testing of new protection designs for people (e.g. a vest or helmet), vehicles and infrastructure against ballistic threats and explosions. The basis of this work is fundamental material research and the application of new material designs. We conduct our research in project teams, the composition of which constantly changes. The department also has unique facilities for testing new protection designs against ballistic threats and explosions. The goal here is to come up innovative solutions to increase the safety of people in very challenging conditions.

For more information about the department and its projects, click here.

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.

Application process

You can apply till January 31st. The process consists of at least two interviews. Possibly followed by an assessment or a presentation. 

For this vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance after conducting a security screening. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.

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: Marie Anne Borst
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-868 28808

Hiring manager: Jan Leendert Joppe
Phone number: 08886 62401

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


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Jan Leendert Joppe MSc


Jan Leendert Joppe MSc

  • Explosions
  • Ballistics & Protection

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