Junior Scientist cloud-native software and platforms | Groningen

Contributing to tomorrow’s world. Envision it. Become a Junior Scientist at TNO in Groningen.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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We are looking for a new colleague that will contribute to the development of future-proof and hyper-distributed software ecosystems on top of next generation cloud and edge infrastructures and platforms. Within Monitoring & Control Services (MCS) we prove the feasibility as well as the added value of innovative applications of digital technology for industry, energy and government sectors through an approach of first-time engineering of large-scale monitoring & control for complex systems. In our team you’ll work on projects that demand the creation of architectures for distributed software systems, constructing proof-of-concepts based on international recognized reference architectures (e.g. Gaia-X, Open DEI, Digital Twin Dutch Consortium), and/or the application of cloud technologies (both open source as managed functionality) that enable future digital and data driven ecosystems. In our daily work we see digital twins and complex model chains across multiple organizations being created. We cooperate with government bodies, enterprises, service providers and non-governmental organisations in three focus domains - Industry & Infrastructure, Sustainable Energy, and Defence to create a more efficient, greener and safer tomorrow. We are a very social group of applied researchers, consultants and project managers in IT systems and processes, as well as a number of System Integration experts, located in Groningen and the Hague.

What will be your role?

As a junior scientist you have a fascination for IT automation of complex IT systems, distributed computing paradigms and application engineering cloud platforms including but not limited to AWS, GCP and Azure. 
You are learning more about cutting-edge distributed IT deployments in the context of the European Federated Data Infrastructure (Gaia-X), 5G/6G edge computing, and deployments at edge devices. 
Adopting and releasing innovations in Open Source ecosystems (e.g. Cloud Native Computing Foundation,, the Eclipse Foundation) will be an important factor in your developments within TNO. 
In your work you will go beyond the current state-of-the art of distributed scalable applications, complex data-driven systems, digital twinning platforms, cloud- and edge- native engineering and develop a deep understanding of the (managed) service portfolio of the hyperscalers (e.g. storage, database, cognitive, container services, etc) and IaaS-level services possibly offered by smaller providers, as well as the complex System of Systems solutions for controlling ever growing IT systems. You think of solutions from a software prototyping perspective. 
You work on multiple projects, simultaneously, and with colleagues from your own department and from another TNO departments and units. 
You explore and determine theoretically the solution to a current or future problem in an innovative manner and then you realise this practically in the form of a proof of concept or demonstrator. Most importantly, you are learning new technologies and acquire new domain-specific knowledge and adapt them in your work.

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

You have a real passion for software engineering, not limited to just coding but also concerning the architecture from scratch and the process itself. Also you have good communication skills and are capable of explaining complex software architectures and implementations.

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO: 
  • a Ph.D. or M.Sc. degree in Computer Science (or similar) and has followed courses in the fields of cloud computing, parallel computing, software design, big data platforms, data processing within IoT environments;
  • programming skills (any or some of Java, Python, Scala, Go, Rust, etc.) and is open to learning new ones;
  • background in scalable solutions for data-driven systems;
  • comfortable with development environments and tools (like Linux, Git, Eclipse, IntelliJ, VSCode or PyCharm, and CI/CD automation platforms like Gitlab and GitHub, etc.);
  • experience with containerisation and orchestration tools in DevOps (like Docker, Kubernetes, etc.).

There are, of course, extra points if you are someone who:
  • has practical experience with deploying applications within cloud platforms and a basic know-how of the managed services available within GCP, AWS, and/or Azure;
  • has had some hands-on practice with cloud and/or edge-native application development;
  • has experience to work with Cyber-Physical systems and Digital twins.

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 between € 2,818 and € 5,145 (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:
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.
  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.
  • Travel allowance.
  • 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.
  • Networking opportunities and great activities organized by Jong TNO.
  • A good pension scheme.
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.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

Please apply before the 14th of July,  2022. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on the 21st of July, 2022. The second interview round  has been scheduled for the 26th and 27th of July, 2022. 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.

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 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: Ruthilio Franken
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-24593202

Hiring manager: Matthijs Vonder
Phone number: +31 (0)6-204 24263

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


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Matthijs Vonder MSc

  • streaming analysis
  • monitoring & Control

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