Junior scientist Cognitive Engineering & AI | Soesterberg

With your expertise, drive and creativity, you will work on the effective integration of humans and technology, e.g. simulation, augmented reality, AI and robotics.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


Apply now


What will you be doing?

You will conduct research into the development, application and evaluation of innovative technologies such as simulation, augmented reality, AI and robotics. The aim is to protect individuals working in high-risk professions, such as those at the Ministry of Defence or in national security (e.g. the fire service or police), by optimising how humans and technology cooperate and align.

Your activities comprise:
  • Determining the client’s needs, in close collaboration with them.
  • Selecting and critically reviewing literature and technologies.
  • Designing and programming intelligent systems for support and training.
  • Setting up experiment environments.
  • Writing up findings in reports and academic publications.
We also expect you to identify new developments in your field of work, and the issues these raise, and that you develop initiatives around these.

An example
One example of a research project is researching the interaction between humans and technology in the context of a military conflict. This research is conducted through a simulation that models the behaviour of those involved. In this example, you will work on optimising the interaction between humans and the technology by applying expertise from cognition and AI. The aim is to develop intelligent support systems and assess those systems for usability in an operational context.
In your work, you will explore how cognition and AI technologies can be used to enhance human performance. Together with your colleagues, and often in consultation with the client, you will define the requirements and preconditions of learning and experimenting environments; you will create conceptual designs and program applications (often by programming in e.g. C#, Java, Python, ACT-R or PHP).
You will work in multidisciplinary project teams (comprising, among others, subject matter experts, psychologists, AI experts, kinesthesiologists, teaching experts, physiologists) on challenging research issues, mostly following new paths.

What do we require of you?

We are looking for a creative, enthusiastic colleague with an affinity with technology and the human factor. We also expect at least the following:
  • A degree in Artificial Intelligence, Computing Science, Information Studies, Human Technology Interaction, Game & Media Technology or similar.
  • Experience with object-oriented programming languages like C#, Java and ACT-R.
  • An interest in, and preferably some experience in, designing and implementing simulation environments.
  • Academic research skills. You have learned to set up and conduct a research project yourself, and have the skills to be able to report on this in an academic manner.
  • Excellent communication skills that facilitate a good working relationship on changing multidisciplinary project teams.
  • An affinity with security and defence matters.
  • An interest in technological developments (incl. simulation technology, AI, virtual and augmented reality, robotics) in the field of performance and learning.

What can you expect of your work situation?

We offer an inspiring work environment, where you will conduct fundamental and applied research with colleagues from various backgrounds. The Training & Performance Innovations department consists of approximately 34 researchers in the field of education, training and human performance. The department has unique facilities to be able to conduct advanced research in the physical, mental and cognitive performance of humans. In addition, you will work with colleagues from other departments and you will typically also work very closely with our clients’ representatives. In short, a very varied work environment with plenty of personal and career development opportunities.

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 26th of May. The first round of interviews is scheduled on 4th of June. The second round of interviews is scheduled for 13th of June. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. First two interview rounds and then an assessment. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete the interviews and assessment within 4 weeks.

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: Lara Hagendoorn
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-507 40690

Hiring manager: Eddy Boot
Phone number: 08886 65874

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


Apply now



Stay up to date with our latest news, activities and vacancies collects and processes data in accordance with the applicable privacy regulations for an optimal user experience and marketing practices.
This data can easily be removed from your temporary profile page at any time.
You can also view our privacy statement or cookie-information.