Junior Scientist Electrochemistry | Petten

BEE is looking for junior scientist to join the electrochemistry team. The focus of our research is on working together with industrial partners to reduce the cost of the technology, from better materials to improved equipment design.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

The Faraday lab, the new research infrastructure of the electrochemistry team at TNO Petten, will be completed in the first half of 2020. As junior scientist you will be responsible for setting-up and carrying out experiments to characterize electrochemical cells and systems, such as polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) water electrolysis cells. A keen eye for improving experimental methods, a critical mind-set with regard to interpretation of results, allows you to contribute to bringing the quality of the experimental work in the Faraday Lab to the highest level. You report results and conclusions in a transparent and insightful way and you have a pro-actively attitude in developing testing procedures and protocols together with your colleagues. You keep up-to-date with state-of-the-art (test) cell manufacturing, analysis methods at TNO and on the international level.

The unit Energy Transition develops innovative technologies for the transition to a sustainable society. One of the focus areas of the expertise group Biomass and Energy Efficiency (BEE) within that unit is development of technology for the production of green hydrogen by electrolysis. The unit has a program on both high-temperature (SOFC) and low-temperature (PEM) electrolysis. We have recently received a grant from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) to expand our research facilities. 

BEE is looking for junior scientist to join the electrochemistry team. The focus of our research is on working together with industrial partners to reduce the cost of the technology, from better materials to improved equipment design. The development is carried out in PPS type projects such as H2020, TKI-BBE, EFRO etc., as well as industrial contract research. The candidate will be responsible for setting-up, carrying out and evaluating experiments with an increasing degree of independency. 

What do we require of you?

The ideal candidate preferably has experience in the field of electrochemistry. Is able to organize his/her work well. Has demonstrated a critical attitude with respect to evaluation of results. 
You are an open minded, enthusiastic, creative and result driven person. You are a good listener and are capable to translate a research question into a set of experiments. You are able to work in multi-disciplinary teams and can switch easily between different tasks among projects. You are comfortable to work in a multi-national gender balanced team. 

You have:
  • At least an MSc degree in (Electro)Chemistry, Chemical or process engineering or relevant discipline. 
  • Preferably experience with electrochemical systems
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of the Dutch language is a pre
  • Willing to learn Dutch at the highest NT2 level.

What can you expect of your work situation?

The Electrochemistry team (among others) carries out research and develops technology to reduce the cost of electrolysis as a key technology to the “electrification” of the process industry. Different disciplines, such as material science, electrochemistry, and (chemical) engineering work closely together. The R&D program is a collaboration with partners from industry, research institutes and universities. We offer a challenging working environment in a field that is of eminent importance for our future needs. You will be able to develop a broad range of technical and non-technical skills in a motivated research environment.

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 the 1st of March. The process comprises at least two selection rounds. 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.

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: Anouk Bos
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-413 74015

Hiring manager: Mark Overwijk
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 62754

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


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