Junior Scientist Experimental Rock Physics | Utrecht



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

We are looking for a junior scientist with a strong background and/or working experience in experimental research to join our geomechanics group. An efficient energy transition requires a prominent role of the subsurface, for example in the use of subsurface reservoirs for energy storage. TNO’s Applied Geoscience team is addressing the many challenges associated with subsurface energy storage and extraction, resulting in an accelerated growth of research projects on these topics. We are looking for a candidate that helps facilitating the growth in experimental research. Your activities will focus on experimental research to study properties and processes of rock and well materials at high pressure and temperature. Core activities include performing the experiments, developing new setups and expanding existing experimental facilities. You will be working on research, advisory and business-to-business projects addressing subsurface hydrogen storage, geothermal energy, induced seismicity and CO2 sequestration. Being part of a strong geomechanics team with an excellent scientific track record and broad research portfolio, a drive to collaborate, innovate and deliver high quality research is important. Research activities in the team currently have a strong focus on modelling, and integration between experimental and modelling will be a crucial aspect of your work. Part of your work will be to contribute to writing quotations, proposal, reports and scientific publications, predominantly in English. 

What do we require of you?

Required qualifications 
  • Junior/Medior with relevant background in experimental geomechanics/rock physics
  • Experience with designing, setting up, conducting and analyzing experiments at high pressure and temperature
  • Competent in writing of both high quality academic texts as well as easy-to-read and concise reports, proposals and quotations
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Able to work independently, responsibly and result-oriented
  • Customer-oriented, enjoy working with clients
  • Good communication skills 
  • Interested in doing research as well as business-to-business projects
  • Interested in participating in the acquisition of new projects

What can you expect of your work situation?

The expertise group Applied Geosciences hosts about 60 professionals, for a large part earth scientists and subsurface engineers. Our project portfolio covers the entire chain of resource exploration, efficient production, subsurface storage, and the re-use and de-commissioning of
existing infrastructure.

Our project portfolio is diverse in scope and size: we manage large national research programs, participate in EU-funded research consortia, and provide consultancy services for the private sector. We offer our partners and clients - ranging from the global players in the energy sector to municipalities and from universities to start-up enterprises – a creative vision on the energy transition and transform this vision into practical solutions, based on world-class geoscientific expertise and leading edge technological capabilities.
TNO offers a vibrant working atmosphere, with many opportunities for personal development and coaching. You will be given considerable room to develop, working closely in collaborative teams.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

Application process

You can apply till the 23th of August. The first round of interviews is scheduled on the 7th of September. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. First two interview rounds and then an assessment or presentation. 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: Anne-Maartje Uijl- Meijman, den
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-469 66067

Hiring manager: Paul Wyers
Phone number: +31888662295

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


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