Junior Scientist Installation, Operation & Maintenance Wind Energy | Petten



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Together with a team of wind experts you perform applied research working closely with industry, universities and other institutes. The research projects are very diverse: from four year European research projects (H2020) to short commercial assignments directly for industry parties. There is one thing these projects have in common, they are all in the field of installation, operation and maintenance (O&M) of offshore wind farms.

Think of this project: Our client wants to develop the largest wind turbine in the world. In a collaborative research program, it is the role of you and your team of Wind experts to investigate what the influence is of the size of the wind turbine on the installation methods that are currently used and on the new methods that are necessary to make sure the wind turbine performs. With the outcomes of the research that we perform, clients improve their strategy for installing wind turbines. In these projects, you will study research questions such as:
  • How are future multi GW offshore wind farms installed and operated?
  • How can automatization and robotization help offshore operations?
  • How to smartly use wind farm data for lifetime prediction and day to day scheduling of maintenance work?

What do we require of you?

You have a passion for wind, for the energy transition and the development of (wind related) technology that speeds up this transition. You are a result oriented, enthusiastic person, a finisher.

As a researcher Installation, Operations & Maintenance, it is your role to continuously look for the information that the client wants and/or needs to know. It is your role to define what information you and the project team need to know about the installation of the specific wind turbine. You find out what the relevant data is to answer the research question and how to perform the tests optimally.  You are able to analyse and report data to your project team as well as to your client. This requires strong communicational skills.

You like to do applied research, in close collaboration with the client. You have affinity and experience with publishing papers and also used to publish in relevant journals. You are eager to learn on the job and have good analytical skills.

Next to that, we are looking for someone with the following education, experience and capabilities:

  • An academic degree or PhD in Mechanical Engineering or Civil Engineering.
  • Some relevant experiences with installation, operations and maintenance of offshore wind farms.
  •  Willing to work with high quality standards.
  •  A real entrepreneur and you like to present yourself convincingly.
  •  Good communication skills that likes to achieve good results together with colleagues.
  •  Fluent in writing and speaking English.
  •  Experience with Matlab and Seesharp is an advantage.
  •  Affinity and/or experience with programming.

What can you expect of your work situation?

You will be working in the department Wind Energy. This department within the unit ECN.TNO will provide you with a group of colleagues that is living and breathing wind energy. Our research focuses on offshore wind power plants. ECN.TNO has been performing research into wind energy for the past 40 years. It has grown into a globally recognized entity in this field. ECN.TNO supports both the government and the energy sector with advice, research and development. Our key partners range from wind turbine manufacturers, wind farm developers, contractors, governments, institutes and universities. ECN part of TNO has a strong link with the test field in Wieringermeer, where prototype turbines are certified and research turbines enable experiments. Working at ECN.TNO means you will receive personal guidance in your day to day work and for your future career path. The possibilities are endless.

For more information on the research group Wind Energy within ECN part of TNO, please take a look 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 the 2nd of May. 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.

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: Anna Herder
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-219 15675

Hiring manager: Marc Langelaar
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 63060

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


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