Medior Project Manager Applied Geoscience | Utrecht

Contributing to the energy transition and the reduction of CO2 emissions. Envision it. Become a medior project leader for applied geosciences at TNO in Utrecht.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

European research into new methods for CO2 storage in existing gas fields. The development of monitoring software for the optimisation of sustainable energy production. Research into the more efficient production of geothermal energy. These are just a few examples of the research projects conducted by the Applied Geosciences research group of TNO in Utrecht. Depending on their scope, you will oversee three or four of such projects in your role as medior project leader.
What will be your role?
Together with a business developer, you will be involved in the development of projects from their early stages of development. You will also have the flexibility to manage the projects that you find most interesting.  The project may involve either a single client or a group of clients. TNO operates alone or as part of an (international) consortium. During the early phase, you help to draw up the proposal and once the client or the stakeholders are on board, you will define the project work plan and the deliverables. During the project's execution, it is important that you manage the project’s timeline, funds and results from the very beginning, based on a good working relationship with the client and project stakeholders.

For each project, you will be responsible for forming a team of scientists from the applied geosciences research group, which is made up of approximately seventy highly driven researchers coming from a variety of international backgrounds with a wealth of expertise. Among them are geologists, geophysicists, geomechanics and physicists. You will also often collaborate with researchers from other TNO departments and external national or international partners, including governments, universities and the gas and oil industry. Your role as medior project leader will be tomake sure the team performs efficiently and effectively. You are an expert at dealing with team members’ concerns and obstacles and you know how to foster a strong group feeling. That dynamic and the societal issues you contribute to ensure each project presents a unique challenge.

What do we require of you?

No surprises: that defines your style. Using clear communication, you outline the goals for a given project from the outset. You operate in an organised and plan-based manner and maintain a good balance between accommodating the client and achieving results. You are a true connector and know how to keep the client, the stakeholders and your staff satisfied. You also possess a keen understanding of the political interests that are at stake, particularly in studies conducted at the European level. You take full responsibility for every project you lead. Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO will include: 
  • A university-level master's degree in the field of geosciences.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience as a project manager, preferably in a geoscientific setting.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills and experience with the writing of project proposals.

What can you expect of your work situation?

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.

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What can TNO offer you?

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 (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 for personal professional development. 

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You can also expect:
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home. 
  • Travel allowance or a bike
  • 28 days annual leave and 5 compensation days under the reduction in working hours scheme (ATV, arbeidstijdverkorting) on a full-time basis.
  • A good pension scheme.
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field. 
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.  
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • Access to TNO’s project managers’ guild: a network of some three hundred peers. The guild organises workshops, conferences, InterVision sessions and other activities for project managers.
  • An extensive relocation package is also available for international candidates.
Read more about tailoring your benefits package. 

Application process

You can apply till the 25th of March. The first round of interviews is scheduled on the 25th 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: 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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