Medior scientist intelligent autonomous systems

How can we make systems in naval vessels or sustainable buildings even more intelligent and autonomous, and thus save energy or create more efficient processes? As a medior scientist, you tackle these kinds of issues.


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Within a variety of complex projects, you conduct applied scientific research into innovative solutions that make vehicles, ships and buildings much smarter, such as a building that autonomously saves energy. Or a naval fleet that consists partly of self-propelled unmanned ships. You work together with your colleagues in and outside the project team, as well as with clients and partners, for example from the business community. When you start, we will decide in consultation which projects you wish to join, looking at your interests and specialism of course.
Techniques from artificial intelligence, mathematics, systems engineering, robotics and the internet of things; all of these will come up. The great thing is that you see concrete results of your work. The prototypes you help develop are in many cases actually used in practice. In addition to your research tasks, you write articles about your field of expertise, for example for a conference. And you play an important role in innovating the field and giving direction to the department.

Read more about distributed sensor systems at TNO.

What do we require of you?

You are a creative, curious and innovative researcher who likes to unravel and analyse complex problems. You know like no other how to make the essence clear. You encourage cooperation, both with your colleagues and with partners in the field. You are someone who carries the load naturally, coaches less experienced colleagues and initiates improvements. What else can you offer?
  • At university master's degree in technical education, such as mathematics, physics, artificial intelligence or computer science.
  • At least five years' work experience and preferably a doctorate in your field.
  • Experience with hybrid artificial intelligence and the design of unmanned and autonomous systems, allowing you to see which combination of different AI techniques and systems architecture is a promising solution for a problem.
  • Preferably experience with programming languages such as C, C++, Java and Python.
  • Affinity with the domain of defence and security.
Do you have more or actually less experience? See also our vacancies for junior and senior scientist.

What can you expect of your work situation?

Self-operating and autonomous systems have become an integral part of our society. Drones, robots, driverless cars, smart factories, intelligent sensor networks, smart grids and so on. The Distributed Sensor Systems department conducts research into the underlying technology of these types of systems. Using practical demonstrators and prototypes, we help customers develop new products and solve social issues. For example, our automation allows naval vessels to also sail with smaller crews; self-operating systems to operate collectively as a swarm; or buildings and data centers to learn for themselves where they can save energy. Our more than forty professionals work closely with government, industrial partners and universities.

What can TNO offer you?

Challenging and varied work. And full of opportunities because at TNO you are, by and large, the master of your own career. You get all the opportunities to develop yourself. Perhaps you want to become a senior or principal systems architect, dive deeper into consultancy or build a career as a project leader. At TNO you can put together a ‘menu’ of terms of employment that suit your personal situation. What you can expect:
  •  Prospect of a permanent contract.
  •  An utmost professional, innovative work environment, with high-calibre experts as colleagues.
  •  A growing team with enthusiastic people, who regularly do something fun together outside work, such as a drink, game or pub quiz.
  •  Flexible working times and the option of working from home.
  •  The opportunity to do courses, training programmes and workshops, and attend conferences.
  •  Coaching, if required.
Read here which terms of employment you can choose from.

Application process

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.

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: Heleen Stork
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-515 34922

Hiring manager: Peter Jan Doets
Phone number: 08886 67041

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


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