Medior Scientist Wind Energy | Delft

As medior scientist with the Wind Energy research group, you will work with topic experts to further explore the versatile field of wind energy research and help create a sustainable future using renewable energy sources!



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

As a medior wind energy scientist, you will collaborate on the technologically challenging projects of the Wind Energy research group. Which projects you will become involved in will depend on your experience and future interests. On behalf of, and in partnership with, (international) governments, utilities, developers, wind turbine manufacturers and universities, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the entire wind energy spectrum. For example, you might zoom in on aspects of aerodynamics and lead improvements to our numerical models to better understand how wind energy resources may be best harnessed. Or you might take a broader view and suggest novel ways to successfully integrate large scale wind energy into our existing energy system. How do we improve the sustainability of wind turbines throughout their lifecycle? What would be the ideal set-up for an offshore wind farm in order to optimise power generation and reduce costs? How can we make yield more predictable? How can we integrate all data that are being generated by an operational windfarm and say something about the remaining life or ideal control strategy? Moreover, as a medior scientist at TNO you are invited to come up with relevant research topics yourself.

Your work will revolve around research – technological and scientific research - but in response to concrete, real-world problems that need solving. As such, you will be partly responsible for enabling millions of households and industry to enjoy the full benefits of affordable, sustainable energy in the future, generated with as little environmental impact as possible. The solutions developed by you and the various project teams you will be part of are anything but standard. You will pioneer new models and technologies that may just bring radical change to the world.

View Marcelien Bos-de Koning's vlog about wind energy at the North Sea

What do we require of you?

You have a good set of brains, a passion for renewable energy in general and wind energy in particular, and great social skills. After all, you will always be working with others, as part of project teams or larger consortiums to solve societal issues. You don’t have to know everything about the entire field (although we wouldn’t mind it if you did). The most important thing is that you have a broad interest in applied scientific research and a passion for wind energy and similar topics. You’re also not afraid to get out of your comfort zone and are eager to develop further.

Other qualifications we’re looking for:
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a project-based company or institute that is wind related.
  • A university degree (MSc) or PhD in a relevant technical field, such as electrical engineering, control engineering, aerospace engineering, physics, sustainable energy technology (wind) or European Wind Energy Master.
  • A knack for business opportunities: recognizing opportunities as they present themselves, or experience in writing project proposals.
  • An ambition to further develop professionally, either in your field of expertise or as a project manager, consultant, business developer or line-manager.
  • Great communication and presentation skills, as well as fluency in English, both orally and in writing.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation that functions as a bridge between the worlds of academia and industry, and the public sector. TNO has around 3,000 employees working within nine domains for a wide range of clients, such as government agencies, the SME sector, civil society organisations, larger companies and service providers. We aim to translate research findings into straightforward applications and innovations to solve the challenges the world will encounter the day after tomorrow. We take the time to think calmly and thoroughly about issues and, once a project has been completed, we continue our search for tools, models and recommendations that will benefit our clients and society as a whole in the future.

Read more about TNO as an employer 

Within TNO, you’ll be part of the Wind Energy research group, which is part of the Unit Energy Transition. You’ll work with leading researchers who’ve been active in the field for years, as well as with co-workers with a fresh, enterprising take on things. It’s a highly diverse and social bunch, from many different countries and backgrounds, who will make you feel right at home. Our Wind Energy team is renowned worldwide for its research into wind energy, and you may have heard us referred to as ECN. Our testing facilities and the research objects you'll come into contact with are truly unique, such as the 260 metre high Haliade-X wind turbine in Rotterdam, or the Lelystad-based smart energy field lab. You’ll spend most of your time at our research facility along the Dutch coast in Petten, near Alkmaar. We’re also currently in the process of opening a new facility in Delft, which thus may end up being your home in near future.

Read more about the Wind Energy research group
Look at the TNO Wind Energy video

What can TNO offer you?

We offer you work that is both challenging and diverse, as well as plenty of opportunities for personal development; you’ll be largely in charge of your own career. In addition to a gross monthly salary between €3,676 and € 6,215 (depending on your level of experience), holiday pay and a thirteenth month salary, you’ll get every opportunity to develop further and explore your professional field in-depth and become a scientific specialist or continue on into alternative career paths towards for example the role of project leader. TNO also allows you to pick and choose from a ‘menu’ of employee benefits in line with your personal situation. Here are some more benefits to consider:
  • The prospect of a fixed contract if all goes well.
  • 28 days of annual leave and 5 days of reduced working hours (based on a full-time contract).
  • Flexible working hours and the option of working from home.
  • The option of participating in training courses or additional schooling, and visiting conferences.
  • Access to our Talent Development Programme and personal coaching.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • A travel allowance or a bicycle on loan.
  • Fun outings and activities, such as monthly drinks events, with your team and colleagues at your workplace, as well as other TNO facilities. These events will quickly help you get to know lots of people.
  • An incredibly professional, inspiring work environment, with colleagues who are the top experts in their respective fields.
  • A sound retirement plan.
  • Comprehensive relocation package for international applicants.
Read all about the many employee benefits to choose from.

Application process

We are accepting applications until January 24th 2021. The application process will consist of two selection interviews, followed by a third and final interview to discuss your employee benefits. An online assessment, reference check and final presentation can be part of the selection procedure.

Due to the measures that have been implemented to combat Covid-19, the application process and on-boarding for new employees have been modified. More information regarding these matters will be included in the invite for a first interview.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

We look forward to receiving your application! For more information about the position or the application process, please feel free to contact us.

Recruiter: Paul Verschoor
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-29236794

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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