Medior ship dynamics scientist

Do you know everything about predicting and assessing the dynamic behaviour of a range of structures? Then read on and you might become our new colleague!



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

As a Medior Scientist in the Structural Dynamics research group, you will work as part of a team on a range of (international) projects. Some of the projects will be focused on research and on developing innovative new knowledge. In addition, you will carry out projects in which our knowledge is applied directly for clients in business, industry and government (in particular defence). As a medior scientist ship dynamics, you will predict and assess the dynamic behaviour and/or collapse behaviour of a range of structures. For instance, (lightweight) ship structures in slamming conditions or those affected by an underwater explosion or blast. You will do this using the computer models you have created, along with finite element calculations, experimental data or a combination thereof.

Projects are generally conducted in multidisciplinary teams and usually working closely with the client and/or partners. You will increase the visibility of TNO (the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) to the outside world, for example through publications and presentations.

What do we require of you?

You have successfully completed a university course in maritime engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering or aerospace specialising in mechanics. In addition, it is important that you recognise yourself in the following profile:
  • A sound theoretical foundation and practical insight in structural behaviour, plus knowledge of ship hydrodynamics and fluid-structure interaction.
  • You have several years of experience in predicting the response of ship and/or offshore structures.
  • You are demonstrably capable of developing in-depth theoretical models.
  • You have a healthy curiosity and interest in challenging analyses of ship response by slamming, swell or underwater explosions using tools developed in-house and possess the skills to further develop these tools.
  • Programming experience is required.
  • You have strong communication skills and are client-focused and result-driven in order to work as part of a team towards an end result that is usable and can be applied by our clients.
  • You have demonstrable experience in writing scientific reports.
  • You have a good command of Dutch and English, both spoken and written (at least level B1).

What can you expect of your work situation?

The Structural Dynamics department’s remit encompasses the design, analysis and testing of the widest array of mechanical structures on land and water, focusing on the dynamic behaviour of such structures. The fact that we have a well-equipped lab at our disposal means that practical and theoretical knowledge go hand in hand and enables us to solve the most complex problems.

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

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?

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: Lara Hagendoorn
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-507 40690

Hiring manager: Tom Basten
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 66489

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


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