Open Application - Innovator Optics



Education type




Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

In a lot of applications you can find optical research of TNO, for example: in monitoring the size of the hole in the ozone layer, optimizing oil production, mobile phone chips and in non-invasive glucose measurements for diabetics. The Optics Research Group (70FTE) is one of the leading Optics groups within Europe for design and development of high-performance optical solutions.

Our activities mainly focus on the Space & Science Instrumentation and Semiconductor Equipment markets, expanding to other markets, such as optical sensing for Medical Diagnostics, Oil and Gas, Maritime & Offshore, and Defence. The unique contribution of TNO Optics in Space Instrumentation has been widely recognized. We develop, design, build, integrate, test and calibrate optical systems, which have extremely high performance/accuracy and operate in very demanding environments, including ultra-high vacuum, extremely high and low temperatures, extreme dynamic loads, etc. Such environments are encountered in space, inside semiconductor manufacturing equipment, in oceans and oil wells, inside a fusion reactor, or inside a human body.

TNO Optics works closely together with other research groups within the Nanotechnology Cluster in Delft (200FTE), in particular, with Opto-Mechatronics, Space Systems Engineering and Nano-Instrumentation for the development of new instruments for Space and Semiconductor Equipment applications. Combining our knowledge of optics with expertise available in these research groups enables us to offer complete measurement solutions to our customers. This is strengthened by extensive in-house laboratory facilities and specialized manufacturing capabilities.

What do we require of you?

Because we are expanding our team we’re looking for new talent to join our Optics Research Group. We expect for you to have:
  • Finished your Masters and or PhD, specializing in Optics;
  • Experience with (complex) optical experiments;
  • Clear ideas and vision on developments and trends within optics;
  • A relevant national and international network in the academia that are active in Optics.
We expect you to be up and running in no time. This means that from day one you will be working on the ongoing projects together with your project team. In these projects you’ll have a lot of interaction with colleagues of different disciplines, but also with TNO’s clients and partners. Therefore you need to have an entrepreneurial mindset and be able to enjoy the diversity that comes with the job. While working on (different) projects together with your colleagues you’ll be able to explore and develop your interests in the fields of expertise that TNO operates in.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.

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

This “open application” is not an actual vacancy, but a possibility to show your interest in a specific field within TNO. When you apply, your CV and cover letter will be reviewed and -in case of a possible match- forwarded to departments which have matching possibilities now or in the (near) future. If there is a match, you will be invited for an interview. If not you will of course be informed.

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: Kim Dielwart
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-15207318

Hiring manager: Joanne Wilson
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 62079

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


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