PhD Candidate in Electrification and Energy Efficiency

Contributing to more sustainable industrial heat management. Envision it. Become a PhD candidate in electrification and energy efficiency at TNO in Petten.



Education type



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

Process heat accounts for almost two-thirds of the world’s industrial energy consumption and is mainly derived from fossil fuels. Electrification of industrial heat processes is an effective way of significantly improving sustainability. But electrification alone is not enough. We also need to find ways to recover and reuse industrial process heat. This is where your research as a PhD candidate at TNO can make a difference. You will model, experiment and design in order to eventually generate innovative solutions for our project partners in the chemical and energy supply industries.

The TNO Sustainable Technologies for Industrial Processes (STIP) expertise group is starting a four-year project that will focus on direct electrification of industrial heat supply and heat recovery. We are implementing this project in a consortium with two large chemical companies. As a PhD candidate you will conduct research on new heat recovery configurations capable of recovering and reusing high-temperature process heat and innovative electrical process heat concepts. This will involve modelling processes at different scales. You will also design experiments to demonstrate the performance of these models and translate them into applications for industry. During the course of your research, you will publish scientific articles and present them at conferences where you represent TNO. You will also help prepare patent applications that reinforce our knowledge position for new projects.

At TNO, this is not something you do alone. You will receive excellent supervision and will work in a project team with three or four colleagues. The project team can seek support from various fellow researchers, engineers, laboratory technicians and technical support people. STIP is part of TNO’s fast-growing Energy Transition Unit in Petten. We have sophisticated test facilities that you will be able to use. Your more than sixty colleagues within STIP are highly-qualified and often experienced people of different nationalities. We all have a passion for applied research on different forms of renewable energy and like to discuss and exchange ideas in an open and informal atmosphere. Identify possibilities and help us develop smart solutions! 

Read more about STIP

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

You have a passion for research with practical applications that make a difference. You enjoy modelling and experimenting and use what you learn to develop creative applications, such as a new type of heat exchanger. You conduct your research independently but collaborate with our consortium partners and your colleagues at TNO. If the research results conflict with the project results, you are not deterred. On the contrary. You use your passion for your research to unite and win over others while simultaneously respecting the sensitivities and interests involved. In articles and presentations you convey your thoughts in a way that satisfies the stakeholders. You do this in Dutch and English because you will be working in an international environment. 

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO: 
A Master’s degree in chemical technology, ideally with an internship in the field of heat transfer, or a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a specialisation in heat transfer.
Extensive knowledge of and interest in (innovations in) chemical processes.
Practical experience with modelling and simulation software, such as MATLAB, Dymola or Python.

What you’ll get in return

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 of € 2.880m-, 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). 

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:
  • A good pension scheme.
  • Travel allowance or a bike.
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • 28 days annual leave and 5 compensation days under the reduction in working hours scheme (ATV, arbeidstijdverkorting) on a full-time basis.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • Access to our Talent Development Programme.
  • Networking opportunities and great activities organized by Jong TNO.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

TNO as an employer

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. Read more about TNO as an employer.

The selection process

Please apply before August 16. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on August 26. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

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

Hiring manager: Sjaak Loo, van
Phone number: +31 (0)6 109 03635

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


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