Physicist energy transition

Contributing to make buildings more energy efficient. Envision it. Become a Physicist energy transition at TNO in Delft.



Education type




Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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Imagine an interactive energy label that is fully attuned to the reality of a building and the behaviour of its occupants. Is this a pipe dream? No, at TNO you are the physicist who gives impetus to the energy issues of our time.

What will be your role?

As a physicist, you help to make buildings healthier, more comfortable and more energy efficient, with the emphasis on the latter, given the huge climate challenge ahead: an energy-neutral built environment by 2050. If we want to tackle this smartly, insight into current and future energy consumption is essential, which requires physical models that represent the reality of buildings as accurately as possible. In multidisciplinary research teams, you develop these models and use them to analyse the physical performance of buildings and installations. Using your models and analyses, construction companies can, for example, provide guarantees on the energy bill of a home or gain insight into which renovation concepts are the most energy-efficient.

Intelligent buildings with guaranteed performance. That's what you're going for. To ensure that your models fit seamlessly into practice, you tune them using real-time monitoring data. Data on physical aspects of the building, but also on the behaviour of its occupants and users. Because if people constantly open the windows of their well-insulated house in winter or are in the habit of taking long showers, this obviously has an impact on energy consumption. You do not collect this data yourself, but you do advise other researchers on it. What data is needed at a minimum to be able to tune the models? In order to include aspects that cannot be captured in physical models, you will collaborate with colleagues who are involved in, for example, artificial intelligence.

In addition to the technical modelling work, you brainstorm with senior colleagues from your team at a strategic level. Over time you will build up a network with key players from the construction industry, the government and other knowledge institutes and discover what developments are taking place. Together with your colleagues you think about which technical innovations can make a difference. For the construction sector and for society.

Read more about construction innovations at TNO.

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

The more complex the technical challenge, the greater your drive to find a solution. A solution that is innovative and meets the requirements and wishes of our customer. But you also think further: What is going on in the construction world? Which physical building models will be needed in the future? And how can TNO play a role in this? You enjoy thinking about this and bouncing ideas around with your senior colleagues. And your junior colleagues can count on you, too. You are no longer a rookie and can teach them the intricacies of physical modelling and project-based and multidisciplinary work.

What else can you offer?  
  • An academic degree in (technical) physics. A PhD is a plus.
  • Several years of experience in developing physical building models in the field of heat and mass transport.
  • Command of Dutch and English at B2 level at a minimum, allowing you to communicate well with our Dutch and international clients.

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 between € 3.579,- and € 6.052,- (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

Perhaps you would like to grow your career in the direction of commerce or consultancy? Or would you like to become a project manager? Immerse yourself in sustainable innovations? Or carve out a career as a technical expert?

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.
  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.
  • Travel allowance.
  • 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.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
  • A good pension scheme.
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.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

Please apply before the 4th of July, 2022. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. 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: Frank Bax
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6 113 20080

Hiring manager: Mirjam Steins
Phone number: [email protected]

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


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