Project Manager Intelligent Autonomous Systems


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Mission impossible? Not if you can help it. As a project leader, you will lead teams that conduct research into intelligent unmanned and autonomous systems, particularly for naval vessels. Partly thanks to you, the ships can go on a mission with an ever smaller crew in the near future.

As a project leader in the Distributed Sensor Systems department, you are responsible for achieving project results on time and on budget. What the result of a project is varies. Sometimes it is a feasibility study or analysis, sometimes it is a prototype. You usually work on several projects at the same time. During your working day, you continually alternate between the various subjects. You often work on behalf of clients in the defence and security domain, as well as running projects in the areas of renewable energy and smart buildings. From your projects you glean a clear picture of the needs behind customer questions and of the frameworks and interests of the project. Based on that you plan and organise the research.

You manage the project to deliver high-quality answers to customers, manage risks and strengthen the knowledge base of your department. Thanks to you, the members of the project team know exactly what is expected of them and are given the opportunity to fully develop themselves. You pay close attention to the development of the juniors in your team. You are usually involved in the completion of the project, working with experts in the field and business developers.

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What do we require of you?

Plotting a course, monitoring the frameworks of multidisciplinary projects and managing a team of highly trained professionals – you have it all in you. On the one hand, you are theory-minded and interested in research: You can brainstorm with scientists and technicians and have an eye for their development and cooperation in the team. On the other, you are practice-minded. You know how to translate customer demand into research with concrete results. You are perfectly capable of developing national and European cooperation projects. What else can you offer?
  • A university master's degree in a science course, such as mathematics, physics, artificial intelligence or computer science.
  • At least three years' experience as a project leader, preferably in a research environment.
  • Affinity with software development and scrum.
  • Affinity with the domain of defence and security.
  • Fluent in English and willing to work short periods of time abroad.

What can you expect of your work situation?

Self-operating and autonomous systems have become an integral part of our society. Drones, robots, driverless cars, smart factories, intelligent sensor networks, smart grids and so on. The Distributed Sensor Systems department conducts research into the underlying technology of these types of systems. Using practical demonstrators and prototypes, we help customers develop new products and solve social issues. For example, our automation allows naval vessels to also sail with smaller crews; self-operating systems to operate collectively as a swarm; or buildings and data centers to learn for themselves where they can save energy. Our more than forty professionals work closely with government, industrial partners and universities.

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.

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Application process

You can apply till the 28th of April. 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 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?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Recruiter: Heleen Stork
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-515 34922

Hiring manager: Peter Jan Doets
Phone number: 08886 67041

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


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