Researcher for decision-making on the energy transition

Contributing to the energy transition. Envision it. Become a researcher at TNO in Amsterdam.



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Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

Acquiring, managing and implementing research projects in the area of decision-making and governance in relation to the energy transition, with the focus on energy-intensive industry. This is what you’ll deal with as an applied researcher / advisor for decision-making on transitions at TNO.

Your projects centre on the ‘social innovation’ needed to meet the transition challenge presented by energy-intensive industry in the Netherlands. You’ll provide insight into the nature and content of the necessary organisational, learning and facilitating capacity of companies in industrial clusters and value chains, as well as all levels of government and other relevant stakeholders. You’ll help stakeholders to define the nature, size and scope of the transition challenge and you’ll assist them in shaping stakeholder engagement processes for carrying out this task. You’ll contribute to the development of knowledge and tooling for this purpose, based on research results.

Subsidiary tasks include clarifying/articulating the research questions, designing and implementing innovative forms of research, managing and collaborating with national and international teams, reporting (often in English) and communicating the results, both within and outside the organisation. In addition, you’ll be expected to use your experience, network and expertise in contributing to acquisitions and research proposals, in line with the unit’s strategic research lines. As a researcher at the interface of science and practical application, you’ll interact with partners ranging from professors to consultants and from companies to policymakers.

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

As a researcher at the intersection of science and practical application, you’ll work in an environment where your discussion partners range from professors to consultants and from corporate employees to policymakers. The diverse backgrounds make it possible to find solutions that it would be impossible to achieve alone. You therefore enjoy collaborating in multidisciplinary teams and you know how to communicate research results clearly to the various parties. With your sense of nuance, you’re a good listener and you’re alert to different perspectives and interests. You have a demonstrable affinity for the energy domain, energy policy and the perspective of Dutch industry in relation to these subjects. Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:
  • You have a university degree at the intersection of technology, policy, management (including transition management) and society. A completed PhD is an advantage;
  • You have an affinity for – and experience of – decision-making processes and stakeholder participation (preferably both theoretical and practical);
  • You have an affinity for – and preferably also experience of – participation in large research projects and programmes, both Dutch and European;
  • You have extensive experience in setting up, carrying out and publishing research;
  • Finally, you have excellent oral and written communication skills in Dutch and English.

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 € 3,700,- and € 5,800,- (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.
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.
  • Possibility of a permanent contract.
  • 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.
  • 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 30.The second interview round has been scheduled for September 7. 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: Peter Reffeltrath
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 63146

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


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