Researcher Interaction technology | Soesterberg

Contribute to a better society by developing and evaluating innovative interactions between humans and technology Do you envision? Become a researcher Interaction Technology at TNO in Soesterberg.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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Would you like to contribute to a better society by developing and evaluating innovative interactions between humans and technology? Please join us! Together we will explore new implementations in complex high-tech environments.

What will be your role?

As a scientist Interaction Technology you will have a significant share in applied research on human-centered technology implementations in Defence, Safety, and Security. Your contribution to our research projects consists of your mix of skills in conceptual design, system implementation, and evaluation. Your work will strongly impact our (future) society and lets you dive into worlds that normally would remain off limits. What happens during an emergency procedure at a navy ship? And how could the naval command and control aboard be best supported by (AR/VR/XR/AI) technology? What is the best collaboration implementation for semi-autonomous systems in the Dutch army? Your input will lead to improvement on these and other topics.
We work mainly in the domain of defense and security, and also in the civil maritime domain and for vital infrastructure managers such as ProRail. What these organizations have in common is that their environment and range of tasks are subject to rapid change due to technological and social developments. From an integrated approach, in which the performance of people is central, we advise these organizations on design, collaboration, staffing, processes, ergonomics and automation. We make extensive use of virtual/augmented/mixed reality technology, on the one hand to present and evaluate our concepts, and on the other hand to investigate how this technology can be effectively deployed in (future) operational environments. Artificial intelligence also plays a big role in our research: how can autonomous systems work seamlessly with human teams in the future?
You contribute to the development and evaluation of new collaboration concepts in the field of human-machine teaming. Furthermore, you will work on experiments and workshops in our Immersive Collaboration Lab, explore new technologies and help implement applications, for example in Unity3D. During this development process you closely monitor the outcomes and make sure they are in line with the interests of the stakeholders.
Solutions that you and your team members (from a variety of disciplines) develop are never ‘basic’ or standard off-the-shelf. Often, you contribute to the birth of completely new interation technologies. Exciting isn’t it? In addition: Are you interested in project management? Or consultancy? Or some hands-on software development whenever you feel like it? We encourage you to co-define your TNO career!
Read more about research on human machine teaming.

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

  • Expertise on Interaction technology, Human machine interaction design.
  • Relevant (technical) MSc degree.
  • Excellent programming skills.
  • You are an expert in XR technology (or have the ambition to become one).
  • Interest in human-technology interaction and human factors.
  • You have a curious and entrepreneurial mindset.

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 € 2,800 and € 4,500 (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:
  • 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.
  • Access to our Talent Development Programme.
  • Networking opportunities and great activities organized by Jong TNO.
  • Access to TNO’s project managers guild: a network of some three hundred equals. The guild organizes workshops, conferences, intervision sessions and other activities for project managers.
  • 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 15th of June. 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.

As you will be working for clients in the domain of defence and security, a Certificate of No Objection issued by AIVD (The Dutch General Information and Security Service) is mandatory. This means you will have to undergo a security screening. Read more about security screening.

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: Chris Jansen

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


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