Scientist quantitative decision models

Contribute to quantitative models and methods that help public authorities and companies to make strategic decisions in relation to the energy transition. Can you envision it? Become a Scientist in quantitative decision models at TNO in The Hague!


Den Haag

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Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Replacing the totality of fossil fuels with sustainable energy sources will require a different system, based on innovations and new collaborations. As an experienced econometrist, you focus on operations research in relation to the energy transition.

In project teams, you develop quantitative models and methods that help public authorities and companies to make strategic decisions regarding the energy transition. There are more than enough sustainable ideas, innovations and technologies, but on what basis should organisations make investment decisions? What collaborations are necessary for an innovation to succeed? What are the costs and benefits for various parties? And how can they perhaps distribute these costs and benefits better? You provide insight into the solutions to these kinds of questions and will, for example, contribute towards creating a hydrogen distribution network, implement large-scale seasonal storage of solar heat or build up a picture of social acceptance of sustainability choices.
You usually work on four to five projects at the same time. It is also possible for you to fulfil the role of project leader. As an experienced researcher/econometrist, you are responsible for the quality of the research and you are able to adjust the course of the research where necessary. You keep a sharp eye on the budget and the deadlines, and you are an important sparring partner for customers and colleagues. You also take the lead in developing new methods and improving existing ones.
You are clear and persuasive in communicating the essential elements of complex thinking and analysis, both to customers and colleagues. You present the results of your research at conferences and you have it published in peer-reviewed journals. In this way, you play a key role in the knowledge position of the Strategic Business Analysis department. You continuously develop your network, both within and outside TNO, and you collaborate with scientists from other research institutes and universities, for example by supervising PhD students and postdocs.
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What do we require of you?

You find sustainability-related innovation endlessly fascinating. You are keen to understand how innovations work from a technical point of view and you are curious about how society can benefit from these innovations. Is the assignment rather vague or the customer not yet clear about what is wanted? No problem. You are able to fill in the gaps yourself. You use your analytical qualities and capacity for abstract thought to develop your inventive models, mathematical and otherwise. You are then able to convince your customers, collaboration partners and colleagues of the added value of those models.

You also have the following to offer:
•    A PhD in the field of operations research or mathematical economy;
•    Several years of relevant work experience;
•    Preferably experience of stochastic modelling or econometric techniques;
•    Preferably experience in the area of energy transition;
•    The drive to develop your talents as far as possible;
•    A great sense of responsibility and strong social commitment.

What can you expect of your work situation?

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. 

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What can TNO offer you?

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 € 3.500,- and € 5.774,- (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;
  • 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;
  • A good pension scheme;
  • Travel allowance or a bike.
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Application process

Please apply before May 16, 2021. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on May 25, 2021. The second interview round has been scheduled for June 2, 2021. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim finalize the entire process within 4 weeks.

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

Has this vacancy 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: Anouk Bos
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-413 74015

Hiring manager: Willem Horst, ter
Phone number: 08886 67140

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


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