Scientist Risk Analysis & Reliability | Delft

Contributing to the reliability of civil engineering constructions. Envision it. Become a Scientist Risk Analysis & Reliability at TNO in Delft.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

You perform qualitative and quantitative analyses to determine the risks and reliability of civil engineering structures. These include bridges, flyovers, quay walls in ports, sheet piling, flood barriers and the foundations of wind turbines at sea. As every structure is different, has a different history and is exposed to different conditions, every project is a voyage of discovery for you. Together with your colleagues from the project team you come up with new solutions and develop simple applications to perform calculations. You do this for clients such as Rijkswaterstaat (Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management), municipalities, energy and port companies, and in consortia with other national and international research institutions.

Your analyses answer questions such as ‘how much longer will this structure last?’ or ‘how can we optimise the design?’ Your goal is to fulfil the customer’s wishes as well as possible. In doing so, you think outside the box and beyond the usual methods. After all, that is often the reason why the customer comes to TNO. Sometimes this means that you do not immediately find the solution. But by working together and exchanging knowledge with colleagues and researchers from other organisations, such as Deltares and Delft University of Technology, you always get a step further. You will usually work at our office in Delft. 

This vacancy is open to both juniors and mediors. In consultation with you and based on your knowledge, ambitions and interests, we determine what your exact duties will look like. As a junior, you will receive more guidance from mediors and seniors in the beginning. As a medior, we expect you to be able to set up and carry out research independently, working in a team. You will also often have an independent advisory role towards our clients. 

Read more about research into civil engineering structures at TNO

What do we require of you?

You have an open mind, which enables you to think outside the box effortlessly and work closely together in a diverse and international team. It is easy for you to establish contact with experts outside TNO. As you will be working for clients in many cases, it is a plus if you are also able to take on the role of consultant and advise our clients. What else can you offer? 

•    A university master’s degree in a technical field, such as civil engineering, physics or mathematics. A PhD in structural safety or risk analysis is an advantage.
•    2-5 years’ work experience is an advantage.
•    Knowledge and demonstrable extensive experience of stochasticity and probabilistics, probabilistic modelling.
•    Knowledge of analytical methods for risk and reliability.
•    Knowledge of civil engineering structures, especially concrete and steel structures. 
•    Experience with EEM modelling of the nonlinear behaviour of civil engineering structures.
•    Experience with programming (e.g. Python, Matlab, C, Fortran).
•    Good reporting skills. 
•    Goal-oriented and customer-oriented work attitude.

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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Within TNO, you will joining the team Risk Analysis & Reliability, which is part of the Structural Reliability expertise group. Within this team, a mix of of around twinty colleagues, you will become part of a diverse, international group with different backgrounds and levels of experiences. Together, we make risks and uncertainties in structures understandable by quantifying them. The team works closely with the construction experts of the Structural Safety team. By linking these fields of expertise, it is possible to design, manage, maintain and replace structures in a risk-driven way. We apply physical and probabilistic models, data-assimilation, statistical analyses and expert judgement. Sometimes we perform a complete probabilistic assessment of a single object. At other times we draw up a more global maintenance and inspection vision for an area of objects. 

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What can TNO offer you?

The work is challenging and varied. And with lots of opportunities, because at TNO, you are to a large extent in charge of your career. Besides a gross monthly salary between € 2.950,- en € 5.700,- (depending on your knowledge and experience), holiday allowance and a thirteenth month, you will have ample possibilities to develop yourself. Perhaps you want to grow into a senior scientist Risk Analysis, immerse yourself more in consultancy or build a career as a project leader. At TNO, you can also put together your own ‘menu’ of terms of employment that suits your individual situation. Whatever you expect.
  • Prospect of a permanent contract.
  • An extremely professional, inspiring work environment, with high-calibre experts as colleagues.
  • Flexible working hours and the option to work from home. 
  • 28 days of holiday and 5 ATV days (additional days of paid leave on the basis of full-time employment).
  • Possibility to follow courses, training and workshops and to attend conferences.
  • A good pension scheme.
  • Travel allowance or a bicycle.
  • Fun activities with your team and your colleagues at your office and within TNO as a whole. This will help you to quickly get to know many of your colleagues.
  • A modern and easily accessible workplace in Delft.
  • Access to our Talent Development Programme and to the network and fun activities of Young TNO.
  • Coaching if you need it.

Application process

Please apply before March 8. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on March 18. The second interview round has been scheduled for March 25. 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 vacancy sparked your interest?

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

Recruiter: Lara Dimitrovski
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-507 40690

Hiring manager: Peter Rasker
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 61470

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


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