Scientist Structural Safety

Contributing to the structural safety of constructions. Envision it. Become a scientist structural safety at TNO in Delft.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

As a researcher you will be engaged in predicting the behaviour of concrete and steel structures and through your research work will ensure that the structural safety is in order and will remain so. You will be focusing on various types of structure and will work in conjunction with top experts on methods to forecast the lifespan (or residual lifespan) of these structures with the greatest possible degree of accuracy. Researchers within the Structural Safety team are focused on steel and concrete structures in infrastructure and buildings. What will your focus be? That is something for us to decide in consultation with one another based on your knowledge and interests.

It will always be the case that you will be working on multiple projects simultaneously, with independence and autonomy being key in that regard. Along with your colleagues, you will be responding to the queries we receive from such parties as Rijkswaterstaat (the Directorate‑General for Public Works and Water Management), provincial authorities and local authorities. These parties come to us when specific, specialist knowledge is required, e.g. for predictions vis-à-vis a structure’s behaviour to enable more accurate quantification of the level of safety. You will regularly attend meetings with customers, e.g. to clarify a research question or present results.

A project team will ordinarily comprise two or three researchers with different specialisms, which, aside from structural safety could include such disciplines as materials science and reliability. Within such a team, you will be actively contributing your thoughts on possible solutions and carrying out research work, drawing on such things as analytical methods, numerical models or experiments to this end. You could also find yourself performing measurements at a viaduct or bridge or simulating the load on a structure in one of our unique laboratories .
. You will analyse and interpret all results stemming from the data and your models in your research work and incorporate these results into a clear report. Best of all, your results will often feature in the recommendations issued to our clients!
Read more about structural safety at TNO.

What do we require of you?

You will be uniquely positioned to independently carry out research into structural safety. You will already have the requisite technical and research expertise, ensuring there is no delay when it comes to you working out how best to approach your research work. Furthermore, you will understand that cooperation with colleagues and external parties is essential for the purposes of accomplishing objectives. You will also be capable of summarising the amassed information in precise, clear conclusions. What else do we require from you? 
  • You will have successfully completed a course of higher education in a technical subject such as civil engineering or mechanical engineering.
  • Specialisation in steel or concrete structures.
  • Several years’ work experience preferred.
  • Excellent knowledge of mechanics and good spatial awareness.
  • Knowledge of carrying out research work, including being abreast of modern research methods and technologies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Dutch as well as a solid command of English.

What can you expect of your work situation?

As an independent research organisation, TNO bridges the gap between the academic and commercial worlds. We translate research results into clear applications and solutions, thereby solving future problems today. And once a project is complete? Then we will continue our journey of discovery, looking for new tools, models and advice that will benefit Dutch companies and organisations in the future. With around 3,000 employees, we are active in nine different domains for a wide array of clients, including government bodies, SMEs, social organisations, major corporations and service providers. Read more about TNO as an employer. 

Within TNO you will be joining the Structural Safety team, which is part of the Structural Reliability expertise group. This team, a mix of some 20 project managers and researchers, is dedicated to ensuring robust structures. We focus in particular on the safety of existing and new structures in buildings and infrastructure. You will be in a protected environment where collegiality, commitment and passion are key. Some of the team members play a consultancy role, with us having a significant degree of contact with customers and responding to queries directly. Others are focus specifically on the research work. What will your role be? We are keen to hear what you think. We will give you the opportunity to try out all the team’s duties and to indicate your preferences. Together we will find the best match. 
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What can TNO offer you?

Challenging and varied work. And full of opportunities because at TNO you are, by and large, the master of your own career. In addition to a gross monthly salary of between €2,650 and €3,600 (depending on your knowledge and experience), holiday pay and a thirteenth month’s salary, you will get every opportunity to develop your skills. Perhaps you want grow into a senior researcher, dive deeper into consultancy or build a career as a project leader. At TNO, you can put together a ‘menu’ of terms of employment that suits your personal situation. What you can expect: 
  • View of a permanent contract.
  • An utmost professional, inspiring work environment, with high-calibre experts as colleagues.
  • Flexible working times and the option of working from home.
  • 28 days of holiday and 5 ATV days (additional days of paid leave) (with full-time employment).
  • The opportunity to do courses, training programmes and workshops and 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, such as monthly drinks. 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

You can apply till March 7 2021. The first round of interviews is scheduled on the 15th of March. The second round of interviews is scheduled for the 25th of March. 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 and assessment within 4 weeks.

An online assessment and reference check can be part of the procedure.

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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