Senior Consultant Flood Risk Management

Climate change, aging, circularity requirements. As a senior consultant, you have a thorough understanding of the challenges facing the national and regional managers of wet structural works. You bridge the gap with the innovations of TNO in Delft.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

At a strategic level you connect the strength of TNO – the development of technologies and knowledge of structures – with the Dutch water domain, by translating complex management, maintenance and replacement issues from clients such as Rijkswaterstaat into applied research. These are often tasks at the intersection of structures and subsoil, which involves close collaboration with other research institutions such as Deltares. 

Take the knowledge program Hydraulic Structures as an example. You analyse how the stakeholders’ strategy with respect to the replacement task can be optimised. With your ideas from a technical point of view, you initiate research into issues such as: how do we accurately determine the actual lifespan of quay walls? And do the functional performances of pumping stations still meet the current demand?

You pro-actively seek opportunities to use TNO’s innovative solutions to meet the needs of other managers in the water domain, such as district water boards. At the appropriate moments you draw attention to our new, widely applicable techniques, such as monitoring tools, models or calculation techniques. Your insight in(?) the domain enables you to determine, for example, whether they can contribute to the sustainability transition or whether they can be used to predict the load on structures caused by climate change. In this way you champion the role that TNO plays in the field of flood risk management on a daily basis and contribute to tomorrow’s world. Can you picture it?

What do we require of you?

You are a networker with a solid network in the Dutch hydraulic engineering sector. By listening carefully, knowing what (potential) clients are doing and understanding their needs, you can assess how TNO is of unequalled value to them. In this way you put our organisation in the spotlight at the right time. You also know exactly from whom in your network you can obtain which knowledge. As the link in the initiation of strategic developments, you are hard on the content and soft on the relationship. In addition, you can sense perfectly which administrative influences play a role in projects and when you need to call upon the expertise of others.

What else can you offer?    
  • A university degree in a relevant field, such as civil engineering, hydraulic engineering or other relevant education;
  • At least ten years’ experience in the hydraulic engineering sector;
  • Knowledge of the risk-based approach to flood risk management;
  • Technical knowledge of structures, including their behaviour in different situations, how they age and which materials can be used;
  • Good communication skills in both English and Dutch (at least B2 level) and persuasiveness.

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 developing knowledge and technologies in the general interest. We find common ground in fascination and resourcefulness, and are driven to push boundaries. There is ample room for your talent and ambition. You will be working with people who are a match for you, who inspire you, and who want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to turn your vision into reality. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes a difference. Because with each innovation, you contribute to the life of the future.
Read more about TNO as an employer 

At TNO you will join the Structural Reliability expertise group, a well-organised and friendly team of critical and analytical experts. We contribute to the safety and reliability of structures in a sustainable way by means of contract research, consultancy and fundamental research in a variety of construction-related areas. From outdated infrastructure and increasingly complex housing concepts to flood risk management systems. In the field of flood risk management you are the link between our team on the one hand and clients and research partners on the other.
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What can TNO offer you?

The work is challenging and varied. 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 €4,700 and €6,000 (depending on your knowledge and experience), holiday pay and a thirteenth month’s salary, you will get every opportunity to develop your skills. At TNO, you can also put together a ‘menu’ of terms of employment to suit your personal situation. What you can expect:
  • Prospect of a permanent contract;
  • An extremely professional, innovative 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 on the basis of full-time employment);
  • Travel allowance or a bicycle;
  • A good pension scheme;
  • 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;
  • Possibility to visit conferences and attend courses, training programmes and workshops. And support from a coach if you need it.
Read here which terms of employment you can choose from 

Application process

You can apply till February 7. The first round of interviews is scheduled on February 15. The second round of interviews is scheduled for February 17 or 18 and the third round is scheduled for February 24. The process comprises at least three (selection) rounds. An online assessment and reference check might be part of the procedure. 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.

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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