Senior Researcher Energy and Society | Amsterdam

Natural gas-free neighbourhoods and smart grids. The impact of the energy transition on society. Highly relevant topics in which TNO conducts leading research. Your role as senior scientist is key here. Envision it!



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Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

The work of the Energy Transition Studies group in the field of energy and society is currently growing in terms of attention and scope. That is why we are looking for a researcher who will join our team on the theme of ‘human-driven sustainability of the built environment’.

You work independently and in a team on complex research projects in the field of sustainability in the Netherlands and the impact on players (such as residents, municipalities, local energy initiatives and providers). You investigate the role of the energy transition in people’s daily lives, what it can mean for them, and how it can help them or, on the contrary, hinder them. You are interested in the dynamics between health, work and the energy transition, and how the transitions on these themes can reinforce each other. So as to improve people’s lives. You are interested in investigating how to apply energy justice at local, regional, national and EU level. You work on projects in areas such as natural gas-free neighbourhoods and smart grids.

Sub-tasks include clarifying/articulating the research questions, designing and conducting innovative forms of research, performing analyses, managing and collaborating with (international) teams, reporting and communicating about the results, both within and outside the organisation. In addition, you are expected to contribute to acquisitions and research proposals on the basis of your own experience, network and expertise, in line with the unit’s strategic research lines. As a researcher at the intersection of science and practical application, you will have contact with a wide range of parties, from professors to consultants, from residents to policymakers.

Read more about Energy Transition Studies (ETS) at TNO.

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

For this position we are looking for a researcher with the following background:
  • You have a PhD on a relevant subject;
  • You write easily and have several scientific publications to your name;
  • You have extensive experience in setting up and conducting research;
  • You have a university degree in (Social) Psychology, Social and/or Behavioural Sciences, Behavioural Economics, Human Centred Design, Environmental Psychology, or similar;
  • You can communicate well not only with colleagues but also with other disciplines (technicians, economists, modellers, etc);
  • You have a thorough knowledge of (qualitative) social scientific research methods and techniques;
  • You have a demonstrable affinity with the energy domain and energy policy;
  • You know how to communicate research results in a clear way to parties with diverse backgrounds, such as policymakers, companies and experts in various areas;
  • You have excellent social skills and a sense of nuance. You are a good listener and have an eye for different perspectives and interests;
  • Finally, you have an excellent verbal and written command of Dutch and English.

What you’ll get in return

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  € 4.800,- en € 6.500,- (depending on your knowledge and experience), holiday allowance and a thirteenth month, you will have ample possibilities to develop yourself. 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, innovative work environment, with high-calibre experts as colleagues. 
  • 28 days of holiday and 5 ATV days (additional days of paid leave on the basis of full-time employment).
  • A good pension scheme.
  • Travel allowance or a bicycle.
  • Fun (virtual) activities with your team, site, and the whole of TNO. This will help you to quickly get to know many of your colleagues.
  • Flexible working hours and the option to work from home 
  • Possibility to follow courses, training and workshops and to attend conferences or receive any coaching you may need.
Read here which terms of employment you can choose from.

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 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 

The Energy Transition Studies research group is carrying out a research programme for the energy transition. This programme focuses on the challenges facing the energy system to reduce CO2 emissions by 2050, the socio-economic aspects and the social side of the energy transition. Moreover, the group provides support for the monitoring and evaluation of Dutch energy and climate policy on behalf of the central government. The work is carried out both nationally and internationally. We work together with various parties in society, such as universities, consultants, institutions and companies.

The team is multidisciplinary. The various backgrounds combined make it possible to arrive at solutions that would not be achieved through individual efforts. Accordingly, you are challenged to work together. In addition, there is plenty of room for personal input in the inspiring team and we will invest heavily in your personal development. You will based in Amsterdam.
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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: Lara Dimitrovski
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-507 40690

Hiring manager: Peter Reffeltrath
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 63146

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


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