Senior Scientist analytical chemistry

Contributing to tomorrow's world. Can you picture it? Become an analytical chemistry scientist at TNO in Utrecht.



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Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

You are the face of our company in the field of analytical chemistry with (demonstrable) overlaps with circular economy. In a nutshell, in the Environmental Modelling Sensing and Analysis (EMSA) department, we work on exciting topics such as microplastics, nitrogen, fine dust, and substances of very high concern. For the latter, we have advanced facilities in Utrecht. Within these facilities, we perform chemical (organic/inorganic) analyses (e.g. ICP-QQQ, HR-ICP-MS, ICP-MS, GS-MS/MS, GC-MSD, LC-MS/MS, and TD-GCMS) as well as microscopy and material analyses (e.g. SEM-EDX and SEM-CL). We also have a sensor technology facility (including FTIR, LIBS and PAS) and fieldwork tool kits. With our experts and facilities, we have built up an impressive track record in the field of Environment and Health. We would now like to give it a solidly substantive dimension directed towards circular economy.

The TNO Circular Economy and Environment roadmap outlines the most important social developments to which we want to contribute. It is up to you to ensure that developments in the analytical chemistry group is fully in line with the strategic objectives of this roadmap, now and in the future. This depends on a clear course that you develop in consultation with the management team of the Circular Economy and Environment Unit. Propagating and safeguarding this vision is entirely in your hands. You give substantive guidance to the team, which consists of business developers, consultants, project leaders, analysts, fieldworkers and scientists. While the business developers scout the market and bring in contracts, the scientists have the knowledge and network among for instance (inter)national knowledge institutions to take plans further. By maintaining close contact with all colleagues and providing them with advice, you connect expertise and market developments. In this way we arrive at the best solutions for the environmental and circular issues that exist in society.
You plot the outlines within which innovations are developed. Your view is not entirely introspective. On the contrary: You keep a close eye on what solutions the industry and government parties need and ensure that we act accordingly.

What do we require of you?

Not only do you assess the extent of the challenge, you also take part in thinking ahead: How can we get a view of good solutions in recycling processes where materials of very high concern are involved? And how do we then give shape to these solutions? So that both people and the environment will in future be less exposed to substances of high concern? Together with the team, you deploy sparkling ideas to achieve this, and are our visiting card in this field. In everything you do, you wear your 'strategic thinking cap’: You keep track of the entire programme and always stick to the course you have set. You are decisive and you have the right communication skills and organisational talent to get everyone on the same page and create connections. In addition, you can easily make contacts. As a result, you are at the table with the right parties at the right time. And you can see developments coming from miles away, which you can translate into applied analytical chemistry research like no one else. You are our (potential) figurehead to the outside world who, together with the team, will build the future at the intersection between analytical chemistry and circular recycling.

What else can you offer?
  • A relevant background and affinity with the field of work, for example through training in chemistry, environmental science or materials science.
  • Cross-disciplinary knowledge, with which you build a bridge between the relevant knowledge and technological and strategic stakeholders and market partners.
  • Extensive experience in building and expanding programmes, preferably in analytical chemistry.
  • A relevant knowledge network. You are aware of and know our knowledge partners in and outside the country, with whom we can continue to build.
  • In addition, you preferably have a relevant network of partners for instance in the chemical industry, in government circles, or in one of the subject fields within analytical chemistry.
  • Excellent communication skills in Dutch and English, since your field of work is particularly international.

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. We will allow you ample time to give due consideration to the situations you are working on. Project complete? 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 spheres for a wide array of clients, including governments, SMEs, civil-society organisations, large companies and service providers.
Read more about TNO as an employer

At TNO, you will work in the Environmental Modelling, Sensing & Analysis department, which is a subsection of the Circular Economy and Environment Unit.
It is a versatile department with passionate researchers and technicians with extensive knowledge of measurement methods and strategies in the field of chemical analyses, water and air sensors that pick up gases and particles, microscopic analyses of solids and production material, and the safety of circular processes. We focus both on the environment sector and on circular economy, and operate on two locations: Utrecht and Petten. You will based in Utrecht.
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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 € 3.800,- and € 7.000,- (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 research manager, immerse yourself more in business development or build a career as a director. 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.
  • A modern office in Utrecht.
Read here which terms of employment you can choose from.

Application process

You can apply till May 24. The first round of interviews is scheduled on June 3. The process comprises at least three (selection) rounds. First two interview rounds and then a presentation. 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: Anne-Maartje Uijl- Meijman, den
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-469 66067

Hiring manager: Jorien Strijk
Phone number: +31(0)88-86 64802

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


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