Senior Scientist Energy Policy in Built Environment

Making more than 3,000 neighbourhoods natural gas free. Envision it. Become a scientist at TNO in Amsterdam.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Parttime – 36


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What will you be doing?

Making more than 3,000 neighbourhoods natural gas free. How do you go about that? What information do ministries, municipalities and other stakeholders need to make policy on this? What data and models do you use to support policy recommendations? As a senior researcher you work independently and in teams on complex research projects and policy documents on the energy transition in the built environment. With your collected hard and soft data you enter into a dialogue with stakeholders. You actively contribute to the development of new knowledge and calculation models based on scientific insights, current research or grant programmes and practical questions from clients. You know how to clarify and hone the articulation of research questions in a team context.
For some projects you will act as the project manager. You will then manage national and international project teams and be responsible for reporting and communicating about the results, both inside and outside TNO. You translate the result into implications for their policy and planning. You also develop – internal – project proposals. You work at the interface of science and practical application. This means that you will have contact with a wide range of parties, from policy makers to residents and from researchers to consultants.

What do we require of you?

You are curious about energy transition issues. And you know how to combine this with a drive to convert new knowledge into practical advice, guidelines or models. You have an eye for different perspectives and interests. Your social skills enable you to communicate with both colleagues and project partners from other disciplines. You are proactive, have innovative ideas and enjoy working in teams. What else can you offer?
  • You have a university degree in technical economics, public administration, business administration or similar.
  • You have knowledge of quantitative models and methods for policy supporting research.
  • You have at least 5 years’ working experience with energy transition issues in the built environment.
  • You have extensive experience in setting up, conducting and managing research.
  • Finally, you have an excellent verbal and written command of Dutch and English.
  • Having scientific and other publications to your name is an advantage.

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 employer

You will be working in an inspiring team of driven professionals. The Energy Transition Studies research group develops knowledge and provides strategic advice in the field of sustainable energy and the transition to a sustainable energy system. This group is growing rapidly as more and more attention is paid to energy transition in general and our research results in particular. TNO operates on a non-commercial basis as a knowledge broker between government agencies, market players and knowledge institutions. The research group is highly regarded by our clients and collaborative partners such as ministries in the Netherlands and other countries, the European Commission, companies and other organisations working on the energy transition in the built environment, industry associations and other knowledge institutions.
The research group works with an international, multidisciplinary team including policy experts and social scientists to find solutions to technical-economic and social issues of the energy transition. The roles, motives and possibilities and impossibilities of government agencies, companies and residents to contribute – in mutual cooperation – to the transition process in the neighbourhood are central to our research.

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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. Maybe you want to become a senior risk analyst, dive deeper into consultancy or build a career as 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, 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.

Application process

Please apply before March 14. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place onMarch 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 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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