What will you be doing?
As a Medior Measurement Engineer in the Structural Dynamics research group, you work as part of a team on a range of (international) projects. Some of the projects are focused on research and on developing innovative new knowledge. In addition, you especially carry out projects in which our knowledge is applied directly for national and international clients in industry and government (in particular defence). As a medior research assistant you play an important role in experimental work regarding the measurement of structural loads and responses, as well as the control of hydraulic and electromechanical actuators. You design experimental test rigs, oversee load checks, and see to it that measurements are performed with appropriate sensors and a reliable result, while keeping an eye on safety during the performance of the experiments.
The measurements relate to a range of variables, such as acceleration, movement, pressure, temperature and forces, and are aimed at assessing the dynamic behaviour and/or collapse behaviour of various materials and constructions. The main activities are performing shock and shaker tests. In these tests, equipment that is installed on board naval vessels is tested under various shock and vibration conditions. TNO has unique facilities for this, such as vertical and horizontal shock test machines and a large dynamic shaker. Other examples are experiments with ship constructions under extreme conditions, measurement campaigns on bridges and on board ships, and the collapse behaviour of steel and bonded joints. You will work with specialists and other experimental staff. Projects are generally carried out in multidisciplinary teams and in close collaboration with the client and/or partners.
What do we require of you?
You have graduated from a university of applied sciences with a degree in Technical Physics, Electrical Engineering or Mechatronics with a strong affinity with metrology and electronics, as well as with mechanics of materials and constructions. You are interested in conducting experimental research and gaining practical insight into the behaviour of constructions and measuring equipment. This is supplemented with knowledge and experience of setting up and successfully carrying out measurement campaigns and designing measurement setups for mechanical research. You are inquisitive and interested in complex experimental setups, hydraulics, sensors and measuring systems, data acquisition and performing measurements. New developments have your attention and you enjoy working for the international defence industry. Apart from subject expertise and a structured approach to the work, we believe that having strong communication skills and being customer-focussed and results-driven are essential to successfully working as part of a team towards an end result that is usable and can be applied by our clients. What else can you offer?
- You speak and write Dutch and preferably also English.
- You have experience in building/controlling mechanical tests.
- You are in possession of a B-VCA or VCA-vol safety certificate.
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? 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 spheres for a wide array of clients, including governments, SMEs, social organisations, large companies and service providers.
about TNO as an employer
At TNO you will be working in the Structural Dynamics research group. Our remit encompasses the design, analysis and testing of the widest array of mechanical structures on land and water, as well as focusing on the dynamic behaviour of such structures. The fact that we have a well-equipped lab at our disposal means that practical and theoretical knowledge go hand in hand and enables us to solve the most complex problems. We are a group of about fifty colleagues in total. In ever-changing project teams of three to four team members, we work on technologies that change the future of business. Relax? That is what we do on the annual departmental outing.
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 €3,227 and €4,650 (depending on your knowledge and experience), holiday pay a thirteenth month's salary and a flex budget’s salary, you will have every opportunity to develop your skills. At TNO, you can put together a ‘menu’ of terms of employment that suits your personal situation. What you can expect:
- Flexible working times and the option of working from home.
- Prospect of a permanent contract.
- 33 days' holiday (based on full-time employment).
- 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.
- The opportunity to do courses, training programmes and workshops, and attend conferences.
- Coaching, if required.
- A good pension scheme.
- Extensive removal allowance scheme for international applicants.
from which terms of employment you can choose.
You can apply till August 27. The first round of interviews is scheduled on September 7. The second round of interviews is scheduled for September 14. 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.
For this vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance after conducting a security screening. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.
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 Hagendoorn
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-507 40690
Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.
Hiring manager: Tom Basten
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 66489