Structural Safety Project Leader

Contributing to the world of tomorrow. Envision it. Become a Project Leader at TNO in Delft.



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

You'll manage research projects and consultancy assignments of the Structural Reliability department. All projects in this department have interfaces with construction and infrastructure. The projects you will lead focus on the structural safety of civil structures. A project may involve, for example, predicting the lifespan of hydraulic engineering structures such as flood barriers, or finding calculation methods to better assess the structural safety of civil structures. As a project leader, you'll manage project teams of two to eight experts.

Your task is to manage the project and to stimulate and support your team.
Under your leadership, projects are brought to a successful conclusion. You ensure that we adhere to contract agreements and budgets, and that clients are satisfied. Even if the outcome is not the initially envisioned solution. In addition, you’ll focus on good publicity and encourage a maximum learning effect among project staff. How you approach all this is up to you. You’ll have a lot of freedom to work in the way that suits you. There are also opportunities to spar and exchange experiences with other project leaders. 

On average, Structural Reliability Project Leaders are responsible for about four to eight projects or programmes, with no two projects being the same. They differ in size, complexity, subject matter, disciplines, financing structures, geographic scope (national/international), collaborations and so on, ensuring a great of deal of variety and plenty of room for you to grow as a project leader. 

The Structural Reliability department consists of a diverse, international group of around seventy colleagues. The department is made up of various teams that conduct research into innovation in road construction, stony materials, steel and concrete structures, structural safety and the risks and reliability of structures. Through our studies, knowledge development, and advice, we contribute to innovative solutions (for example, to extend the lifespan of infrastructure and buildings, reduce carbon emissions, or make materials fully circular). 

Read more about Structural Reliability 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

You’re a real fixer and motivator; someone who enjoys the challenge of getting complex projects on track and bringing them to a successful end together with a team. You speak the language of the technical professionals, but you also know how to be persuasive when communicating with clients. Presenting research results, for example, is something we can safely leave to you. You’re familiar with societal issues concerning structural safety and flood protection. You can also quickly find your way around administrative systems, enabling you to properly monitor your projects. Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO: 
  • A university master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering or a similar discipline.
  • Relevant experience, with 2-5 years as project leader in a research environment. You have experience managing projects in public-private partnerships.
  • Experience of doing research in the maritime, construction or infrastructure sectors.
  • You are preferably IPMA-certified. If you do not yet have the certification, you can do the training with us.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in both Dutch and English (at least B1 level).

What you’ll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary between € 3.813,- and € 5.994,- (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.
  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.
  • Travel allowance.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
  • A good pension scheme.
Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

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 making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

Please apply before August 15th, 2022. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on August 25th, 2022. The second interview round has been scheduled for August 29th, 2022. 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 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: Frank Bax
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6 113 20080

Hiring manager: Wietske Kanten- Roos, van
Phone number: +31 (0)6-528 03647

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


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