What will you be doing?
As a support engineer, you have a job that gives you energy. Solar energy, that is. Together with colleagues and manufacturing companies, you prepare the Netherlands for a future in which we generate solar energy on a large scale using modules that are fully integrated into our built and natural environment. Your primary role in this is to maintain TNO's solar measurement facilities, which are scattered across the Netherlands. From the roof of TU Eindhoven to sun-on-water testing systems in the province of South Holland, and the solar panels pilot project on the dikes in the province of Zeeland. Your technical support allows the test systems to continue to run optimally and enables us to measure the performance of solar products together with our customers.
And your other role? This involves managing the production of semi-finished products for solar structures, such as roof tiles with solar cells or solar panels integrated into crash barriers. At the workshop of our partner company in Eindhoven you will lead a team of four people. Together you scale up the production of the new PV systems developed by TNO researchers in cooperation with market parties. This sometimes entails challenges. Because no matter how cleverly conceived, production of the semi-finished product should not be too costly. You continuously monitor that balance and look for smart production solutions together with your team. Read more about solar cell technology innovations at TNO
We are looking for a candidate with a strong focus on practical high level work that is willing to travel (between de different locations of the production and test facilities) and with an intrinsic drive and passion for innovation.
We’d like you to take responsibility and ownership over results and need you to push the boundaries of what is possible: if the existing approach is no longer sufficient, you will proactively take charge in order to maintain course.
What do we require of you?
You are keen to make the world a more sustainable place. And for that you like to roll up your sleeves yourself. But working together also gives you energy; be it with your TNO colleagues, the people in the production team or manufacturing companies that want to test products; you are a reliable sounding board to everyone partner when it comes to PV technology. And you are not nearly done learning about it, because there still is plenty to discover in your field. What else can you offer?
- A higher professional education diploma in mechanical or electrical engineering.
- Knowledge and experience of PV systems.
- A driving license. This is necessary because you will be on the road a lot in the Netherlands.
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 give 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, civic society organisations, large companies and service providers.
about TNO as an employer
At TNO you will join the Integration & Application Solar Team, which works on innovative ways to integrate solar cell technology into our environment. Practical, pleasing to the eye, and with the highest possible output. Our unique testing facilities enable us to measure the performance of solar products accurately. Your colleagues are graduates from universities (of applied sciences) with various study backgrounds. A fine mix of young talent and experienced experts who all share the same enthusiasm for the job. We also work a lot with students and universities of applied sciences. The group has only been together for a year, so there is still plenty of room to join the deliberations on further development. And if we can spare a moment, we like to visit locations where our technology shines, preferably followed by an enjoyable dinner.
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 (depending on your knowledge and experience), holiday pay and a thirteenth month’s salary, you will get 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:
- Prospect of a permanent contract.
- A good pension scheme.
- 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).
- Full reimbursement of travel expenses for commuting and for travel during working hours. It is also possible to rent a car for business trips at our expense.
- Fun activities with your team and other TNO people. This will help you to quickly get to know many of your colleagues.
- Flexible working times and the option of working from home. You can also choose to work 32 hours per week.
- The opportunity to do courses, training programmes and workshops, and attend conferences.
- Coaching, if required.
about the terms of employment you can choose from
You can apply till the 30th of August. The first round of interviews is scheduled on the 9th of September. 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.
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: Heleen Stork
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-515 34922
Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.
Hiring manager: Andre Schilt
Phone number: +31 (0)6-512 12751