Wind Energy Scientist | Petten

As scientist with the Wind Energy research group, you are free to develop in many different directions. You will work with experienced researchers to explore this versatile field and help create a sustainable future using only renewable energy sources!



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

As a wind energy scientist, you will collaborate on the technologically challenging projects of the Wind Energy research group. Which projects you will become involved in will depend on your educational background, experience and interests. On behalf of, and in partnership with, (international) governments, energy companies, wind turbine manufacturers and universities, you will have the opportunity to explore the entire wind energy spectrum. For example, you might zoom in on aspects of aerodynamics and make improvements to numerical models to better understand how wind energy resources may be harnessed. Or you might take a broader view and investigate novel ways to integrate wind energy into our existing energy system. How do we improve the sustainability of wind turbines thoughout their lifecycle? What would be the ideal set-up for an offshore wind farm in order to optimise power generation and reduce costs? How can we make yield more predictable? These, among many others, are the kinds of issues you will be tackling.

Your work will revolve around research – technological and scientific research - but in response to concrete, real-world problems that need solving. As such, you will be partly responsible for enabling millions of households to enjoy the full benefits of affordable, sustsainable energy in the future, generated with as little environmental impact as possible. The solutions developed by you and the various project teams you will be part of are anything but standard. You will pioneer new models and technologies that may just bring radical change to the world.

View Marcelien Bos-de Koning's vlog about wind energy in the North Sea (link).

Within TNO, you’ll be part of the Wind Energy research group. You’ll work with leading researchers who’ve been active in the field for years, as well as with co-workers with a fresh, enterprising take on things. It’s a highly diverse and social bunch, from many different countries and backgrounds, who will make you feel right at home. Our Wind Energy team is renowned worldwide for its research into wind energy, and you may have heard us referred to as ECN. Our testing facilities and the research objects you'll come into contact with are truly unique, such as the 260 metre high Haliade-X wind turbine in Rotterdam, or the Lelystad-based smart energy field lab. You’ll spend most of your time at our research facility along the Dutch coast in Petten, near Alkmaar. We’re also currently in the process of opening a new facility in Delft, which thus may end up being your home in future.

Read more about the Wind Energy research group.

What do we require of you?

You have a good set of brains, a passion for renewable energy in general and wind energy in particular, and great social skills. After all, you will always be working with others, as part of project teams or larger consortiums to solve societal issues. You don’t have to know everything about the entire field (although we wouldn’t mind it if you did). The most important thing is that you have a broad interest in applied scientific research and a passion for wind energy and similar topics. You’re also not afraid to get out of your comfort zone and are eager to develop further.

Other qualifications we’re looking for:
  • A university degree or PhD in a relevant technical field, such as electrical engineering, control engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, physics or sustainable energy technology (wind);
  • Prior experience with working as part of project teams (experience gained during your studies or an internship also qualifies);
  • Great communication and presentation skills, as well as fluency in English, both orally and in writing.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation that functions as a bridge between the worlds of academia and industry, and the public sector. TNO has around 3,000 employees working within nine domains for a wide range of clients, such as government agencies, the SME sector, civil society organisations, larger companies and service providers. We aim to translate research findings into straightforward applications and innovations to solve the challenges the world will encounter the day after tomorrow. We take the time to think calmly and thoroughly about issues and, once a project has been completed, we continue our search for tools, models and recommendations that will benefit our clients and society as a whole in the future.

Read more about TNO as an employer.

What can TNO offer you?

We offer you work that is both challenging and diverse, as well as plenty of opportunities for personal development; you’ll be largely in charge of your own career. In addition to a gross monthly salary between € 3,000 and € 4,500 (depending on your expertise and level of experience), holiday pay and a thirteenth month salary, you’ll get every opportunity to develop further and explore your professional field in-depth and become a scientific specialist or continue on into alternative career paths towards for example the role of project leader. TNO also allows you to pick and choose from a ‘menu’ of employee benefits in line with your personal situation. Here are some more benefits to consider:
  • The prospect of a fixed contract if all goes well;
  • 28 days of annual leave and 5 days of reduced working hours (based on a full-time contract);
  • Flexible working hours and the option of working from home;
  • The option of participating in training courses or additional schooling, and visiting conferences;
  • If your level experience would have you start out as a Junior scientist: access to our Talent Development Programme;
  • Networking opportunities and fun activities organised by our junior staff organisation, Jong TNO;
  • Personal coaching, should you wish it;
  •  A travel allowance or a bicycle on loan;
  • Fun outings and activities, such as monthly drinks events, with your team and colleagues at your workplace, as well as other TNO facilities. These events will quickly help you get to know lots of people;
  • An incredibly professional, inspiring work environment, with colleagues who are the top experts in their respective fields;
  •  A sound retirement plan;
  • Comprehensive relocation package for international applicants.
Read all about the many employee benefits to choose from

Application process

We are accepting applications until 7 June 2020. The application process will consist of two selection interviews, followed by a third and final interview to discuss your employee benefits. Our aim is to complete this process in the span of four weeks.

Due to the measures that have been implemented to combat Covid-19, the application process and on-boarding for new employees have been modified. More information regarding these matters will be included in the invite for a first interview.

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: Anna Herder
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-219 15675

Hiring manager: Marc Langelaar
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 63060

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


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