Make your mark on our time as a trainee at TNO

As a trainee at TNO, you can explore in two years what suits you best. Do you want to try a new field of expertise? You can. Start off as a researcher, then become a project manager, or maybe a consultant? Whatever role you choose, as a time setter at TNO, you work on the challenges of our time.

This is the time for a traineeship

As a trainee:

  • You work for two years in three different locations. You arrange these locations yourself and you can choose from more than 60 departments within TNO.
  • You can switch between different roles and areas of expertise - from project manager to consultant, and from sustainability to safety.
  • You work on your personal and professional development. To do so, we offer a program that includes a coach, peer review and courses. This allows you to discover your talents and ambitions.
  • You have a full-time position with a good salary and excellent employment benefits.
  • You have the prospect of a permanent position at TNO.


The next TNO Traineeship editions start on:

  • September 1, 2024
  • February 1, 2025

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Important dates

  • May 5 - deadline for applying
  • By May 7 – invitation for online assessment
  • By May 21 – invitation for our trainee selection day
  • May 31 – trainee selection day at TNO in The Hague
  • June - final interview

Start TNO Traineeship - September 1, 2024 or February 1, 2025.

Become a time setter at TNO

Start as a trainee at the TNO Traineeship and work together with us on a future that is more sustainable, safe and smart. Make your mark on our time and become a time setter at TNO!

Why working at TNO?

TNO is a leading research organisation, where you and your colleagues work on innovations that make a mark on our time. We operate with state-of-the-art facilities and alongside colleagues who are driven to innovate. You will find experts with various specializations, from defense and security to digital society.

As a trainee, you have freedom. You could, for example, start off on the subject of the healthy living, then work as a project leader in a staff department and end your traineeship as an energy transition consultant.

In short: you can set up your own trainee program based on your talents and ambitions.

In the spotlight

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'Looking to grow and up for a challenge? The TNO traineeship takes you out of your comfort zone.'
Charlot Felderhof - Trainee at the Energy and Materials Transition unit
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'During the traineeship, you rotate between departments. This changes the context of my work and keeps me challenged.'
Denzil Joy - Trainee at the Mobility and Built Environment unit

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