Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Thermoplastic composites in Lightweight Automotive Components

What will be your role?

Thermoplastic composites (TPC) are a family of fiber reinforce polymeric composites that are easy to process, easy to shape, and recyclable . These characteristics make them very interesting for automotive and other industrial applications. In modern automotive industry, TPCs are becoming more important since upcoming environmental legislation will force car manufacturers to incorporate a high percentage of recyclable materials in their products.
Sustainable Mobility research group at TNO is developing new technology of TPCs, and within this scope welcomes students who are interested to work on the following topics:

  1. Hybrid TPCs - Interface technology of thermoplastic composites;
  2. Recycling of thermoplastic composites;
  3. Processing & 3D printing of thermoplastic composites;
  4. Mechanical testing of thermoplastic composites;
  5. Numerical simulation of processing and mechanical performance of thermoplastic composites.

You will work in our research center and will participate in the activities of the Sustainable Mobility (SUMO) team. Depending on your interest, field of study, and background, your tasks can comprise of material processing, testing, analyzing and modeling.

What we expect from you

We are looking for students (BSc or MSc) with a background in the fields of mechanical engineering or material science, that have a hands-on mentality. Previous experience with working in a laboratory environment and affinity to polymer chemistry and material science are plus. Finally, good communication skills in written and spoken English are expected. The internship period should last at least 4 months.

What you'll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

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.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

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.

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