Internship | Materials for Sustainable Buildings
About this position
Sustainable Buildings is a program at TNO/Brightlands Materials Center, focusing on the development of innovative optical materials and coatings that contribute to reducing the buildings energy consumption.
What will be your role?
You will participate in a team of scientists and research engineers at Brightlands Materials Center at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus. Your tasks will involve studying the thermochromic behavior of vanadium(IV)oxide in various optical applications. This entails tailoring its properties from synthesis until its final application areas such as composite polymer films and coatings. Furthermore, you will be involved in characterizing these materials, using analytical techniques like TGA, UV-VIS-NIR-spectroscopy, DSC, SEM and TEM. You will present results, progress and planning on a weekly basis.
What we expect from you
We are looking for students (BSc or MSc) with a background in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or material science, that have a hands-on mentality. Experience with working in a laboratory environment is required. Affinity with chemical synthesis is required. 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.
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
For this internship vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance (VGB) after conducting a security screening. Take into account that this process may take about 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 6 consecutive months, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, it may take longer. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.
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?
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