Medior Scientist Explosives and Drugs Detection
Contributing to a safe world. Envision it. Become an Explosives and Drugs Detection Researcher at TNO in Ypenburg.
About this position
In these uncertain times, the focus on preventing the misuse of explosive substances has risen again sharply. The smuggling and production of illegal drugs also poses major social problems and is the focus of attention. But how do we prevent new attacks in the future? And how do we detect drugs and drug production effectively and efficiently? This can be done by detecting early traces of explosives, drugs, and their raw materials with sensors. The Energetic Materials research group carries out research and consultancy projects in the field of trace detection of explosives and drugs. Our projects focus on developing measurement methods, testing analysis methods, validating sensors, and advising companies and governments on the efficient and reliable use of these technologies.
What will be your role?
As a Mid-level Researcher, you’ll be the practical scientist in a team of specialists who will connect fundamental and application-oriented research in this field. So, you’re a researcher at heart, but you’re also good at translating this into practice. You’ve mastered a range of analytical technologies, but knowledge of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and other MS technologies is indispensable. You're versatile and willing to move quickly to apply your expertise within different projects. Depending on your background and experience, you’ll follow an appropriate training path, with the expectation that you’ll quickly gain a lot of experience and depth in working with energetic materials and other threats.
You’ll conduct multifaceted theoretical and practical research in our research group’s new state-of-the-art laboratories and dedicated testing rooms. This could involve a certification test for an explosives detection system intended for use at airports or support in scientific defence projects. Or assessment of detectors used or developing and understanding evaporation phenomena of different chemicals. Your work may also include collecting and analysing head-space samples for the development of new sensors.
You’ll also regularly collaborate with specialists from other research groups within TNO, liaise with external stakeholders such as the NCTV, Schiphol Airport or the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), and use many international contacts (conferences and congresses) to represent and broaden TNO's knowledge and expertise.
To do this safely and responsibly, you’ll be supervised and trained in-house, so that you become more familiar with working with explosive substances each time.
"You can see that TNO considers learning and development important in the way TNO employees interact with each other. You can always go to your colleagues for feedback, and they will support you in planning your personal development. Having the freedom to follow your own path has two benefits. Firstly, employees enjoy doing work that they’re good at. Secondly, because each individual enjoys something different, TNO has a huge amount of in-house diversity and expertise."
What we expect from you
You have a completed master's degree, preferably in (analytical) Chemistry. You can distinguish between main and side issues and introduce structure easily. By nature, you're a precise person who can work well independently, but also enjoys operating as part of a team. You're keen to immerse yourself in the subject matter to eventually develop into a senior specialist in this area of work.
- Demonstrated experience and affinity with GC-MS and other analytical technologies;
- Knowledge of and skills in data interpretation and setting up measurement programmes;
- Excellent communication skills in Dutch and English.
What can you expect from your work environment?
The Energetic Materials (EM) research group is one of the world players in the field of energetic materials and has unique and modern facilities at The Hague/Ypenburg for handling and testing these materials. Within this group, more than 50 professionals, with chemical, aerospace, mechanical engineering or physics backgrounds, work jointly on national and international projects for the Dutch Ministry of Defence and the civilian market, including the defence industry, chemical industry, aerospace sector, and other Dutch public authorities.
What you'll get in return
Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary between € 3.500,- and € 5.100,- (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.
TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:
- An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
- The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
- 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.
- An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.
- Travel allowance.
- Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
- Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home.
- A good pension scheme.
Read more about tailoring your benefits package.
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
Please apply before the 11th of December, 2022. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on the 12th of December, 2022. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.
The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.
As you will be working for clients in the domain of defence and security, a Certificate of No Objection issued by AIVD (The Dutch General Information and Security Service) is mandatory. This means you will have to undergo a security screening. Read more about security screening.
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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