Type dienstverband:
Den Haag
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Senior Scientist Directed Energy Systems | The Hague

Contributing to the safe world of tomorrow. Do you envision? Become a Senior Scientist Directed Energy Systems at TNO in The Hague

About this position

You will be analysing a new generation of weapon systems within the Weapon Systems department. Using modern test set-ups and simulations together with colleagues, you’ll create new knowledge and technology, and provide answers to the new generation of threats.

What will be your role?

The Weapon Systems department advises the Dutch Ministry of Defence, for example, on the performance of weapon systems, from small calibre to large, complex missile systems. High demands are placed on these systems and on their performance in combat. To provide sound advice, you have to link together all the relevant aspects of a system. An important part of our expertise is therefore the ability to connect an entire spectrum of knowledge areas – from technical content to military operational – from a weapon systems perspective.
Because only a limited number of partial features of weapon systems can be tested experimentally in practice, we conduct our system analyses mainly using models and simulations. We’re looking for an expert in directed energy systems, to ensure that our models keep up with the latest developments. You’ll be using your knowledge to continue improving our models, enabling us to provide the best possible advice on weapon systems deployment and, in particular, how to defend against them. 
By doing so, you’ll contribute directly to the security of the Netherlands and the world.

What we expect from you

We expect you to have a technical qualification at university level, for example a Master’s degree in Applied Physics or Astronomy. You have relevant work experience in research, business and/or defence in the field of directed energy systems, electromagnetism and/or optics. It is a definite advantage if you have completed PhD research. Your broad technical background is a solid basis for building up specialist knowledge at TNO. You have the confidence to learn quickly about weapon systems and then apply this knowledge to the research projects we carry out for clients. This combination of learning and performing is just right for you.
We’re convinced that success lies not only in your technical know-how, but also in your drive and your competences. We’re energised by passionate, inquisitive, and enthusiastic go-getters who dare to take responsibility for results and their own development. Our new colleague will reflect independently and dare to ask questions. We’re also looking for people who are friendly and approachable, enjoy working in a team, and can connect with our clients.
Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • a minimum of 10 years’ experience
  • international experience is an advantage
  • MATLAB and/or Phython skills
  • experimental experience is an advantage.

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 € 4,800 and € 6,800 (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.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
  • 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 14th of October, 2022. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. 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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