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Fulltime – 40

Junior Scientist System Dynamics Work, Health & Technology

Contributing to the world of tomorrow. Envision it. Become a Junior Scientist System Dynamics at TNO in Leiden.

About this position

The expertise group WHT is committed to improve the quality of work in the Netherlands and the sustainable and healthy deployment of workers. And as a Junior Scientist System Dynamics, you will play an important role

What will be your role?

As a Junior Scientist System Dynamics, you will work within the Work Health Technology expertise group. This is a group of 47 committed consultants, scientists and project leaders. Together with them you focus on system innovations for an adaptive and inclusive labor market, a high quality of work in the Netherlands and a healthy society.

There is much collaboration with other departments and units of TNO and also with external parties. As Junior Scientist System Dynamics you work on projects in which complex political relationships may play a role, both nationally and internationally. You write project proposals, and (policy and advisory) reports and (scientific) publications in Dutch and English. You build up your own network. Together with colleagues you will acquire assignments, both from companies and from Dutch or European governments. 

The projects you will work on vary from contributing to knowledge development to the valorization and transfer of knowledge and (digital) products, and organizing meetings with companies. You will also facilitate workshops, conduct literature research and conduct interviews. And you develop and implement systems thinking and scenario models in the service of improving advice. 

As a Junior Scientist System Dynamics you will contribute to sustainable transitions at system level in the field of work, health and a future focused on broad social well-being.


"I am delighted that my work is contributing to the development of new technologies which can lead to further progress. It’s so exciting to be involved from the very first stage, which consists of a purely scientific idea, and to help this develop into an application that will benefit the society of tomorrow.”

Anna Tchebotareva

Research scientist

What we expect from you

You have at least a completed Master's degree. The direction does not matter much, but System Dynamics has been an important part of your studies.

You have knowledge of and preferably experience in the field of system solutions/system dynamics (data analysis, modeling and simulation). This experience can be gained in your work, but also during relevant study or internship projects

You preferably have experience with system dynamics software (VENSIM or Stella Architect), Agent Based Modeling and web application development. This experience can also have been gained in your work, as well as during relevant study or internship projects. If you do not have this experience, you must be able to quickly master it.

You have demonstrable affinity with the health domain and socio-economic (labor market) issues. This is the domain in which you work. This is what you do it for.

What you'll get in return

Challenging and varied work. And plenty of opportunities, because at TNO you are largely in charge of your own career. Besides a gross monthly salary between € 3,000 and 3,500 (depending on your knowledge and experience), you get a 13th month (8.33%), a flex budget (5.58%) and vacation pay (8%). You also get every opportunity to develop yourself. 

TNO values great importance to both your personal and your professional development. There are many opportunities to work on your development: conferences, training courses, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job rotation. At TNO you are largely in control of your own career. 

In addition, at TNO you can put together a 'menu' of employment conditions that suits your personal situation. What you can also expect:

  • Prospect of a permanent contract;
  • A highly professional, innovative work environment, with top experts as colleagues;
  • A good pension plan;
  • 33 vacation days (for full-time employment);
  • Access to our Talent Development Program and to the network (and activities) of Jong TNO;
  • Opportunity to follow courses, trainings and workshops and to visit conferences;
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility to work from home;
  • Travel allowance or a bicycle;
  • A modern workplace in Leiden.

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 December, 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.

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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