Type dienstverband:
Vacancy
Locatie:
Delft
Opleidingsniveau:
WO
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Structural safety researcher steel structures

Do you want to contribute to the structural safety of steel structures? Envision it. Join TNO in Delft as a structural safety researcher of steel structures.

What will be your role?

As a researcher, you'll predict the behaviour of steel structures. Your investigations will ensure that structural safety is guaranteed, and remains so. You'll focus on various different types of structures. You'll work with top experts on methods to most effectively predict the lifespan (or residual lifespan) of these structures. Researchers in the Structural Reliability department's steel team focus on steel structures in the fields of infrastructure, offshore wind, and buildings. What will you focus on? We’ll determine that in consultation with you, on the basis of your knowledge and interests.

You’ll usually be dealing with several projects at once, working independently and autonomously. Together with colleagues, you'll respond to the questions we receive from authorities such as the Directorate-General of Public Works and Water Management [Rijkswaterstaat], provinces, and municipalities. These organisations come calling when they need specific specialist knowledge, for example to predict the behaviour of a structure in order to better measure the safety level. You’ll regularly take part in consultations with clients, for example to clarify what needs to be investigated or to present the results.

A project team generally consists of two or three researchers with different specialist fields. Besides structural safety, materials science and reliability are also involved. Within such a team, you’ll actively help devise possible solutions and carry out research. You’ll use analytical methods, numerical models, and experimentation. For example, you may take measurements at an overpass or a bridge, or simulate the load of a structure in one of our unique laboratories. You’ll interpret and analyse the data and models from your research and set it out in a clear report. And the best part? Your results will regularly be used directly when advising our clients. Read more about structural safety at TNO.

At TNO, you'll be working within the Steel Team, part of the Structural Reliability expertise group. The team is a mix of about 15 researchers supported by a number of project managers, and is dedicated to ensuring strong steel structures. We focus particularly on the safety of existing and new steel structures in the fields of infrastructure, offshore wind, and buildings. You'll join a team in which solidarity among colleagues, feeling secure, commitment, and drive are core values. Some members of the team act as consultants, answering direct questions and having a great deal of contact with clients. Other members focus particularly on investigations. What about your role? We want to hear from you about that! Working with us, you'll have the opportunity to become familiar with all the tasks of the team and to indicate your preferences. Together, we’ll find the best match. Read personal stories from TNO employees here.

What we expect from you

You're able to independently investigate the structural safety of steel structures. You have technical knowledge and some research experience so you can quickly come up with the best approach. Collaborating with colleagues and external parties is crucial to achieve the set goals, and you're perfectly aware of that. You're good at summarising the information you’ve amassed in the form of clear and incisive conclusions. Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • A master's degree from a research university in civil engineering, with a specialisation in (steel) structures.
  • Several years of work experience, and/or you already have a PhD.
  • Excellent knowledge of mechanics and good spatial understanding.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Dutch (B1 level) and a good command of English.

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 € 2,818 and € 5,143 (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.
  • Access to our Talent Development Programme.
  • Networking opportunities and great activities organized by Jong TNO.
  • 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 9th of February 2023. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on the 14th of February 2023. The second interview round has been scheduled for the 22nd of February 2023. 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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