Internship | Graduation in behavior of concrete structures
About this position
The civil engineering and construction industry will change radically in the coming decades. Major social issues, such as the Paris Agreement, set new prerequisites for changes that are needed in construction processes and usage of materials. We face challenges that require solutions to be developed under pressure. Current topics include the use of new types of concrete with alternative binders or recycled aggregates, safe and economical maintenance of existing structures, and a safe and responsible reuse of structural components from disposed structures. In a sector that is known as conservative, TNO develops and supports innovations with the goal to enable the industry to realize safe and sustainable structures for both today and the future.
What will be your role?
You will join a group of specialists that investigates the behavior of (innovative) concrete types and concrete structures, and who know how to connect these areas of expertise. It is the group’s ambition to play a leading role in the aforementioned social trends/developments. Our specialists have a great diversity of experiences and competences.
Your research is one of the links in the research programs of TNO. Within TNO you have access to modern research facilities (software tools, laboratories, etc.) and an extensive network to carry out your research. Depending on the subject, you choose a mentor who will help you with your graduation project. We offer you the opportunity to develop yourself as a specialist, and to present and publish about your research where possible.
What we expect from you
We offer graduation projects for master students educated in civil engineering or architecture and built environment. Preferably, you are interested in concrete and/or structural mechanics. You are open to new insights, you are focused on collaboration, and you have an independent and critical mindset. A few examples of topics on which you can graduate with us are:
- Safety assessments reuse prefab concrete elements;
- Effects of temperature variations on cracking behaviour and shear strength capacity of complex concrete structures;
- Development assessment models for historic steel-concrete bridge decks and of course TNO is also open for other topics which you want to bring up.
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
After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.
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?
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.