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Scientist Social Innovation Energytransition | Amsterdam

Contributing to the world of tomorrow. Envision it. Become a Scientist Social Innovation Energytransition at TNO in Amsterdam.

What will be your role?

We are looking for a junior researcher to join our team on the theme 'Consumer Engagement'. The work includes research into co-design and co-creation processes with residents, the role of energy communities within the energy transition, shaping participation processes and the interaction between people and technology.

You will work independently and in teams on research projects in the field of making the Netherlands more sustainable and the impact on its inhabitants, in the role of resident, consumer, citizen, etc. You investigate the role of the energy transition in people's daily lives, what it can mean for them and how they can contribute through taking action themselves, as a member of an energy community or in co-design processes for developing (digital) energy products and services. You are also interested in how transitions work and how policy measures can be designed so that they contribute positively to a rapid, inclusive and equitable energy transition.

You will work in a multidisciplinary team of social scientists researching behavioral and social aspects of energy transition and the digitization of energy products, services and processes in which users or citizens have a role. An important end product from our studies are recommendations for municipalities, provinces, the state and the EU, both public and private organizations.


"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."

Judith Dijk

Senior research scientist

What we expect from you

You have an affinity with the energy domain, designs from a user perspective and digitalization or digital products, platforms and services and you enjoy communicating with colleagues, also with other disciplines (technicians, economists, modelers, et cetera). You are able to take on research tasks independently and enjoy working as part of a team.
What else you bring:

  • You have completed a university degree (master's) and/or PhD in the field of industrial design, human system interaction, psychology, sociology or similar;
  • You have affinity or experience with setting up and conducting design research and/or action research (short cyclical research in practice);
  • You have affinity or experience with writing (popular) scientific publications.
  • You have knowledge of methods and techniques of social science research (qualitative and/or quantitative);
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Dutch and 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 € 2.800,-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.
  • Access to our Talent Development Programme.
  • Networking opportunities and great activities organized by Jong TNO.
  • 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 January, 2023. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on the 18th of January, 2023. The second interview round has been scheduled for the 19th of January, 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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