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Ops-engineer | Utrecht

Contributing to an infrastructure that runs all information about the Netherlands' subsurface. Envision it. Become an Ops engineer at TNO in Utrecht.

What will be your role?


Does the groundwater level in Limburg match our drinking water needs? Is the soil in Groningen solid enough to build on? And what soil in the Randstad is suitable for renewable energy storage? Information about the Netherlands' subsurface is essential for important societal issues. One of the main activities of the Geological Survey of the Netherlands (GDN), part of TNO, is the intake, management, and delivery of data on and models of the Dutch subsurface. As an Ops engineer, you ensure that the infrastructure that runs all these data and models is and remains available, thus contributing to a future-proof Netherlands. 

What will be your role?

From home or at our office in Utrecht, you will be working on continuously maintaining and improving the GDN infrastructure. What does a working week include? The daily stand-up with your team in which you discuss the current state of affairs. And, of course, tackling the tasks in Jira. For example, you analyse incidents that you then resolve decisively and in order of urgency. You also clearly document what you’ve done so that others can easily find it. Through system and application management, you continuously monitor the performance and availability of infrastructure. In addition, you take care of the necessary upgrades. If there are projects, for example regarding complex issues such as implementing a new form of Identity Access Management, then you participate in the project team. And if the scrum or DevOps teams using the infrastructure to create and host various software products run into problems, you provide support. 

Of course, you don't do all this alone. Together with seven colleagues, you form the Platform Team: a driven team within the Geo Data & IT division. Together, we are responsible for managing, maintaining, monitoring, and improving our own GDN infrastructure. Thanks to the different disciplines on our team, including a database specialist, a security expert, and an architect, we learn a lot from each other. We help each other where necessary. So, if you want to work on complex technical challenges in a fun team and make an impact on tomorrow's world, then this is the job for you.

What we expect from you

You communicate well and keep a cool head, even on hectic days. You have no problem organising your work efficiently and setting the right priorities. You see problems as opportunities. And bottlenecks are there to be solved. You have the drive to continuously improve your knowledge and skills. Moreover, as a true team player, you feel jointly responsible for collectively achieving the desired results.

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • a minimum of senior secondary vocational level
  • extensive knowledge of Linux and of the OpenShift Container Platform
  • extensive knowledge of Orchestration, including Puppet, and Ansible
  • experience with Build tools, such as Jenkins, Tekton, and GitHub Actions
  • a good written and spoken command of both 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 € 3.673,- and € 4.840,- (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.
  • A modern mobility policy including 100% public transport reimbursement for commuting and business travel using a Mobility Card.
  • 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.
  • 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 23th of March 2023. 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.