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Senior scientist energy markets & systems

Contribute to tomorrow’s world. Envision it. Become a Researcher at TNO in Amsterdam.

About this position

You will work on and develop models for the energy system of tomorrow. The development of the European electricity system (both generation and transmission) will occupy an important role in this in the next few years. How do we maximise capacity and avoid overloading, and how does integration with heat supply solutions look in the future? What role will storage play and how can it be implemented? You will conduct scientific research into the changes in energy markets and systems that are necessary for the transition to a sustainable, climate-neutral energy system.

What will be your role?

You will develop techno-economic models of EU energy markets and systems. You’ll work on several research projects simultaneously at different stages of implementation. For example, you might find yourself spending the morning setting up and running model scenarios, putting together and updating the necessary databases, and analysing, reporting and publishing the model results obtained; then in the afternoon you might be called upon to advise policy makers at regional, national and international level, energy companies and other stakeholders who are bringing about the energy transition; or preparing project proposals for national and international research programmes and consultancy assignments for ministries, provincial authorities, grid operators and other actors in the energy market. With your experience, you will see to it that the accumulated knowledge is distributed to policy makers and stakeholders in the energy sector.

You’ll work with 80 highly skilled professionals within the Energy Transition Studies (ETS) department in Amsterdam. This department carries out interdisciplinary research and policy studies on the physical, technological and economic changes required for the energy and resource transitions, as well as their institutional and social aspects. Research projects are carried out both at the national and international level and ETS collaborates extensively with public authorities, companies, consultants and universities. Together, we contribute to reducing CO2 emissions to 55% by 2030 and net zero by 2050.

What we expect from you

At TNO, you’re never alone. You’re often surrounded by different colleagues from various countries and by external partners. This requires good collaboration and communication skills. You have a feeling for nuance, you’re a good listener and you have an eye for divergent perspectives and interests. You know how to communicate research results in a clear way to parties with diverse backgrounds, such as policy makers, companies and experts in a variety of different fields. You also understand the art of looking beyond what is already there. You’re not afraid to break new ground and contribute to solutions for the energy transition that didn’t exist yesterday or weren’t even imaginable.

You are engaging, motivated and proactive. You enjoy working in a multidisciplinary, international and gender-balanced team. You have an open mindset, enjoy learning from your colleagues and share knowledge within the team.
Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • You have a PhD in a relevant subject;
  • You have at least 10 years of working experience in applied research;
  • You have experience in developing models and a good understanding of application and context;
  • You write well and have several scientific publications to your name;
  • You have demonstrable affinity with the energy domain and energy policy;
  • Finally, you have 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 € 5.300,- and € 7.000,-(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.
  • We offer a comprehensive and flexible mobility plan that also includes full compensation for public transportation for commuting and business travel[OPTIONAL] or a leased car.
  • 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, the possibility to work parttime (32 of 36 hours) and the possibility of working from home.
  • 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

The selection process comprises three 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.

Posted by: #LI-LD1 Lara Dimitrovski

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