Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Thermoplastic composites for Lightweight Functional and Sustainable Components

About this position

Thermoplastic composites (TPC) are a family of fiber reinforced polymeric composites that are easy to process, easy to shape, and recyclable. These characteristics make them very interesting for many industrial applications. For example in the transport sector, TPCs are becoming more important since upcoming environmental legislation will force vehicle manufacturers to incorporate a high percentage of recyclable materials in their products. Other sectors, such as the aviation industry, also require lightweight TPCs to help mitigate the carbon footprint of their processes and operation. ​​​​​​​ The Sustainable Mobility research group at TNO is developing new TPCs technologies, and within this scope welcomes students who are interested to work on the following topics: 1. Hybrid TPCs - interface technology of thermoplastic composites; 2. Recycling via recipe and processing optimization of thermoplastic composites; 3. Additive manufacturing (3D printing) of thermoplastic composites; 4. Mechanical testing of thermoplastic composites.

What will be your role?

You will work in our research center and will participate in the activities of the Sustainable Mobility team. Depending on your interest, field of study, and background, your tasks can comprise of materials processing, design, testing, and characterization.

What we expect from you

We are looking for students (BSc or MSc) with a background in the fields of mechanical engineering, material science, polymer chemistry and/or similar that have a hands-on mentality. Previous experience with working in a laboratory environment and affinity to polymer chemistry and material science are a plus. Experience using thermal analysis equipment (DSC, TGA, etc.) and mechanical characterization (DMTA, tensile) would be appreciated. Finally, good communication skills in written and spoken English are expected. The internship period should last at least 5 months.

BMC is a Joint Innovation Center of TNO and the Province of Limburg. The internship is organized within TNO, which is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.

If you are interested then please feel free to send us your CV and motivation letter mentioning the topic of your interest, your possible starting date and the duration of your internship. Please note that we require a minimum of 5 months for an internship period. For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the 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.