Type dienstverband:
Den Haag
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Scientist Virtual Mission Areas

Do you want to be a time setter at TNO? Then come and strengthen TNO's Mission Simulation & Training research group as a Scientist Virtual Mission Areas.

About this position

Using simulations to prepare military and police personnel for their missions. Working on the latest innovations to further develop virtual worlds. As a Scientist Virtual Mission Areas at TNO, you’ll have a unique opportunity to play a crucial role in this field. You’ll contribute to projects with direct impact. You’ll develop solutions that not only promote the modernisation of the armed forces and the police, but are actually deployed in simulators, virtual reality displays, and other advanced systems. With your expertise, you’ll contribute to a safer future, where innovation is the key to success.

What will be your role?

As a Scientist Virtual Mission Areas, you’ll work in the Mission Simulation & Training research group on the exciting process of creating virtual worlds as quickly and accurately as possible. With these worlds, professionals in the security domain are immersed in the areas where they carry out their missions and operations. You’ll work in a team that specialises in building and applying the virtual mission areas for clients such as the Dutch Ministry of Defence and the police. Based on a wide range of innovative techniques, you and your colleagues will provide answers to a variety of questions from clients. You’ll do so in multidisciplinary project teams with experts from other TNO departments in which all knowledge is available on how innovative technology can be used effectively by players in the security domain.

What kinds of projects are involved? How about fully automatic modelling of a 3D environment from map and satellite information? Or maybe you excel at analysing point clouds collected by drones? We’re always looking for techniques to accelerate the creation of models that users can rely on. Your results come to life in our clients' systems. This could be a simulator, but also a virtual reality display, touch table, or even a smartphone on which soldiers literally carry the virtual mission area in their pockets. One thing is certain: the models and simulations we develop are of great value to our clients. They’re keen to use the solutions we have come up with over the past few years to get their work done faster and better. With this work, you’ll contribute to the continuous modernisation of the armed forces and the police.

What we expect from you

You like your work to be of significance to innovation in the military and security domain. It’s also important that you can handle sensitive information properly. Collaborating in project teams and with partners is one of your strengths, partly due to your communication skills in Dutch and English. You’re alert to opportunities for improvement, actively communicate them to your team, and take responsibility for your contribution to projects.

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • A university degree in a STEM field, preferably in geo sciences, or else in computer science or aerospace engineering, possibly complemented by work experience;
  • A clear affinity for – or preferably experience with – working with geographical data and GIS software, such as ArcGIS and QGIS. Relevant experience may also have been gained during your studies. You see the automatic processing of geographical data into a working model as an enjoyable challenge and are able to work on it independently;
  • You enjoy presenting your research findings in presentations and publications;
  • You’re familiar with modern software development environments and have excellent programming skills with languages such as C++, C#, and Python. Where necessary, you’re happy to update your skills in this area.

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 € 3.300,- and € 3.900,- (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.

Perhaps you would like to grow your career in the direction of commerce or consultancy? Or would you like to become a project manager? Immerse yourself in sustainable innovations? Or carve out a career as a technical expert?

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 7th of March, 2024. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The first round of interviews for selected candidates is planned for the 13th and 15th of March, 2024. 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.

As you will be working for clients in the domain of defence and security, a Certificate of No Objection issued by AIVD (The Dutch General Information and Security Service) is mandatory. This means you will have to undergo a security screening. Read more about security screening.

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-JD1 Jane Duinisveld

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