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

Internship | Atmospheric modeling for application in environmental footprint calculations

About this position

The aim is to investigate the spatial variability of the atmospheric fate of fine particulate matter (and ozone), to come to applicable factors for use in life cycle assessments (LCA). LOTOS-EUROS is a chemical transport model (CTM) developed in collaboration with RIVM, PBL and TNO (Manders et al. 2017). With the model, the formation and dispersion of PM, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants across Europe can be calculated. The model makes the connection between emissions and the following concentrations and deposition. Previous research showed that stack height (e.g. emissions from cars versus emissions from industrial chimney pipes) influenced deposition and concentration, as well as the location of emissions, i.e. rural or urban areas. In a previous student project, these variations were studied for particulate matter emissions in Europe. However, other continents and atmospheric pollutants were not investigated.

What will be your role?

Currently, the ReCiPe methodology for life cycle impact assessment includes fate factors for a number of countries, or groups of countries worldwide, distinguishing primary and secondary PM2.5 (fine particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 μm) emissions (Huijbregts et al. 2017; Van Zelm et al. 2016). However, differences in low and high stack emissions, rural and urban emissions, as well as larger particles are not included. Therefore, this research focusses on the application of a smaller resolution model to obtain fate factors that better capture spatial global variability. This research will help transition to a more healthy and sustainable society.

What we expect from you

We expect the candidate to take initiative in deriving Formation Factors useful for ReCiPe. Affinity with data analysis (preferably python), LCAs and/or atmospheric chemistry is beneficial. Preferably findings in this projects and the previous research lead to a (part of a) publication on the updated ReCiPe methodology, so a decent level of written English is a must. You are available for a 6-month internship.

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.

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