Type dienstverband:
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Fulltime – 40

Chemical analyst volatile organic compounds / GC-MSMS

About this position

Do you want to use your GC-MS(MS) knowledge to work in projects where air quality is key and to contribute to solutions to reduce microplastics emissions? Envision it. Become a researcher (chemical analyst) at TNO in Utrecht.

What will be your role?

You’ll work in the Energy & Materials Transition (EMT) unit, within the Environmental Modelling, Sensing & Analysis (EMSA) department. Your ambition as a researcher is to make an essential contribution to the development of various GC-MS(MS)-based analytical methods for both air quality and (micro)plastics. You’re a creative researcher with a hands-on mindset. Through innovative analyses, we aim to better understand particles, such as unravelling the complex mixture of particulate matter and studying microplastic emissions.

What we expect from you

You have a passion for the environment and enjoy contributing to a multidisciplinary team of experts (including researchers, scientists, fieldworkers, and project managers) within our Particle Expertise Centre. You’re a creative and enthusiastic team player looking for chemical analytical challenges, with the drive to get the most out of analytical techniques and develop new ones.
You have broad experience with GC-MS and GC-MSMS in combination with various injection techniques. You’re critical of the result, dare to take initiative, and are able to see the analysis result in the context of the underlying question.
In addition to everything involved in setting up and running analyses, you’re very good with your hands, both when it comes to equipment maintenance and working out (raw) data. For this, you have knowledge of one or more programming languages such as Python or VBA or you are willing to learn this.

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • You have hands-on experience in maintenance of GC-MS and GC-MSMS systems;
  • You’re determined to get the job done and have the drive to constantly improve and optimise analytics;
  • You think in boiling points, polarity, and retention times;
  • You have an HLO or similar background in analytical chemistry;
  • Experience in VOC and SVOC identification using GC-MS(MS) is an advantage;
  • Experience with pyrolysis-GC-MS(MS) is an advantage;
  • Good oral and written communication skills are important. Good command of both Dutch and English, or willingness to learn at short notice.

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 (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.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • 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

Please apply before the 23rd of June. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on 3rd of July. 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.

A certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) is required before starting a new job 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.

Posted by: #LI-LV1 Liza van Gijtenbeek-Volkert

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