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Fulltime – 40

Scientist Composite Constructions

Want to make your mark on our time? Become a Scientist Composite Constructions at TNO in Delft!

About this position

A liveable future for all, that's what we contribute to, as the Naval & Offshore Structures department. We design, analyse, and test a wide variety of mechanical structures for the maritime, offshore, and defence industries, with a particular focus on the dynamic behaviour of structures, often under extreme conditions. Composites have an increasingly important role in this, for example for offshore wind turbine blades and for our future naval vessels. Composites are interesting because of their special characteristics, such as their high strength-to weight-ratio, but also because of the possibilities to integrate sensors, for example. Our department Around 50 highly motivated experts with backgrounds in marine engineering, civil engineering, aerospace, and mechanical engineering work in the Naval & Offshore Structures department. Our main market areas are defence and maritime & offshore. Thanks to our well-equipped lab, practical and theoretical knowledge go hand in hand, perfectly positioning us to solve even the most complex problems. Examples of our research range from shock-resistant ship structures to the structural safety of offshore wind turbines and the safe use of alternative fuels. We’re working on today's challenges: the energy transition and the increasing focus on safety at sea.

What will be your role?

As a Composite Structures Scientist, you’ll work on the behaviour of composite structures under a wide variety of conditions. For example, research on material behaviour and failure behaviour of components and complete composite structures used for a variety of applications. This includes developing (numerical) models as well as designing, preparing, conducting, and analysing experiments in our laboratory.

Of course, you won’t be doing this research on your own. You’ll work within a multidisciplinary team of experts from various fields and in close collaboration with the client and/or partners. In addition, you’ll enhance the profile of TNO in the outside world, for example through publications and presentations.

What we expect from you

You have a university degree with a specialisation in the field of mechanics and/or structural dynamics, with work experience in the composite sector. You have a solid theoretical foundation, have mastered numerical techniques, and also have a practical understanding of the behaviour of composite structures. Experience with the composite manufacturing process and/or structural health monitoring is a plus.

In addition to substantive expertise, we attach value to communication skills and a focus on clients and results in order to work as a team towards an end result that is useful and applicable for our clients. You have demonstrable experience in writing scientific reports or publications and have a good command of the English language both verbally and in writing. Command of the Dutch language is a plus.

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 € 4,291,- and € 6,614,- (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.
  • Flexible working hours, the possibility to work parttime (32 of 36 hours) and the possibility of working from home.
  • 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 July 1, 2024. 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.

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

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-JL2 Jordy Leenders

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