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Scientist New Economies | Amsterdam

Want to make your mark on our time? Become a scientist at TNO in Amsterdam!

About this position

As a scientist in the Energy Transition Studies research group in Amsterdam, you will work closely with dedicated professionals on research projects and policy questions focused on the energy transition. You will operate at the intersection of social innovation, societal structures, and the built environment. Together with your colleagues, you will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 and achieving net zero by 2050.

What will be your role?

Our societal well-being is not solely defined by GDP growth. The exact nature of this well-being and its relationship to CO2 emissions, energy and material use, and planetary boundaries is the subject of the societal and scientific ‘beyond growth’ debate. This debate is central to the New Economies research focus. In this focus area, we explore new societal solutions for systemic change that lead to reduced energy and material use within an economic, social, and sustainability context. We do this through qualitative comparative case study analysis, developing storylines and scenarios, policy evaluation, policy experiments, and public support research. As a scientist, you will participate in projects in this area and help shape the research further.

The Energy Transition Studies (ETS) research group develops knowledge and provides strategic advice on the transition to a sustainable energy system in the Netherlands. This research group is growing rapidly due to increasing attention on the energy transition in general and our research results in particular. TNO operates on a non-commercial basis as a ‘knowledge broker’ between governments, market parties, and knowledge institutions. The research group is highly regarded by our clients and partners such as ministries in the Netherlands and other countries, the European Commission, companies, industry associations, other knowledge institutions, and other organizations working on the energy transition in the built environment.

ETS works with an international, multidisciplinary team of social scientists, engineers, scenario builders, and economists to find solutions to the behavioural, societal, and techno-economic challenges of the energy transition. The roles, motivations, and (im)possibilities of governments, companies, and residents to contribute to the transition process at the international, national, and local levels are central to our research.

What we expect from you

You enjoy communicating with peers, including those from other disciplines (technicians, economists, modelers, lawyers, etc.). You like working in an interdisciplinary team on various projects. You also have a pragmatic approach and a strong drive to keep the bigger picture in mind, while also being positively critical.

Other skills and knowledge you bring to TNO:

  • A university master’s degree in political economy, political science, public administration, social environmental science, sociology, or equivalent.
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience with Beyond Growth and/or Broad Welfare research and new business models that fit with it, for example through a Master’s or PhD thesis.
  • Experience working at the intersection of quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Excellent command of Dutch and English, both spoken and written.

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 € 4.000,- and € 5.000,- (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.
  • 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 1st of July, 2024. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on the 11th of July, 2024. The second interview round has been scheduled for the 17th of July, 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.

A certificate of 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-LD1 Lara Dimitrovski

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