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How nice would it be that in a few years there will be airplanes flying around with 3D printed composite parts? And all partly thanks to you! As Senior Scientist you combine your passion for research with your drive for industrial application of polymers.

Interested? Apply now.

What will you be doing as a Senior Scientist Additive Manufacturing of Polymers?

You will do research and develop Polymers. Your goal is, by means of 3D printing, to realize innovative parts which have multiple functions. For example an airplane or a car part that still functions perfectly under extreme temperature conditions. Or thermal and radiation resistant electronic packaging. You do this on behalf of TNO at the Brightlands Materials Center in Geleen. Here you take bold/new steps into the future of 3D printing.

Together with the Program Manager at Brightlands Material Center you are closely involved with the roadmap of Additive Manufacturing. You proactively engage in discussion, conversation and participation with regard to operational and strategic matters. Always with an eye on the joint mission of TNO and the Brightlands Material Center, you will be intimately involved with the development of innovative material solutions for a sustainable future, as performed in close cooperation with industry, universities and entrepreneurs.

As a senior scientist you will be expected to competently lead research projects. You proactively keep customers informed of research progress and associated results. You will aim to publish in professional journals and provide presentations at conferences and trade shows. You will also develop and maintain contacts within your own network of industrial partners, universities and entrepreneurs. You will look for new projects with existing and new customers, often in the Netherlands, but also elsewhere in Europe and further afield.

What do we require of you?

You are someone who thrives on a diverse job. You derive energy from experiencing that your innovative materials and parts, produced via 3D printing, are being truly used practically in industry. You can take the step from what you want to achieve to the how of realization, cast in a timeline with action points and deadlines. In addition, you know how to communicate well with people from a different field, so that together you arrive at a clear follow-up. You always communicate constructively, clearly and with conviction, keeping everyone’s interests in mind.

What else do you offer?

  • A PhD in Polymer Chemistry
  • Minimum of 5 years of research experience in Polymer Science in industrial or research context
  •  Experience with Polymer Additive Manufacturing, preferably FDM
  • A network of relevant companies, research institutes and universities.

What can you expect from our work situation?

As an independent research organization, TNO bridges the gap between academia and industry. We translate research results into clear applications and solutions. This is how we solve the problems of tomorrow. At TNO you have the time to think about situations longer and more calmly. And has a project been completed? Then we resume our journey of discovery for new tools, models and advice that will benefit Dutch companies and organizations in the future. With around 3,000 employees, we work for a variety of clients in nine different domains: governments, SMEs, social organizations, large companies and service providers.
Discover TNO

Under the TNO banner you will work at Brightlands Materials Center with the Additive Manufacturing team. The team has ten strong colleagues and is led by the program manager. A project manager and a business developer also belong to the team. The colleagues describe the atmosphere of the young team as pleasant and driven. We enthusiastically work on innovative steps in the field of 3D printing on a daily basis.
Meet your colleagues

What can TNO offer you?

Challenging and diverse work. And plenty of opportunities, because at TNO you are largely in control of your own career. In addition to a market conform salary (depending on your knowledge and experience), holiday pay and a thirteenth month, you will have every opportunity to develop yourself.  In addition, you can compile a “menu” of employment conditions at TNO that suits your personal situation. What else you can expect:
•    Intention of a permanent contract.
•    A highly professional, innovative working environment, with top experts as colleagues.
•    28 vacation days and 5 ATV days (with full-time employment).
•    Travel allowance or a bicycle.
•    A good pension plan.
•    Fun activities with your team, the departement and the whole of TNO, such as the monthly drink. That way you get to know many people quickly.
•    Flexible working hours and the possibility to work at home.
•    Possibility to follow courses, trainings and workshops and attend congresses.
•    A modern workplace in Geleen.
•    Coaching if you feel the need.
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Application process

You can apply till the 9th of February. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete the interviews and assessment within 4 weeks.


Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Recruiter: Marcel Ernes
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-153 51517

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Our application proces

You can apply via the job application button under the vacancy text. You will then be directed to the TNO web page where you can fill in the application form. You will receive an email to confirm receipt of your job application. Applications for scientific positions will be examined by scientific group leaders, application for business development will be examined by business people.

If you have applied for a position and you are invited for an interview, then we will organize a day program for you. During this day you will speak with different people, you will give a presentation about your recent work or final dissertation and you will receive a guided tour of the laboratories. Travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed. Within several days of your visit you will hear whether you have been offered a job.