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As junior research assistant colloid chemistry, you are working on the bottom-up synthesis of nanoparticles starting from molecular precursors or organometallic complexes. Furthermore, you will work on the top-down preparation of nanoparticles by making powders which you subsequently mill down to the desired particle size. Furthermore, you will carry out commonly applied analysis techniques for nanoparticle and powder characterization, e.g. thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometry, dynamic light scattering and electron microscopy, and interpret the results. The nanoparticles you prepare will be applied in functional coatings and polymer films that enable a reduction in energy consumption for heating and cooling of buildings, or result in improved performance of building-integrated solar panels.Typical work activities are:

  • Lab and pilot scale preparation of nanoparticles as liquid dispersion.
  • Characterization of nanoparticles to determine size, shape, chemical composition, crystallinity and other functional properties.
  • Reporting of research results in form of presentations or written project reports.
  • Proactively collaborating with other members of the project team to realize the targeted project results.
  • Contributing to the TNO/BMC roadmap materials for ‘sustainable buildings’;

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Excellent execution of nanoparticle preparation and characterization;
  • Communication with colleagues on scientific progress and project results;
  • Alignment with colleagues who need your nanoparticles to prepare e.g. functional polymer films or coatings.


We expect a proactive project member with a passion for chemical synthesis: preferably you are holding a bachelor degree with expertise in the field of chemical synthesis, preferably nanoparticle synthesis. Experience with sol-gel chemistry and/or characterization of nanoparticles is an advantage.You are a good communicator and able to express your thoughts and findings in a clear concise manner, both orally and written. You will contribute to the TNO/BMC roadmap materials for ‘sustainable buildings’.


Within the Sustainable Buildings Program, Brightlands Materials Center – a joint initiative of TNO and the province of Limburg – focuses on the development of innovative materials and coatings. These often comprise so-called colloids or nanoparticles, and can be used for application in building envelopes to reduce the energy consumption for heating and cooling of buildings.

  • Buildings are currently responsible for 40% of the energy consumption and 36% of the CO2 emission in the EU.
  • To secure our future energy supply we need to reduce our energy consumption.
  • Our innovative materials for application in the building envelope can help reducing energy consumption, and even generating renewable energy on-site.

For more information on Brightlands Materials Center and the Sustainable Buildings program, see

Currently there is an opening for a “junior research assistant colloid chemistry” within Brightlands Materials Center’s Sustainable Buildings program. The working location will be the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen.


Work enjoyment means something different for each employee. This is why we offer a-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that you can switch around on a monthly basis. Flexible working hours (like 4 days x 9 hours) and different leave schemes mean that you can create a package attuned to your specific wishes. TNO attaches great value to both your personal and your professional development. Many opportunities exist for you to develop: conferences, courses, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job rotation. At TNO you can orchestrate your own career. Visit this page to find out more about our flexible terms of employment.


You can apply till the 11th of October. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. First two interview rounds and then an assessment. 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.

Paul Verschoor
Mobile phone number: +31(0)6 – 29 23 67 94

Hiring manager: Jan Pieter Maurice
Phone number: 08886 65764

Brightlands Materials Center
Brightlands Materials Center in Geleen, a cooperation of the Province of Limburg and TNO established in March 2015, performs programmatic application driven research in the field of polymeric materials to provide solutions to the societal challenges of tomorrow. Located at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, it is the meeting place for a global network of leading companies along the value chain and renowned universities and institutes. Brightlands Materials Center is one of the Joint Innovation Centers of TNO.

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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.