Contribute to the transition to lightweight circular materials. Envision it. Become Researcher Thermoplastic Composites Processing at TNO in Geleen.

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Brightlands Materials Center (BMC) in Geleen, a cooperation of the Province of Limburg and TNO established in March 2015, performs programmatic industrial application driven research in the field of polymeric materials that will provide solutions for the societal challenges of tomorrow. It’s meeting place is the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, with a global network of leading companies along the value chain and renowned universities and institutes. See also The Materials Solutions department from TNO is the linking pin between the Brightlands Materials Center and the TNO organization and employs the majority of the professional research staff. The department has a strong track record in the development of coatings, nanomaterials and polymeric modifications and functionalization. Within the context of the BMC program Sustainable Mobility, TNO has a vacancy for a researcher in the field of thermoplastic composites processing. For this vacancy, the working location will be Brightlands Materials Center (BMC) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen.


As Researcher Thermoplastic Composites Processing you will be involved in applied research and technology development in the field of thermoplastic composites, including the innovative processing (additive manufacturing) and recycling of these materials. In particular, you will work on additive manufacturing of (continuous) fiber reinforced thermoplastics. You develop and execute 3D printing trials, mechanical testing of printed parts, and material characterization experiments. In addition, you will work on mechanical recycling technologies for thermoplastic composites. You will contribute to the development of new technologies, processing methods and the preparation of test samples and demonstrator parts, together with colleagues in a multidisciplinary team.

The developed solutions have to meet the needs of the customers of Brightlands Materials Center, being the major players in the plastics value chain. You are part of the Sustainable Mobility program team and co-responsible for the results of the team. As you work for a research and innovation center, your work will not be standard, but explorative, always looking for new solutions.


You combine an open and creative mind with good practical skills. You have curiosity in finding out how “things work” and you tend to often ask the question “Why?”. You are a pragmatic person who likes to implement gained knowledge into real solutions. You have experience in working in multidisciplinary research projects. You are a good communicator and able to express your thoughts and findings in a clear and concise manner, both orally and written. You are a team player who likes to take initiative, and you have a result-driven and customer-oriented attitude in your work.

You have:

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Applied Science, Materials Science, or a related field of study.
  • Expertise in the field of fiber reinforced thermoplastic polymers, including processing and characterization of these materials.
  • Experience in polymer additive manufacturing (in particular FFF) is an advantage.
  • Good problem solving, communication and technical documentation skills.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary, international team with a multitude of stakeholders.


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.
  • Travel allowance.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home.
  • Access to our Talent Development Programme.
  • Networking opportunities and great activities organized by Jong TNO.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
  • A good pension scheme.

Read more about tailoring your benefits package.


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.


Please apply before 8 August 2022. The selection process comprises two 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.


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.

Recruiter: Brahim Dagdaoui
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-111 60129

Hiring manager: Jan Pieter Maurice
Phone number: 08886 65764

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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.