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Contributing to the big innovation challenges of the digital transformation of the Netherlands? Envision it. Become our Director of Science at TNO in The Hague. 


What will be your role? 

TNO envisions a future in which the physical and digital worlds are intertwined, and that will be founded on data, connectivity, and intelligence. This will enable a world with everything generating data, everything connected, and everything being processed in ways to create a sustainable economy in a safe society. Together with our 350 colleagues, we create innovative ICT concepts and technologies across four areas: fast open infrastructures, data sharing, trusted ICT and designed engineering of high-tech systems. As the Director of Science of the ICT unit at TNO, you’ll be responsible for the scientific knowledge base through which the unit will contribute to the digital transformation. 

The Director of Science is the lynchpin of our unit’s knowledge development and TNO-wide early research programmes. In practical terms, this means that, together with senior scientists, you’ll be deciding on the new technologies to include in our technology roadmaps. In your role, you’ll regularly consult with the unit’s scientists and challenge their knowledge, while simultaneously supporting them in their professional development. You’ll maintain relationships within TNO and with other knowledge institutions. You’ll profile our knowledge base to attract talent, partners, and clients. You’ll be responsible for the unit’s Knowledge Audits and following up on the recommendations resulting from them. In short, you’ll be responsible for the knowledge level in the unit. In managing our portfolio, your role will be to translate current market demands into short-term knowledge investments and inspire market demand through long-term knowledge investments. 

As part of the Team of Directors, you’ll work closely with the Director of Operations, Director of Market, and the Managing Director.  

Curious to know what we’re working on in different departments? Read more about our research groups Data Science, Embedded Systems Innovation, Cyber Security & Robustness, Networks, Monitoring & Control Services, and Data Ecosystems.


What we expect from you 

In this multifaceted role, you’ll need both in-depth and broad knowledge of ICT technology/computer science to make an impact. Team dynamics in which market, knowledge, and operational challenges are mutually shared give you energy. Although your profile is predominantly scientific, you’re able to translate business drivers and societal challenges into knowledge development. You understand how the world of research (domestically and internationally) works both from a scientific and an administrative perspective. You probably also know several TNO colleagues through your relevant network. Your active role as a strategic adviser or manager in the Dutch innovation system is how you maintain this network.  

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO: 

  • You have a strongly academic profile, preferably combined with a senior management position with a university affiliation. 
  • You have an affinity with and an overview of the unit’s technology base, for which you can develop a clear vision. 
  • You have experience managing, developing, and inspiring senior researchers within your own organisation and beyond. 
  • You have experience with relationship management towards universities, which you follow up on structurally. 


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 € 7,400,- and € 9,600,- (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: 

  • A good pension scheme. 
  • Travel allowance or a leased car. 
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field. 
  • 28 days annual leave and 5 compensation days under the reduction in working hours scheme (ATV, arbeidstijdverkorting) on a full-time basis. 
  • 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 and the possibility of working from home. 
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs. 


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. 


The selection process 

Please apply before March 14, 2022. The preliminary interview takes place on March 24, 2022. The second interview round has been scheduled for March 31, 2022. 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. 
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. 


Has this job opening sparked your interest? 

Then we’d like to hear from you! We realize that we ask a lot. If you do not meet all the requirements, but you are very enthusiastic about this vacancy, we invite you to apply. If you have any questions about the job or the process, don't hesitate to call. 

Recruiter: Yvonne Pribnow 

Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-11097594 

Hiring manager: Henk Jan Vink 

Phone number: 08886 68201 

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.