Bachelor (EQF 6), Master (EQF 7)
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About this position

Contribute to tomorrow’s information security. Envision it. Become a Master Thesis Intern at TNO Cyber Security Technologies in The Hague, Groningen or Eindhoven. In today’s connected world, we increasingly depend on digital technologies. Everything’s controlled by computers. Not just your phone, but also your car and even the bridge you cross. This drives the development of ever more sophisticated and intelligent technology and infrastructure, but it also makes us vulnerable to criminals and cyber warfare. As a master thesis intern at TNO Cyber Security Technologies you will contribute to making companies and government authorities more secure and resilient against cyber threats. Would you like to conduct your thesis research at the forefront of cyber security?


What will be your role?

Working in a team, you will contribute to a project dedicated to one of our focus areas, which include Automated Security, Security Monitoring & Detection, and Vulnerability Research. Will you develop technology that automatically detects network intrusions, repels the intruder and restores service? Or would you rather help detect cyber criminals who use novel, decentralized methods of communication?

With our broad spectrum of internship assignments, we offer a wealth of research opportunities. And we will work with you to find a match between your interests and talents and our projects and customers.


What we expect from you

You thrive on conducting research that helps protect our clients against cyber risks. As you’ll be spending between six and nine moths research for your Master’s thesis, you are highly motivated to contribute to the fast-moving field of cyber security in a multi-disciplinary environment. And you enjoy learning from the best and working with colleagues from different backgrounds.
Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • A University Bachelor’s Degree. And you’re in the final phase of your Master’s Degree training in mathematics, physics or computer science. Programming skills are a plus.
  • Experience of, or a keen interest in cyber security, helping you master the topic within the first few months of your internship.
  • An excellent command of English at academic level.

What you’ll get in return
The opportunity to contribute to a challenging project with real impact. An internship at TNO is a great preparation for your career, whether you’d rather go into academia, or industry and commerce. And what about applied research, where you’ll work at the interface of both? That’s what you’ll get to experience at TNO: the best of both worlds. At TNO, we value you and your knowledge. You are essential to our innovations and we’ll invest in your personal and career development. Which starts with working with the best experts in your field!
You may also expect

  • A gross monthly salary of €475 based on a 40-hour week.
  • 1 day leave per month.
  • A hybrid-working arrangement that works for you. We will provide you with a laptop so you can work from home for up to 60% of your working time.
  • Networking opportunities and fun activities organized by our junior staff organisation Young TNO.
  • Regular coaching from your advisor.
  • An employer that recognizes and stimulates diverse talents, through initiatives such as our Female Leadership programme, our Rainbow Community and round-table discussions on topics related to inclusion.
  • And if you like your experience, the prospect of a job as a junior scientist at TNO. Did you know that 28% of our vacancies are filled by our former interns?

What you'll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.


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

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.


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.

Maaike van Leuken

Erieke Weitenberg