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This is your time to contribute to help building interactive, integral and predictive digital twins of cities. Become a Lead developer digital twin-software suite at TNO in The Hague.


What will be your role?

Urban Strategy technology developed by TNO allows cities, knowledge institutes (e.g. Universities) and private stakeholders to build interactive, integral and predictive digital twins of cities. With these predictive digital twins cities can then predict the impact of spatial policy choices on air quality, noise pollution, costs and health. A set of basic indicators makes it clear where policies are needed or where they’re not required. Urban Strategy is one of its kind because it allows these policies to be calculated in minutes and can calculate for multiple domains. In this way Urban Strategy is the Sim City for professionals!

In recent years TNO has focused on innovating the core of and adding extra domains to Urban Strategy. We are now at the verge of scaling up with this technology in a global venture that will deploy Urban Strategy as a SaaS solution. As a lead developer of the Urban Digital Twin Software Suite you will ensure the productization and service of Urban Strategy to be ready for this scale up. For you as lead developer, a transfer from TNO to a spin of venture in the near future is a likely scenario.

What will be your role?
As the Lead Developer, you play a critical role in shaping the technical direction and success of the Urban Digital Twin Software Suite. You are a highly skilled and experienced software development professional. Your technical powers and leadership capabilities are crucial in driving the success of this advanced software solution.

In this role, you will lead a team of developers specializing in HPC and user interface development. Your experience enables you to lead the productization of high-performance algorithms and simulations for the Urban Strategy platform to a TRL level that fits with a SaaS model. Additionally, your affinity with web application development ensures the creation of intuitive and feature-rich user interfaces.

Your responsibilities encompass overseeing the technical aspects of the software suite, from architecture design to implementation and testing. You provide guidance and support to the development team, ensuring adherence to design principles, coding best practices, performance optimization, and scalability. By leveraging your expertise in HPC and CUDA C++, you drive the efficient utilization of computing resources and maximize the software's computational capabilities.

Collaboration is a key aspect of your role. You work closely with the Product Owner, business development team, and project managers to align technical solutions with customer requirements and business objectives.

Your ability to translate product requirements into technical specifications, and to estimate development time and resource requirements accurately, contributes to efficient planning and execution.

As a natural leader, you inspire and empower your team to excel. You foster a culture of innovation, continuous learning, and knowledge sharing, encouraging team members to contribute their expertise and ideas.

Your excellent communication skills facilitate effective collaboration, ensuring seamless coordination between the development team and other stakeholders. While your team focuses on the productization of urban strategy.

The development team and scientist at TNO will focus on the innovation. Together with the lead architect within the TNO urban strategy innovation team you will bridge the gap between these teams and environments. 

Your broad understanding of software development principles and practices allows you to make informed technology choices. You collaborate with the team to evaluate and select the most suitable programming languages, frameworks, and tools based on project requirements, scalability, and performance considerations.

With your hands on experience, problem-solving skills and analytical mindset, you address technical challenges proactively. You collaborate with the product team to evaluate feasibility, make technical trade-offs, and propose optimal solutions that balance performance, scalability, and user experience.


What we expect from you

You know how to turn a project objective into a technical programme and can explain clearly to developers what they need to create. Creating new things energizes you. You think creatively, are passionate about what you do and know how to connect people. You also like the dynamics of the high-tech industry. Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • A relevant academic degree and relevant work experience in IT
  • Experience as a lead developer or systems architect in similar projects
  • Experience with HPC
  • Experience in managing and/or coaching developers.

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 € 5.365,- en € 7.000,- (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.
  • We offer a comprehensive and flexible mobility plan that also includes full compensation for public transportation for commuting and business travel.
  • 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.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
  • A good pension scheme.

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. 

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

Please apply before the 17th of August, 2023. 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.

A certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) is required before starting a new job at TNO.