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Safety Expert

Contributing to tomorrow’s world. Envision it. Become a safety expert at TNO in Petten.


What will be your role?

Do you enjoy advising and assisting researchers on how to carry out their work safely? Do you like working in state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind research facilities? Does being involved in the implementation of quality policy interest you? Are you able to pragmatically deal with both policy and practice? Do you have a keen eye for potential improvements? Then this is the job for you.

Together with the Quality, Safety, Health & Environment (QSHE) coordinator, you are responsible for QSHE within the Energy Transition (ET) unit. The emphasis herein is on your role as a safety expert, but you’re able to help across the full spectrum of the QSHE policy. The ET unit consists of 12 research groups working on a broad range of research topics. In your role as safety expert, you implement and monitor our unit's QSHE policy. Together with the QSHE coordinator and other colleagues in the unit, you make sure that work is done safely and is of the highest quality.

Your work is varied. Supported by your expertise and drive, you’re able to raise the safety level of our research processes. Of course, you’ll be working together with experts in the research groups for this. You’re involved in carrying out audits and inspections, mapping out risks (RI&E), initiating appropriate measures, and assisting in their implementation. You help to monitor the appropriate QSHE training in the unit and are responsible for monitoring the implementation of the QSHE annual plan.

You offer advice regarding quality and safety; are in contact with relevant installation managers, researchers, room managers, and project leaders to get things done; and participate in QSHE improvement projects, while always remaining focused on achieving the goals of compliance, quality improvement, and risk reduction.

By monitoring and conducting reviews, you support management in improving performance related to quality and safety. Together with the QSHE coordinator, you’re the most important link in the chain regarding the roll-out and securing of the unit’s central QSHE policy.

The Energy Transition unit is large, with 12 departments at locations in Amsterdam, Delft, Rijswijk, Eindhoven, Utrecht, and Petten. Some 700 researchers, project leaders, and consultants work together in these departments on applicable innovations in the energy transition field. Our researchers are among the absolute world leaders in their fields. Experimental research takes place in many of our departments, for which we have unique research facilities at our disposal. In your job as safety expert, you’ll come into contact with many of the people and labs. There is an informal working atmosphere.


What we expect from you?

  • You have a completed higher vocational (HBO) education in chemistry or engineering with demonstrable knowledge of hazardous substances, a completed post-HBO education in safety science, and at least three years of relevant work experience, preferably in a high-tech R&D environment.
  • You have a proven affinity for Quality, Safety, Health and Environment (QSHE), and are familiar with the requirements of quality management systems, such as ISO 9001, 14001, and 45001, Technical Resource Management (TRM), data management, and Export Control.
  • You have a pragmatic attitude and consider regulation and feasibility to be inextricably linked.
  • You will be based in Petten, but you are willing to travel within the Netherlands to support all the unit's locations.

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 € 2.700,- and € 5.800,- (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 bike.
  • Possibility of a permanent contract.
  • 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.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.

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 October 27. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on November 9. 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.


Has this opening sparked an 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 on the website.


Recruiter: Frank Bax
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6 113 20080


Hiring manager: Marieke Verheijden
Phone number: 08886 66210