Permanent employment
Den Haag
Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8)
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About this position

TNO Vector aims to accelerate the embedding of innovation in society and the economy. We analyse major societal developments and reflect on how the challenges of our time converge. In this way we provide the knowledge needed to ensure good governance and policy – today and for as long as possible into the future. Digital technologies, including Artificial intelligence, are driving innovation at high speed in our society, with applications in many fields. Alongside the opportunities that they present, there are still many questions about these technologies. TNO Vector plays a central role in finding answers to these questions, including how we should create and structure effective governance and policies.


What will be your role?

Our Strategy & Policy Research Group is looking for a Senior Scientist to develop a strong national and international knowledge position focused on issues relating to public policy, digitalization and AI. Specifically we are working on questions related to the use of digital technologies in the public sector, technology impact assessments, questions of privacy and ethics and governance of digital technologies. With your intrinsic motivation to drive broad scale societal impact and sound ethical compass you will shape and implement TNO Vector’s vision and strategy.


Furthermore, you will:

  • Provide leadership at the cross-section of scientific knowledge and market;
  • Apply your expertise in multi-disciplinary projects and acquisitions, acting as Subject Matter Expert;
  • (Co)Write scientific and other publications and present at relevant conferences;
  • Develop new research programs;
  • Mentor young scientists.

What we expect from you

We are looking for someone with curiosity and the desire to explore complex questions with a group of like-minded colleagues. You come with a strong scientific background connecting with the fields of digitalisation, digital governance, the impact of technology on public service delivery and on society. You feel comfortable working within a team that’s both multidisciplinary and multinational. You will also:

  • Have a relevant PhD and demonstrable experience playing a key role in one or more of the aforementioned fields;
  • Have an outstanding track record of collaboration in complex and large scale national and preferably European projects (eg. Horizon) as Subject Matter Expert;
  • Experienced in leading and/or setting up (inter)national networks and collaborations;
  • Have a strong publishing track record in leading scientific journals and be a familiar “name” at conferences;
  • Intrinsic motivation to mentor a growing team of scientists;
  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and oral in Dutch and English.

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 with a maximum of € 7.953,- (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, the possibility to work parttime (32 of 36 hours) and the possibility of working from home.
  • 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. 


The selection process

Please apply before the 16th of March, 2024. 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.