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Contributing to development of advanced, distributed simulation, systems-of-systems used for training of our national and coalition defence forces. Envision it. Become a Simulations System Integrator at TNO in The Hague.


Modelling & Simulation (M&S) has become a critical technology for support of training, decision-making, and concept development in the Defence, Security and Safety domain. Are you challenged by delivering solutions to complex simulation engineering problems in a multi-disciplinary and often international team-effort? Are you excited to contribute to the development of advanced, distributed simulation, systems-of-systems used for training of our national and coalition defence forces? If so, we offer an exciting opportunity for a Medior Simulation Systems Integrator!


What will be your role?

As a Simulation Systems Engineer you will take initiative and lead development of solutions that address the challenges of multi-domain, multi-national distributed simulations. This includes the development of technical architectures and frameworks that offer solutions to meet the M&S needs of our Defence force. You will contribute to the development of M&S interoperability standards and design and evaluate solutions that leverage the latest cloud and virtual/mixed reality technologies, while meeting security needs and enabling integration of legacy simulation systems. You will apply your expertise in system requirements analysis and system design towards development and application of the (national) solutions for simulation architecture component. You will oversee implementation and development, integration and testing, and documentation quality assurance activities of simulation components. Other examples of your tasks:

  • To explore emerging technologies that may change simulations in the near future.
  • Coach junior scientists in Simulation Systems Engineering.
  • Contribute to a continuous improvement of our Simulation Systems Engineering expertise, including the development of M&S Architectures.
You will work in multidisciplinary project teams with experts from other TNO departments, and sometimes in an international context. You will also be part of the Modelling, Simulation & Gaming department: a close-knit team of 35 creative and committed colleagues with diverse backgrounds. From simulations to modelling and from artificial intelligence to deep learning: we have all the knowledge in-house.

What we expect from you

You like your work to be of significance to innovation in the military and security domain. It’s also important that you can deal properly with sensitive information. You’re good at collaborating in project teams and with partners, partly due to your good communication skills in Dutch (speaking and writing, level B2 for non-Dutch native speakers or like to learn and English (speaking and writing). In addition, you’re client-oriented and able to translate a client’s query into research and innovative ideas. 

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:
  • A PhD or MSc in computer science, informatics, mathematics, physics, or comparable education.
  • You have experience working in complex and multi-disciplinary environments involving the development of software intensive systems and related architectures.
  • You are familiar with Systems Engineering activities and methodologies (e.g. INCOSE, agile development methodologies), including architectural frameworks, architectural development methods and languages
  • You preferably have knowledge of network security issues and its impact on M&S architectures.
  • You preferably have experience with M&S interoperability standards such as HLA and M&S engineering processes such as DSEEP.
  • You preferably have knowledge or are familiar with cloud based technologies.
  • An online assessment, short presentation of a related project and reference check can be part of the selection procedure.


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 € 3.500,- and € 4.700,- (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.

Perhaps you would like to grow your career in the direction of commerce or consultancy? Or would you like to become a project manager? Immerse yourself in sustainable innovations? Or carve out a career as a technical expert?

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.
  • 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.

At DSS we strive for an inclusive culture in which we are open, we speak up and listen, and we look after one another. We work together on shared goals, across disciplines and departments, we encourage diversity, and we learn from each other’s experiments and ideas. This brings us science and innovation at the front line.

The selection process

Please apply before May 1st, 2022. 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, a short presentation of a relevant technical topic 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! 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.

Recruiter: Jane Duinisveld
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-294 07566

Hiring manager: Josine Ven, van de
Phone number: +31622362896