Job description

The Petroleum Geosciences research group applies various geo-science techniques for energy related challenges in the sub-surface. We work on applied research projects like exploration and production of oil & gas, CO2 storage and monitoring, geothermal energy, and shale gas. Hence we work on challenging projects with a high societal impact and regular interactions with international stakeholders. You will be part of the basin modeling and geochemical team and will use your geoscientific and basin modelling expertise to develop new concepts and understanding for mainly exploration related problems in a variety of domestic and international projects. These projects vary from joint industry research projects to business-to-business consultancy projects in which we aim to come up with innovative solutions and methods. To improve our boundary conditions we use for instance our own heat flow modelling software and apply geobiological data to predict surface temperatures more accuratly. You will work in multidisciplinary project teams closely together with geologists, (bio) stratigraphers, geochemists and reservoir engineers. Basin and petroleum systems modelling, the analysis and interpretation of the modelling results and writing reports will be important parts of your work. You will frequently meet with customers and partners to discuss new research and project idea's and to present project progress and research output.



Preferably you have a PhD in Geoscience and good knowledge and understanding of stratigraphic and structural evolution of sedimentary basins in relation to petroleum systems. Familiarity with basin and petroleum systems modelling is an important advantage. You are self-motivated with an ability to work in multidisciplinary teams. You are willing to work in a content driven challenging organization that requires self-initiative and a creative mind set. You are able to transfer challenges from customers into a R&D context and vice versa. Hence, you have excellent communicative skills and you are experienced in writing reports and proposals.

Please respond for closing date 24 August 2014. The first interview round will be on September 1st 2014. An assessment could be part of selection procedure.


About TNO

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3500 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.

Terms of employment

Everyone has his or her own notion of what pleasurable work is. TNO wants to help you find your professional and personal balance. You want to work on your career and have an enjoyable social life at the same time. This is why we offer, for instance, à-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that enable you to swap various employment conditions on an annual basis. Flexible working times and various leave schemes also give you plenty of choice to create the package that best suits your situation. Of course, your pay is also good and the secondary conditions are excellent. TNO really is the innovation and knowledge organisation par excellence. In other words, we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. There are many opportunities for you to push on with your own development: conferences, education, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job switching. You have a big say in the speed and direction of your own development.


Contact us

Ymke van den Berg, Research Manager, phonenumber +31 (0)88-86 64574

Anne-Maartje van den Uijl, Recruiter, phonenumber +31 (0)88-86 68142