The TNO Trainee Program is an ideal choice for recent master’s and PhD graduates who have a broad societal interest and who are looking for an opportunity to work on their personal and professional development in a challenging and prestigious setting. Trainees get the ultimate opportunity to quickly get to know our organization, to develop rapidly and to discover where their individual passion lies. The TNO Trainee program offers you the perfect chance for development.Connecting people and knowledge is a core task at TNO. As trainee you will work on developing innovations that sustainably enhance the competitiveness of companies and the welfare of society over the long term.

Are you interested in applying your knowledge and experience to solving societal problems? Do you want to get broad experience in more than one area of expertise or domain? Are you entrepreneurial, ambitious and innovative? Do you want to make a real difference and do you enjoy taking on serious challenges? Then opt for a TNO traineeship.


  • As a TNO trainee you will spend three periods of eight months working for various departments;
  • You will broaden your horizons by working on multidisciplinary projects for our clients or for the benefit of knowledge and market development;
  • Your specific role in these projects may vary depending on your individual interests and the projects themselves. Often, you will work as a researcher, project manager or consultant, but you might also be presented with the challenges involved in a commercial role;
  • You will receive expert personal supervision from experienced project managers and senior researchers while engaged in projects;
  • You will spend a significant portion of your time working on your personal development. You will take part in monthly peer review sessions, training courses and workshops. You will also work together with other trainees on trainee projects that you have acquired yourself;
  • The Trainee Manager will provide thorough supervision throughout the Trainee Program.


We are looking for you, recent university graduate with a master’s degree or a PhD in one of the following fields:

  • Aardwetenschappen (geofysica, reservoir engineer, geomechanica, geologie, hydrologie, geo strategie of geo-ICT)
  • Bedrijfskunde (integrale of maatschappelijke veiligheid, bescherming vitale infrastructuren, ict, cyber, ruimte, energie, mobiliteit of logistiek)
  • Bestuurskunde (integrale of maatschappelijke veiligheid, bescherming vitale infrastructuren, ict, cyber, ruimte, energie, mobiliteit of logistiek)
  • Civiele techniek (constructie, beton of staal)
  • Computational science
  • Econometrie
  • Informatica
  • Kunstmatige Intelligentie (technisch geörienteerd)
  • Lucht en ruimtevaarttechniek
  • Materiaalkunde (asfalt, composieten of polymeren)
  • Natuurkunde (technisch, toegepast of experimenteel)
  • Werktuigbouwkunde
  • Wiskunde (technisch of financieel)

Your CV and motivation letter stand out and show us why we need you. You are an excellent student and want to enhance your potential in a renowned research organisation such as TNO. You have less than two years of work experience. You are, by nature, enterprising, result driven and a good team player, you have good communications skills and are flexible, creative and innovative
Please let us know if you have moral objections to working for the TNO Defence departments.

Selection procedure
If you pass the first round on the basis of your CV and motivation letter, you will be invited to attend the TNO Trainee Selection Day, which will take place in July 2016. Application

During the Selection Day, you will learn more about TNO and our Traineeship and we will get to know you better. Please note that English will be the language employed during this day.

If you are among the best applicants at this selection day, we will be pleased to invite you to an assessment at a psychological consultancy. The outcome of this assessment will be used for our final selection interview.

Start your application on Qompas and be ready to submit your application, upload your CV, your motivation letter and your list of marks. Your application may be in Dutch or in English. Please submit all documents as MS Word files.

Important: stay informed about the application periods in 2016 through the Qompas site and e-newsletters!