Principal Scientist Nano Optomechatronic Instruments

Ref: 3726GRA



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Role Managed by:

Emi Saliasi

Senior Research Associate

t: +31 (0) 2 02 40 43 73


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: competitive

Closing Date: 05/03/2019

NO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, is seeking to appoint a Principal Scientist for their Nano-Optomechatronic Instruments (NOMI) programme.

TNO’s Impact

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. With approximately 3,000 staff, TNO works for a range of clients: government agencies, SMEs, large companies, service providers and social organisations. TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society.

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The Role and Profile

TNO is now seeking to appoint a Principal Scientist to be the scientific and technical lead of its Nano-Optomechatronic Instruments (NOMI) programme. NOMI has expertise in mechatronics and optics and develops proof of concepts of optomechatronic instruments.  Adding advanced control and data processing makes the instruments smart. Through their close relationship with industry, NOMI has strong application and domain knowledge, and focuses on solving specific, market-related challenges. True to TNO’s mission to maximise impact on society and industry, NOMI technology leads to real-world applications.

The Principal Scientist will be responsible for setting and driving the strategic roadmapping and strategic technical priorities for the NOMI programme. Having a strong understanding of emerging technologies and market-driven questions, s/he will be a key contact for clients and partners, acting as the technical sparring partner for these key stakeholders. The Principal Scientist will have an important role in the acquisition of new projects and attracting (public and private) funding.

The Principal Scientist will act as a source of expertise, and will have practical technical expertise, a strong scientific profile as well as business acumen to oversee the development of new technologies and applications. S/he will have a pioneering mentality, and the ability to connect technology with market and socially driven challenges to develop and drive an ambitious vision that cuts across disciplines. With good communication skills, energy, creativity and a boundless curiosity, the Principal Scientist will be able to convince and inspire colleagues, partners and clients.

Appointment Process

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on +31 20 2404 373 or by emailing Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference 3726GRA. The closing date for applications is on Tuesday 5th March at 9:00 am (CET).

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