Internship | Graduation in behavior of concrete structures – TNO – Delft

  • Delft


About this position

The civil engineering and construction industry will change radically in the coming decades. Major social issues, such as the Paris Agreement, set new prerequisites for changes that are needed in construction processes and usage of materials. We face challenges that require solutions to be developed under pressure. Current topics include the use of new types of concrete with alternative binders or recycled aggregates, safe and economical maintenance of existing structures, and a safe and responsible reuse of structural components from disposed structures. In a sector that is known as conservative, TNO develops and supports innovations with the goal to enable the industry to realize safe and sustainable structures for both today and the future.

What will be your role?

You will join a group of specialists that investigates the behavior of (innovative) concrete types and concrete structures, and who know how to connect these areas of expertise. It is the group’s ambition to play a leading role in the aforementioned social trends/developments. Our specialists have a great diversity of experiences and competences.

Your research is one of the links in the research programs of TNO. Within TNO you have access to modern research facilities (software tools, laboratories, etc.) and an extensive network to carry out your research. Depending on the subject, you choose a mentor who will help you with your graduation project. We offer you the opportunity to develop yourself as a specialist, and to present and publish about your research where possible.

What we expect from you

We offer graduation projects for master students educated in civil engineering or architecture and built environment. Preferably, you are interested in concrete and/or structural mechanics. You are open to new insights, you are focused on collaboration, and you have an independent and critical mindset. A few examples of topics on which you can graduate with us are:

  • Safety assessments reuse prefab concrete elements;
  • Effects of temperature variations on cracking behaviour and shear strength capacity of complex concrete structures;
  • Development assessment models for historic steel-concrete bridge decks and of course TNO is also open for other topics which you want to bring up.
  • What you’ll get in return

    You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

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