Job: Experimental engineer/ geothermal, TNO, Rijswijk, Netherlands

Rijswijk Centre for sustainable ge-energy, Netherlands (source: TNO)
Alexander Richter 17 Feb 2020

TNO is seeking applications for the job of experimental engineer for the execution of large-scale experiments for geo-energy at its lab in Rijswijk, Netherlands. The lag conducts research on geothermal energy, CCS, subsurface storage and well abandonment.

TNO in the Netherlands has published a job opening for an Experimental engineer for execution of large-scale experiments for geo-energy.

What will you be doing?

As an experimental engineer at Applied Geosciences (AGS) you will focus on the execution of large-scale experiments for a variety of subsurface energy domains (such as geothermal, carbon storage, storage and oil and gas), particularly around well issues. The experiments are simulating the subsurface conditions, implying experimental conditions at different temperature and (high) pressure regimes. Many experiments concern fluid flow and you are expected to master the associated experimental equipment. Ensuring safe operational conditions is pivotal and a pro-active attitude towards safety is essential.

You are providing the technical support to the researchers and are responsible for executing the experiments according to the set plans and standards. You will work in a team of professionals with a joint accountability on the execution of the experiments, while taking individual responsibility of the entrusted tasks. You will have many opportunities to work together with clients on developing innovative solutions for complex problems faced by the energy industry, where there is room for your contributions and ideas. Our clients are internationally oriented thus giving you the opportunity to work with and in within different cultures.

In summary, you will have the opportunity to be a part of multi-disciplinary research projects with experimental engineers, geoscientists, geomechanical engineers as well as production technologists.

What do we require of you?

As an experimental engineer we expect you to be involved in multiple projects across our project portfolio, while having the lead on particular experimental set-ups. Examples of these are the 50T drilling unit and the cutting flow-loop, both set-ups where multiple machines are connected for integral operations. You are also able to work with researchers to understand their domain specific requirements and translate them into achievable experimental work plans. You have experience working with high pressure equipment (pumps, pipelines, pressure vessels), preferably in a laboratory setting. Affinity with electrical systems for monitoring and sensoring of the equipment. A hands-on trouble shooting attitude without comprising safety is conditional.

Qualifications and Qualities:

  • BSc in mechanical engineering or similar;
  • Laboratory experience preferred, in particular HPHT;
  • Well engineering experience preferred;
  • experience with process engineering flow schemes and design drawings;
  • 5 to 10 years industrial experience;
  • Familiarity with lab systems (e.g. LabView) preferred;
  • Risk management and safety qualifications;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Team player.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is at the forefront of research and development of technical innovations for the energy industry. The expertise group Applied Geosciences (AGS) within TNO hosts about 50 professionals, for a large part earth scientists and subsurface engineers. Our project portfolio covers the entire chain of resource exploration, efficient production, subsurface storage, and the re-use and de-commissioning of existing infrastructure. Our project portfolio is diverse in scope and size: we manage large national research programs, participate in EU funded research consortia, and provide consultancy services for the private sector. We offer our partners and clients – ranging from the global players in the energy sector to municipalities and from universities to start-up enterprises –a creative vision on the energy transition and transform this vision into practical solutions, based on world-class geoscientific expertise and leading edge technological capabilities.

The lab facility is in Rijswijk, Netherlands.

Application Process

You can apply till 10th of March. The first round of interviews is scheduled on 20th of March. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete the interviews and assessment within 4 weeks.

Further details via the link below.

Source: TNO