Scientist Optics/optical measurement techniques

14 February 2020

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Would you like to work at one of the world’s leading companies in the field of metrology? Would you like to collaborate with other experts to produce indisputable measurement results in a high-tech laboratory? Then you are the person we are looking for!

For our Optics-Length team, part of the unit Ionising Radiation, Length, Optics, and Temperature, we are looking for a


(Junior) Scientist Optics/optical measurement techniques (36 to 40 hours per week)


This position offers a lot of potential to a (junior) researcher with ambition. In the team, comprising scientists and measurement specialists, you will focus on scientific development in the field of optical measurement techniques for metrological application. You will develop new measurement setups and methods within varying project teams and collaborate with (inter)national colleagues. You will be the scientific back-up for the measurement specialists, who are preforming calibration measurements for our customers. Obviously, we expect you to publish about your work.

In the field of metrology it is very important to work accurately, to be able to think abstractly, and to have a drive to understand measurements to the last detail. You must be able to follow procedures meticulously where applicable. To grow as a scientist, we expect you to be able to conceptualize the physics and techniques underlying the measurements and to build on those.


We ask

  • A M.Sc. or PhD degree in the field of (applied) physics or equivalent.
  • Several years of research- and/or working experience could be a plus.
  • Fluency (written and oral) in English, and willingness to learn Dutch if you are not yet conversant in that language.

Besides these requirements we expect you to be able to succeed in this position if you have an affinity for experimental work, theoretical thinking and modelling, if you are proactive, practically minded, communicative, enthusiastic to do research with a feel for business, and able to work project-based within teams. Programming and instrument interfacing knowledge would be a plus.


About VSL
VSL is part of First Dutch Innovations and has about a hundred passionate employees. On behalf of the Dutch government we maintain and develop the national measurement standards. We make sure that these continue to be among the best in the world and internationally accepted. We provide calibrations, special projects, reference materials, interlaboratory comparisons and training modules. As the national metrology institute (NMI) we provide direct traceability to international measurement standards for industry, laboratories, and other companies. In this position we are an important link in the reliability, quality and innovative power of products and services by these third parties and Dutch society.

A typical day/week in this role
You divide your time between the lab where you are working on a new setup and doing measurements and the office where you are analyzing the measurements and writing up your results. All our calibration measurements are checked by a second person before we send them off to the customers, so you will regularly meet with measurement specialists to discuss obtained measurement results. You’ll also focus on continuous improvement of the quality (VSL is accredited under ISO17025) of your work as well as the process surrounding it.

As you gain more experience in the field, you will represent VSL in (inter)national meetings.


Your reward
VSL offers you the opportunity to develop personally and professionally. Our culture is characterized by self-directed and motivated people with a great sense of responsibility and passion for the job. Cooperation is thereby inextricably linked to success!

VSL offers an attractive package of secondary employment conditions, such as discount on health insurance, a flexible budget, compensation for a fitness plan.

VSL offers an attractive benefits package à la carte that allows for flexible working hours to find a good balance between work and private life.


Your response
More info about this vacancy? Please contact dr. Tessel van der Laan, manager Ionising Radiation, Length, Optics, and Temperature, E-mail:

Interested in this position? Send your CV and motivation before 15 March 2020 to Lydia de Koning, HR dept., E-mail: , 015-2691543.