Sustainable Concrete Solutions

Research Assistant

  • Vianen
  • 40 h, 32 h is negotiable
  • HBO or higher

About the position

The post will focus on the development of materials/binder systems for construction and infrastructure projects with enhanced sustainability, environmental impact and long term performances. New ideas as well as new research directions are usually welcome.
The key responsibilities are:

  • driving, planning and conducting individual and collaborative research activities including the development of novel cementitious binder systems, materials and products that can be used in construction;
  • the design and execution of relevant laboratory work;
  • development of advanced testing methodologies and analytical tools, addressing performance, optimization, manufacturing and scaling up challenges.
  • You will be also involved in carrying out and assisting with all activities occurring within the laboratory as well as in the job site when needed. For example, activities for making concrete mortars and assessing suitability of new building materials. Testing the fresh concrete properties in the field, etc.

Job requirements

  • Availability to start immediately
  • You have experience in multidisciplinary research works as well as laboratory activities
  • You have experience with cement / concrete
  • You have experience with lab facilities, testing methods and standards
  • You can work independently but also function well within a team
  • You work efficiently and accurately, both independently and in a team
  • You have a practical and flexible attitude
  • You also actively think along to improve existing processes and methods and you ensure optimal speed and quality in the work
  • You are stress resistant and have a flexible attitude
  • You are willing to work outside normal working hours and to work overtime if necessary
  • You are prepared to perform other work than agreed if the work necessitates this or if the internal work organization is changed

Other requirements

  • Education: HBO or higher
  • Other diploma may be accepted if the candidate proves knowledge/experience in research activities, lab works as well as in cement and concrete and other construction materials

Applicants must have

  • Knowledge in civil engineering, engineering materials, chemistry, or a relevant discipline
  • A strong background in the development, characterization and testing of cementitious materials and systems and relevant research methodologies
  • Excellent communication skills in Dutch & English, both written and oral which will help to write reports, scientific works as well as participation in specialized courses and seminars
  • Organizational and problem solving skills; to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team and to engage with industry partners
  • Relevant experience in innovative cementitious materials, geopolymers and alkali activated materials would be advantageous

Of course you cannot do all this alone. As a research assistant you are part of a new company SCS. At the moment SCS consists of 5 employees with various specialisms and experience. Your colleagues support you when necessary and there is sufficient expertise to help you with this.

What we offer?

In addition to a pleasant working atmosphere, we offer:

  • An annual contract with the prospect of permanent employment
  • A gross salary between € 3,000 and € 5,000 per month
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses
  • Full-time position (40 hours / week), but 32 hours / week is also negotiable
  • 22-28 vacation days
  • SCS offers you every opportunity to work on your personal and professional development within the organization by means of training.

    How to apply?

    Do you want to join our team? Then we look forward to receiving your CV and motivation letter via the following email:
    If you still have any question, please feel free to contact Dr Arbi at

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