Principal Researcher Thermal Processes

Vacancy information

Disciplines:Research & Development
Career level:Mid-career (3-5 jaar)
Final apply:31-12-2018
As Researcher Thermal Process Control you will develop actuators, models and advanced control systems.

What's your job?

The production of steel strip from slab requires that the product is heated prior to hot rolling and after cold rolling, these heating processes are called reheating and annealing respectively. The reheating and annealing process and its control are key in obtaining the targeted microstructure and product properties. Your state-of-the-art knowledge in these fields leads to improved product quality and productivity, and reduced process costs, energy consumption and emission of environmentally harmful substances.

You will utilize and implement these models and control systems to optimize the production of steel strip and optimize the energy flows  in the steel production process. You will work in various research and development projects, in which you execute research work in close cooperation with colleagues. For this purpose, you have an excellent knowledge of furnace and combustion technology, fundamentals of heat and mass transfer, advanced process control, and you can translate this to practical applications for the production of steel strip.

Your good communication skills will be vital to inspire and convince others. You publish your results and conclusions via internal R&D reports and external publications at conferences and in scientific journals. You are a team player who works together with both researchers and plant technologists. Your R&D network will consist of researchers from inside and outside Tata Steel, in which especially your collaboration with academia and other companies is beneficial to Tata Steel. Next to that, you have a network with technologists in product development and in Tata Steel’s flat product mills. You pick up new opportunities, for example from conferences, a literature study or discussions within your network. You translate these opportunities into new project proposals and are able to lead research projects.


  • You will initiate and lead projects from idea phase to plant implementation.
  • You will execute modelling and data analysis research activities with project team(s).
  • You will work in close cooperation with colleagues from different departments in Research & Development, our production sites in NL/UK and research institutes and universities.
  • You work in various research and development projects, in which you will execute research work in close cooperation with colleagues.

Your office location will be in the Netherlands.

Is this you?

  • You have  MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering track Energy & Process Technology, preferably combined with work experience in the field of furnace/energy technology, combustion and/or research & development in the Netherlands.
  • You have knowledge and experience in the fields of energy efficiency technology, combustion and advanced process control.
  • You have experience of (physical) modelling, process technology or advanced process control.
  • You have a result-driven attitude, innovative mind-set and team spirit
  • You are able to initiate and lead research projects
  • You are the willingness to travel abroad occasionally and the ability to fluently speak and write Dutch & English

What do we offer?

An unique role at a global player in the industry. A job where you will find everything to make your work as (Principal) Researcher interesting.

You can also expect: 

  • one-year contract with a prospective of permanent contract
  • a role  in which you can be a company expert by bringing forth technological insights based on detailed research analyses. These insights are utilized in  innovative process and product development projects.
  • plenty of growth opportunities within Tata Steel
  • variable bonus, fixed end of the year bonus of 2% and 8% holiday allowance.
  • minimum of 26 vacation days and 11.5 days ADV. 
  • excellent benefits including average salary scheme pension.

What's your department?

The department Rolling, Finishing & Measurement is responsible for technological innovations in the field of steel strip production by optimizing existing technologies as well as developing new technologies. The department focuses on process technology to produce strip from steel slabs. Its target is to enable Tata Steel’s flat product mills to improve in quality, flexibility and costs.

The knowledge group Thermal Processes is part of the Rolling, Finishing & Measurement department and focuses on improvements of existing and developments of new thermal processes for steel strip production. Major topics of interest include heat transfer to heat and cool steel, advanced control techniques such as model predictive control, and metallurgical phenomena in steel and during the heating and cooling process in the associated installations, including the surface reactions (oxidation-reduction) occurring during these thermal processes.

Apply or learn more?

Are you excited about this job? Apply via the application button and do not forget to include your motivational letter. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Jerrol Spier, Corporate Recruiter, phone 0251-494685.

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Application process

1. Apply

Good choice, you have applied! We are going to review your application and contact you as soon as possible.

2. First interview

We already know a lot about you, but we would also like to know you personally and hear from you why you think you are fit with us.

3. Follow-up interview(s)

There are more colleagues who would like to get to know you. We would also like to take this opportunity to show you more about us.

4. Contract proposal

Nice, you are just ahead of the start of a new challenge. Because of our own Tata Steel cao we offer you a good employment package, which we would like to explain in a personal conversation.

5. Employed

Congratulations, we have become colleagues! Getting acquainted with the special world of steel production can start now.

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Jerrol Spier
T: +31 (0) 251 494685

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