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Internship | Investigating the Best Practice of Research OSS

Posted 22 May 2024
Work experience
0 to 2 years
Full-time / part-time
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Degree level
Required language
Dutch (Fluent)

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Internship and graduation project Eindhoven Master Fulltime – 40

Internship | Investigating the Best Practice of Research OSS

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About this position

The absence of clear guidance on best practices of research projects in the open source world can create a knowledge gap that hinders researchers and research institutes from making well-informed choices. Bridging this knowledge gap is essential to empower researchers with the insights needed to navigate the dynamic landscape of open-source research, fostering project success, sustainability, and broader community impact. In line with this objective, this project aims to provide valuable and actionable insights to research institute TNO-ESI. TNO-ESI has proposed methodologies that assist high-tech industry leaders, including companies like Philips and ASML, in addressing the growing complexity of their systems. These methodologies are realized and enhanced through the development of various software tools by TNO-ESI researchers, demonstrating their effectiveness and usefulness. With the goal of providing effective methodologies with sustainable software, TNO-ESI has a great interest in understanding the best practices of research software in the open-source world.

What will be your role?

The candidate will investigate several research questions: What are the challenges faced by open-source research projects and what are the current practices that address them? What are the factors, inner workings and practices that influence the success or failure of open-source research projects?This research will provide actionable insights about best practices of open source research software based on empirical evidence collected by combining qualitative and quantitative methods. The applied methods may involve (but are not limited to) conducting in-depth interviews with open-source developers and mining software repositories.The candidate will work with several ESI researchers who have a great interest in community building around research software. Moreover, active communication with open source practitioners is expected.

What we expect from you

  • You are a Master student who is looking for a graduation project.
  • You have excellent communication skills to work with multiple stakeholders and conduct interviews with practitioners.
  • You have experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • You have an education background in Software Engineering or Computer Science related subjects.

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.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

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Innovation with purpose: that is what TNO stands for. We develop knowledge not for its own sake, but for practical application. TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way.

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