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TNO’s Self-Sovereign Integration Lab offers a wide variety of internship, MSc and PhD-level assignments. Some assignments are practical: develop prototypes of a real societal use case based using SSI technologies (e.g. on skills, health, flexwork, defense, organisation-ID, product passport, …). Other assignments are more fundamental: develop architectures and implementations to integrate multiple SSI technologies, based on different standards (W3C, DIF, ToIP, OIDC, …), trust networks, or the (new) eIDAS regulation. The assignments cover many domains: security (what are the networked risks of SSI, and how to manage these), interoperability (how to interconnect SSI domains), citizen protection (e.g. technical and regulatory solutions to combat over-identification), business (upcoming SSI business ecosystems) and technical (developing application frameworks for SSI). Some assignments are carried out individually, whereas others are group assignments. In all cases, there will be a close connection with TNO’s scientific, applied and customer projects.
You are an enthusiastic (team of) student(s) with academic capacity and a hands-on approach, associated to a Dutch university. You are expected to be available for at least 6 months, but preferably 9 months. Experience as developer/programmer is required, as all assignments require implementation of proofs-of-concept. You have a background in computer science, electrical engineering, applied mathematics or similar, and preferably affinity with business models or legal/regulatory requirements. You will disseminate your results not only in a report, but also in presentations, demonstrations and publications, where possible.
You want to work on the precursor of your career, an internship provides you with the opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO also 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 internship, and be given the scope for you to exceed yourself and your expectations. We also provide suitable compensation for internships.
Your work will be carried out in our multidisciplinary SSI team, which consists of approximately 30 enthusiastic, mostly academic professionals with in-depth knowledge on applied cryptography, data ecosystems, networks, strategy & policy and business analysis. You will work together with our team of SSI experts, and where possible with our Dutch stakeholders (e.g. Dutch Blockchain Coalition, Dutch Ministries, organisations in various sectors) and our international partners (e.g. eSSIF-Lab community, SSI standardisation). Your work at TNO will be supervised by one or two of these SSI experts
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