Junior Hydraulic Engineer for research in Offshore Wind


Delft, Netherlands 🇳🇱


Junior Hydraulic Engineer for research in Offshore Wind

Do you enjoy contributing to challenging and innovative projects related to offshore developments? And do you aim to work in renewable energy sector? We are searching for not one, but two enthusiastic new colleagues for our department of Harbour, Coastal and Offshore Engineering. The positions we offer have a unique combination of both research and practical hands-on work. If you have a passion for both activities or one of the two and you are eager to learn more about the combination? Please read on.

As an offshore engineer you will be part of our department of approx. 40 enthusiastic professionals. You will be working on various marine projects mainly related to offshore wind infrastructure (turbine foundations, cables, pipelines) and connections to the land (export cables and landfalls). The problems you will solve typically focus on the interface of water, soil and offshore structures. For this we use a wide range of tools, physical scale model tests, numerical models and in-house developed engineering software. Execution of scale model tests in our hydraulic facilities, data analyses and numerical modelling are essential parts of our work. An overview of topics we are working on can be found here.

What can you expect as a Hydraulic engineer?
– Your work will consist of a unique balance between hands-on practical work in our hydraulic facilities, combined with research, desk assessments, numerical modelling, and data analysis in our offices.

Your main activities are to:
– During physical scale model work, you will test offshore structures and infrastructure in Deltares’ hydraulic facilities, mainly (but not limited to) in the Atlantic Basin. Typical projects involve research on scour development, stability of bed protections, wave impacts and run-up and vortex-induced-vibrations for a wide variety of offshore structures (jacket foundations, monopiles, offshore cables, gravity-based foundations, etc.). In those projects you will play a central role to prepare, execute and analyse the results of the tests and work together with our model- and instrumentation technicians.
– Provide specialist advice to our clients as well as research to develop safe, cost-efficient and sustainable designs of marine and coastal infrastructure, taking into account uncertainties impacts and risks on the design and maintenance of those structures.
– Use and develop our in-house developed engineering software, numerical models (e.g. SWAN, OpenFOAM, Delft3D) and data-driven techniques to assist our clients.
– Contribute to and initiate Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) focussed on developing innovative applications of the latest technology and products in this field.
– Publish your work in relevant journals and give presentations at conferences.

A couple of example studies you can work on are scour predictions around offshore foundations, design of scour protection layouts, calculate seabed dynamics to predict future bed levels for offshore wind farms, evaluating field surveys during rock installation campaigns, deriving design wave and current conditions in a metocean study, wave impact on secondary steel, flow amplification around jackets and many more.

What Deltares expects from a Hydraulic engineer?
– You have, or are nearly finished with, a MSc or PhD degree in Hydraulic Engineering, Offshore Engineering or similar;
– You have practical experience with or would like to learn everything about physical scale modelling of scour and scour protection;
– You have excellent skills in programming with Matlab or Python;
– Affinity with (big) data and data analysis is beneficial;
– You particularly aim to work in the renewable energy sector;
– A (growing) network in the offshore wind industry is beneficial.

What we offer:
-An informal, dynamic and challenging working environment;
– Deltares offers a market conform salary. Scaling will be based on your experience;
ABP average salary pension, 34 days of vacation;
– Vitality budget and a mobility budget;
– Excellent training opportunity’s;
– A work at our campus which contains unique facilities such as the basins in the Hydro Hall, the Delta Flume and geotechnical facilities;
– As a new employee at Deltares, you will join our Young Professional Program
– A diverse and inclusive working environment.*

Are you interested in this job and do you fit the job qualifications? Then apply directly by uploading your CV and cover letter. Deadline April 30.

If you have any questions about the vacancy you can contact Brian de Bruin (HR Recruitment Officer; [email protected]; +31615267686).

*Deltares is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.