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Research Engineer Mechanics and Systems

Posted 14 Jul 2024
Work experience
2 to 4 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required languages
English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

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Damen aims to become the world's most sustainable and digitally connected shipyard. The Research, Development & Innovation department develops and implements the technology and know-how to achieve these ambitions. We actively assist the business in creating an innovative product portfolio and provide forward-thinking guidance to improve the quality and performance of Damen's products and services.

We fully understand that the key to our success lies in finding the right person for the job, but we also strongly believe that it does not stop there. That is why we will help you develop your skills and competences to guarantee you are successful in your job. You will work in a very diverse and multicultural group of professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds, but a strong shared interest in technology and a commitment to continuous learning.

The Research, Development & Innovation department is seeking an Research Engineer Mechanics & Systems in the Research team.


You will be part of a diverse and multidisciplinary research team up to four engineers. A Research Engineer Mechanics & Systems is responsible for the development of high-end technological knowledge of new mechanical systems and the dissemination thereof within Damen. A Research Engineer closely follows the technological developments both in and outside the company.

You are eager to know the latest developments regarding the power and propulsion systems, alternative fuels, data driven maintenance, and fuel cell systems. Your role is to understand the fundamental principles of these technologies. You are motivated to initiate your own research project ideas and pitch them for our stakeholders. You conduct research projects in a team as well as individually, supporting the integration and implementation of the new technologies. As a research engineer you might actually go on-board and validate the developed solution in the real world and use this to build experience and to maintain a hands-on approach.

Based on the research you will advise our business to explore new vessel concepts and contribute to future product development. We participate in European or national funded collaboration R&D projects. In these projects we work together with other internal stakeholders from the business, as well as suppliers and research and knowledge institutes. You will have lots of opportunities to build and maintain your own network. This creates an interesting and challenging mix of creativity, science and communication.


  • Setup, undertake and follow up on research projects supporting the innovation of our product range. This also involves gaining support for your ideas, managing the stakeholders and sharing the obtained knowledge;
  • Provide specific expert technical advice toward the electrification of Damen’s products;
  • Maintain an overview of state of the art technologies and implementation opportunities within Damen;
  • Maintain a network of and collaborate with knowledge institutes and suppliers.
  • Verification and validation of developed technology on board vessel or in laboratory environment


  • Master degree in Mechanical Engineering, Marine Technology or equivalent.
  • Relevant working experience is considered advantageous, but is not required
  • Affinity with mechanical systems, time-domain simulation (Simulink), maritime propulsion systems and system integration.
  • The ability to collaborate with specialists from other fields of expertise, e.g. electrics, naval architecture, hydromechanics and data science
  • Self-organized with a focus on planning and results The ability to represent Damen actively in European and national research projects
  • A high level of proficiency in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • These qualifications will not only ensure success in providing expert technical advice but also contribute to the collaborative and innovative culture within Damen's Research & Development Department.


At DAMEN, we realize the importance of supporting and managing talented people. We hire talented and skilled professionals, but we also understand that we need to continuously invest in talent development. That is why we help you develop new skills and competences. The Damen Academy is at your disposal, but we will also coach and mentor you on the job.

We offer you:

  • Personal guidance and training, a lot of freedom in choosing how you do your work, varied work and a work environment where your opinion counts;
  • A competitive package of employment terms (based on our collective labour agreement Metalektro);
  • A dynamic international working environment focusing on technology and innovation;
  • An open, informal, no-nonsense culture with short communication lines;
  • An active social environment in terms of business culture, events and sports.

We’re a family company that has been building ships for almost 100 years. Our ambition is to become the most sustainable and connected maritime solutions provider there is. Working at Damen offers the best of several worlds. Active in more than 100 countries, with over 30 shipyards, we are internationally renowned for quality. We offer you an ocean of possibilities.

Marine & Offshore
Active in 101 countries
12,500 employees
70% men - 30% women
Average age is 40 years