Fiber Rope Specialist

  • mechatronics
  • The Hague, Netherlands

Fiber Rope Specialist

Job description

We’re currently looking for a Fiber Rope Specialist to join our team!

Our planet’s survival depends on a sustainable energy future. Existing technologies create progress towards this goal, but to accelerate the energy transition we must unlock additional sustainable energy sources. Ampyx Power is developing an Airborne Wind Energy System (AWES) that can access powerful wind at high altitude using tethered unmanned aircraft. Do you want to use your unique skills to help us in developing pioneering sustainable energy technology? Join us, and be part of our adventure!

Introducing our team and culture

We believe that a diversity of perspectives, ideas, cultures, and common passion to make a difference is needed to develop our pioneering technology. Today we have a team of over 50 highly skilled professionals with more than 20 nationalities working from The Hague and Melbourne. We will be opening another office in Ireland in the near future. Most of our employees have a university degree and several employees have PhD background.

We have a socially open atmosphere in our company, placing value on trust. We think in terms of solutions rather than problems. We challenge each other and act decisively in our day-to-day work. Everyone's input is valuable and we work with clear deadlines and objectives. This way of working has helped us to make significant steps in our airborne technology development over the past 10 years.

What are you going to do?
We work in teams to meet our milestones. These are examples of the teams that we have: the Flight Algorithms Team, the Electronics Team, the Aircraft Design Team, the Software Team, the Flight Operations Team, etc. This vacancy is within our Mechatronics team, a group of 8 experienced engineers.

As a member of the Mechatronics team, you will be working on:

  • Technical development of Ampyx's fiber rope tether design, connecting the aircraft to the ground-based generator
  • Testing of various tether designs on a high-speed, high-tension in-house rope testing platform (including machine commissioning, operation, and analysis of results).
  • Guiding the company on tether development and future direction as the in-house expert on fiber ropes, leading efforts to identify the most technically and financially suitable tether design for Ampyx’s application (including developing close relationships with experts in industry and academia).


What do we need from you to complement the team?

You have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in mechanical engineering with 6-8 years of experience in fiber rope design, testing and production.

Ideally you:

  • Are a team player;
  • Are proactive and you take ownership;
  • Like to learn new skills;
  • Adhere to processes and help improving them;
  • Report in a precise and concise manner;
  • Good at writing technical documentation.
  • As you will be part of an international team, you are proficient in English (speaking and writing).

We’d also like you to have extensive knowledge of:

  • Mechanical rope handling systems (including winches, sheaves and spooling devices).
  • Rope design theory (from fiber level to braided product) for innovative applications and challenging environments.
  • Large scale rope testing (including setting test requirements, machine specification, commissioning and test operation).
  • The fiber rope market (including fiber producers, rope manufacturers and end users across a range of industries) and the various fiber types, braiding techniques and rope coating technologies currently on the market and under development.
  • Not a must-have, but we’d very much welcome the following experiences:
  • Rope testing machinery development (from conception to realization).
  • Familiarity with rope monitoring systems (including RFIDs, load cells and temperature measurements).
  • Contractor, manufacturer and supplier management.
  • Research and development of new rope products (particular 10-40 mm fiber ropes).
  • Hands on experience in an industrial-level rope manufacturing and testing environment.
  • Strong commercial awareness and ability to identify solutions that represent good value.
  • Understanding of system engineering methods and specification for suppliers (requirements, design justification, statement of work).

What do we have to offer?

We offer you an opportunity to contribute to a sustainable energy future. You will be working on a unique innovation using state-of-the-art technologies in an international team of enthusiastic professionals. Together, we will be launching our Airborne Wind Energy technology on the market in the next few years.

You can look forward to:

  • A competitive salary adjustable to your talent, knowledge and experience;
  • A personalized work-life balance;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • 30 leave days every year;
  • Excellent opportunities for growth via our personal development plan;
  • Excellent opportunities to take initiative and responsibility;
  • Working together with a team of professionals of top international status;
  • Shares in the company as all employees are shareholder;

Where can you find us?

Ampyx Power is located in The Netherlands in the center of The Hague, a ten-minute walk from the Den Haag Hollands Spoor railway station. Our office in The Hague is also easily accessible for candidates from, for example, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delft, Zoetermeer, Leiden, Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Haarlem. If you have questions about the company or processes, please send an email to If you have more specific, technical questions, please contact Marcos Paz, Manager Mechatronics team, on the following number: 0031 70 402 0168.

Final request

As we are looking for a Fiber Rope Specialist with the right skills, we would like to ask you to send us the following documents with your application:

A CV, written in English;

A motivation letter, written in English;

Agency calls are not appreciated.