UAV Flight Test Engineer

Job description

We’re currently looking for a UAV Flight Test Engineer 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?
You will be based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Here you will be joining the AP-3 Airborne Wind Energy System (AWES) verification team. AP-3 is our pre commercial prototype aircraft, a 12 meter wingspan 150 kiloWatt demonstrator of our safety architecture and fully automated operations. 


By being immersed in the testing of AP-3 avionics and mechanisms, you will get to familiarize yourself with the AP-3 systems behavior. This is a necessity for your next assignment. Ampyx Power is starting up a test centre for AP-3, likely in County Mayo, Ireland, that shall become operational late 2019. As soon as AP-3 is ready to operate you will be a regular visitor of the test site and take charge of the formal verification aspects of AP-3 flights: you will make sure the aircraft flies in the proper and safe configuration and all critical systems have passed their functional tests and are ready for launch. 


You will make sure the right data are collected on systems, sensors and dynamics. And that these data are reported and analyzed. Whenever problems occur you will be a key figure in the root cause analysis and you segregate non-conforming components. With your expert knowledge and enthusiasm, you will ensure that Ampyx Power comes through with its promise of innovation. 


In particular you will be working on:

  • System verification activities, including test planning, test case development, test execution and test data processing
  • Verification aspects of flight operations (including RPA, power generation apparatus and launch & land apparatus): ensure data collection, analysis and reporting to validate continuous improvement steps and to verify in-flight performance of algorithms and software (flight dynamics), structures, mechanisms, avionics, sensors, response to contingencies. 
  • Development of flight test cards, briefing the flight crew on particular flight tests and objectives as well as relaying feedback from the flight crew to engineering. 
  • Support assurance of associated knowledge and configuration management of systems & software.
  • Assuring flight readiness of systems & software, including functional testing and Hardware-In-The-Loop testing
  • Perform root cause analysis and follow up on problem reports
  • Define mitigating actions
  • Manage technical risk evaluations and report results to Chief Maintenance Officer 

Requirements

What do we need from you to complement the team?

 As a UAV Flight Test Engineer you have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in aerospace engineering, electrical engineering or equivalent with 5 years of experience in a process-driven environment, working on design and/or verification of complex multidisciplinary systems. You work efficiently in a team and support your colleagues, you are able to proactively pick tasks and take ownership, and you are willing to take part in flight testing campaigns world-wide (totaling 3-6 months per year). You like to learn new skills in case it is required and you contribute to and follow development processes. 


You are good at writing technical documentation and as you will be member of an international team you are proficient in English.


You have:
  • Understanding of the basic principles of flight dynamics
  • Good understanding of dynamic sensor technology and their limitations (IMU, GNSS, air data probe etc.).
  • Completed an end-to-end verification process on at least one system.
  • Basic understanding of flight algorithms, software and coding
And experience with one of the 2 following::
  • Practical familiarity with electrical design, RF systems, avionics and electromechanical systems.
  • Experience with UAV operations as ground station operator and/or technician (system installation etc.)

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;
  • A daily freshly-made free lunch.

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 Layla@ampyxpower.com. If you have more specific, technical questions, please contact Michiel Kruijff on the following number: 0031 627 027 807.


Final request
As we are looking for a UAV Flight Test Engineer 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. Do not repeat your CV, but please describe in under 1 A4 why you apply for this specific vacancy and provide a few examples that illustrate how you are especially suited for this position;

Agency calls are not appreciated.