Verification Engineer for Airborne Wind Energy

Job description

Ampyx Power is one of the most innovative companies around developing an ‘Airborne Wind Energy’ system and will be launching it on the market in the next few years. Want to join us? We’re looking for a Verification Engineer to help us achieve our upcoming milestones. Do you rely on proof rather than assumption? Do you have a feel for defining expected behaviour for items under test and an eye for detecting minor but significant anomalies? 

And, do you want to make your unique contribution to develop a pioneering wind technology for generating sustainable energy? Then we’re looking for you!

About Ampyx Power
Ampyx Power has the ambition to contribute significantly to the sustainable energy mix by accessing untapped energy resources. We develop Airborne Wind Energy systems with an autonomous aircraft that convert wind at higher altitudes into electricity; a cost effective technology using an abundant natural resource. 

Your role includes the following activities and skills
Ampyx Power is starting up a test centre, currently planned for County Mayo, Ireland, that shall become operational end 2018 using our next prototype AP-3 Airborne Wind Energy System (AWES). You will start your Ampyx Power career however in The Hague, The Netherlands after which you will be joining the AP-3 system verification program in Ireland .

As AP-3 becomes operational you are in charge of the formal verification aspects of AP-3 flights: you make sure the right data on systems and dynamics are collected, reported and analysed and whenever problems occur you are the key figure in the root cause analysis. With your expert knowledge and enthusiasm, you 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 result 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.
  • Perform root cause analysis and follow up on problem reports
  • Define mitigating actions
  • Manage technical risk evaluations and report results to Chief Maintenance Officer 


Desired skills and experience

As a Verification 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 can balance pragmatism and quality flexibly to meet the current project needs 
  • You work efficiently in a team and support your colleagues
  • You are able to proactively pick tasks and take ownership
  • You are willing to take part in flight testing campaigns world-wide (>6 months). 
  • 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. 

Highly beneficial will be:

  • Practical familiarity with electrical design, RF systems, avionics and electromechanical actuators.
  • Basic understanding of flight algorithms and software
  • Experience with UAV operations

Our proposition

In an international team of enthusiastic professionals with an innovative mindset you will be working with state-of-the-art technology and revolutionary materials on a unique innovation that will contribute to a fast transition towards a sustainable energy mix. 

As a Verification Engineer you can also look forward to:
  • a competitive salary (local terms), completely aligned with your talent, knowledge and experience;
  • an optimal balance between your work situation and your home situation;
  • flexible working hours;
  • excellent opportunities for personal growth;
  • collaborating with a team of professionals of top international status;
  • opportunities to take initiative and responsibility.

Ampyx Power is located in The Netherlands in the centre of The Hague. As our new Verification Engineer you will however travel along with our tethered aircraft. A test field is present in Kraggenburg, The Netherlands, 2 hours’ drive from the Ampyx Power office, and full system tests are now planned to be performed in Ireland. 

Our office in The Hague is easily accessible for candidates from, for example, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delft, Zoetermeer, Leiden, Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Haarlem.

How to apply
Do you still have questions before you decide to apply? You can contact Michiel Kruijff, Manager System Engineering for technical questions or Layla Groeneweg, HR Manager for general questions about the organisation or the process, both on the following number: 0031-70-4020168. 
Interested? Please upload your application ( a cv plus a motivation letter) via our website. We’re looking forward to your application.

Agency calls are not appreciated.