Program Developer/Research Position: Autonomous Ships in Amsterdam

Program Developer/Research Position: Autonomous Ships in Amsterdam

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20 Sep 1 Nov Delft

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Job description

We are seeking a highly motivated program developer/researcher interested research & application ideas in the area of autonomous ships. Bringing together academic, industrial and societal organizations with an interest in autonomous ships and forming a common perspective on an autonomous ship roadmap are important elements of this position. Already involved collaborations include AMS (Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions), MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), TU Delft, and various industrial parties. 

A collaborative project between AMS and MIT, called Roboat, has already resulted in several directions for the potential future applications of autonomous ship technology in the canals of Amsterdam. This position focuses on bringing the application of these technologies steps closer to realization, while expanding the range of scientific research activities linked to this project. The consortium development activities of this position will stimulate the link to the work being done at MIT and complementing it from the research side at TU Delft from the logistics perspective. 

The position is for 1 year. The researcher will be based at TU Delft and has the opportunity to work in close collaboration with the AMS Institute in Amsterdam and (international) partners.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • An MSc or PhD in an engineering field and interest (and preferably some experience) in transportation;
  • Interest in (and preferably experience with) networking activities;
  • Very good social and communication skills;
  • Experience with and ability to work in teams including academic and industrial partners, interdisciplinary environment with engineers as well as people in other disciplines;
  • Interest in contributing to the organization of workshop activities.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Fixed-term contract: one year


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The Department of Maritime and Transport Technology (MTT) studies how to develop, design, build and operate marine, dredging and transport systems and their equipment. New generation transport and marine systems require the further development of the knowledge of the dynamics and the physical processes involved in transport, dredging and marine systems, the logistics of the systems and the interaction between the equipment and control systems.

For more information on the research activities of M&TT department, please see: transport-engineering-and-logistics.


  • Research, Development, Innovation
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2514—€3545 per month
  • University Graduate
  • 3mE18-64


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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