Research Engineer Production Optimization



The current trend of automation and data exchange in a production environment, called Industry 4.0, is currently rapidly changing the way products are manufactured. For the R&D department we are therefore searching for a Research Engineer specialized in production optimisation to keep Damen at the forefront of production efficiency.
Your job would be to investigate and optimise our yard processes and based on the results advice the yards what strategy they should follow. This optimisation will be amongst others based on: process optimisation techniques, manufacturing simulation, close collaboration with international partners in EU projects on production approaches and exploration of the market on innovative solutions.
In this function close cooperation within the R&D team and with the Yard Support department is required. You will also collaborate with our production locations, Suppliers, Universities and knowledge/research Institutes. Therefore the function requires a flexible customer oriented approach where you have to promote your field of research and convince the Damen management and yard directors based on technical expertise. Knowledge of the industry and being up to date with the developments in the field of process optimisation techniques and manufacturing simulation is required.
Tasks & Responsibilities
  • Leading innovative and practical research projects in the field of production optimization;
  • Collaboration with our production locations, suppliers, universities and knowledge/research institutes;
  • Promoting your field of research and convincing the Damen management and yard directors based on technical expertise;
  • Sharing and gaining knowledge of the industry and being up to date with the developments in the field of robotics, 3D printing and manufacturing simulation.

  • Master of Science level (process optimization, manufacturing simulation);
  • Good knowledge of Dutch and English language (written & verbal);
  • The ability to convince and influence various stakeholders with your natural ability to communicate in an effective manner;
  • A customer focused, goal oriented personality with a practical attitude and analytical skills.

Here at Damen we realize supporting and managing many talented individuals is of great essence. We understand that the key to success is to find the right person for the right job. That’s why we continually invest in your development. Damen offers you (in case of full time employment):
  • a dynamic international working environment focusing on technology and innovation;
  • a competitive salary;
  • at least 40 days of annual leave (fulltime contract);
  • 2 genius hours per week;
  • travel allowance;
  • profit sharing & pension allowance;
  • continuous focus on professional and personal development through our Damen Academy (including Leadership & Management development programs);
  • an active social environment in terms of events & sports.
  • An assessment and pre-employment screening will be part of the application process.
Department Information
The R&D department is set up as a matrix organisation. Four development teams, supporting the different Business Units with technical consultancy and expert advice, are reinforced by the five knowledge driven research teams. The department collaborates with and is supportive to the entire Damen Group. The R&D department has the goal to develop knowledge in all strategically relevant technical knowledge domains and to make it accessible to the relevant stakeholders. In these technical knowledge domains, Damen strives to be among the best in the world in order to stimulate innovation based on a firm technical knowledge and to contribute to product developments throughout the Damen Group. To enhance knowledge, skills and capabilities, Damen has substantial own budgets, but is also very active in collaborative (often funded) R&D projects, both nationally and internationally.

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem


Damen Shipyards Gorinchem is the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group. Gorinchem still functions as a yard but the main activities involve the daily management of the Damen Shipyards Group. Damen Services and the Offshore & Transport division is also located here.



MVB ID #180402
Plaatsingsdatum vrijdag 5 april 2019
Locatie Gorinchem
Dienstverband Voltijd
Opleidingsniveau WO
Sector Scheepsbouw en -reparatie
Functiecategorie Engineering
Regio Nederland, Zuid-Holland


Bedrijfsnaam Damen Shipyards Gorinchem
ContactpersoonMevr. Isabelle Huijgen
Telefoon +31 183 65 58 08
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Postbus 1
4200 AA Gorinchem

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