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Drunen, NL

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Engineering

Expert, Hydrodynamics


We are looking for an Expert, Hydrodynamics to join our combined, Commercial and R&D, CFD teams. The position offers for the right candidate a real opportunity of continuous learning and growing through the fascinating field of numerical simulations in marine applications.


The preferred location for the position is at Wärtsilä Netherlands, Marine Power, Drunen with the opportunity to work hybrid.  The position is permanent.


What will you be doing?

  • Perform complex hydrodynamic analyses of propulsors, ships and other sea-state related engineering problems.
  • Work independently or collaborate with and support senior staff in performing projects related to propulsion performance and related research activities.
  • Work on developing propulsion solutions using in-house and commercial software packages.
  • Solving broad range of hydrodynamic problems is part of your daily work.
  • Collaborate with partners in industry and academia to support/conduct joint-research projects.
  • Meet with customers, make business presentations of commercial projects.
  • Report preparation, proposal development and participation in technical discussions.


You will shine in this role when you have:

  • MSc/Ph.D. in Maritime/Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, or related studies.
  • Background with hydrodynamics, multi-phase flows, and some knowledge on turbulence, acoustics, and vibrations.
  • Experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), i.e., simulating ship manoeuvring, sailing conditions in waves. 
  • Experience with STAR-CCM+/CFD tools, NX/CAD tools and other Simcenter software.
  • Programming skills with C/C++, Fortran, Python, and java-scripting.
  • Experience with Unix/Linux computer-cluster environment.
  • Excellent English communication, strong writing, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both independently on commercial and R&D developmental programs as well as in a team environment
  • Eager to learn and develop yourself is a must to fit in the team
  • You are eligible to work in Netherlands and ideally, have a few years of experience in naval/maritime industry


Nice to have:

  • Background in various numerical fluid solving techniques, machine learning, and optimization algorithms.
  • Experience in development of numerical algorithms for large-scale computational and data analysis software on parallel computing platforms.
  • Experience with Virtual Reality post-processing techniques, coupling between CFD and structural FEM models, and fluid system simulations, like Amesim.
  • Experience in writing proposals.


Why you and us?

We offer you both inspiring and challenging work tasks, and an opportunity for personal and professional development in a great and experienced team. The position offers for the right candidate a real opportunity to develop him/herself, to work in an international diverse team, possibility to travel abroad for projects and /or conferences.

We at Wärtsilä believe in empowerment, ownership and taking responsibility of our work. We support each other’s growth and co-creation is the true basis of our innovation. We have courage to see opportunities and take initiative.

We are authentic and honest, and we strongly believe in that by being your own true self you can accomplish so much more. We don’t always get it right the first time, and if mistakes are made, we make sure to learn and grow from them. We want everyone to voice their opinions freely. That is why we have built an environment that empowers you and everyone around you, and where you can feel safe and cared for. Are you eager to be part of this ambition?


Contact & next steps

If this sounds like the right opportunity, we look forward to hearing from you. Please apply online. 

Are you still wondering if you should apply and would like to get something clarified? Please reach out to:

İulia Oprea, Team Leader CFD Commercial Projects,  

Maarten Bijlard, Team Leader CFD R&D Projects,

Please apply by 30 November 2022 at 23:59 EET. Our recruiting tool recognizes the time zone where the job ad has been published and closes the application period according to same time zone.

This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at