Naval System Architect

Publication date31 May 2023
LocationWageningen, Gelderland
Employment32-40 hours
ContactPepijn de Jong,

Do you want to contribute in multidisciplinary teams and translate MARIN expertise to future maritime operations? Do you want to participate in research programs and projects in the field of system engineering and Defence? Read more about this vacancy below.

Who will your colleagues be?
As a Naval System Architect you will work in a team of people with knowledge about hydrodynamics, design and operations with (systems of) maritime-military platforms. This team is within MARIN responsible for executing projects for Defence organizations at home and abroad.
We make use of a variety of tools, ranging from model testing to mathematical models and advanced simulators whose software has been developed by MARIN itself. In fact, we are currently building a completely new simulator center next to our current office! This will allow us to use the latest techniques including situations with automated systems on board or with remotely monitored, autonomous ships.

What will your work involve?
Due to the changing world situation and ongoing replacement programs of the Royal Navy, the amount of Defence work for MARIN will increase significantly in the upcoming years. A MARIN Defence department has been set up for this purpose. In cooperation with MARIN departments such as Maritime Operations, Performance At Sea and Research & Development the department Defence works for both the Dutch, EU and NATO Marines. We also frequently collaborate with other research institutions such as TNO and NLR.
The Royal Navy is orienting itself towards the deployment of unmanned systems to meet the increasing personnel shortage. As a Naval System Architect this requires not only building up knowledge regarding these unmanned systems (both with respect to their design and their effective deployment), but also seeing what (design) consequences this will have for the manned Naval ships and what manning and operational concepts will accompany them.
The effective distribution of tasks across cooperating manned and unmanned systems to bring a robust and scalable task force (squadron) to sea is the ambition here. This increases the complexity of our research and to cope with this we are increasingly using system engineering. Therefore a Naval System Architect has an important role to play in researching and applying modern software architectures. Eventually this should lead to prototypes in which different architectures are tested for their usability in MARIN's simulation, virtual & augmented reality environments and of course eventually at sea.

What do we offer?
  • A stimulating environment which will allow you to develop while maintaining the freedom to choose your own path.
  • An attractive salary and benefits package, including our annual profit sharing and excellent pension scheme.
  • Lifecycle allowance of 5,55% of your gross monthly salary.
  • 29 vacation days (fulltime) + 5 scheduled days between Christmas and New Year.
  • Plenty of opportunities for your professional development and career advancement.
  • Development through training courses, further education and coaching.
  • Flexibility in working hours and a hybrid working arrangement, to support your work-life balance.

Who are we looking for?
As a Naval System Architect you have a technical Master degree with a focus on command & control, software & systems engineering with a particular interest in developing software architectures.
You have gained experience in the maritime industry, including designing and researching software architectures, simulations, design through (model based) systems engineering. You have worked according to Agile / Scrum methods.
As a person you have a curious, inquisitive attitude and an outward-looking view. You are the connecting link between internal colleagues, knowledge institutions and the customer and ensure clear communication so that everyone knows where they stand. This allows you to connect different subjects in order to come up with elegant solutions. You are communicatively strong, do not have all the wisdom and consult with others to test and improve your models. You are a generalist with the ability to connect specialists. You have a good command of the English language and be willing to learn Dutch if it is not your mother language.

Who is MARIN?
MARIN is a globally recognised institute in maritime research, based in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Our mission is ‘Better Ships, Blue Oceans’: we stand for clean, smart and safe shipping and sustainable use of the sea. We do this as an independent knowledge partner for the maritime sector, governments and society. We work with around 450 specialists in various fields who are proud of an open and collaborative culture in which you can explore your ideas and take initiative.

If you want to know more about the position, call Pepijn de Jong, manager at the Defence department: +31 6 - 25 07 50 28. You can also apply for this position by using the APPLY button on our website.


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Pepijn de Jong

Manager Defence