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Posted on Monday, June 13, 2022

Vacancy – Structural Engineer

SolarDuck is a fast-growing, Dutch-Norwegian cleantech company pioneering the technology to bring solar PV to the seas. The company (a spin-off of Damen Shipyards, a leading Dutch shipbuilder) was founded in 2018 by a team of experienced entrepreneurs from the maritime industry. SolarDuck is headquartered in the Netherlands and has presence in Japan and Norway.

Fueled by the vision to Electrify the World with Offshore Floating Solar to solve the problem of land scarcity, SolarDuck has developed a unique technology to bring solar PV, the fastest-growing source of renewable energy, offshore. In this way, enabling energy consumers across the sunbelt and beyond to access affordable, reliable and sustainable energy and providing energy independence as added benefit.

SolarDuck´s technology and organization are maturing rapidly. A year ago, the company launched its first demonstrator in the Netherlands. Later next year, SolarDuck will be launching a full-scale pilot in the North Sea, and the commercial team is already busy establishing strategic partnerships and developing SolarDuck´s first commercial, grid-scale projects.

Rapid growth requires a team which identifies with the company´s vision, gets energized by solving meaningful challenges and has the capacity to execute. If you feel this is a team for you, then we would like to get to know you!

As a structural engineer you are responsible for the structural design, analysis and testing of our floating offshore solar platforms. You do this work in alignment with a team of professionals from diverse disciplines and backgrounds such as mechanical, structural, hydromechanical, electrical, etcetera. You approach each new engineering challenge in a structured manner. Define the problem, split it in smaller challenges, generate concept solutions and work down if these solutions can work. Then with first principles, analytical calculations and FEM analyse a structure for the ULS (yield, buckling,etc), FLS, ALS and SLS limit states. You optimize the structure for manufacturing, assembly, maintenance and cost. Where needed we test solutions in the lab and in the field to prove performance and classify the structure. You keep an overview of your work for others in minutes, reports and presentations. Finally to tackle future challenges you maintain an R&D agenda and network of partners.

Vacancy - Structural Engineer