Roboat Science technician for Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute)

  • Level: (HBO+/WO)
  • Working hours: 32-40 hours per week
  • Contract: 1 year
  • Gross salary: between €3.000,- and €4.274,- euros monthly (full-time basis)
  • The salary will commensurate with knowledge and experience
  • Job location: Mainly Amsterdam (AMS Institute)

About us
AMS Institute is a public-private institute founded in 2014 by Wageningen University & Research and Delft University of Technology, together with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We are an internationally leading institute where talent is educated and engineers, designers and both natural and social scientists jointly develop and valorize integrated metropolitan solutions. Our mission is to develop a deep understanding of the city -sense the city- to design solutions for its challenges and integrate these into the city of Amsterdam. AMS Institute is located at Marineterrein Amsterdam, an area in the heart of the city.

AMS Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are leading a multi-disciplinary project called Roboat with the aim of enabling autonomous shipping in Amsterdam canals. Roboat autonomous boats are expected to address several metropolitan challenges including the transportation of goods, people and waste as well as environmental sensing in Amsterdam canals.

Job description
In the context of this project, we are looking for enthusiastic candidates to fill the roll of Roboat science technician, working mainly at AMS Institute and TU Delft in the Netherlands.

The science technician will be working under the supervision of MIT Principal Investigator and project lead, in collaboration with AMS Institute, TU Delft and autonomous shipping experts to develop novel control, perception, and communication approaches for this multi-vessel platform. Moreover, the candidate is expected to supervise MSc and BSc students who are working on or around this project.

In the course of 2020 the first fully autonomous pilot will start in the canals of Amsterdam. Your role as Roboat technician will be to contribute to the integration of the state-of-the-art perception/control- and propulsion components, as well as being in charge of the calibration of the first prototypes. As soon as we are able to hit the water, we also expect you to manage the daily operation of the first pilot with a fully autonomous Roboat in Amsterdam.

The candidate should have:

  • A (applied) science background (HBO/WO) in Systems and Control, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Computer science or related subjects;
  • A very good command of English;
  • Experience in programming languages such as C++ and Python;
  • Experience in working with MATLAB/Simulink and Robotic Operating System (ROS);
  • Interest in programming embedded boards as well as designing control, perception, and communication approaches;
  • Interest/experience in working with robotics systems.

Moreover, having a basic knowledge about propulsion system and ship manoeuvring dynamics is an advantage.

What we offer:

  • You will be working from a highly innovative working environment with a team of adaptive and creative professionals that are working to bridge the gap between science and society;
  • A job with possibilities and responsibilities;
  • You will be located in the heart of the city of Amsterdam at the Marineterrein Amsterdam Innovation district;
  • Your renumeration is based on the VSNU CAO (for 40 hours) with a maximum of €4.274,- per month on full-time basis and an annual supplementary pay (13th month);
  • We will offer you a one-year contract, with possibilities of extension upon good performance.

Information and application
If you would like to apply for this position, please send an e-mail with your resume and cover letter to Martijn van Beersum, HR Officer (

For information about this position, you can contact Ynse Deinema (

You can apply for this position until December 23rd 2019. Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.



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