Geotechnical Engineer

Job description

At GBM Works, we developed a disruptive and innovative method to silently install foundations. Now, we are developing the tool, our Vibrojet®, for the next generation XXL monopiles used for wind energy offshore. Our patented method will solve major challenges in the offshore wind industry that are associated with the current method ‘piling’ such as harmful noise to marine life, potential delays, fatigue damage in the pile and scaling issues. We collaborate with leading offshore contractors and windfarm developers. As we venture into unchartered waters we are looking for inventors who like to challenge the status quo and can push boundaries in cooperation with the existing team.

The Geo engineer leads the hydrogeology activities, and participates in the product development team. This team is responsible for the development of all future GBM Works products and services. The team consists of 6 multi-disciplinary engineers, using the Scrum project methodology. During the next SIMPLE development projects, a prototype will be developed demonstrating driveability through clay soils, and a simulation model, which has already been partially developed, will be validated to enable predictions to be made.

In collaboration with GROW Offshore partners, a €6.5 mln subsidy has been granted to the SIMOX project, which started in April 2021. During this project, GBM Works will test the method on bearing capacity and noise levels over the next 3 years. The interest from the market has grown significantly, the reason why we anticipate that the geotechnical expertise of GBM Works will lead to commercial consultancy and

engineering assignments sooner than expected. Strengthening the team with geotechnical experience is therefore a top priority.


You will be, with a compact team, the developer of the required functions of the new technology through extensive hydrogeological modeling and (scaled) testing. You will be in contact with the end-user and partner manufacturers to design the tool to the desired specifications. You'll:

  • Manage the hydrogeological activities, your responsibilities include:
  • Define software architecture of the forecasting software, together with a software engineer and partners.
  • Keep an overview of short-term and long-term planning, ensuring the team meets challenging timelines.
  • Anticipate extra resources that are required and identify tasks to be allocated to external parties when necessary.
  • Represent the team in the development management team in periodically held management meetings.
  • Guide high-level product decisions, in close collaboration with other disciplines and project partners (hardware team, suppliers, certification bodies).
  • Dive deeply in technical problems we encounter; coming up with solutions and assisting with implementation/verification, working closely together with both software and hardware colleagues.
  • Safeguard the robustness of the machine along the way, leading to a successful product launch.

What do we offer?

  • An experience-based salary.
  • Stock options
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses.
  • 25 paid holiday days.
  • Location in Utrecht.
  • A personal development plan.

Job requirements

What is your must-have skill set?

  • > 2 years of working experience in the field of Hydrogeology
  • Experience modeling with Python
  • Experience with jetting in sand and/or clay
  • Extensive experience with Plaxis or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree (Dutch equivalent: HBO) or higher

What is your nice-to-have skillset?

  • design of monopile foundations
  • software such as Plaxis or equivalent

Full-time position available immediately

Our office is situated in Utrecht at the former powerplant of Eneco, industrypark Lage Weide.

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