Delft, Netherlands

Senior Structural Engineering Expert - Hydropowered Irrigation Pump development

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Skills Needed

  • Engineering

Language Proficiencies

You must be able to speak English.

When Can You Start?

You can start as soon as possible and stay for 1¾ month to 2¾ months



Living Stipend


Travel Stipend

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Project Details

Description and Impact

We are a start up based in the YES!Delft Incubator, developing innovative hydro-powered pumps, which use the energy from flowing water sources such as rivers or canals to pump water without using any fuel or electricity. We strive to offer a solid value proposition to its customers while creating a positive impact in the world.

Our first product, the Barsha Pump has currently been sold in 12 countries across 4 continents. While developed using low-volume production techniques, we are currently scaling up the production of the Barsha Pump while transitioning to high-volume production techniques. This to facilitate optimizing the cost and performance of the product.

Starting in October 2017, we will start developing a much larger hydro-powered spiral pump, the so called Hy-Pump. This pump will be built into a weir in irrigation canals to form an integral part of an irrigation system. The water flowing through the channel will provide the hydro-power needed to drive the pump.

The Hy-Pump pump will be able to pump approximately 20 liters per second and to a maximum head of up to 25 meter. In contrast, the current Barsha Pump is a portable product which can pump up to 0,5L/s to a height of 20 meters.

We are looking for a Senior Structural Engineering Expert with extensive experience in performance- and cost optimization of parametrically designed infrastructure frameworks.


The role of the Senior Structural Engineer would be to plan and execute structural engineering work packages within the project, in collaboration with the current product development team.
One specific workpackage is the structural engineering on the waterwheel structure. The eventual goal is to have a parametrically designed waterwheel structure that can be tailored in terms of performance by adjusting the width of the waterwheel so that it can match site-specific conditions.

Important aspects of the work would entail a failure-mode analysis and subsequent specific engineering focus on particular components in terms of critical- and long-term (fatigue) structural loadcases. Material selection and selection of suitable bearing-types also relates to this.
The desired end-result is a structurally verified waterwheel design that can be modified within specific boundary conditions in a standardized manner. Additionally, there are multiple smaller workpackages such as the structural analysis of a steel hub which connects the spiral pumps to the axle.

We are looking for a Senior Professional with the following profile:

·         Degree in Structural Engineering
·         Extensive Structural Engineering experience in practice
·         Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams
·         Experience in FEM based optimization projects
·         Experience in CAD software packages
·         Result oriented
·         Experience in plastics engineering is a plus
·         Experience in process engineering is a plus
·         Strong organizational skills
For the duration of the project, we have full access to a complete ANSYS license for commercial use. Also, we have the possibility of obtaining Autodesk packages such as AutoCAD Civil 3D and Inventor. Additionally, we have access to commercial Solidworks licenses. Above-mentioned packages would also be available to the expert. Also, we have access to certain research and workshop facilities from the TU Delft

We Provide These Local Benefits

Benefits Overview

  • Accommodations
  • Living Stipend
  • Travel Stipend
  • Learning Opportunity
  • Meal Stipend


Accommodation will be provided in Delft or surroundings (e.g. The Hague, Rotterdam).

Different modalities are possible (e.g. homestay, hostel, airbnb). We are more than happy to discuss this.

Living Stipend

Generally yes, it depends a bit on the overall cost for travelling, accommodation and food.

Travel Stipend

We will cover at least part of the international travel cost. The amount depends a bit on the agreed fare for acommodation and food.

Learning Opportunity

aQysta is an startup with an international team composition. In our Delft office, we work with 8 people from 5 nationalities and speak exclusively English within our company.
Working on disruptive technology in a usually conservative market has some unique challenges of its own. By using external expertise, field trips and experimentation, we face these problems head-on and integrate this new knowlegde into our technology. As a small organization we have an open hierarchy and are result-driven. Being located in the YES!Delft incubator means that we are surrounded by dozens of startups, creating a vivid working environment. We hope to offer an opportunity that can be inspirational as well as challenging. 

Food Stipend

We are happy to provide lunch at work and cover a daily rate for breakfast and inner.

Every Friday starting at 5PM there is a "Borrel" (free drinks with small snacks) at Yes!Delft, which is a common tradition in The Netherlands.

Additional Benefits

We are happy to arrange evening(s) out with the team of the start up, show the volunteer around in the weekend or arrange a trip to some sights in The Netherlands

For the work itself, we will be able to provide a computer, including software packages such as ANSYS and Solidworks

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