Senior R&D Engineer / R&D Manager

Blue Heart Energy – Alkmaar (Thermoacoustics - The new Heat pump technology)

What is required?

  • MSc. / Preference Phd in the direction of Physics, Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • At least 10 years’ relevant work experience
  • Good command of the English language, both verbally and in writing
  • Good R&D management skills and being able to guide junior R&D colleagues
  • Senior R&D level in thermodynamics, thermal fluids and materials (combination of rubbers and metals) and hardware development
  • Knowledge of and experience with testing and modeling (including Comsol, Matlab and Phyton)
  • Able and willing to work in a start-up environment, goal oriented and good adaptability

What will you get?

  • €4.500 - €7.000 gross p/m (depending on knowledge and experience)
  • 40-hour working week
  • 25 days holiday
  • Training opportunities
  • Company Phantom shares, laptop and SIM card EU+USA

What will you do?

  • 40% Managing the team
  • 20% Facilitating and planning test work
  • 20% Meetings with partners and suppliers
  • 20% Reviewing analyses and reports of team members


As a Senior R&D Engineer / R&D Manager, you will lead BlueHeart Energy's Research & Development team. You provide technical support for the development and analysis of mechanical and thermal systems, and hardware development. You are a mentor for the Junior Engineers in the team and together with the entire team you deal with technical issues and planning the development of new methods and hardware. In this position, you also have a coaching role, and ask critical questions when necessary about your team members’ working methods. You help them think about making all processes as efficient as possible. You also work together with the Lab Supervisor to coordinate agreements on test plans, test implementations and test environments. You manage the Research & Development team, consisting of four Mechanical Engineers, a Technician, a Physicist and the Lab supervisor. The team includes people of different nationalities, so English is the main language.

"If you enjoy having a coaching role in a dynamic work environment and find it challenging to prioritise your tasks well in a company where there is still a lot of innovation going on, then this is a job for you."

Firsthand experience

"One of the employees on your team gets a request to do an analysis for another team and, as a result, loses track of their schedule. What do you do?"

Sometimes team members struggle with their planning. For example, because a member from another team requests something and it is difficult to assess whether this request is more important than the things going on in their own team. In your role as Senior R&D Engineer/ R&D Manager, you have more insight in what is going on organisation-wide and where the priorities lie, which usually allows you to coach your team members well in their planning. During the weekly team meetings, you discuss what the top two or three priorities are for that week, so you are aware of what is happening within your own team. If necessary, you consult the other team to get a more complete picture of when they need the analysis. You then know how this task should be scheduled in relation to the others and whether you need to shift other things for this.


The growth path at BlueHeart Energy is not fixed. The company expects to grow rapidly in the coming years and create opportunities for everyone who is ready to take on new responsibilities. BlueHeart Energy offers training and courses and knowledge sharing between employees is very important. The big advantage of the start-up phase is that your own initiative is highly valued and you can create your own job. As Blue Heart Energy grows, you grow with it.

Working at Blue Heart Energy

Blue Heart Energy was founded in 2016 to apply thermoacoustics as a technology in heat pumps. Thermoacoustics is a disruptive approach to generate heat and cold, with potential to revolutionize the whole industry. Over the past five years, BHE has developed a thermoacoustic engine to power heat pumps in residential buildings. This so called 'Blue Heart' of a heat pump is sold to manufacturers. In the coming years, Blue Heart will have to be further developed and optimized. Besides this, we must set up our production and strengthen the relationships with our customers.

Straight to the job:

Company Profile: (View company profile of Blue Heart Energy)

  • Headquarters in Alkmaar
  • 28 employees
  • Active in more than 10 countries
  • 20% / 80%
  • Average age 38 years
  • Casual
  • Hybrid working