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Research Engineer R&T in Hoogerheide

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The GKN Fokker Elmo Research & Technology (R&T) department is looking for an ambitious Research Engineer who wants to apply his/her theoretical background to the development of future Electrical (Wiring) Interconnection Systems for sustainable aircraft. Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems (EWIS) already became more prevalent as part of the More Electric Aircraft, however today the journey to full Electric and Hybrid-Electric aircraft adds a new chapter to its technology significance. This will include both High Voltage High Power (HVHP) EWIS developments as well as disruptive technologies for the transmission of low voltage data signals.



A full-time position in the Research & Technology (R&T) department of GKN Fokker Elmo, part of GKN Aerospace. You will be part of the team developing EWIS solutions that can be installed in confined spaces and/or with a significantly lower weight. This does include a near-term concept in which wires are orchestrated in a flat plane instead of the round bundle, but does extend to include FlexPCBs (mid-term) as well as the development of a GKN propriatary concept (longer-term) in which conductors are integrated into a structure. This separates electrical and mechanical functions and brings together expertise within GKN Fokker Aerostructures and GKN Fokker Elmo.

Daily activities provide a mix between theoretical & practical aspects. This includes the generation of design concepts, performing trade-offs, defining production methodologies as well as building samples and performing tests to evaluate and verify theoretical assumptions. This requires collaboration with other departments internally as well as with our technology eco-system consisting of universities, knowledge institutes and industrial partners active in the research.



Knowledge, experience and qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering or a related field,
  • Knowledge in or appreciation for the field of multidisciplinary design;
  • Knowledge of materials and structures (composites) including manufacturing processes preferred.


  • Can think and communicate at multiple levels of abstraction, including conceptual thinking to setup or support lower Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) project(s);
  • Ability to deep dive into functional and technical requirements for EWIS products for Aerospace applications;
  • Be pragmatic and goal-oriented, for example in performing experiments or making samples;
  • Familiar or willing to familiarize with EWIS requirements and being able to translate this into solutions.

Core competences

  • Analytical ability: able to think at an abstract level and identify interrelationships;
  • Innovative: has creative ideas to improve processes and products, and translating into action;
  • Initiative: is proactive, i.e. assertive and takes the initiative to ensure performance and delivery;
  • Collaboration: has a constructive approach to the ideas of others and is able to work harmoniously.


A leading player in the design, manufacturing and support for the Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems (EWIS) for Aerospace and Defense programs. Their innovative tools and processes support customers and represent a Unique Selling Point.

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 38 manufacturing sites and 4 Global Technology Centers, they serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.5bn. GKN Fokker Elmo employs >2200 employees worldwide.


An innovative and international workplace in a company with a rich history in the field of aircraft construction. The company has a passion for technology and their staff is rightly proud of what they develop and build. At GKN Fokker Elmo, you will get every opportunity to build your career and work on your personal development!

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Information with regards to the recruitment procedure: interviews are planned in August. Start is planned for September 2022.