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Research Engineer Predictive Maintenance

Type of vacancy: Regular
City: Schiphol Oost
Hours per week: 32-40
Education: Master's degree (WO Master)
Apply before: 02/25/2024



The aircraft maintenance division of Air France-KLM is a leading Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organization. Besides maintaining our own fleet, we also maintain aircraft, engines, and components of more than 150 customers. Are you ready to make our organization smarter with the help of Big Data, AI, and data analytics?

What are you going to do?

You will work in the Big Data department of KLM E&M. We are responsible for developing digital innovation from idea to industrialization by leveraging data from our aircraft and our maintenance operations.  This team operates at the crossroads between aircraft engineering, IT development and maintenance operations. The research engineer is expected to invent, develop and validate novel predictive maintenance technologies to enhance the performance of our fleets. Retrofitting of new sensors to existing aircraft for enhanced prognostics & diagnostics will be your flagship project. 


Your tasks will include (but are not limited to) identifying and maturing valuable ideas that contribute to the advanced analytics transformation of KLM E&M (Engineering & Maintenance):


  • Identifying opportunities, requirements and use-cases for on-board sensing system
  • Co-creation with end-users, business stakeholders and product managers
  • Partnering with vendors, OEMs and research partners
  • Collaboration with system-engineers, avionics engineers and airworthiness office
  • Perform Integration, Demonstration and Validation exercise
  • Create visions to mature initial prototype towards Minimal Viable Product (MVP).


You will be playing a key role in the successful development and deployment into service of different predictive maintenance applications, integrating them into the existing processes. In addition, you contribute to ideate, think along, develop, and implement the E&M Big Data strategy and vision.

Where do you land?

At KLM Engineering & Maintenance (E&M), you will become part of the innovative and energetic E&M Big Data team within the E&M Engineering organization, working within a research & innovation team. Our products support a broad audience of engineers, planners, technical specialists and management in their daily business. Our offices are located at Schiphol-East Technical Area, right in the middle of the aircraft maintenance operation.

Your profile

  • MSc in Engineering (e.g. Mechanical, Aerospace)
  • Between 0-5 years of working experience in related field
  • Self-motivating, independent and creative problem solver
  • Strong knowledge of Python programming language
  • Experience in aircraft system engineering is a plus
  • Experience in aviation certification is a plus
  • Ability to effectively communicate new ideas and solutions to a variety of stakeholders


We offer

  • A gross salary between €3.604,78 and €5.898,43 per month;
  • Plenty of scope for personal development and great advancement opportunities;
  • Shift work allowance up to 30%;
  • Labour market allowance;
  • An excellent pension scheme and 8% holiday allowance;
  • A year-end bonus of 8.33%;
  • A profit-sharing scheme, up to 20%;
  • 25 leave days and 5 extra days off;
  • 7 extra days off if you work irregular shift;
  • Substantial discount on airfare (when you have been employed for at least 6 months);
  • A travel expense scheme and free use of the bus network around Schiphol;
  • If your job allows it: working from home and up to 8 weeks working from abroad (EU and Caribbean);
  • 2% development budget.;

Ready for your next destination?

Don’t wait any longer and apply for this function before the final boarding call on 02/25/2024! A motivation letter is no longer required; we will simply ask you a couple of questions during your online application. Within two weeks, you will receive a message from us. Your application procedure consists of two interviews and security research.

Did you know that according to research, women are less likely to apply than men when they don't meet all the job requirements? What a shame. Because, in our view, 'the perfect candidate' is a myth. So, if you have the drive to grow in aspects of this role, we look forward to your application.

To perform this role, you will need a Schiphol pass that gives you access to the secure area at Schiphol-East. This may be a grey pass, or an orange pass with a black border. If necessary, we will apply for this on your behalf. If this pass not issued to you, for whatever reason, you will not be able to start in this position.

A file check (for ex-KLM-employees) and/or a reference check can be part of the application procedure. By applying for this vacancy you consent to these checks.



If you would like to know more about the position, please contact the hiring manager. Call or e-mail the recruiter for questions about the application process. In both cases, don't forget to mention the vacancy number: #16016At KLM, we believe in the power of diversity. Would you like to read more about this? Please see our statement.


Hiring manager

Wouter Kalfsbeek: WOUTER.KALFSBEEK@TD.KLM.COM  or 0612932789





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