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Research Engineer, Geotechnical

Date: Oct 9, 2021

Location: Delft, NL, 2628 XK

Company: Bentley Systems

Position Summary:

At Bentley Systems we design and offer software and services for geotechnical engineering. The Plaxis team is involved in applied research, product definition, software development, documentation and high-end services related to the PLAXIS product line for applications in soils and rocks. Our research team contributes directly and indirectly to the development of the advanced PLAXIS software products and the fulfilment of user’s needs.


As Research Engineer you will be responsible for the necessary applied research, specification, implementation, documentation, verification and validation of PLAXIS features, related to the use of the software in various practical applications in geotechnical engineering, such as dams and dikes, tunnels, foundations, excavations and underground structures. Most of the activities involve the implementation of numerical models.


Essential Functions:

  • Research, implement and document advanced soil/rock constitutive models in the PLAXIS products
  • Maintain and enhance core constitutive models available in the PLAXIS library
  • Formulate and document benchmarks and case studies
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of product features specification
  • (Co)Author scientific papers either for conference proceedings and international journal publication
  • Supervise MSc/PhD students during their study in connection to PLAXIS developments
  • Assist our Support team in replying to complex user queries
  • Contribute to internal and user-facing activities for knowledge and expertise sharing
  • Engage with a network of experts (academic or professional) to collaborate with
  • Other job-related duties as may be assigned by management



  • PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering or related field
  • Experience in developing advanced soil/rock constitutive models using Fortran, C/C++ or Python
  • Clear research interest with a drive to apply this in the engineering practice
  • Proficient in English (written and verbal)
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Able to work autonomously as well as in a team


Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Implementation experience in commercial packages
  • Implementation experience with discretization strategies such as FEM and FDM
  • Familiar with PLAXIS products


What We Offer:

  • A great team and culture – please see our Recruitment Video.
  • An exciting career as an integral part of a world-leading software company providing solutions for architecture, engineering and construction.
  • Competitive salary and benefits.
  • The opportunity to work within a global and diversely international team.
  • A supportive and collaborative environment.
  • Colleague Recognition Awards.


Company Profile:

Plaxis is part of Bentley Systems, an international software company aiming at comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Plaxis is specialised in geotechnics and focused on developing and supporting the PLAXIS finite element-based software applications for soil and rock analyses. Plaxis has a young international team and is based in a modern new office near the campus of Delft University of Technology.

The PLAXIS software is used all over the world by engineers faced with challenging infrastructural projects (for example foundations, deep excavations, tunnels, dikes and offshore constructions). In addition to the PLAXIS software, we offer our users educational services through workshops, courses and training and we offer them expert advice.


Who We Are:                                                                                                              

Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world's infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,000 colleagues and generates annualized revenues of more than $800 million in 172 countries.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

Bentley is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and considers for employment all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, religion/belief, national origin, caste, age, or any other characteristic protected by local law or unrelated to job qualifications.



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