Electrical Engineer - Solar

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Electrical Engineer - Solar

Are you keen about the intersection of electrical engineering and procurement? Do you know what it's like to bring concepts to life within high volume environments?

Then have a look below!

Full-time · Helmond / Remote

Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond or remotely. For some (also senior) roles we are accommodating people to work from outside of the Netherlands for the majority of their weeks. But for the full on-site experience: Helmond is part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation. You will feel at home here.
Domain: Electrical Engineering
Experience: 3+ years of relevant experience
Degree: Bachelor's degree

Working at Lightyear is a unique experience. You get the opportunity to work for a company with a pure and meaningful mission. A mission that will make a positive and lasting impact on future generations. 

What will you do as Electrical Engineer - at Solar?
You will become part of Lightyear’s electrical engineering domain which is a very diverse team and will work on the Layer project. Layer is the project where we develop our solar system for the Lightyear One and we are investigating other vehicles as well. The solar system consists of automotive-grade solar panels (VIPV), power converters, and (energy) management systems. These new generation solar systems are developed at Lightyear internally and are one of the key technologies in creating a super-efficient solar car.

In the role of Electrical Engineer - Solar you will be responsible for creating electrical and electronics designs for solar electronics, like MPPTs, solar panels, controllers, and the system architecture. You will work together with power electronics engineers, control engineers, mechanical engineers, etc. Occasionally if you want, you may also work on improving the (prototype) production process for example by automating stages of the assembly and end-of-line testing. Also, you will work together with our integration and verification team to help them integrate solar electronics in prototype vehicles. Since you will be in charge of your own career path, your tasks will be evolving around your interests. While electrical and electronics engineering is your prime focus, your role isn’t limited to these framed tasks and responsibilities:

  • Make scripts in Matlab
  • Develop models in LTSpice
  • Develop models in Matlab/Simulink/PLECS
  • Analyse data in Matlab/Simulink/PLECS
  • Design electrical circuits and architectures or contribute to architectural concepts based on requirements
  • Take part in design reviews and verification
  • Quantify the performance of different architecture choices and optimize architecture choices according to the cost function
  • Check on (electrical) integration feasibility
  • Take part in guiding manufacturing

Did we trigger your curiosity while reading through your future role? Let’s see if you have what it takes!

What do we expect from an Electrical Engineer - Solar?
In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear; pro-activity, professionalism, communication, and adaptability are crucial. We are looking for someone with an ambitious attitude who learns from the past but who is especially open to transforming new developments or ideas into the ‘tried and tested’ of the future! You thrive on working team-based, but working independently every now and then shouldn’t be an issue. Furthermore, we think the following is needed to fulfill the role of Electrical Engineer - Solar:

  •  A master's or bachelor's in electrical and or electronics engineering
  • 1+ year of experience as an engineer in electrical or electronics design
  • Besides the above-listed tasks and responsibilities you are knowledgeable in:
          • Broad Electrical Engineering
          • Electronics
  • Very familiar with or quickly to understand:
        • Matlab
        • Simulink
        • PCB design tooling (Altium preferred)
  • On the practical side you have experience in:
        • The ability to solve problems mathematically in order to find optimums
        • Create schematics according to (EU) standards (e.g. ISO60617)- Data analysis in Matlab
        • Matlab script development skills
        • Electronics model development in Simulink
        • Simulink script development skills
        • Define clear interfaces and negotiate them with stakeholders
        • Experience within complex multidisciplinary systems in which you were responsible for multiple (sub-)systems.
        • Working hands-on
  • Having knowledge of and/or experience in the following is a plus:
        • Requirement engineering
        • Python  or similar programming languages
        • Requirements management software (Jama preferred)
        • Spice simulation software (LTspice preferred)

Personally, you consider yourself a team player while being decisive. Furthermore, you are self-propelled, precise, a fast learner, have a strong desire to automate, and are highly creative.

What can you expect from Lightyear?
In addition to a challenging role we also offer:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence in your role
  • A role within a multidisciplinary team consisting of highly motivated, inquisitive, and talented people with a broad diversity of experience
  • A role at one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the Netherlands with tremendous potential
  • 40 vacation days per year
  • An interesting and balanced pension through Zwitserleven that is in line with the mission of Lightyear
  • The ability to participate via shares and to be involved in the growth and success of Lightyear
  • In addition to a dynamic working environment, there is time for relaxation during our already epic Friday afternoon drinks
  • A diverse & inclusive culture driven by trust which results in the opportunity to work remotely. UK & German contracts are in place and more are yet to come!
  • We value diversity! To achieve a fair, peaceful and productive working environment, we encourage people with different backgrounds to apply. 
About Lightyear

Lightyear is an innovative and progressive scale-up with one mission: clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.

Lightyear originates from the legacy as a multiple world championship of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge® Cruiser Class. Officially established in 2016 by 5 visionaries with the dream to make this groundbreaking technology accessible to everyone, everywhere. In order to accelerate the transition towards a truly sustainable solution for mobility, we believe that it is necessary to completely rethink automotive design by starting from scratch, not limited by industry conventions.

At Lightyear, we all strive for the same goal. We have a team with diverse skill sets and backgrounds; all working tirelessly towards clean mobility for everyone, everywhere. We’re proud of our culture and live up to our core values: think independently, be bold, deliver the change, put people first and take responsibility. Our shared vision is what unites and drives us.

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