Graduation Internship - Solar Engineering | Data Analysis

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Graduation internship - Solar Engineering | Data Analysis

Explore. Dream. Discover. Get curious.
Want to play your part in the future of clean mobility?
Are you currently pursuing a Master's degree in engineering or physics? Are you interested in solar cell technology and would you love to work on our real-world systems? Then have a look!

Full-time · Helmond / Remote

Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond and from the comfort of your own home
Domain: Solar
Degree: Master's degree

Which team will you become part of?
At Lightyear, our Engineering Team is divided into different domains which vary from Aerodynamics up to Software and everything in between. Essentially, we have all the expertises in-house to build Lightyear One. While you become part of the Solar Domain, you’ll be surrounded by engineers coming from different backgrounds. Some of them were part of a student team (such as Solar Teams, Formula Student), some come from the automotive industry and some are equipped with a solid high-tech background.

The Solar team at Lightyear is responsible for the solar system in the Lightyear cars. They design the product, test and validate the concepts, produce prototypes and develop the manufacturing process. They also run simulations of optical/thermal/electrical aspects. Their expertise ranges from solar cell technology to PV module process technology and characterization of photovoltaic materials. Cutting edge technology that they are working on is designing, engineering and manufacturing the solar photovoltaic module for the Lightyear cars.

During this graduation internship, you will support the broad solar team at Lightyear. Most activities will be done within the solar Research and Development (R&D) group, but may also interact with other members of the solar team working on areas such as testing or engineering. 

Your personal mission
Lightyear has recently unveiled its production-ready solar vehicle (branded Lightyear 0), and it is already ramping up the development of a second-generation solar car designed for high-volume production. This transition will require exhaustive data analysis; both to study vehicle performance outdoors, and to inform future design decisions. As part of this internship, you will be given the opportunity to work on the development of a data analysis framework for Lightyear’s fleet, and to build relevant databases that can be used as a future reference (e.g. expected solar yield per geography). 

Requirements in order to achieve your personal mission
Be aware, being an intern at Lightyear isn’t just an internship. You’ll be approached as an actual engineer and that requires some skills and being able to take responsibility. Especially given the fact that you’ll join a scale-up where little is set in stone. Therefore, it’s key that you can relate to the following things:

  • You’ve proven that you’re strong both theoretically and pragmatic. For instance, you’ve been part of a student team, did other extracurricular activities, worked in a start-up, you did an outstanding internship or you do sports at a semi-professional level. At Lightyear, we highly value this.
  • You have an educational background in a technical discipline, such as engineering or physics.
  • You would like to start your graduation project somewhere between July - September 2022 (with a duration of 6 months).
  • You are familiar with data collection and analysis methods.

  • You have basic knowledge of photovoltaic technology.

  • You have knowledge of Matlab.

  • Knowledge of data acquisition tools (e.g. LabView) is a plus.

  • You are proactive: when planning activities, collaborating with team members, sharing impressions, etc.
  • You are curious and have a creative approach to work.
  • You strongly identify yourself with our bigger mission: clean mobility for everyone.

What do we offer
In addition to a challenging graduate internship you also have the opportunity to work for a company with a real, honest and ambitious mission. In this way you have the opportunity to make a huge impact on the future of mobility! Next to this, we also offer:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence during your internship.
  • A multidisciplinary team of highly motivated and talented people you can learn from.
  • A certain internship allowance depending on your educational level and type of internship.
  • Monthly meet ups with other interns to have snacks and drinks while meeting other like minded individuals.
  • Monthly engineering peer learning sessions where you learn from other interns on what they do and how they solved it.
  • In addition to a dynamic work environment, there is time for relaxation during our already epic Friday afternoon drinks!

Are you up for the challenge? Then hit apply now!