Principal Power Electronics Reliability Engineer

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Principal Power Electronics Reliability Engineer

Do you have solid understanding of power converters and would you like to work on the cutting-edge of it to maximise its reliability? Are you eager to go up until the fundamental level of physics behind the failure mechanism? Then have a read! 

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: Power Electronics
Experience: 10+ years of industry experience
Degree: Master's degree or Ph.D.

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 a Principal Power Electronics Reliability Engineer?
Let's start off with some context. At Lightyear, we're developing Solar Electric Vehicles with a hyper-focus on efficiency. Given that hyper-focus, we're working on the most efficient and reliable powertrains. 

Taking that even more deeply, you'll be responsible for guiding our team of Architects and Engineers in the reliability aspects of power electronics (semiconductors and passives). You will be working on the intersection of power electronics, thermal engineering, material science, and solid mechanics. 
While the role is still quite fluid, you'll primarily work on:

  • Setting reliability targets for power electronics systems and components
  • Incorporating Design for Reliability into the company
  • Performing robustness tests
  • Lifetime predictions using FEM and analytical modeling
  • Troubleshoot the root causes of electrical components failure modes and report findings
  • PHM (part of R&D) 
  • Developing partnerships with academia and industry
  • Developing our her reliability for power electronics sub-domain

For this role, you will have to go deep until you can explain the fundamental physics behind the failure mechanism. You will need to use data to drive your decisions. Besides that, a multi-domain view is key. Are you up for the challenge and would you consider it your mission to make sure our power electronics will be reliable? Then have a read on what you ideally bring along.

What do we expect from a Principal Power Electronics Reliability Engineer at Lightyear?
In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear pro-activity, professionalism, communication, and adaptability are crucial. In addition, we are looking for people with an ambitious attitude who learn from the past (tried and tested) and who strive to set new standards when needed. Therefore, you bring along:

  • Master of Science or a Ph.D. in Power Electronics, Material Science, Solid Mechanics, Physics, or similar
  • 10+ years of experience 
  • At least a basic understanding of electronics
  • Experience with accelerated environmental testing, reliability testing, and reliability standards.
  • Experience with empirical data collection, statistical data analysis, and reliability statistics
  • Fundamental understanding of the relationship between microstructure versus mechanical and physical properties of materials used in electronic packaging
  • Experience with scripting and programming (Python/Matlab/Julia)
  • Experience with and understanding of FEM

On a personal level, you are someone who is both result driven and analytical. You're accurate, you have a systematic approach and you're 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!

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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