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 PV Engineer?
Your mission is to:
Design advanced integrated PV systems for use in the vehicles (ViPV). You will contribute to the continuous improvement of our double curved automotive panels by upgrading its technology and implementing novel architectures towards higher performances (i.e., efficiency, durability, weight).
Your job will consist of but is not limited to:
Being responsible for the design of advanced integrated PV systems for application in vehicles (ViPV).
A day as PV Engineer at Lightyear
Let's start by saying Lightyear is very flexible in terms of your working hours, we offer near-full remote working with any office equipment we need to work ergonomically (and a work-at-home budget to upgrade your internet). If needed, or desired, you can spend your working time at our modern office at the Automotive Campus close to Helmond (travel allowance included). Here you can enjoy a good cup of coffee, thee or hot chocolate, fresh fruit and experience the buzz of the office and the labs/workshops.
So, let's assume this day you chose to come to our office and the first thing you do is grab your favourite wake-up drink before rolling into the first stand-up of the week to align with your project manager. Some other colleagues you might see in this stand-up are other PV engineers, domain expert(s), power electronics engineers and/or testing engineers. At the end of the stand-up, you have a laugh with a few colleagues about what happened during the Friday afternoon drinks of last week. Afterwards, you decide to have a quick one-on-one with your project manager to align on the specific requirements of the project(s) you are working on. Then you decide to go to the lab and/or the manufacturing line to characterize some samples with the aim of understanding whether the new technology you are working on is actually improving the efficiency of our modules.
It's lunch time! You decided to go for a walk together with a few colleagues, because the weather is perfect today (well, the sun is ALWAYS shining in Helmond of course!). During this walk it's not all about work, you also talk about when you are going for a mountain bike ride together (again) or about what you did in the long weekend you all had. After lunch, it's time to design a new DoE to test the module reliability and coordinate its execution, (alone or) together with your colleagues. Later in the day, you present the outcomes of the work you did in the last few weeks to your circle lead and some other colleagues.
At Lightyear, the work is organized by project managers and we work Agile. With 2 week sprints you will have stand-ups (about 3 times per week) with your multidisciplinary project team to align on the timeline (for example). There is 1 sprint for every main (solar) project. As a flat organization you will have many opportunities to influence the design and direction of our products. Putting people first is one of our values, and we try to live up to it by giving you plenty of opportunity to grow and develop. So your day might include one-on-one meetings with your group lead or you might use your training budget to take an interesting course.
At the end of the work week enjoy your well deserved (virtual) Friday afternoon drink or one of the fun activities our happiness team comes up with!
What do we expect from a PV Engineer at Lightyear?
In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear pro-activity, professionalism, communication and adaptability are crucial. 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. You can work within the team or independently and you plan your budget and time well. You are flexible and can work under pressure. Furthermore we are looking for someone with:
At least 3+ years of full time relevant experience in a similar role
Good overview of the whole PV technology value chain
Familiarity with PV module manufacturing processes (direct experience in a PV module manufacturing environment is a big plus)
Extensive knowledge of PV system design and components.
Skills in data analysis software tools (e.g., JMP)
Experience with Matlab and CAD tools (e.g., Catia, Rhino) is a plus
Ability to work in dynamical multidisciplinary teams
Knowledge of the Agile Methodology is a plus
In addition to a challenging role we also offer:
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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Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
2013 - 2015 - 2017
For Best Technology Achievement, beating Apple, SpaceX and Blockchain
Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge
CES Climate Change Innovator Award
At t CES in Las Vegas, Lightyear wins a Climate Change Innovator Award for the huge potential to reduce the emission of CO2.
Automotive Innovation Award
Lightyear won the Challenging Concepts and the People's Price.