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PV Engineer

Are you passionate about solar/ PV; one of our most critical domains?!

Do you want to star in the design of advanced integrated PV systems to apply in our Lightyear One vehicles (ViPV)?  

Join us on our mission!

Full-time · Helmond
Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond, part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation and/or from the comfort of your own home
Domain: Solar
Experience: 3+ years
Degree: Master's degree or PhD in Engineering/ Physics

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).

  • Delivering significant innovation to improve the performance of our ViPV systems by implementing advanced technological building blocks and novel design concepts.
  • Proposing innovative solutions that can deliver a competitive advantage and being able to benchmark them.
  • Planning and coordinating the execution of relevant experimental work.

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:

  • Master's degree or PhD in Physics/ Engineering or any other relevant field
  • 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.

  • Good knowledge of glass, polymers and composite materials is appreciated.
  • Familiarity with automotive and PV standards is a plus.
  • 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

  • Fluent in English is mandatory
  • Availability for 40 hours per week

On a personal level you can relate to the following characteristics. You:
  • have the creativity and ability to propose original solutions, and validate them with a scientific approach;
  • are flexible and able to learn new skills on the spot;
  • have the capability of handling multiple projects at the same time;
  • are a team-player, open-minded and passionate about our mission.

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 technical 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

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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