Senior Control Engineer

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Senior Control Engineer

Do you have at least 5 years of experience as within Control Engineering, not afraid to speak up and reach out to various stakeholders and able to research, study and understand dynamics of unfamiliar systems quickly? 

Full-time · Helmond

Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond, part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation
DomainPerformance & Control
Experience: At least 5 years 
Degree: Bachelor's or Master'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 Senior Control Engineer?
You will become part of the Performance & Control domain within the Technology Circle. While this circle is divided into several triangles (teams), you'll become part of the Engineering Triangle which is the team that actually engineers our (future) products in which a lot of different domains merge together.

Being part of the Performance & Control Domain, you'll be allocated to one or multiple (sub-)systems in which you work on control engineering while you collaborate with engineers & architects coming from different domains. For instance, if you'll work on our in-wheel motors you'll team-up with software, electrical, electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical engineers. Together you'll deliver what is required and it's up to you to add value given your control expertise.

In the morning you update your project teams on the progress of your control system developments and future plans for improvement. Afterwards, you define a concept of a control functionality feature requested by the stakeholders or perform simulations of your latest controller design in MATLAB or Simulink, while debugging the controller implementation in C from the previous SiL (software in the loop) or HiL (hardware in the loop) tests.

In the afternoon, after preparing the test bench, you execute some other validation tests, you analyze the results using a combination of your own scripts and a company library (to which you may contribute), and you summarize the findings in a test report.

At the end of the day you double check if development is on schedule and you reflect on your own and the project team planning. And of course, during the day you exchange your thoughts with colleagues on the cause of bugs, system architectural decisions, and you have a lot of fun with your colleagues!

As Lightyear is still a young company you have plenty of opportunity to make your mark. You regularly have discussions with the team and join our Friday week review before heading off to our epic (temporarily online) Friday afternoon drinks and at the end of the week having a highly contributed feeling about the achieved results! Building the way forward for Lightyear. Your job will consist of but is not limited to:

  • Modeling for control system development and performance simulation.
  • Drafting requirements for control systems.
  • Control system design while being a part of a multidisciplinary team (Matlab/Simulink, software in the loop (SiL)).
  • Support in low level code generation for implementation of control systems (C/C++/Python).
  • Perform tests on dedicated setups and in-vehicle, process data, and assess the observations.
  • Calibration of control systems based on measurement results.

What do we expect from a Senior control 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:

  • a Master's degree in control systems or similar, e.g., dynamic systems, mechatronics, robotics.
  • At least 2+ years of working experience as a Senior Control Engineer
  • The ability to perform listed tasks & responsibilities in a self-sufficient manner

  • A critical mindset with a good overview of the whole system you bear responsibility for
  • The capability to speak up and reach out to various stakeholders
  • The ability to research, study and understand dynamics of unfamiliar systems quickly
  • Skills to Implement the control design process in the project team planning
  • The ability to design and conduct experiments (mostly for model validation and system calibration)
  • Skills to log data on the fly, quickly analyse and make calibration or code changes on the spot
  • Skills in System identification, physical modeling, PID control, model-based control, Observer design, optimization
  • Basic knowledge of Matlab, Simulink, C/C++
  • Fluency in English

On a personal level you can relate to the following characteristics; You are (Self-) Critical, a System thinker, Able to strike a good balance between quality/performance and cost, Technically creative and have Willingness to take on responsibility and to contribute beyond your own scope. 

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 (online) epic Friday afternoon drinks and events

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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