Apply for Solar Team Twente 2023

 

Do you like challenging yourself? And are you interested in technological developments? Are you ready for an amazing experience called Solar Team Twente? In September 2022, a new group of students from Saxion Hogeschool and the University of Twente will start their adventure as the 10th team of Solar Team Twente. They will develop their own solar-powered car and challenge the Australian outback during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2023. Do you want to be part of this team? Will you take on the challenge?

If you want to be a part of this great adventure, send your CV and a motivational letter (Dutch or English) to apply@solarteam.nl! If you have any questions regarding the application process, feel free to contact us via apply@solarteam.nl.

Positions 

Management Team

Team Manager

As the team manager you are responsible for the whole project. Together with the other members of the management team (MT) you determine the goals of the project, monitor the overall planning and progress and you look for solutions to problems that occur.

You are the face of the team and hence, you will regularly give presentations or speak to the press. In addition, you are the first contact for most big stakeholders of the project, such as the Foundation, the Committee of Recommendation, the core supervisors, the organization of the World Solar Challenge and some of the biggest sponsors. You are responsible for keeping the stakeholders happy. Communication skills and a clear vision are therefore important for the team manager. Affinity with sponsoring and commercial insights are a big plus.

The team manager takes the lead in the development of the team. You know what is going on within the team and it important to talk to all team members. Coaching and motivating are keywords for this. You discuss problems within the team with the management team and together you think of solutions. If the management team cannot figure it out, the team manager ultimately makes the decision.

Does this description sounds like you? Maybe you could be the next team manager of Solar Team Twente!

Are you curious and do you want to know more? Mail to c.vanlaar@solarteam.nl and all your questions will be answered.

Marketing & Communications Manager

Are you up for the challenge to inspire, inform, and enthuse people on every aspect of Solar Team Twente with your team? As Marketing & Communications Manager of Solar Team Twente you are part of and foreman of the Marketing & Communications Team. You form the team together with two account managers, a content marketeer, a public relations officer and an events coordinator. Together you are responsible for all media outlets such as online content, press and also the organisation of inspiring events and maintaining great relations with partners.

Together with your team, you will set up high-level planning for this edition. During the one and a half years, you will monitor the progress of the marketing and communications strategy targets and provide your team with clear goals. Together with your team you will ensure that the targets are achieved.

For your team, you are an inspiring partner with whom they discuss their ideas as well as a true connector within the team. Besides this, you monitor the planning and targets for this edition closely and take action when things are going differently than planned. You’re a real team-player, proactive, result-oriented, enthusiast, motivator and you have a great sense of responsibility for your team.

Besides monitoring the team’s planning, you are also actively involved in the wellbeing of your team members and you represent them in the Management Team.

Who are you? You’re good with strict planning and are able to monitor this closely. Besides this, you are involved with your team members and want to help them achieve their goals. Dutch or English? Neither are a dealbreaker to you.

In short, do you love working with people and get enthusiastic about the idea of showing Twente and the rest of the world everything about Solar Team Twente? Then we’re looking for you!

Do you want more information, or do you have any questions? Feel free to send an email to m.vaneijk@solarteam.nl.

Secretary, Finance and Logistics

As Secretary, Finance and Logistics you are part of the Management Team (MT). As you might guess you are responsible for three domains. Within the management team you have a more independent role, since you don’t lead your own team. It is important to be able to look at problems objectively and come up with (out-of-the-box) solutions. From the management team you are the most flexible in your activities. Hence you will often find yourself supporting the other managers were necessary.

Secretary

The smallest function in your portfolio is the role of secretary. You are responsible for the structuring and spreading the information flow within the team. This includes making minutes of meetings as well as administering the email and phone server as well as the physical mail. Furthermore you will be arranging the insurance policies and the activism scholarships for your team members.

Finance

As financial manager you will be responsible for make the budget. You will do this based on the settlement of the previous edition and the project goals you make with the rest of the MT. The budget includes many items that you monitor and discuss with the relevant team members. The bookkeeping is a weekly reoccurring task which for the most part consist of invoices and received sponsorships. For the later you are in close contact with external relations and support them were necessary. You will also constantly try to predict the money flow in order to anticipate on risk and opportunities that will arise. You discuss issues with the management team for which you present clear overviews.

Logistics

Al the logistics needed in order to participate in the race in Australia form a complex operation. You are responsible to get everything from the Netherlands to Australia at the right timing. This includes people, the solar car, materials and tools and of course the so called “dangerous goods”. You have a lot of contact with external parties who will facilitate the transport and ensure a smooth transport process. You can also expert a number of other tasks preparing for the teams time in Australia (think about housing or arranging the convoy). However you will determine with the management team who will get which task, since the period in Australia is a shared responsibility.

In short, as secretary, Finance and Logistics you are the most flexible member of the management team with a set of responsibilities essential for a good result. Are you able to work precise, good in analyzing multiple possible outcomes, work independently as well as in an team? Do you like to think about all types of management questions? Apply for this position!

Are you curious and do you want more information? Send an email to m.jansen@solarteam.nl!

 

 

Technical Manager

As technical manager you are the link between the technical and the management team (MT). You are responsible for the technical planning, progress and logistics of technical parts. Furthermore, you report towards the MT and partners involved.

You are responsible for all technical aspects. You are the one with overview on the technical side of the project. You manage the planning and use this planning to manage the technical team. Your skill is to anticipate on recent developments in the team to make sure deadlines are met and everything gets delivered on time. Making hard decisions between planning and quality of the car will be one your plate. Another important part is keeping in touch with all suppliers and technical partners. You are responsible for acquisition of technical partners for the production of all required parts. Talk about expectations and make sure all products, designed by the technical team, will be in on time.

Together with head of the mechanical team and head of the electrical team you make sure the different technical disciplines work together well. As technical manager you have a critical attitude towards choices, designs, the production and the testing of the technical team. You prepare technical meetings so they go smoothly, goal oriented and efficiently. Occurring problems and progress are discussed at the MT. In that way, you will keep them up-to-date and vice versa you keep updated with the rest of the team. In this way, you can work on solutions for the problems. Furthermore, you are responsible for the technical budget, which you’ll discuss with the financial manager.

In short, you are intimately involved in all technical disciplines and work closely with both the management and the technical team.

Are you technically minded and is communications within technical teams one of your skills? Do you cooperate easily and are you commercially minded? Do you know how to keep an overview, look forward and can you transform this into a realistic and iterative planning? Identify possible problems and prevent them? Critically minded and know how to motivate a team? Apply for the function of technical manager of Solar Team Twente.

Are you curious and do you want more information? Send an email to r.mulder@solarteam.nl!

Marketing & Communications Team

Public Relations Officer

Are you up for the challenge to inspire, inform, and enthuse people on every aspect of Solar Team Twente with your team? As Public Relations Officer of Solar Team Twente you are part of the Marketing & Communications Team. You form the team together with two account managers, a content marketeer, an events coordinator and the marketing & communications manager. Together you are responsible for all media outlets such as online content, press and also the organisation of inspiring events and maintaining great relations with partners.

As the Public Relations Officer, you take the initiative to share the story of Solar Team Twente with as many people as possible. You share the inspiring developments, fun facts and trends with regards to the team. You will be responsible for building and maintaining the team’s press relations. With your enthusiasm, sharp pen and witty press statements, you aim to increase the appearance of Solar Team Twente in (inter-)national media. 

Within the Marketing & Communications team, you are responsible for creating, maintaining and improving public relations. Together with your team, you set up targets for this edition. Based on these targets, you initiate creative ways to increase awareness on internal ánd external platforms. To be able to execute your plans and target the right group of people, you work closely with the Accountmanagers and Content Marketeer. Together, you compose a content planning, and you will create inspiring content fitting to the different media channels. You will also work with the many great partners of Solar Team Twente to increase the impact of the collaborations.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about the project and an enthusiastic presenter. You come up with creative ideas and have a proactive attitude to make these ideas happen. Besides this you are a true team-player and skilled in English and Dutch.

Are you familiar with tools such as InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe Premiere? Then you’re already one step ahead of the competition!

In short, are you the creative genius whose hands are itching to inspire many people? Do you have a sharp pen and write texts which gets the crowd going? Then we’re looking for you!

Do you want more information, or do you have any questions? Feel free to send an email to m.vaneijk@solarteam.nl.

Content Marketeer

Are you up for the challenge to inspire, inform, and enthuse people on every aspect of Solar Team Twente with your team? As Content Marketeer of Solar Team Twente you are part of the Marketing & Communications Team. You form the team together with two account managers, a public relations officer, an events coordinator and the marketing & communications manager. Together you are responsible for all media outlets such as online content, press and also the organisation of inspiring events and maintaining great relations with partners.

As content marketeer, you are responsible for the main marketing outputs of the team. Think of social media, photography, videography, our website, and graphic design. You find new ways to share the story of the team, and you’re eager to let your creativity loose on building the team’s perfect public image. You love social media and publicity stunts, and enjoy inspiring other people with your story and getting them on board with you. Your goal is to further build our online community and professionalize the communication through our social media channels, advertising and the website. Do you love writing and designing? Then this position is a perfect fit as you are given the freedom to create all the content that you like! Think about vlogs, videos, infographics, graphic design and the artwork of our car! Your task is completed when as many people as possible have heard of and seen outlets of Solar Team Twente.

As Marketing and Content Specialist within the Marketing and Communication team you are responsible for creating, maintaining and optimizing social media campaigns (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter, etc.). Together with the team you set up targets for this edition. Based on these targets, you set up the social media campaigns and strategy for the social media channels. To be able to target the correct group of people you work closely with the Accountmanagers and Marketing Events Coordinator. Together you compose a content planning and you will create the inspiring content fitting to the different social media channels.

We are of course looking for someone who is passionate about content marketing. As you will work with a diverse and dynamic group of people, it is convenient if you are flexible and able to switch gears quickly. Taking initiative and carrying responsibility is important and you will have enough space to do this in. Besides this you are a true teamplayer, creative, and good knowledge of the English and Dutch language. You are good at graphic design and you are familiar, or like to learn how to work with programs like InDesign, Photoshop, illustrator and Adobe Premiere.

In short, are you the creative genius whose hands are itching to create inspiring (social media) content for a wide variety of people? Do you love making photos and videos? Then we’re looking for you!

Do you want extra information? Send an email to c.lemmens@solarteam.nl.

Events Coordinator

Are you up for the challenge to inspire, inform, and enthuse people on every aspect of Solar Team Twente with your team? As Events Coordinator of Solar Team Twente you are part of the Marketing & Communications Team. You form the team together with two account managers, a public relations officer, a content specialist and the marketing & communications manager. Together you are responsible for all media outlets such as online content, press and also the organisation of inspiring events and maintaining great relations with partners.

As events coordinator you are responsible for organizing the many different events surrounding Solar Team Twente. Organizing events is the best way to reach out to you target audience. Whether they’re exclusive events for the partner network to improve networking, open events for friends and family to share the solarteam-spirit, or external events organized by companies where Solar Team Twente can show it’s awesomeness by giving inspiring presentations and showing the car to interested people, you are always there to set the perfect atmosphere for people to feel part of our story.

Within this position you will maintain contacts with external parties and you will educate yourself in all things belonging to event management. Together with the Marketing and Communication Manager you are responsible for the budgeting of the event and the high level planning. Together with the Accountmanagers and the Content Marketeer you think about promotion of the event.

Our ideal candidate is creative, innovative, detail oriented but also a true teamplayer. You have great communicative skills and are not afraid to make decisions when it comes to your event. Finally you are a real driving force and you have no problems with strict deadlines.

In short, do you have a mind full of creative ideas and are you psyched to set up the most epic events for Solar Team Twente? Then we’re looking for you!

Do you want extra information? Send an email to c.lemmens@solarteam.nl.

Accountmanager
Your team

Are you up for the challenge to inspire, inform and enthuse people on every aspect of Solar Team Twente with your team? As Accountmanager for Solar Team Twente you are part of the Marketing and Communication Team. You form the team together with, a content marketeer, an events coordinator and the marketing & communications manager. Together you are responsible for all media outlets such as online content, press and also the organization of awesome events and maintaining great relations with our partners. Your special focus is the acquisition of new partners!

 Your position

As Accountmanager for Solar Team Twente you have a wide scale of tasks to perform. You are responsible for the acquisition of new partners and maintaining the good relations with our existing partners. The leads which you generate allow you to enthuse possible partners and connect them to you and Solar Team Twente. You do this by calling, mailing and visiting potential partners. Together you work towards the targets as described in the Marketing and Communication plan. You assess the market, look at the partners we already have and set up a strategic account plan.

You are the primary contact for partners and responsible for accountmanagement. You represent the wishes of your partners in discussions with your team, as you know exactly what they wish for. You make sure to supply your colleagues in the Marketing & Communication Team with enough details about the specific wishes of your partners.

 We are looking for someone who is passionate about the project, is a strong communicator, relationship-oriented and knows a little bit about negotiation tactics. You understand the relation between marketing and accountmanagement, you keep your head cool, are enthusiastic and you follow through on your plans. Presenting Solar Team Twente on location at a partner is not something you shy away from. We are looking for a true teamplayer who will go great lengths to achieve your targets.

Does this position sound like you, then you’re probably the one we’re looking for!

Are you curious, do you have any questions, or do you just want to know more about this position? Send an email to r.hoen@solarteam.nl and your questions will be answered!

 

Technical Team

Aerodynamics

It is your job to make sure that the solar car uses as little energy as possible, by minimizing the air resistance. You will spend a lot of time designing the car in CAD software Rhino to then run the CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulations in ANSYS. This way, you try to achieve the most aerodynamic design for the solar car.

As an aerodynamics engineer, you will discuss with your teammates often during the design phase. Based on the aerodynamic behaviour, you determine the outer shell of the car with which you define the space in which the other disciplines operate. This means you will especially work a lot with the mechanical and structural design departments to make sure that everything in the car will fit and be optimally designed.

After the design phase, you will go into the production phase to build the car yourself with your colleagues from mechanics and structural design. In this phase, your focus will lie on the details and the finish of the solar car as they are very important for the aerodynamics.

For this function it is important to have affinity with aerodynamics, for instance by having followed courses on fluid dynamics. Experience with modelling, in CAD as well as in physics, and knowledge of simulation software is an absolute advantage. If you are also precise, have eye for detail and have communicative skills, then you should apply for this function!

Have you become curious and do you want to know more about this function? Send your question(s) to j.hofste@solarteam.nl and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Strategy

Do we have enough energy left in our batteries to accelerate or should we slowdown in case the weather turns out worse? Is it better to keep driving with our own strategy or should we stay close to the other competitors? How much more efficient should an electromotor be if it is 4% heavier than our current electromotor? As a race strategist you’ll be dealing with these kind of questions.

During the entire year you are working for that one moment: the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia. You make lots of different models for the solar car in order to be able to predict the necessary power output for the solar car in different circumstances. You take a lot of different things into account: wind speeds and directions, solar irradiance, other competitors, steep hills and the surrounding environment. During the race it is your job to calculate the optimal speed for the solar car.

During the design phase you support the technical team in difficult decisions that influence the performance of the car, like the optimal positioning of the solar cells on the car, the optimal battery pack and the specifications of the electromotor.

After the car is built, you want to get as much information about the car as possible. You are responsible for several large tests, for example testing on a large banked circuit to determine the energy consumption of the solar car at high speeds or testing the solar panel in Australia to determine its power input for different weather conditions.

In Australia you are busy preparing everything for the race: strategic plans, internet coverage, different weather scenarios, the race convoy, optimal camping spots on the route and way more. During the race you are in the rear escort vehicle constantly working on different scenarios and trying to determine the optimal race strategy.

Are you a strong analytical thinker, do you have strong communication skills? Do you like analyzing data and making models? Do you perhaps even have some meteorological affinity? Then race strategy is something for you!

Experience with programming (C++/Java/Python/MATLAB) is a prerequisite.

Are you interested in a position as race strategist and do you want to know more? Mail to j.tel@solarteam.nl and all your questions will be answered!

Mechanics

As a mechanic of Solar Team Twente, you are responsible for all parts which can move with respect to the structural part of the car. Among these parts are the wheel suspension, rims with tires, the braking system, the steering system and the solar charging configuration.

You work together closely with all disciplines in the technical team. The available space for the mechanical parts depends on the aerodynamical properties of the car and all the mechanical parts must be attached to the internal structure of the car. You have to discuss a lot to accomplish this, for example how to transfer the forces of the mechanical forces to the structural parts. You are not only busy with the mechanics, but you also give thought to the aerodynamical shape and internal structure of the car.

Both practical knowledge and experience in using CAD-software, as well as theoretical knowledge about the necessary technical design and simulation calculations are a must for this position. You collaborate with a lot of companies during this project. These companies help you with both the optimization and manufacturing of the designed parts. The capability to communicate clearly and have both mechanical and dynamical knowledge are very important.

In an early stage of the project, you will actually test the mechanical components on a so called mock-up: A testframe provided with the designed parts. The goal of these tests is to verify the strength and quality of the designed parts, and to optimize them if necessary. You can probably be found at the testing location Vliegveld Twenthe early on in the year. During the production stage, practical knowledge and skill are of great importance. Finally you are steadfast and ambitious: Only the best products are good enough for the solar car. Knowledge of mechanics, materials, strength and stiffness and a practical attitude are an absolute must for this position. Will you be able to put the theory from class to practice? Do you want to design on the edge of possible? Then this position fits you perfectly!

Are you curious about the position and do you want to know more? Send a mail to p.heineman@solarteam.nl and all your questions will be answered!

Electronics

Within Solar Team Twente the electrical engineers make sure that the car can drive and transform it from an electric car to a solar car. To do this you will build upon the electrical systems of previous teams, searching for new opportunities for improvement and implementing them. You will design new parts and improve the existing ones, all the while making sure they work well with the already existing systems. You don’t have to do this alone, there will be constant help from old team members and technical partners.

To make the best car we must be on the cutting edge of technology, which is why we design our own systems. However, as the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is over 3000 km, the systems all must be very reliable. You will have to find the balance between innovating and making sure that everything keeps working during the race.

The electrical system of the solar car can be split up into four sub systems: drivetrain, energy storage, solar panel and telemetry.  While they are all extremely important, the car won’t work if these subsystems can’t communicate with each other. You will learn about the communication between these systems, but you will also learn to communicate with the other people designing these systems.

Solar Team Twente has always been one of the best teams in terms of electrical systems, for example with our self-developed SABINE system. Are you up for the challenge of keeping it that way? Are you ready to test your electrical knowledge in a fantastic project? Can you work precise but also fast? Can you work with a team but also independently? Then you are the person we are looking for! Depending on your function within the team you will learn working with software such as Altium or LabVIEW, communication protocols such as CAN, designing an efficient but also aerodynamic solar panel, testing your own electrical parts and much more. After a lot of work, you will get the most amazing reward: seeing the car you build yourself crossing the finish line in Adelaide, leaving all competition far behind!

Are you curious and want to know more? Mail to t.alberts@solarteam.nl and all your questions will be answered!

Data Acquisition

Within Solar Team Twente, our Data Acquisitor’s is the main software engineer of the team. Your primary responsibility is our data-acquisition system used to control and monitor the solar car remotely through its telemetry system. For that, you will be closely working with our strategy and electrical team. Besides the data-acquisition, you can also assist the electrical team in writing and maintaining firmware for electrical components inside the solar car if this suits you.

During testing you will be tracking down issues in our electrical system and with that making sure the system is reliable. You are also responsible for providing the strategist with the necessary parameters that allows for the best possible preparation for the race.

Throughout the race you are continuously monitoring the car to make sure everything works as efficient as intended. All the important systems in the car, such as the solar panel, battery and motor, transmit data that is important you to make sure that the solar car is working correctly, and efficiently. Additionally, this data must be accessible to the strategist which uses this data to determine the racing strategy.

You will also be responsible for the communication systems within our race convoy that allows us to communicate in areas where normal communication methods are unavailable. For this you will have to setup different networks, including satellite communications. Several convoy cars are also equipped with weather stations, you will be responsible for making sure that their data is correctly transmitted to, and integrated with the data acquisition system.

Within this function you will additionally learn to work with CAN networks, analog- and digital sensors, programming microprocessors and development boards such as the Raspberry Pi.

Are you looking for a challenge and interested in deepening your computer science and electrotechnical knowledge? Do you like working with data, making it more accesible to people and analyzing it? Then data acquisition might be something for you!

Experience in a high-level programming language such as Python, Java and C++ is a prerequisite.

Are you interested in this position and want to know more? Mail to o.lijzenga@solarteam.nl and all your questions will be answered!

Structural Design

As a structural designer, you are responsible for the design and construction of all the composite parts in the car, for example, the aeroshell and the internal load-carrying parts. These parts are made with the newest materials and techniques used in the composite world. So as a structural designer you will mostly work with fibre reinforced plastics, the material of the future.

Most disciplines within the technical team have an interface with the load-carrying structure of the car. For example, the available space and shape of the car are strongly influenced by the aerodynamic team. However, there has to be enough space for the suspension, the steering wheel and safety aspects like the roll bar and the driver’s safety box. So, next to designing composite parts, you’ll work together with the mechanical and aerodynamic team a lot.

Both practical knowledge and experience in the use of CAD-software as well as theoretical knowledge of the technical design and calculations are a must for this function. During the project, you often talk with specialists in the field from companies like the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) and Fokker (GKN Aerospace) who have a lot of knowledge in the field of composites and material science. Good communicative skills and knowledge of dynamics and mechanics are of great use too.

As you are responsible for the production of the composite parts and the production of them you also are in charge of arranging all the materials needed from the obvious like the carbon to little things like tape. Next to this, the production process itself has to be prepared in detail which includes contacting the production partners and improving the current production process. During the production phase, your practical know-how will be of great use.

Do you get excited about working with the newest production processes and materials, and about designing the composite parts of the new solar car? Do you have knowledge about composites or would you like to gain experience in it? Do you want to work together with the biggest knowledge institutes and companies in this field? Than Structural Design is the function for you!

Has this sparked your curiosity or do you want to know more? You can email s.louws@solarteam.nl and all your questions will be answered!