Apply for Solar Team Twente 2021

 

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 2020 a new group of students from Saxion Hogeschool and the University of Twente will start their adventure as the 9th team of Solar Team Twente. They will develop their own solar powered car and challenge the Australian outback during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2021. Do you want to be part of this team, will you take on the challenge?

Apply before the 16th of March by sending your CV and a motivational letter (Dutch or English) to apply@solarteam.nl

Interest Activities

Date

Time

Location

Room

4th of February

12:30

University of Twente

Waaier 4

11th of February

12:00

Hogeschool Saxion

OTSWO Wolvecamp 3

26th of February

12:30

University of Twente

O&O Square

3rd of March

12:30

University of Twente

Waaier 4

5th of March

12:00

Hogeschool Saxion

OTSWO Wolvecamp 3

Interest Activities for Study Assosiations

Date

Time

Location

Room

24th of February

12:30

University of Twente; Study association Arago

CR3C

24th of February

12:30

University of Twente; Study association Inter-Actief

RA1501

25th of February

12:30

University of Twente; Study association Newon

OH218

25th of February

12:30

University of Twente; Study association Daedalus

OH218

TBA

12:30

University of Twente; Study association Communique

TBA

Functions Team 2021

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 a.dekker@solarteam.nl and all your questions will be answered.

Marketing and Communication Manager
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 Marketing and Communication manager of Solar Team Twente you are part of and foreman of the Marketing and Communication Team. You form the team together with two account managers, two marketing and content specialists and a marketing events coordinator. 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 position

Together with the team you will setup a high-level planning for this edition. You will look into the organization and follow-up of events and maintain good contact with the (local) press. During the one and a half year you will monitor the progress of the marketing and communication strategy targets and provide your team with clear goals. You will manage this and ensure that the targets are achieved.

For your team you are an inspiring partner with who they discuss their ideas with 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 teamplayer, proactive, resultoriented, enthusiast, motivator and you have a great sense of responsibility for your team.

Not only do you monitor the planning but you are actively involved in the wellbeing of your team members and you represent them and their opinions in the Management Team (MT).

Who are you? You’re good with a strict planning and are able to monitor this closely. Besides that 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 of 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 extra information? Sent an email to j.degroote@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.oldenburg@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. Talk about expectations and make sure all products, designed by the technical team, will be in on time.

Together with Head of MAS and Head of ELS 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 you to keep an overview, look forward and can you transform this into a realistic and iterative planning? 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 s.wubs@solarteam.nl!

Communication Team

Marketing and Textual Content Specialist
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 marketing and content specialist of Solar Team Twente you are part of the Marketing and Communication Team. You form the team together with two Account Managers, a fellow Marketing and Content Specialist, a Marketing Events Coordinator and the Marketing and Communication 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. You and your fellow Marketing and Content Specialist form the core team in presenting the Solar Team Twente story in both text and visuals.

Your position

You take initiative to inform internal and external stakeholders on the interesting developments, fun facts and trends with regards to Solar Team Twente. With your sharp pen and witty press statements you aim to improve knowledge of Solar Team Twente in the (inter-) national press. You also ensure that the content you want to put out on social media is targeted to the specific channels.

As Marketing and Content Specialist your main task is maintaining our social media channels. 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 the management of our website, blogs and posts, many posts! 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.

Do you have experience with met MailChimp, Google Analytics, WordPress and/or tools for Social Media management ánd are you familiar with programs like 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 create inspiring (social media) content for a wide variety of people? Do you have a sharp pen and write texts which gets the crowd going? Then we’re looking for you!

Do you want extra information? Sent an email to f.vanelburg@solarteam.nl.

Marketing and Visual Content Specialist
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 marketing and content specialist of Solar Team Twente you are part of the Marketing and Communication Team. You form the team together with two Account Managers, a fellow Marketing and Content Specialist, a Marketing Events Coordinator and the Marketing and Communication 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. You and your fellow Marketing and Content Specialist form the core team in presenting the Solar Team Twente story in both text and visuals.

Your position

As Marketing and Content Specialist your main task is maintaining our social media channels. 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.

During your edition you will be involved in all of the visual representation of Solar Team Twente. Together with your fellow Marketing and Content Specialist you think about how your fields of expertise can work together in the generated content. You have a strong opinion on how the team should be represented visually and ensures that this is maintained in all of the media outlets. You will also work together with external parties who will help with the visual representation.

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.

Are you familiar with programs like 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 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? Sent an email to f.vanelburg@solarteam.nl.

Marketing Events Coordinator
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 marketing and event coordinator of Solar Team Twente you are part of the Marketing and Communication Team. You form the team together with two Account Managers, two Marketing and Content Specialists and the Marketing and Communication 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 position

At Solar Team Twente we aim to organize awesome and well-planned events in which we take people with us on our Solar Team Twente experience. Over the last couple of years we have set up some pretty epic events, but now its your turn! As Marketing Events Coordinator you work close together with the rest of your team to get the insights what your crowd wants to see. You and the team translate these insights into an event which matches the wishes of your crowd and the partners. You will oversee this entire process, from concept of the events up and until the programming for the day of the event.

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 Marketing and Content Specialists 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? Sent an email to n.vanderijdt@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 two Marketing and Content Specialists, the Marketing Events Coordinator and the Marketing and Communication 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 maintaining the good relations with our partners, but also for the acquisition of new 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 possible partners. To keep partners happy you supply the Marketing and Content Specialists and the Marketing Events Coordinator with all of the details of how to keep them happy. Together you work towards the targets as described the 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.

Our ideal candidate has good communication skills, strategic 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 or do you just want to know more? Mail to j.degroote@solarteam.nl and are 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 g.meindertsma@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 m.kalter@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 e.vanderhoek@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 r.krawinkel@solarteam.nl and all your questions will be answered!

Data Acquisition

Within Solar Team Twente, our Data Acquisitor’s main responsibility is our telemetry system used to control and monitor the solar car. For that, you will be closely working with our strategy and electrical team. Besides the telemetry system, you will assist the electrical team in writing and maintaining code for the different PCB’s in our car.

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.

During the race you are continuously monitoring the car to make sure everything works as efficient as intended. You can control and read all the data from the car wirelessly with your own data-acquisition system that is able to process all the incoming data. All the important systems in the car, such as the solar panel, battery and motor, transmit data that is important for the strategist to determine the best strategy. Besides data from the car you will also provide data from the self-built weather stations that are located withing the race convoy.

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.

Within this function you will 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 electrotechnical and computer science knowledge? Are you an accurate worker and able to work both independent and in a team? Then data acquisition might be something for you!

Programming experience in languages such as Java, C and C++ is a prerequisite.

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