PhotoVoltaics production process & equipment architect | Eindhoven

Are you challenged by the rapidly growing global business of a world-leading R&D center in the field of Thin Film Photovoltaics technology, engaging with leading industries in materials, equipment and production? Then you are welcome at TNO/Solliance!



Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Your main goals are to develop process and equipment technology for the automated production of flexible solar laminates, based on loose PV cells and functional foils like encapsulants and barrier foils. The challenge is to develop a cost effective way of producing various types of PV laminates, in terms of dimensions, cell architecture and stack built-up, in one production facility.

To achieve these goals, you will work closely with other team members of the Integration and Application team (both in Eindhoven and Petten). As innovations in thin film PV technologies require smart integration of a wide range of technologies, you will be continuously interacting with colleagues of TNO and the other partners of the Joint Innovation Center Solliance (imec and 7 universities).

What do we require of you?

You are self-propelling and you have a can-do mentality. You have business sense and you understand industry and the balance between technology and costs. You have:
  • a university or high school degree in beta sciences preferable mechanical engineering and/or mechatronics;
  • a proven industrial track record and network, for instance in the manufacturing, PV, display or lighting industry;
  • 3-10 years of experience in production of foils-based products;
  • 3-10 years of experience with roll to roll processing;
  • good skills in presenting, negotiating, networking and stakeholder management;
  • willingness to travel worldwide (approx. 5% of time) on a frequent basis, as TNO / Solliance has partners in Europe, Asia and North-America;
  • fluency in English.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organization making with its expertise and research contributions to the competitiveness of companies and organizations, to the economy and to the quality of society. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3500 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that improve life and help companies to grow. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society.
TNO / Solliance as part of the Solar Energy Department of TNO, is located on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven and is a leading open innovation R&D institute for thin film PV technologies and its applications. It was founded in 2010 by TNO, ECN, imec and TU/e. Solliance as a whole, has a world-class team of about 200 researchers and engineers working closely together with industry to develop the next generations of thin film PV devices, modules and integrated products. Solliance works with over 40 industrial partners worldwide, ranging from leading multinationals to high-tech start-ups.

What can TNO offer you?

Work enjoyment means something different for each employee. This is why we offer a-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that you can switch around on a monthly basis. Flexible working hours (like 4 days x 9 hours) and different leave schemes mean that you can create a package attuned to your specific wishes.
TNO attaches great value to both your personal and your professional development. Many opportunities exist for you to develop: conferences, courses, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job rotation. At TNO you can orchestrate your own career.

Application process

You can apply till the 25th of October. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete the interviews and assessment within 4 weeks.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Recruiter: Marcel Ernes
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-153 51517

Hiring manager: Andre Schilt
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 61354

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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André Schilt MSc

  • Thin film
  • solar
  • plasma technology

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