Internship | Integrated Flexible Solar Cell Optimisation

Do you want to be a part of the global energy transition and help to build a sustainable future using mathematics and your computational skills? Then check out this internship project!



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

In just a few decades, 40% of the world’s electricity production will be supplied by using solar energy. However, agricultural and farming lands should not be occupied by the energy production units. Integration of solar cells into buildings, infrastructure, and vehicles is the solution to harvesting energy wherever the food cannot be grown. In Solar Energy and Applications Department of TNO, experts with multidisciplinary backgrounds are working on seamless integration of solar cells. One of the challenges is modelling the system in order to analyse the system behaviour in partial shading when the solar panel is formed in 3D.

In this project, you will be modelling and analyse various solar array configurations, and optimising them for the most efficient and robust layout. Moreover, you will be a part of the team specifying the design rules for the new generation solar cells, and play a role in the implementation of an automated design tool.

What do we require of you?

  • You are a master’s student in mathematics, computer science, physics or a relevant engineering field.
  • You have affinity with mathematical modelling and optimisation techniques.
  • You have enthusiasm for solar energy.
  • You enjoy being part of a multi-disciplinary team, but can also work independently.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career, an internship provides you with the opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO also goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us, you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your internship, and be given the scope for you to exceed yourself and your expectations. We also provide suitable compensation for internships. Click here to find more info about internships at TNO.

Application process

For this vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance after conducting a security screening. Please visit for more information the AIVD website

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

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

Contact: Baris Dai
Phone number: +31 (0)6-153 85207

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


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