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Process Engineer Solar Technology | Eindhoven

Want to make your mark on our time? Become a process engineer at TNO in Eindhoven!

What will be your role?

Would you like to contribute to the development of the next generation solar panels and systems while working in an exciting, innovative and creative workplace? As Process Engineer Solar Technology, you will be working on developing the next generation of solar technologies through the technical operation and improvement of a large range of solar systems and processes that will support the large scale roll-out of solar technology in the Netherlands and Europe.

The Solar Research groups of TNO consist of a diverse and international team of about 80 professionals in Eindhoven and Petten. Together with industrial and scientific partners and customers, the group works on research and development in the field of solar technologies and its integration into our living environment. To this end, we have excellent technical facilities and in-depth expertise on all aspects of the PV value chain; from small solar cells to scale-up processes on one of our semi-industrial pilot lines. Furthermore, these solar cells and modules must have a circular design and be intrinsically reliable and safe. This entails new process and equipment development, reliability and lifetime testing, concept development, prototyping, field testing, development of advanced performance models and materials research. Our ambition is to make solar energy the sustainable energy source of the future with technology that will significantly outperform the current generation and which can be integrated everywhere.
Mass customization in PV manufacturing is a concept that is based on cleverly designed semi-finished products. TNO wants to further develop this concept to enable the production of a wide variety of affordable integrated solar energy end products. Together with partners, we are setting up a pilot line that will demonstrate the industrial approach to create such solar laminates as well as a facility to produce solar PV elements in many shapes, sizes and designs. Please see Affordable solar energy on a large scale | TNO for more information.

What are you going to do?
Together with your colleagues, you are going to work on the next innovations in the field of solar energy. You will work on research and development on the above mentioned pilot line to enable large scale production of customizable solar laminates. The focus lies on process development and optimizing (and automatization of) production processes. Most importantly, you are operating and further developing the line, developing new innovative half fabricates and acquire new domain-specific knowledge and adapt them in your work. 

The Solar team you will work in is a very diverse, international team with knowledge and know-how from a wide range of backgrounds. Our work requires real team effort. You will spend most of your time with the team at the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) hotspot, where the machines are and where you have every chance of inspiring contacts with other labs and companies, but also requires collaboration with colleagues within the High Tech Campus (HTC) and Petten Solar offices.

What we expect from you

You are passionate about working on solar energy. You are not afraid to ask critical questions and
are eager to tackle new challenges together with your colleagues. You are hands-on and do not shy away from opening up a machine. You also have the following to offer:

  • HBO-level, or MBO plus with extensive work experience, in mechatronics, engineering, operational excellence, applied physics, applied material science
  • Experience in experimental design and test design
  • You are pro-active and have a hands-on mentality
  • Experience in working in an R&D environment
  • Affinity with automation / machine control is an advantage
  • Experience with processing (PV) laminates is an advantage
  • Experience with programming is an advantage
  • Experience with web handling is an advantage
  • Good communication, reporting and presentation skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills in Dutch and/or English
  • Excellent team player skills

What you'll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary between € 2.842,- and € 3.985,- (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:

  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.
  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.
  • We offer a comprehensive and flexible mobility plan that also includes full compensation for public transportation for commuting and business travel.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours, the possibility to work parttime (32 of 36 hours) and the possibility of working from home.
  • Access to our Talent Development Programme.
  • A good pension scheme.

Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

Please apply before the 21st of April, 2024. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on the 29th of April, 2024. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.

A certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) is required before starting a new job at TNO.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

Posted by: #LI-AB1 Anouk Bos

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