EngD trainee - Façade-integrated solar energy systems

EngD trainee - Façade-integrated solar energy systems

Published Deadline Location
2 Aug 28 Aug Eindhoven
Fulltime, two year trainee position at the EngD program 'Smart Buildings & Cities' TU/e. We are
looking for candidates with a strong interest in renwable energy in the built environment and a
degree in Architectural Engineering, Civil, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering, or equivalent.

Job description

Smart Buildings & Cities EngD program

The Smart Buildings & Cities EngD program wants to contribute to the transition towards smart, intelligent and sustainable cities where quality of life is high. This transition requires new solutions which can only be created through multiscale and transdisciplinary (design) approaches. This requires technical designers who are able to work in a multidisciplinary environment and know how to communicate with different disciplines and stake holders. This EngD program educates trainees to become those technical designers! Please note that this program is about technological design, i.e., the process of solving problems by means of a technological design, this in contrast to (PhD) research, which is the process of understanding problems.

The Department of the Built Environment of the Eindhoven University of Technology offers you a trainee position to follow a two-year post-master technological designer program, which leads to the degree of 'Engineering Doctorate' (EngD). The program consists of two main parts running in parallel:
  • Half of the program consists of post-master level education in the form of generic design projects and courses about design methods, entrepreneurship and professional skills. Furthermore, it includes several technical courses about topics relevant to SBC. This part of the program also offers ample opportunity to develop professional skills.
  • The other half of the program is dedicated to an individual design project in collaboration with a company. It is the trainees main responsibility to manage and execute the project. Each trainee is supported by an advisor from the company and an advisor from the university. A business plan for implementation or marketing of the designed product or process is part of the final deliverables.

This company design project is part of a new R&D effort that intends to set a world record for window integrated PV. The proposed system consists of a reflective between-pane solar shading system combined with bi-facial PV cellstripes in the glazing, where the idea is to harvest electricity through both reflection and absorption, while contributing to a positive indoor environmental quality. This project will develop a simulation framework to quantify the potential added value of such a system (in terms of thermal performance, daylighting and electricity harvesting) and provides ideas about what can be done to further optimize it.

The EngD trainee will be embedded in the Building Performance Group at TU/e www.tue.nl/buildingperformance.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


We are looking for an excellent and highly motivated candidate with:
  • An MSc degree in Architectural Engineering, Building Science, Building, Civil, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering, or equivalent. Interest in physical processes (heat, air and moisture transfer) in the built environment, sustainable energy technologies and computational building performance simulation is essential.
  • An interest in developing new sustainable technologies and applications for the built
  • environment.
  • An academic attitude in order to develop new technologies and perform applied research with an integral view on what is needed for the future built environment.
  • An excellent command of the English language, both in speaking and writing.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with a close relationship to industry.
  • A full-time employment for two years.
  • To support you during your EngD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for EngD trainees.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
  • Assistance for finding accommodation is offered.

Additional information

For more information on the program and our contact information, please check our website:

More information in regard to this position and the project can be obtained from dr. Roel Loonen, email:
For information about terms of employment, please click here.

Please visit www.tue.nl/jobs and www.tue.nl/en/education/graduate-school/to find out more about working at TU/e!

We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.
The application should include:the following five documents (in Pdf format):
  • Maximum two page letter of motivation.
  • Maximum three page curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant BSc and MSc diplomas with transcripts+ copies of English proficiency tests scores such as IELTS or TOEFL.
  • Copy (or a most recent draft version) of your MSc thesis
  • At least two names with contact details (preferably e-mail) of people whom we may contact for more information about you and your thesis, or last professional work.
  • Please do not upload documents larger than 2MB, so if necessary reduce the resolution of your documents.

Language requirements
An excellent command of the English language, both in speaking and writing.

The application deadline for this position is 28 August, 2022. After this deadline the high potential candidates will be shortlisted. These candidates will be invited for a second selection round. In this second round the candidates are requested to send a small assignment (max. 2-3 pages). After this round the most promising candidates are invited for an interview with a selection committee. After all interviews are conducted the selection committee will decide who will be offered the trainee position. Our aim is to inform the candidate of our final decision no later than 15 September, 2022.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.


  • Technical and laboratory
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V38.5864


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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Make sure to apply no later than 28 Aug 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).