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PDEng on Designing an automated installation system for modular solar roofs

PDEng on Designing an automated installation system for modular solar roofs

Are you our next PDEng trainee and are you eager to contribute to the realization of an automated installation system for modular solar roofs. Fulltime, two-year trainee position at the PDEng program -Smart Buildings & Cities- of the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Technologisch ontwerper in opleiding (PDEng trainee)
Built Environment


Smart Buildings & Cities PDEng program

The Smart Buildings & Cities PDEng 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 PDEng 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.

After the two year program our trainees become technical designers with a broad technological understanding of the disciplines relevant to the above mentioned smart cities themes (architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, building physics and services and ICT), who excel in their own discipline and who are able to work in multidisciplinary design teams, contribute to design issues outside their own core disciplines, integrate different technologies into new products and concepts, and who understand the commercial aspects of these innovative products and concepts.

Job description

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 ‘Professional Doctorate in Engineering’ (PDEng). 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 SB&C. 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 trainee’s 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.
  • Your position will be embedded in unit Structural Engineering and Design, where you work in collaboration with researchers on Robotics and 3D concrete printing.

The company design project.

TU/e is partner in a multi-actor innovation project targeting the development and upscaling of industrially manufactured energy-producing roofs made of high-quality synthetic materials. The goal of this PDEng position is to design and validate proof-of-concepts for the automated installation of such roof systems. This includes surveying and assessing the suitability of digital techniques such as AR/VR, robotics, drones, etc. to facilitate automated placement with minimized manual labour. The automated installation system should match the workflow for the industrial production of the modular solar roofs and have potential to be upscaled to replace dozens of roofs per day. For questions about the project contact R.J.M. (Rob) Wolfs.


We are looking for

  • an excellent and highly motivated candidate with an MSc degree in Civil or Building Engineering, Building Science, Mechanical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, or equivalent. Interest in digital design methods (e.g. parametric modelling, BIM, VR/AR) and digital manufacturing processes (e.g. 3D printing, robotics, drones) for applications in the built environment is essential.
  • an interest in developing new sustainability design strategies for the built environment.
  • an academic attitude in order to perform applied design 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.
  • an enthusiastic attitude towards engagement with industry partners in the one-day-makeover project.


  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and international university with a close relationship to industry.
  • A full-time employment for two years.
  • to support you during your PDEng and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PDEng trainees.
  • A gross monthly salary of € 2010,- 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.
  • 41 holidays per year (excluding bank holidays, for a full-time employment of 40 hrs/week.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place including excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
  • Assistance for finding accommodation is offered.

Informatie en sollicitatie

More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more about the project?
Please contact R.J.M. (Rob) Wolfs.

For information about the Smart Buildings & Cities PDEng program and the education program please visit For information concerning employment conditions click here

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.
The application should include:

  • A cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position (max. 2 pages)
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications (max 2 pages) and the contact information preferably e-mail) of two references with more information about you and your thesis, or last professional work.
  • Copies of relevant BSc and MSc diplomas and grade transcripts.
  • Copy (or a most recent draft version) of your MSc thesis and/or relevant publications.
  • The result of an English proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL.


  • TOEFL: a minimum score of 21 for each component and a minimum total score of 90 (online test);
  • IELTS (academic level): a minimum score of 6.0 for each component and a minimum band score of 6.5;
  • minimum C score for University of Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Please keep in mind you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each. If necessary please combine files.

The application deadline for this position is December 10, 2021. After this deadline the high potential candidates will be shortlisted. These candidates will be invited for a second selection round. In the next round candidates are invited for an interview with a selection committee and will be asked to prepare a short presentation motivating their interest in the project and PDEng program.

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 one month after the application deadline.