PDEng positions in Energy & Process Technology - Developing the Mass Production System for a PV Tile based Energy System

Then, the Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) programme Energy & Process Technology is very interesting for you. The PDEng programme is a 2-year post-MSc programme with a focus on technological design. This programme at the ...

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€ 1828 - € 1828 per maand


Then, the Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) programme Energy & Process Technology is very interesting for you. The PDEng programme is a 2-year post-MSc programme with a focus on technological design. This programme at the University of Twente contains an educational part that will be followed at the University, and a design project that will be carried out at Weijland Technologies B.V. The educational part will have an in-depth and broadening character with ample attention for professional development and will be partly tailored to the design project. In collaboration with Weijland Technologies B.V, high level, creative and new designs for complex issues will be aimed at.

PDEng Design Project - Developing the Mass Production System for a PV Tile based Energy System

Background of this project is a PV roof tile that has a wireless connection for power transfer to the underlying roof lath (batten). This tile has been developed by the company and consists of a roof tile with PV cells, and electronics and one half of a transformer. The other half of the transformer is envisaged to be mounted on the roof lath, which should also contain the auxiliary electronics. The purpose of the project is to design the production system for both the tile and the transformer.

The working principles of both the tile and the transformer are known. This project deals with redesigning both components for mass production as well as with determining the (concept) design of a state of the art manufacturing system for producing this product.

The main challenges can described as:

  • Determine the best suited production strategy for this product. An important aspect to consider is the degree of required flexibility of the production system for adapting to changing demands and new product versions. Another aspect is the definition of the customer decoupling point for enabling offering mass customized products.
  • Redesign the tile and the components for mass production while leaving design configuration freedom to allow customization of the products. In order to address this point, a Design For Manufacturing (DfM) approach has to be drawn from the production strategy developed previously.
  • Design of the production system by determining the degree of automation while incorporating SMART Industry productions technologies
  • The final goal of this project is to have a prototype of the product that serves mass production proposes and a concept description of the production system used for manufacturing it. The concept design of the manufacturing system should include:
    • Selection of production technologies to be used arranged in a layout.
    • Capacity, throughput time and utilization rate calculations for different demands patterns.
    • Flexibility strategy.


We are searching for the best MSc graduated candidates (or graduates with several years of experience) in the field of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering, Industrial Engineering & Management, Electrical Engineering or related discipline. Candidates should have a demonstrable affinity with design and multidisciplinary assignments. Besides, you must have the ambition and talent to accelerate in finding solutions / creating designs for complex technological issues with a multidisciplinary character. Important professional skills are communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork, initiative and self-reflection. Candidates with a non-Dutch qualification and who have not had secondary and tertiary education in English can only be admitted with an IELTS-test showing a total band score of at least 6.5, internet TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT) showing a score of at least 90, or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE).

An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

Please send your letter of motivation, with a curriculum vitae, a list with grades of courses attended, references and, if applicable, a list of publications before 01-09-2017 through the link below.

Contact information
If you have any further questions about this vacancy of the PDEng programme in Energy & Process Technology, please contact Dr. J.M. Jauregui Becker:


We offer a contract for 24 months. During these two years you follow a tailor made post-master design programme with a combination of education (~50%) and working on a design project (~50%). The salary will be € 1.828 gross per month. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus.

On successfully completing the programme, you will receive a certified degree. You will be entitled to use the academic degree Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) and will be registered as a Technological Designer in the Dutch register kept by the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI).


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. CTW combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: MIRA, CTIT, SBE and IGS.


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