Do you want to contribute to the future of sustainable mobility by designing, building and racing the most hyper-efficient hydrogen city concept car of the Netherlands? Are you extremely dedicated, passionate about the application of technology, like to work in a high-performance team, but like to have fun and creative freedom as well? Join Green Team Twente!
Having won the prestigious Shell Eco-Marathon (over 250 teams competing) in 2012 and 2017 and ending up third two times, Green Team Twente is one of the world’s top teams in efficiency racing. We are the first international student team of the UT consisting of engineering, design, business and social science students.
Every year, Green Team Twente has a new team that pushes boundaries of sustainable mobility, by building the most efficient hydrogen car. Hereby you will work together with international, like-minded and motivated students, you will acquire knowledge from experts and you will travel through Europe (or even further) to participate in Eco-Marathons.
We offer a unique team composition consisting of both full-time and part-time members. A wide range of positions is available, such as getting in touch with companies, organizing multiple large-scale events, managing a big and complex team and of course engineering high-tech systems.
The functions are divided into three main groups: managment, technical and communications. The technical teams are devided in a hydrogen, electrical and mechanical team. One person can have multiple responsibilities. For example, you are responsible for finance and the challenge to get started with logistic and operate in an organizational area. There is a large variety of possibilities of how responsibilities can be combined. For every specific function you can have look below this page.
APPLY BEFORE May 1st!
Send a motivation letter and your CV to email@example.com. You will get as soon as possible a response from us with the next steps. The deadline to apply is May 1st.
In the motivation letter we would like to see the following points covered: what position(s) appeal to you; why are you suitable for this position(s); whether you want to join full time or part time; your motivation to be part of the team.
As a full-time member of Green Team Twente, you have the responsibility to improve and modify the car of Team 2018. During this year, you will get valuable knowledge and experience you won’t learn in the standard curriculum, such as designing of state-of-the-art concepts, learning to work together very effectively, how to manage a team of consisting of different disciplines and dealing with stressful situations. Also on managerial roles and responsibilities of major engineering projects will not be missing.
Commitment – 40 hours a week
As a part-time member of the Green Team Twente do you have the challenge to (co-) design fantastic elements for our next car, which are indispensable during the Eco-Marathon! You will do work with motivated peers and experts from the University of Twente and from different companies. Also, there are part-time options available on the communication side, thinking of organizing events and graphic design.
Commitment –10 hours a week
At this moment, there are six studies with the possibility to fill Green Team Twente as a minor. In this way, it is possible to get study-credits while you are busy with the coolest project of your student life!
- Mechanical Engineering: 15 EC.
- Industrial Design: 15-30 EC.
- Electrical Engineering: 15 EC.
- Advanced Technology: 5-15 EC.
- Creative Technology: 5-15 EC.
- Applied Physics: 15 EC.
As a Team Manager, you are responsible for the entire project. By working closely with the Technical Manager, the Finance and Control Manager and the Marketing and Communications Manager, you make sure overall goals are made and will be achieved. Therefore, it is very important that you have at all-time a clear overview because team members will come to you if there are any problems. Also next to the team, you are the contact person to the organization of the race and important stakeholders of Green Team Twente. You will regularly give presentations and speak to the press. Besides that, you jump in where needed, you are the general supporter of the entire team.
Finance and Control Manager
Finances are one of the main pillars of the team. The budget, accounting and estimating financial risk belongs to your main tasks. There is close contact with the sub-teams needed to ensure a good overview of the current situation. For the incoming flow of money, you have many discussions with the External Relations and the outflow is your ultimate responsibility. At all time, risks have to be estimated and if they are likely to become too big, you are the one who blows the whistle and takes the initiative to solve it. Controlling the risks and both checking the financial health of the team is the summary of your function.
As a Technical Manager, you are the right hand of the Team Manager, but then more focused on the technical side of the project. You are responsible for the car and ensure that the specified (sub) goals are achieved. Also, you will collaborate with External Relations to approach partners like milling companies to let them produce some parts. Above all, you know all the technical problems before they are even discovered, in that way you can respond just in time. You will take care of the overall integration within the technical team and that the entire process runs smoothly.
You are responsible for all the media attention and the main contact for all the external relations. The media consists of events, social media, press releases, newsletters and more. You are responsible for branding Green Team Twente. Of course, you will get help from your teammates. Besides that, you will be the contact person for the press together with the team manager. Within the team, you are responsible for the contact from and towards the communications team. You ensure an optimal cooperation within the communications team and that results in a strong and clear sustainable image of Green Team Twente.
Hydrogen system engineer
As Hydrogen System Chief, you are responsible for the fuel-cell and everything that comes with it. You create and control the heart of the entire system. You learn how hydrogen can be efficiently converted to electricity and together with partners specialized in hydrogen you make this process more efficient than ever before. For this, you will work along with your team members and partners.
As electrical engineer your final goal will be to design, produce and test electronics that are as efficient and reliable as possible. In the car are selfmade PCB’s, which can be made more efficient and reliable. You will go through the entire design and production process, not only the design and modelling, also the creation and installation will be your responsibility. For example, the printed circuit boards designed by you, which really can make a difference, can be found back in the car. For this function, it is important that you have programming experience in C and the motivation to learn new programs.
As mechanical engineer you can do a lot for Green Team Twente. Think about designing, calculate and building a new body for the car. Besides, you can choose be concerned with projects like the drivetrain, suspension or one or more side project that suits you. You will have close contact with the companies that are responsible for producing some parts that you designed and developed. Within your position, there is enough space to delve into a field you are interested in.
Data acquisition chief
As Data Acquisition Chief, you make sure all relevant data of the vehicle is registered. First, you analyse where you want to gather the information. Secondly, you make sure that the data can be measured in a reliable way. After this, your tasks is to read out and collect the data. In our car, we are using the CAN (Controller Area Network) bus standard. This system transmits data to a database, which can be read from outside the vehicle. This entire process is your responsibility. Since the data obtained by you is of vital importance for the strategists of the team, you will closely cooperate with those guys. Having experience with C++ and Python programming is a benefit if you want to apply for this function.
What is optimal velocity for the car during the race, to consume the least amount of energy? How can we boost the performance of the car? This and many more questions are important to you as Strategy Chief. Your task is to constantly analyse how to optimise the car and which simulations play a crucial role. This comes along with measuring the various components of the car and getting the know the car inside out. To make the measurement protocols, you will discuss a lot with the rest of the technical team. Having experience with programming (MATLAB, Python, C++) is a big plus.
Without partners, Green Team Twente would not exist. You, as an External Relations Chief, are responsible for those partners. You are working to maintain existing relationships with sponsors and you are always looking for new contacts. To do this job, it is important to know what the team needs and therefore you will work closely together with the Technical Manager. To ensure that partners are satisfied with the cooperation it is important to be flexible and to find out why a company has confidence in Green Team Twente. Green Team Twente is always growing. Do you want to expand its partner network and expand your own business network as well? Then apply for the External Relations position!
Being responsible for the events that Green Team Twente organises means ensuring all interested parties and stakeholders are able to think along and are involved in the project. To do so, you will work closely together with the rest of the Communications Team. This involves figuring out what partners expect, taking into consideration what the audience/visitors want, and looking for a suitable way of promoting each event. A large annual event of Green Team Twente is the car presentation. This is when you show the public what you have worked on as a team for one entire year. It is important to surprise partners and stakeholders every year again, so no idea is too crazy!
As a graphic designer, you decide about and are responsible for the visual appearance of the team. The promotion of events and the Shell Eco-marathon will be dressed by your creativity in the form of posters, flyers and billboards. You are also responsible for the visual representation of technical developments and the visual identity of the team. Furthermore, you will work together with the structural designers of the team to create the visual appearance of the car (livery). This means you decide how the car will look like! Lastly, you have a lot of creative freedom, to use new technologies such as projection mapping. To apply for this function, having experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc. is required.
It is often underestimated how important a well-founded marketing strategy is for a student team. It is your job to draw up such a marketing strategy. The execution of this strategy will be done by the events coordinator, the graphic designer and you by updating our social media pages. The strategy is best founded if research is done for what you want to achieve as Marketing Chief. Experience as marketer is a pro, but not required.