Delft Hyperloop is looking for enthusiastic students, who are willing to devote a full academic year, to take the next step in Hyperloop technology. Become part of the new team and work full or part time on the fastest, most efficient mode of transportation.
During a year at Delft Hyperloop, you get to work in a professional, multidisciplinary team of students. You get the opportunity to apply the knowledge you gained during your studies, or discover something completely new. You get to experience a full engineering process.
You will together with your team build Atlas 02, aim for a new speed record and apply for and continue the work on the implementation of the Hyperloop in Europe. You will make an impact on the transportation industry.
The team captain represents the team, in every way possible. He will speak at events and spread the word on the vision of Delft Hyperloop, but he is also responsible for the personal wellbeing of team members and the atmosphere inside the team. Another important task is keeping track of the team goal(s) and making sure that the team is not wavering from this.
Once every week, the team captain meets with the chief engineer and the department leads to discuss the total progress. Besides this, he or she must speak to various team members all the time to assess how the team is functioning. Finally, you share responsibility for large press events with the Partnerships Manager and Public Relations Manager.
The Technical Manager is responsible for the planning of the total process and the smooth execution of this planning. He or she is also the connecting factor between tech and non-tech, right at the spot where the team, partners and technology come together. Every step of the process from rough idea to pod must happen at the right moment, in the right order and in the right way.
A great challenge is the limited time we have for this complex project. Therefore, the whole team needs you to create a comprehensible and structured overview of the process. Keeping track of the team progress requires constant communication with the department leads. In the production phase, you must make sure all components arrive on time and all team members have the right skills to manufacture their part of the pod.
The Chief Engineer is ultimately responsible for the total design and total production. As a Chief Engineer you are constantly focused on checking the quality of the work as done by the different departments. One way of doing so is being constantly in contact with the department leaders. Also, you have the very important task of integration. You have the most overview on the entire project and thus are the only one who knows best how to combine the designs of the different departments into a total design which looks like a total design and agrees with the team objectives as will be set at the beginning of the project.
Every one of our seven engineering departments has a department lead, who is responsible for the functioning of that specific department. You are frequently in contact with the Technical Manager and Chief Engineer to maintain high standards in planning and quality. You are responsible for the results of your departments, so you must also make sure the engineers in your department are constantly aware of the planning and quality standards. You also work on the technical design as an engineer within your team. When applying for a role as department leader, it really helps if you have some prior knowledge in the area of your department.
What is obvious, is that every pod must be able to accelerate. What is not so obvious at all, is how the pod should do this. It is up to you to decide what is the best way of accelerating the pod. If you are part of this department, you will probably research many different technologies, perhaps even coming up with new concepts of your own, and thus enabling the team to make the best possible decisions. Many Delft Hyperloop partner companies are enthusiastic to help you with these questions. What is certain, is that you will be working with cutting-edge technology on complex engineering problems.
Although the Pod is in vacuum, at high speed it is still important to control the aeorodynamics. It is not desired to have a complete vacuum, which means at this speed air is inevitably accumulating at the front leading to the Kantrowitz limit. As an Aerodynamics Engineer you need to find a solution for this limit. You do this by solving the governing equations analytically but mainly via CFD. Based on your study you determine the final shape of the Hyperloop pod.
It is essential that the Hyperloop pod brakes on time. Ideally, the pod even has two brakes: one to slow down and one emergency brake. The braking department takes care of the complete design and production of both braking systems. This task is integral to breaking a speed record; the better the brakes, the more track to accelerate and the higher the top speed. The best way of braking is not set in stone, so you will be examining many different techniques in order to find the ultimate braking system. Maybe you will even come up with a totally new method of braking. You will definitely learn a lot and come into contact with interesting companies and people.
It is impossible to build a perfect test track without any imperfections and in a completely straight shape. Small variations in the track must be compensated by enough suspension to accommodate vibrations. As Suspension Engineer, you design and produce all suspension systems. This may also involve levitation of the pod, depending on competition regulations. Wheels, air or magnetic suspension are all options. Active and passive suspension must be weighed against each other. You will be finding the best possible way for the next pod to stay positioned and to be suspended.
Both in the SpaceX competition and in plans for full scale Hyperloop, the pod does not have a human driver. This means that we need reliable and precise software to remotely control our pod from a control room. This software is written during the course of the year. You will be in the department which makes sure the pod does what we want: accelerate at the beginning and decelerate at the end of the run (and not the other way around ;)!). This makes you unmissable for the team.
Either you will be working on data acquisition with the newest techniques and sensors to have as much as possible information on our run, or you will be working on communication and making sure his information is sent and processed as well as possible, to achieve an active control of the pod. Also, students in this department are responsible for the cable tree.
Accelerating, braking, and communication; practically all components of operation Hyperloop need an energy supply. And you are going to be taking care of that! Within this department, you make sure the pod has enough energy to stay active and in contact with the control center, and of course you will ensure the safety of the run by being very secure in your design process. What is interesting, is that many forms of energy will be involved depending on the decisions that the propulsion, brakes and suspension department make. For this department we need for sure students who know how to assemble a batterypack as chances are high this will be used for next years propulsion.
The chassis holds everything together. All pod parts, great and small, must be bound together within one structure which is strong enough to withstand the forces which will work on the pod. In this department, the challenge is to navigate the tradeoff between safety and a lightweight design to efficiently reach high speeds. You are continuously speaking to all other departments to optimally put together all components in the chassis structure. Besides this design challenge, you will be part of an amazing production period with high tech machinery at an external location. You will have the chance to construct this structure at a state of the art company in the Netherlands.
The Designer is responsible for the entire interior and exterior design of the Hyperloop pod passenger module. As a designer, you will research how to make the Hyperloop journey as comfortable as possible. What will the passenger module look like from the outside? What is the ideal seat layout? How do passengers experience the enormous acceleration of the pod, and how can this experience be improved? How should the interior be illuminated? It's you and your departments challenge to design a completely new way of transportation. There is a lot of freedom, so use your creativity.
Besides taking part in the competition and building the best hyperloop pod, a part of the team also focuses on the realization of Hyperloop and designing all of its aspects. What will Hyperloop stations look like? And how can the infrastructure of Hyperloop be most optimal? These are questions that a Full Hyperloop Developer will try to answer. Moreover, you will have contact with e.g. the government or large companies that focus on developing Hyperloop as well. The work consists of performing research, working out concepts, establishing the Hyperloop future and convincing everybody of the concept of Hyperloop. Next year, team members from this department will be actively involved in exciting hyperloop developments within Europe.
The Partnerships Manager is responsible for contacting partners and maintaining the relationships. Partners are vital for the team as they provide us with expert advice, materials, and financial support. As Partnerships Manager, you will pay visits to partners, draft contracts, help to deliver countermeasures to partners, organize partner events, and co-organize all publicity events where partners are invited to. You stay in close contact with department leaders that propose possible required partners and the financial manager that communicates expected expenses where financial support is needed for.
The Public Relations Manager is responsible for the view the outside world has on Delft Hyperloop. It is essential to interest as many persons as possible in Hyperloop in order to speed up/promote its development. As Public Relations Manager you are responsible for social media, you contact journalists/newspapers and you think of other ways of drawing attention to the team. You are constantly facing the challenge of what information to publish where, when and in what way. Besides, you are responsible for the team’s uniform, business cards and newsletters. Finally, together with the Team captain and the Partnerships Manager, you are responsible for the big publicity events.
The Financial Manager is responsible for the financial bookkeeping of the team. As Financial Manager you make a financial budget based on the expenses of the year before and the conceptual choices made by the new team at the start of the academic year. In this way, each department knows how much money can be spent and the Partnerships manager knows how much financial support is needed. During the year you maintain an overview of all the financing by using a specialized bookkeeping programme. In general, this position is a part-time position.
Are you interested in joining Delft Hyperloop and working on the future of transportation? Please fill in the application form, including your resume and a motivation letter. The application deadline is March the 18th at 23:59. If you have any questions, you can send an email to email@example.com.