Careers

If you are an architect, designer, engineer or builder, and whether you are a student or recent graduate, at the peak of your career, or close to retirement, as long as you are passionate about and interested in the sustainability, durability, efficiency and elegance of structures and buildings, feel free to contact us for opportunities.

At present, Summum Engineering is a sole entrepreneurship, but intends to grow towards a social, for-profit cooperative enterprise, as a format that, unlike traditional corporate structures, can maintain an innovative and inclusive culture. We invite other like-minded and entrepreneurial people to join.

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We offer career, not job opportunities, a distinction best described by comedian Chris Rock

Some people have jobs, some people have careers… If you’ve got a career, thank God. If you’ve got a job, I hope you get a career one day. Because when you’ve got a career, there ain’t enough time in the day. When you’ve got a career, you look at your watch, time just flies: Whoa, it’s 5:35! I gotta come in early tomorrow and work on my project! Cause there ain’t enough time, when you’ve got a career. When you’ve got a job? There’s too much time. You look at your watch like, Aw, shit, 9:08!

Open application (40-100%)

At present, we do not have any open positions, but feel free to send an open application along with your CV. We could keep you in mind for future positions, and we might be inclined to hire the right person anyway.

Please explain why you are applying to our company specifically, and indicate if you have a preference for a part-time or full-time position.

Internship (2-12 months)

Summum currently offers an internship for a student with a background in structural design and/or engineering. The student should ideally have some (basic) experience with parametric modelling and/or programming as well as making coffee. He/she will be able to further develop these skills, while working on ongoing projects and business development. Both short-term (e.g. summer) and longer term internships are possible.

For international applicants, please note that although the internship comes with normal compensation, this is insufficient to cover the cost of living in Rotterdam (see related information from Erasmus University).

Partner with us

Apart from working with us, Summum is open to discuss partnerships, because in order to affect real change, cooperation and exchange are key. Even superheroes need to team up to save the world. If you belief that we share common ideas and offer complementary skills, do not hesitate to contact us. We will gladly explore both formal and informal ways to join forces.

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Final thesis (40-45 ECTS)

We can supervise graduate students who share our interests, and our passion for and curiosity about structures, for their final Master thesis. If you feel that Summum and one of its team members can add specific value to your experience as a graduate student, you are invited to reach out to us.

We are open to discuss and help develop your own proposal for a topic. Of course, the final proposal has to be approved by a supervising teacher/professor at your institute. We also maintain our own list of potential topics in the areas of lightweight structures, digital fabrication, parametric modelling, computational optimization and natural materials.

Summum is offering both TU/e and TU Delft to (co-)supervise/mentor one graduate student each on an annual basis.

TU Eindhoven, Built Environment

The thesis (45 ECTS) is supervised in collaboration with the Section Structural Design at the Department of the Built Environment. The procedure is as follows:

  • For more information or details contact either KOers (pr@koerstue.nl) or Summum directly.
  • Contact Summum to discuss your own topic, or topics that we can offer. The topic has to be unrelated to our commercial activities, such that the thesis work cannot be construed as an internship.
  • Contact ir. Arjan Habraken to confirm the chosen topic and to discuss potential supervisors from TU Eindhoven. There is a standard minimum of two supervisors, including a supervising professor, from TU Eindhoven itself.
  • Visit Summum Engineering for a formal interview.
  • Confirm the rest of your committee.

TU Delft, Civil Engineering

The thesis (40 ECTS) is supervised in consultation with the Section Applied Mechanics, Chair for Structural Design / Building Engineering at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. The procedure is as follows:

  • For more information or details contact us directly.
  • Contact Summum to discuss your own topic, or topics that we can offer. TU Delft prefers the topic to have or relate to practical application, for involvement of a company to make the most sense.
  • Contact the graduation coordinator of your Master track to confirm the chosen topic and to discuss potential supervisors from TU Delft for your committee. There is a standard minimum of three supervisors, including a supervising professor, from TU Delft itself.
  • Visit Summum Engineering for a formal interview.
  • Confirm the rest of your committee.

TU Delft, Architecture

The Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, does not allow external committee members at present. Therefore, Summum Engineering would have to co-supervise in an unofficial capacity, without the ability to evaluate and grade your work. Furthermore, the faculty prefers graduate theses at larger companies that can offer future employment, meaning the decision to carry out your thesis with Summum Engineering has to be argued with your committee. If you feel both these issues outweigh your interest in Summum Engineering, then feel free to contact us to discuss this further.

Not from these two institutes? But interested nonetheless? Feel free to contact us to discuss possibilities!

Benefits

The following benefits are included with all positions:

  • a workspace at our office in Het Industriegebouw near Rotterdam Blaak;
  • a dog-friendly office environment;
  • all-you-can-drink coffee by Giraffe Coffee Roasters and tea by Pukka;
  • indoor bicycle parking;
  • locker- and showerroom;
  • a meditation/prayer/lactation room (not at the same time, please…);
  • access to “The Beast” (i9 12-core CPU, 128 Gb DDR4 RAM); as well as,
  • a grand piano;
  • a video arcade machine with 2100 games (FAQ: Yes, it includes Pacman, Tekken and Metal Slug);
  • a foosball table; and,
  • ping-pong tables (one inside, one outside).