Toyota Motor Europe

Internship Vehicle comfort - road noise

Job ID
Business Area
Brussel (Zaventem)

Company Information

TOYOTA is one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers and a leading global corporation. Founded in 1937, Toyota now sells vehicles in 170 countries and employs over 300.000 people. As a company, Toyota Motor Europe focuses on sustainability and future generations and strongly promotes diversity, inclusion and gender equality. We are highly interested in receiving the applications from professionals of all backgrounds and genders looking to build their career in either scientific, engineering or corporate positions.
Based in Brussels, Belgium, and staffed by 2.700 people and more than 60 nationalities, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) handles the wholesale marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts & accessories, and manages Toyota’s European R&D, manufacturing and engineering operations.
For Toyota, Quality is a way of life. Nothing is so good that it cannot be made better, that is why we strive for continuous improvement in everything we do. This basic principle for us is called: “KAIZEN” and is what guides us in our pursuit of best Quality and the delivery of unparalleled customer’s satisfaction.

Your Profile

• You are pursuing your master in mechanical or acoustical engineering, with a strong interest in cars and sound/acoustics.
• You have a background in structural dynamics (including modal analysis) and acoustics; knowledge of Noise & vibration testing (Test.Lab) and simulation (Nastran, Comsol) is a plus.
• You have some affinity with mathematical and physical modelling, and scientific scripting in Matlab.
• You have a good English capability and you are eager to work in a multi-cultural environment.


You have a Toyota DNA, this means you:
• wish to develop and are ready to persevere in order to reach challenging targets
• seek facts before making recommendations or decisions
• have strong planning and organizing skills
• enjoy working in a team, respecting others
• have excellent communication skills
• customer mindset

Your team and your responsibilities

Team/division description
TME R&D centre is responsible for planning, development and production support of vehicles aimed at - and locally produced for - the European market.
The Vehicle Comfort team is part of the Vehicle Performance Engineering division (VPE) division and is responsible for the vehicle NVH (Noise, Vibration and harshness) according EU customer expectations.  We aim at the development of attractive and „fun to drive“ cars matching European market requirements and customer expectations. Using state-of-the art experimental and numerical methods, we develop strategies to achieve the targets, and validate them on virtual and physical prototypes. 


Your project
Tire rolling noise or road noise is one of the main sources of noise in modern cars. Moreover, with the increased share of hybrid and electric vehicles, the impact of road noise to perceived customer comfort is expected to increase even further. In order to achieve a low level of road noise in the vehicle cabin, the forces and vibrations entering the vehicle body through the suspension have to be minimised. An important aspect is the control of the different modes in the tire, wheel and suspension.
You will contribute to an ongoing research project where the main goal is to build a detailed understanding of the different dynamics in a rolling wheel and tire assembly, how they contribute to the force transmission, and how they can be controlled through specific properties of the components involved. You will:
• Coordinate and support the wheel & tire performance benchmark testing together with measurement technicians, and summarize the results to identify important trends and observations.
• Support the investigation of wheel / tire assembly input force, focussing on 1) how it can be measured on-vehicle in a robust and accurate way, and 2) how it can be related to the measured component properties.


Place of employment: Toyota Motor Europe, Technical Centre, Hoge Wei 33, B-1930 Zaventem.
Starting date: May 2021
Duration: 6 months
Confidentiality: Due to business requirement, not all performed activities can be reflected in the internship report. This issue needs to be discussed with candidate/school in advance.


It is mandatory that applicants are students for the entire period of the internship.


We can only accept students with an EEA or Swiss citizenship (not requiring a work permit or visa to be eligible to perform an internship in Belgium)


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