Environmental Research Internship
Oceans of Energy is a young company founded in 2016. We develop floating systems for renewable energy at sea. Our goal is to allow all islands and all populations near the sea to generate clean energy using their ocean space rather than their scarce land.
We are passionate about creating new maritime technology. We believe that an innovation is most successful when lead by a small organization which is 100% focused on making it a success, while we cooperate actively with research institutes and the offshore industry. Our team is a mixture of young professionals and several seniors with many years of experience. We offer internships throughout the year and consider students as equal team members.
The Research Department plays a key role in the successful role out of our technology. We want to deliver clean energy to the planet in a sustainable manner, so we should not harm the natural environment in any way. We do research on possible environmental impacts of, and ecosystem effects on, our technology, material research, synergies with aquaculture and offshore wind. We carry out research in-house as well as with universities and research institutes. Starting beginning of 2019 we will deploy our first floating solar pilot offshore, and with this we will start an environmental monitoring campaign. We are looking for interns to strengthen our environmental research team during this first, exciting operational phase. We also invite students to carry out a MSc thesis research project, topic to be developed collaboratively with your university supervisor and Oceans of Energy.
Possible activities and challenges to be taken on by intern:
- Setting up field work protocols and help with executing field work. Tasks can involve taking samples, taking field observations, diving (if appropriately certified), maintenance
- Calibration, verification and processing of data from field sensors/cameras
- Analysis of samples (water, epifauna) in laboratory
- Hand-on building and testing of simple field measurement equipment
- Help with writing environmental impact assessments and mitigation plans
- Provide engineers with input on eco-friendly design optimizations
Possible topics for graduation research projects:
- Fishing Aggregating Device (FAD) effect of offshore floating structures
- Effects of shadow on benthic habitats (in tropical ecosystems) due to floating structures
- Possible interactions of marine wildlife (focus on birds, marine mammals) and floating structures
- Synergies of floating solar with aquaculture
Qualifications and Qualities:
- Master (or Bachelor) student in Marine Biology or Ecology, Aquaculture and Marine Resources Management, Marines Sciences, Environmental Sciences
- Capable of – or eager to learn – field data calibration and processing raw data (possibly with Python/Matlab)
- Start-up mentality: enthusiastic, independent, and getting things done with simple means
- Self-directed, quick learner
- Driven, curious and solutions-oriented; bringing solutions rather than listing problems
- Able to perform well in a fast-paced and highly challenging environment
- Good communicator and able to work in a small team
- Excellent English language skills
For more information and applying, please send CV and a short motivation to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “Environmental internship”.