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Graduation Project: Developing A Naval Route Planner

Internship in Groningen, the Netherlands

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Required languages

English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 2 years

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As a Graduate Intern at ORTEC you will be part of a unique organization and team!

How do shipping companies decide which route to sail with the absence of ‘Google SeaMaps’? Does the optimal route differ amongst different seasons or different weather conditions? What does optimal mean? For instance, what happens when optimizing on shortest distance, shortest time, lowest cost or maybe safest route? When to sail via canals? How to deal with piracy areas or emission control areas? These are examples of questions the student can dive into when graduating in this subject.

At ORTEC, we have created a naval route planner using one shipping company’s historic voyages. In this concept, historic voyages were split into a network of nodes and arcs and Dijkstra’s algorithm was then applied to find the shortest path. We are interested in transforming this concept into a product ready to be implemented at our maritime customers. In this graduation project, you are going to evaluate the original concept and build on it, by improving it and adding new functionality. We invite you to be creative. Therefore, we are also open to a completely new concept that needs to be built from scratch. The focus of this graduation project is on a combination of data science, software development, operations research and consultancy.

Who you are

  • You are a master’s student Econometrics, Operations Research, Computer Science, Mathematics, Industrial Engineering, Business Informatics or comparable
  • You are interested in combining data science, software development and operations research in your thesis
  • You should have affinity with programming, preferably with Python
  • You are passionate about improving the world using mathematics and have good problem-solving skills
  • You are able to handle high complexity and work in a team
  • You are able to fluently communicate in English (verbally and in writing)

What we offer

  • Entrance to the most passionate powerhouse in applied mathematics
  • Join our movement and improve the world
  • Enjoy an open, kind and fun culture
  • Active employee association for fun activities with colleagues and content driven Young ORTEC for you to join
  • Football table, our own bar the “ORtap”, Christmas party, annual barbecue at one of our founders’ home, and much more
  • Excellent supervision during your graduation project
  • Good internship allowance and a laptop
  • Activities with all graduate students at ORTEC, like Friday afternoon drinks
  • Possibility to work as a Student Assistant next to your graduation project

What to expect

We will help you to thrive in your field of expertise. We offer development programs, tailored to your individual needs and function requirements, including opportunities to attend courses and seminars. We offer challenging, practical hands-on experience with opportunities to work abroad. We operate in a flat organizational structure that keeps communication lines short. The atmosphere is open, informal, cooperative and positive. We employ over 800 people in the Netherlands (HQ), Belgium, Germany, France, the U.K., Romania, Italy, the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Poland, Denmark and Singapore.

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We are ORTEC, a purpose-driven organization changing businesses and society at large through the power of data-driven mathematical optimization. We make businesses more efficient, more predictable and more effective. Turning complex challenges into easy-to-use solutions.
We serve clients in almost every industry. And with 17 offices strategically located across 4 continents, we can deliver solutions on a global scale. Always underpinned by local know-how and service.

Active in 13 countries
1,000 employees
70% men - 30% women
Average age is 35 years

What employees are saying

Florian Klück

Software Engineer

Florian Klück

I work as a software engineer for ORTEC, on the products ORTEC Route Scheduling and ORTEC Tactical Routing. ORTEC Route Scheduling is used by our customers to optimize their day to day routing problems. ORTEC Tactical Routing is used to create a master plan for different regions...

Emma de Wit

Business Consultant

Emma de Wit

With a background in Mathematics and a passion for logistics, I started working as a Business Consultant for ORTEC. One of my tasks is to prepare and give demonstrations of our optimization software to potential customers. Giving such demonstrations brings all aspects of ORTEC together: understanding the...