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Internship – Ocean System Data Post-processing

Posted 23 May 2024
Work experience
1 to 3 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required language
Dutch (Fluent)

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The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop and scale technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. To do so, we need to assess our ocean system's ability to catch plastic. It is important to understand how the system is performing and define areas of improvement. In this internship, you will work on providing an evaluation of the retention system performance by post-processing the data collected in our latest offshore tests while developing an efficient and organized method for future post-processing.“There are just so many creative ideas to implement to see if they can improve our knowledge and ability to catch plastics in the ocean.”

Marceau Philippe-Janon, Hydro Engineer

The intern will work in the Hydro Team inside the Ocean Department of The Ocean Cleanup, which aims to analyze and develop the design of the Retention System.The intern will participate in the post-processing of underwater footage (~100h) from the latest offshore campaign. The emphasis will be given to the motion of the plastic in interaction with the system. Various types of data (motion recording units data, GPS data, metocean data) will also be used to evaluate the performance of the retention system.The responsibilities include:
  • Post-processing data from offshore campaigns
  • Watch footage of the Retention System and correlate observations with Retention system conditions and metocean data
  • Provide conclusions on system performance
  • Liaise with the Retention System team and other Ocean team members for evaluation discussion on the design
  • Ensure proper documentation and comprehensive results and conclusion
  • Develop an efficient post-processing method
  • Construct and update methods for post-processing offshore data in view of Retention System performance evaluation
  • Liaise with Ocean team members, such as the Computational modeling team and R&D team, to define and improve post-processing methods
  • Ensure proper documentation and comprehensive results and conclusions
  • Due to the nature of the task (reviewing 100+ hours of footage), the assignment involves repetitive work
  • Fluent in English
  • Master's or Bachelor's degree in engineering
  • Experienced in Microsoft Office programs with a strong affinity for Excel
  • Experience with Python, MATLAB, or any other data science programming language is highly valued
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful mission
  • Meticulous, detail-oriented, structured
  • Can provide comprehensive reporting, able to synthesize results
  • Team player, diplomatic
  • An affinity with numbers
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to perform well in a fast-paced and highly challenging environment
  • Ability to work with tight deadlines

Please note that candidates must be enrolled at a University (Master's/PhD program) throughout the internship. The interns are expected to be available 40 hours/week throughout the internship.

The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technology to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollution. Our goal is to initiate the largest cleanup in history by mid-2018.

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