Internship | Development of statistical software for analysis of Lidar data

Do you have enthusiasm for statistics and programming? Do you have an interest in understanding the natural environment? We are looking for a talented computer scientist to work at the cutting edge of measuring wind fields.



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Machine learning has many important applications in wind energy. The most important cannot be solved by just applying the standard tools (e.g. random forests, neural networks).

Reconstructing wind velocity fields from Lidar data is one such area. The supervisor has over the past 2 years developed algorithms using Gaussian Process regression to predict wind fields from Lidar measurements. The time has come to create a robust Python toolbox to deliver this capability efficiently for several different end users in wind energy and beyond.

What do we require of you?

  • Degree in statistics, preferably with some training in Bayesian reasoning.
  • Eager problem-solver, persistent in the face of challenges.
  • Enthusiasm for sustainable energy, particularly wind energy.
  • Good programming skills in Python. Some understanding of software development would be beneficial.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. 

You will be joining the Wind Energy department:
We are located in Petten, next to the beach in North Holland. Most students live in Alkmaar while working with us.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Clym Stock-Williams
Phone number: +31888662966

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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