Internship | Logistics Digitalization in the North Sea Area

Identification of crucial digitalization trends that will enable offshore logistics to keep developing into the future, which is essential for the North Sea area being on the forefront of technological development (CO2, wind, solar, H2, etc.)



Education type


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

The North Sea will play a large role in the future of the Dutch (and North-West European) energy infrastructure. From the decline of oil and gas and the expansion of offshore wind, to the re-use of offshore platforms for CO2 storage or hydrogen production, and the potential creation of artificial energy islands, the North Sea area is on the forefront of technological development. Offshore logistics provides the backbone to all these activities, ensuring that all stages of the technological lifecycle (construction/conversion, operation and maintenance, and re-use/decommissioning) run as smoothly as possible. Of course, the logistics systems are subject to technological developments themselves as well, primarily in the field of digitalization: more efficient scheduling using AI; closer (digital) integration between constructor, port, owner, and operator; smart autonomous vessels, etc.
At TNO we are working on identifying the added benefits of shared logistics concepts between the different sectors and parties active on the North Sea. A large part of this is looking into the digital developments that will need to occur in offshore logistics to enable these innovations. For this we are looking for an intern to help us in reviewing literature, interviewing stakeholders, and identifying crucial digitalization trends that will enable offshore logistics to keep developing into the future.

You will be performing an extensive survey of current and future offshore logistics developments, exploring digital innovations and trends, and how these technologies can provide added benefits to the logistics sector. In addition, you will interview industrial partners to collect their thoughts, needs, and ideas on logistics digitalization. In the end you will deliver a report highlighting those aspects that, based on your previous research and interviews, should be considered the most important developments.

We are aiming to start with the internship during the summer of 2021. The expected duration will be 3 months (minimum, but can be extended in discussion with you).

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

We are looking for a master student with the following profile:
  • Study: either someone studying in a logistics related field (E.g. Transport & Logistics; Multi-Machine Engineering; Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics, etc.) with an affinity for digital technologies, or a computer science student with an interest in offshore logistics
  • Language: English required, Dutch optional
  • Interests: digital innovations, offshore logistics
  • Skills: distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant literature, quick in grasping new concepts, holding interviews/asking the right questions, identifying the most crucial aspects of a complex problem

What you’ll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; an internship 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 internship and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable internship compensation.

TNO as an employer

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus at the time of starting the internship, you will be working partially remotely and partially in the TNO office at the Leeghwaterstraat in Delft. Here you will work in the Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics (HTFD) group, together with colleagues from the all ages and backgrounds, most of which have graduated in
applied physics, and mechanical or aerospace engineering with expertises on the subjects of modelling, control, data analysis, and machine learning/AI in fluid flow and energy systems. In addition, you will also collaborate closely with colleagues from TNO’s wind department in Petten, who have extensive experience with offshore logistics planning and wind energy developments. Colleagues from the HTFD department will give you guidance on digitalization concepts and developments, while our colleagues in the wind department can provide you with their expertise on offshore logistics.
The atmosphere at HTFD is very welcoming and pleasant. While we work hard, there is plenty of time to have coffee together or just have a chat about non-work related topics. Before COVID we would often have lunch walks together, go for drinks on Friday afternoon, and go out for fun activities once in a while.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

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

Contact: Jos Westende, van 't
Phone number: [email protected]

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


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