Internship: systems engineer for seaweed cultivation – starting in january 2021


Who are we?
We are North Sea Farmers, an internationally oriented sector organisation. We are a non-profit organisation, working towards positive climate impact with seaweed. We do this by realizing a European seaweed sector. Through our North Sea Farmers community, we connect companies, entrepreneurs and other organisations to share knowledge and to accelerate developments.

To support this, we have our own Offshore Test Site: a test and research location in the North Sea of 6 km2. Located 12 kilometres off the coast of Scheveningen, this plot allows us to actively work towards our dream: 400 km2 of seaweed farms in between wind parks.

Why seaweed?
Both the climate crisis and the growth of the world population challenge us to look for new solutions. The cultivation of seaweed is an extraordinary opportunity: to grow seaweed there is no need for any land, fresh water or fertilizers. Therefore, it is one of the most sustainable crops to cultivate.

Seaweed is a very versatile and nutritious "crop" that can be used for all kinds of (sustainable) applications: food for humans, animals and plants, packaging material and even biogas. Asia has been growing seaweed on a large scale for a longer period of time but this needs to be imported and is not always sustainable. That is why we, as North Sea Farmers, are working towards a sector that produces high-quality, safe and local seaweed in a nature-inclusive and innovative way.

Our vision? Seaweed farms at sea that strive for synergy between nature, food and energy, located between the offshore wind turbines. By combining these different activities, we can make multiple use of the space at sea: so called ‘multi-use at sea’.









What are you going to do?
You will be part of the Offshore Test Site-team; learning all the ins- and outs of offshore seaweed cultivation. You will work on projects that investigate the requirements of cultivation and processing of seaweed for current and future seaweed farmers. You will be in contact with a lot of different stakeholders, allowing you to really deep dive in the seaweed world. Next to that, you will contribute to gathering knowledge and to our role as (design) process supervisor of offshore multi-use projects. We currently run five different pilots in the offshore test site, you will help our OTS-coordinator with the needs for the projects. Examples are:

  • Contributions to setting up a thorough systems engineering process;
  • Setting up databases for, among other things, safe innovation at the OTS;
  • Professionalising the risk and requirements register for seaweed cultivation; multi-use installations within offshore wind farms and developing knowledge databases.

You will work in close collaboration with the other North Sea Farmers within our community.

What do you bring to the table?

  • You are a MSc student with an appropriate profile, such as Management of Technology, Systems Engineering, Marine Technology, Offshore Engineering or Civil Engineering;
  • You have affinity with the process-related side of technology and the offshore sector;
  • You work precise and at the same time you can see the bigger picture;
  • You have a hands-on mentality and are able to work independently;
  • You are social and dare to approach people;
  • You have demonstrable experience with English language;
  • You are available from January onwards for six months period (full-time) in The Hague (depending on the current RIVM guidelines).

What do we have to offer?

  • A challenging and varied internship for a unique organisation with a mission;
  • A small organisation with a motivated team that does not only talk, but gets things done;
  • A full-time internship allowance of € 275 (gross) per month.

Do you have what it takes to become our newest system engineer intern in January 2021? Then join our movement, become a North Sea Farmer and be part of the solution!

Send your letter of motivation (max. one page) and CV before December 18th by e-mail to Would you like to know more? Mail Zinzi Reimert via or call 06-31041602.