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Bachelor-, Master-, Diplomarbeiten @en │ 15. August 2022

AQUAPONICS INTERNSHIPS

The research group HORTSYS-Controlled environment horticultural systems are looking for enthusiastic and ambitious interns with a study related to agriculture, horticulture or fishery (Bachelor’s or Master’s students) who would like to enrich us with their knowledge and learn how to operate and optimise aquaponics systems. Description We offer two internships (mandatory or voluntary for three […]

The research group HORTSYS-Controlled environment horticultural systems are looking for enthusiastic and ambitious interns with a study related to agriculture, horticulture or fishery (Bachelor’s or Master’s students) who would like to enrich us with their knowledge and learn how to operate and optimise aquaponics systems.

Description

We offer two internships (mandatory or voluntary for three months max.) to contribute to the research project “BLUECYCLING: Integrated aquaculture and agriculture for resource-efficient food production” at the Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), starting at the earliest September 2022.

Regarding the project, BLUECYCLING is a multinational and collaborative research project from eight countries, spread over three continents. The overall goal is to develop a climate-resilient solution to food production and its provision to society. The contribution of the IGZ in the BLUECYCLING consortium is mainly focused on further developing the joint production of fish in aquaculture and vegetables in hydroponics (aquaponics), based on the fact that aquaponics theoretically meets the goals of the circular bioeconomy by almost completely eliminating waste and saving resources such as energy, water and nutrients. It is worth mentioning that IGZ aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental, nutritional and social sciences. The interns will be part of the research group HORTSYS-Controlled environment horticultural systems, led by Dr Oliver Körner (coordinator of the BLUECYCLING project at IGZ).

You can participate in the following activities to expand and deepen your knowledge:

  • How to maintain the functionality of small-scale aquaponics facilities, including – but not limited to – feeding fish, maintenance, tracking system’s performance, etc.
  • How to conduct water chemistry tests in aqueous systems as hydroponics and aquaponics.
  • Planning and conducting plant physiological experiments in the context of aquaponics in greenhouse and climate chambers.
  • Training in data collection and assessing plant physiological parameters.
  • Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to participate in subject-specific lectures within the framework of institute colloquia.

Your profile

  • Student enrolled in agriculture, horticulture, and fishery undergraduate or graduate studies programs or related fields, or other scientific interest in aquaponics with strong ambition to learn the systematics of aquaponics.
  • Interested in pursuing future research and/or work in controlled environmental aquaponics or related fields.
  • Highly motivated, organized, dedicated, meticulous and positive attitude. Enjoy working in a greenhouse environment and raising plants and fish.
  • English language communication skills.

What do we offer

  • An inspiring and dynamic research environment, participating in a dedicated and team-oriented research group.
  • An internship where you will gain unique experience working at state-of-the-art research facilities.
  • Experience and practical training in the aquaponics field.
  • Participating in an international research project.
  • An excellent opportunity to boost your CV.
  • If both sides express a mutual interest and a suitable topic is available, there is the opportunity to conduct and write your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis under our supervision.

Internship conditions

Flexible daytime work fitting the student’s schedule and as required for facility maintenance. We expect a minimum availability of 15 hours per week. The internship period is up to three months, if possible starting on September 1st, 2022. The interns will work under the daily supervision of Dr Sara Pinho. The trainee is at the Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), located in Großbeeren (close to Potsdam and Berlin). Both positions are non-paid internships.

How to apply

Please send your application dossier, containing a one-page motivation letter, a short position-related Curriculum Vitae and (if available) the proof of enrolment in an undergraduate or graduate studies program. Inform your preferred start day and weekly availability in the motivation letter. The application dossier should be sent as a single pdf file by email to the daily supervisor Dr Sara Pinho (pinho@igzev.de), with the following email subject “Aquaponics Internship 2022 – (your name)”.

The IGZ pursues the goal of professional equality between women and men. We therefore particularly welcome applications from qualified women.

You can find more information about the IGZ under www.igzev.de and the BLUECLYCLING project under https://www.igzev.de/projekt_type/blue-cycling. For questions, please get in touch with Dr Sara Pinho (pinho@igzev.de) or Dr Oliver Körner (koerner@igzev.de).

We look forward to receiving your application!

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