Internship Research assignments WUR/HAS

Netherlands
19 November 2020
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Would you like to gain experience during your training through an internship where you can apply or continue developing your acquired theoretical knowledge in practical international high-tech greenhouse horticulture? We can offer you that opportunity!

Who are we?

Grodan (part of the ROCKWOOL Group) is the worldwide market leader in supplying innovative stone wool substrate solutions for professional high-tech greenhouse horticulture. Our points of paramount importance are innovation (Doing More With Less, Big Data & AI), sustainability (Second Life Solutions) and social responsibility (Feed the World). Our A&D Department develops new stonewool substrates, sensor systems & software. Besides these two knowledge development is another key aspect of the A&D Department. Facts and figures based upon growing trails are highly important. Your contribution is very important and could make the difference for the future. Below the assignments within our A&D department:

The assignment Substrate wrapping functionalities

Have you ever considered why Grodan substrates are wrapped in plastic foil? We did. The foil around the Grodan substrates have several functionalities. In this project you will investigate and quantify these functionalities. During this project you will investigate these functionalities in trial stations and our laboratory. You will investigate the impact of the foil for plant development, water and nutrient requirements for the plant, and the climate in the green house. The gathered knowledge will be used to develop new future proof sustainable wrappings.

The assignment New sensor Technology

We are investigating if there is potential new Sensor technology on the market that could be a interesting add-on to our current Grosense system and our data platform Egro. The information of these new sensors should provide added value for our customers and should be translated into advice. In this project you will be investigating new technologies in the market! Based upon the scan you make a choice will be made which sensor to test in real time greenhouse environment. Based upon this all decisions will be made to add sensors to our current systems

The assignment Water behaviour characteristics

Water characteristics of the Grodan substrates are important for growing crops in the most efficient way. This is better known as the Grodan ‘Precision Growing’ principle. A new method should be developed to investigate water characteristics changes varying substrate design. During this project you will develop a sorption test method for Grodan substrates to measure the water characteristics using a tensiometer. This new test method will be used for the development of innovative new substrate products and quality testing.

The assignment Substrate tests for medicinal use

Continuously we are doing growing test on Grodan Products. Also growing test for medical use of marihuana. Working on these tests gives you a solid experience in the growing process. In the test ad hand you will investigate several growing media with the goal to gain knowledge on how optimise the use of the various sorts of substrates. How does the plant grow, use of water and nutrition and the climate in the greenhouse are focus items. The knowledge you gain will be used in the market.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a progressive person with social skills, who likes to help other people in their success. You have the conviction and curiosity to investigate, experiment and learn where you can find added value. We consider your experiences and conclusions very important here!

  • You are the person who our colleagues can rely on.
  • You are in the 3rd or 4th year of your HAS training or WUR study
  • You are looking for an internship from februari 2021, for at least 12 weeks
  • You are available for at least 4 days a week, mobile or on location in the Benelux
  • Naturally, we are sure that you are accurate, flexible and have good communication skills, but you really stand out from the crowd with your endless drive to learn. You are proactive, assertive and have a desire to gain work experience in an international and green high-tech environment.

What are we offering?

We offer you a great internship, to which we will give form and content together, and in which you will gain a wealth of practical experience in an environment where there is plenty of room for learning, discovery and development. Obviously, this comes with good and committed guidance. Doing an internship with us is the way to prove your talent in practice and it could serve as a stepping stone to your first job in the future. Your internship is not only about gaining substantive knowledge and practical experience, it also concerns expanding your network. Working with advisers and researchers in practice is part of the programme, but it also includes attending events that relate to our work. And of course, besides all these benefits, we offer you an attractive internship allowance too.

Does this challenge appeal to you?

With enthusiastic and motivated people, you get a great working environment with a lot of positive energy and progressive thinking. We invite you to get the best out of yourself and put it to good use. If you are interested or have any questions, please do not hesitate and apply for one of these internships.

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