• Engineering
  • Leiden , The Netherlands
  • Master
  • Student

About the Job

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) is a world-leading marine construction company that serves the energy industry. We excel at transporting, installing and removing offshore facilities. These include fixed and floating structures, subsea pipelines and infrastructures in shallow, deep and ultra-deep water. HMC owns and operates a unique fleet that includes heavy‐lift and deep‐water construction vessels as well as a support fleet of tugs and barges.

HMC consistently pushes the boundaries of what is possible in demanding marine conditions. We work on projects that pose unique planning and engineering challenges. Our clients rely on us to develop ground‐breaking solutions. Therefore we are continually looking for talented Master students with a hands‐on mentality.

In this graduation work the aim is to get a good understanding of which parameters are important to obtain wind loads using CFD. HMC offers to use an open source code (OpenFOAM) to perform the CFD simulations and the use of high performance computing (HPC) on an external supercomputer.

Questions that can be addressed are:

  • How to model an atmospheric/marine boundary layer using different turbulence models?
  • What is the impact of a mismatch of these layers in assessing wind loads?
  • Which model detail is required to obtain wind loads and what are the scaling effects?
  • How to minimize computational power to assess wind loads within an acceptable margin?

The goal of this graduation project is to develop a CFD model using OpenFOAM in order to be able to calculate wind loads on an offshore structure. Validation of this model will be performed using existing model test data of wind loads.


You are a highly motivated and enthusiastic student who can contribute to solutions for our current and future challenges. Ideally we are interested in the following profile:

  • Master student who is enrolled in a Civil Engineering / Maritime / Offshore / Aerospace or comparable program;
  • Candidate must have a fluid dynamics background and sees a challenge in aerodynamic analyses using CFD;
  • Knowledge of / experience with Matlab or Python is recommended;
  • Critical thinker with excellent problem solving skills;
  • Pro-active and enjoys working together;
  • Urge to deliver quality and take ownership;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.

Does this sound like you? Then read on!

What we offer

Working for Heerema Marine Contractors means being part of an international organization full of unprecedented top talent. We continually shift our boundaries by going together for the highest achievable result. This together makes that your personal growth will accelerate! We also offer a nice package of employment conditions such as:

  • Informal working atmosphere with international colleagues;
  • An encouraging environment where you can constantly develop your knowledge and skills;
  • Support by highly knowledgeable and skilled professionals. Every graduate is assigned two supervisors: a daily Supervisor, who has recently graduated, and a senior supervisor with several years’ experience;
  • Possibilities to expand your professional network and build a relationship with your fellow graduates;
  • The most talented graduates get the opportunity to continue their career within the company;
  • Free use of Heerema's in-house fitness facilities;
  • Walking distance from Leiden Central Station.

Application Procedure
Please send us your resume, as well as your grades list (transcript) and motivation letter. Do not forget to mention the required period and start/end date of your graduation assignment. If your application makes a good first impression, you will be invited for an interview with a Recruiter, Discipline Manager and / or and one of the Supervisors you would be working with. During the interview we will look at the graduation assignment in more detail. You will be able to ask questions, and we can get to know each other. If the interview goes well, you will be asked to elaborate on the topic in a small document that should include the problem and goal definition in your own words, as well as a method statement and planning. In some cases, a second interview may be planned. Finally, if your proposal is approved, you will be offered a graduation assignment at Heerema.


If you feel that you can add to the performance of Heerema Marine Contractors, you are welcome to upload your resume and your motivation letter or to sign up for our Job Alert. 

Working at Heerema 

HMC has built itself a solid global reputation in the offshore industry. Originally for the transportation and installation of fixed oil and gas platforms, standing on the seabed. And for the removal of old platforms at the end of their working life. But now, increasingly, we are helping the industry to push back its own boundaries. By enabling it to operate further and further from the coast, for example, and in ever deeper water.

Opening up opportunities at these extremes, where conditions are often very difficult, has required an exponential increase in the scale and complexity of the necessary infrastructure. This means that you will face new and even greater challenges, demanding your ingenious solutions and contractor mentality.