Greenhouse Plant Production

Internship Description

Internship summary

At ESTEE, researchers are working on synergies between Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSS) developed for human space exploration and associated Earth-based applications, focusing on the development of innovative products that make efficient BLSS globally available. The generation of a productive, self-sustainable plant growing unit with limited sources is one of target to reach. The main objective of the project is to design and develop plant growth systems for crop production adapted for regenerative life support systems for long term space missions.

Work environment

Earth Space Technical Ecosystem Enterprises SA (ESTEE SA) is a young Swiss company based in Lausanne, Switzerland. ESTEE SA is developing systems that combine emerging cleantech and biotechnology and operates in closed loop. Associated applications of such systems include food production and wastewater treatment.

Prototyping, testing and operations are conducted in a facility located in the north-western part of Lausanne, with the company headquarters located in downtown Lausanne. The internship will be located in Bussigny.

This project will allow you to join a highly-dedicated and passionate team and work in a start-up environment at the boundary between research and product development.

Please get in touch with us to learn more about this project!

Responsibilities

The Greenhouse Plant Production internship project objectives are as follows:

  • To generate optimum test lines of crop cultivars on different growth media and environments.
  • To perform a productive growth system for space agriculture. Exploring a plant reproductive biology and proposing adapted growth cultures are core requirements.
  • To successfully characterize plant response(s) to deficiency/toxicity symptoms due to macro/microelements or pollutants exposition.
  • To review and assess existing growth systems and concepts, and define optimal techincal solutions for the different scenarios.
  • To work in hydroponic culture systems with different types of nutrient solution compositions and design an optimum growth medium for plant production operating in terrestrial or extraterrestrial environments with confined space and resources.
  • To have experience on observing plant pathology and mineral deficiency symptoms, and to screen root nutrient uptake, nutrient dynamics, mineral interactions in plant-soil-hydroponic systems under controlled conditions.

Required Skills

  • Good knowledge and practice on the existing growth systems and concepts
  • Good literature review capacities
  • Good writing and oral expression skills to interact and manage technical discussions with colleagues
  • Independence (ability to take initiative)
  • Self-organization and adaptations skills
  • Good reporting abilities
  • Screening plant responses to various conditions
  • Candidates preferably should hold a degree from agriculture departments of universities

Benefits

Internship duration                                                     3-6 months (preferred: 6 months)

Percentage attendance at work                                 80-100%

Starting date of the contractual relationship         15.11.17 (with some flexibility)

Proposed salary                                                           To be discussed

Application closing date                                             31.10.2017

To apply please send your CV with a cover letter to mariam.sperandio@est2e.com.