Trends and Analysis Intern

Transport & Environment (T&E), the leading Brussels-based NGO promoting cleaner transport in Europe, is offering an internship for a period of six months, starting in early July 2019.

The successful candidate will be working with T&E's Trends and Analysis team, supporting T&E’s overall in-house quantitative analysis.

The successful candidate will ideally have some knowledge of transport modelling, large data management and visualisation, programming (ideally in python), an interest in environmental conservation and an aptitude for developing policy recommendations that would lead to positive environmental outcomes. Good interpersonal skills are essential as is a good level of English (the working language). Candidates should be able to work autonomously and collaboratively.

Candidates with an engineering or economics background are strongly encouraged to apply, though anyone with relevant skills and interest will be considered.

As part of the internship, the successful candidate will undertake a specific research project with the exact scope of the project to be agreed at commencement. This project could also be used as part of a Master Thesis or PhD program, as all projects are highly relevant to European transport policy and will require novel insights and analysis. The project would be dependant on the skill set and experience of the person. Some examples of potential projects are:

• Decarbonising European short sea shipping
This is related to a T&E project on the decarbonisation of short sea-shipping. We have analysed routes across Europe using AIS transponder signals. The key now is to publicly share the results and to find novel approaches to analysing and visualising the data. The implications on energy systems, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollution are to be analysed.
• Electrifying European long-haul heavy duty vehicles
The idea of the project is to identify what infrastructure is needed to decarbonise long-haul trucks in Europe. Large datasets on where trucks travel within Europe will be used to determine freight operations, and the candidate will help design a charging infrastructure network to understand the cost and power requirements. The data will likely by in a large O/D matrix.
• The role of rail to reduce aviation emissions
The aim of this project is to analyse European civil aviation operations and passenger rail systems, to determine the potential of modal shift in reducing European aviation emissions. This analysis would require a quantitative analysis of the role that rail could contribute to decarbonise aviation in Europe, from an user, infrastructure and economic perspective. It could also look into economic and environmental analysis of disruptive transport technologies, and their role for modal shift from aviation, including techno-economic analysis as well as assessing the environmental impact of the infrastructure and operations.

In addition, the selected person would also help with other projects within the team to gain a more fulfilling experience in working in the organisation.

Applicants must include a short description of a preferred project(s) within their cover letter, including an outline scope, methodology and expected outcomes.

The position is a full-time one, with a contract running from early July to late December, although the dates are subject to discussion. The internship is paid according to the Belgian legal framework of “Convention d’Immersion Professionnelle” (remunerated with €755 net a month).

Deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, 12 May, 2019, and interviews will take place in the following two weeks, with a view to the candidate starting in the week of 1 July.

Applications should be sent by email to vacancy@transportenvironment.org with the application form (downloadable below), cover letter and CV, all within one document and in the following order: application form, cover letter and CV. Please name the file as follows: Firstname_Lastname_FC_intern. Also, please ensure the title of the job vacancy is shown in the subject line of your email.

The cover letter and completed application form should explain the motivation and commitment to work with Transport & Environment’s aims, and also highlight examples from your previous work or studies that show us that you have the skills and competencies outlined above.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, we are only able to contact those who have been shortlisted. Only applicants with the existing right to work within the EU will be considered.