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We are always open to applicants wishing to carry out internships with our company. We are able to accept interns who have a requirement for some time in industry during their courses, or post graduates looking for work experience. Please contact us for further details.
Past intern’s comments:
Femke DeBoer, University of Aberdeen MSc Marine Ecology – April - June 2017
After finishing my Master’s degree in Marine Ecology, I started working as an aquaculture project officer. However, I felt I didn’t have enough practical experience to complete the projects, so I decided to gain this knowledge with an internship at Pontus Research. I have learned so much about RAS systems and have worked with many species. Everyone was very friendly and easy-going, and soon I was allowed and able to run the systems on my own. I am really happy I did the internship and would recommend it to everyone in need for practical experience in the aquaculture.
Timothy Clarke, University of Swansea BSc (Hons) Marine Biology – October 2016 to February 2017
My time at Pontus Research Ltd. has been extremely educational for me, allowing me to build on my skills and knowledge of the industry. I had some basic previous experience working with lumpfish but my time at Pontus allowed me to really understand the workings of a large scale RAS system, as well as develop my scientific skills. My understanding of these systems now means I am better equipped at adapting to new situations that arise, having learnt to successfully problem solve and think about any issues that arise. The staff at Pontus were very welcoming from day 1, creating a friendly atmosphere and really making you feel a part of the team. After finishing my internship I was offered a job and have been working full time with the company. I have been able to bring my individual skills to the team and feel I am really contributing to the work that the company is doing.
David Terrey, Bangor University MSc Marine Biology – April to August 2016
Having completed my masters course with a keen interest in aquaculture, I joined Pontus Research Ltd. with a mindset to improve my animal husbandry skills. The day to day running of the systems certainly provided me with this opportunity as we worked to successfully care for and trial a large variety of species from invertebrates to fish. The staff at Pontus Research Ltd. were very welcoming, open and friendly and always willing to discuss ideas about the trials and the research we were carrying out, making me feel involved with the work we were doing. Having completed my internship I was then offered a working position with the company and have since been a full time member of staff and am grateful to be able to be part of an exciting and still expanding business.
Leigh Biddiscombe BSc March – June 2016
Last year I spent an extended period at Pontus where I assisted with the day to day husbandry of fish and shrimp and the running of trials. I had the opportunity to learn about the RAS in place and was taught about the different processes and components of the system. The team at Pontus were very understanding and allowed me to be flexible with the working hours I did; they always had time to go through tasks with me and answer any questions I had. Overall, I found this internship to be an invaluable experience. It was challenging, interesting and very rewarding and I was able to complete a wide range of tasks. My time spent there led me to obtain a technician role at CSAR in Swansea University and for that I am very grateful to all the staff at Pontus for their help and support.
Tilo Pfalzgraff, University of Rostock MSc Aquaculture student – March to May 2016
Currently I am completing a Master’s degree in Aquaculture at the University of Rostock in Germany. To deepen the theoretical knowledge from studies at the university I chose to conduct an internship at Pontus Research Ltd., since it is a young expanding business in the Research and Development sector, which I was very curious about. During my stay I was among other things able to do a lot of routine work, to assist with the running trials, and to help building a new quarantine system, so I could definitely draw lessons from this internship. The staff of Pontus Research Ltd. created an enjoyable working environment with their patience and openness. Working was always challenging, but pleasant as well and my expectations of the internship to extend and learn new practical skills were more than satisfied.
Dennis Wittman, University of Rostock MSc Aquaculture student – March to May 2016
In my master´s course it is mandatory to do an internship in the third semester. I chose to apply at Pontus Research to get to know my field in an international environment and to learn to work in a foreign culture while enhancing my language proficiency. The general goal of the internship was to get familiar with tasks typical for my field. In addition, the internship helped me to get a better idea of my future employment opportunities and to establish connections in the working life. I want to point out that Dr. James and the team of Pontus Research Ltd. gave me the opportunity to work independently on different projects, which I do not take for granted. I am thankful for a great time and the acquired knowledge. Diolch!
Victor Dumas, ISARA Lyon and INRA Engineer Apprentice – January to February 2016
Great work environment and interns contribute greatly to the daily tasks. It was a good opportunity to work in a private research establishment. They rely on you easily. I worked on different trials on tropical shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) in RAS and tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) also in RAS. My tasks included building a new system from an existing design, day to day husbandry of animals, feeding, waste collecting and weighting. I recommend this company.