Scientific Project Manager

Blue Observer

Internship or fixed-term contract

Brest, France

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As part of its development, the Brest-based startup Blue Observer is recruiting a scientific project manager, in charge of monitoring and selecting scientific projects and then implementing them during the expeditions.

Host organisation

Created in 2021 in Brest, Blue Observer is a sailing oceanographic platform whose mission is to conduct scientific expeditions and develop responsible innovation projects to improve the understanding, enhancement and preservation of the oceans.

Thanks to its sailboat Iris (Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s former “Adrien”), Blue Observer leads flexible, clean, silent and economical scientific expeditions. On the front line on the world’s oceans, this startup is in action and implements concrete solutions that have a measurable positive impact.

Blue Observer supports 2 activities:

  • Organisation and implementation of expeditions: we offer oceanographic services to scientists and industry, including the deployment of oceanographic instrumentation, the collection of aquatic samples and marine aerosols and the observation of marine fauna.
  • Responsible innovation projects: Blue Observer’s scientific teams study technological innovations related to oceanographic research and maritime transport.

Position description

Reporting directly to the Scientific Manager, you will be in charge of the construction of scientific programmes for the expeditions and particularly projects related to marine biology and fauna. You will also be in contact with the different divisions of the company in a cross-functional approach.

Research for scientific projects:

  • Documentary research on the scientific themes to be addressed
  • Scientific and technological watch
  • Sourcing of scientific projects
  • Canvassing the scientific community and institutions

Project management:

  • Construction of the expedition programme for microbiology and marine fauna (cetaceans, selachians)
  • Participation in the technical feasibility studý on board the sailing boat (equipment, layout, energy balance)
  • Coordination of expeditions with all stakeholders: verification of protocols and tests on board the yacht with the operational team before departure
  • Follow-up of the expedition and regular feedback to clients / partners
  • Scientific and technical report and RETEX from clients/partners, sending the data collected to the laboratories

Communication and public relations:

  • Writing technical and popularised scientific content for several audiences: scientific communities, financial partners, general public
  • Presentation of the activitý of Blue Observer (trade shows, events, conferences)
  • Linking researchers and scientific partners

Profile and skills

With a higher education background, you have a strong interest in the study of marine fauna. You like challenges and know how to show versatility and proactivitý. You have a strong appetite for innovation and the preservation of our marine environment. You wish to join a human-sized structure composed of resolutely dynamic profiles committed to the fight against climate change.

  • PhD or Master 2 in marine biology
  • Private sector experience preferred
  • Knowledge of how applied basic research works and how to set up scientific projects
  • Knowledge of marine fauna
  • Multidisciplinary and versatile profile
  • Fluent English
  • Scientific and technological watch
  • Interest in innovation
  • Capacity of analysis and synthesis

Professional skills

  • Contract typeAdaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Autonomy
  • Good communication
  • Writing skills
  • Passion and enthusiasm

Contract type

Internship or fixed-term contract, with possibility of conversion to permanent contract
35H per week
Immediate availability


Brest (France)
Teleworking possible
Sea trips as required


For more information or to apply, contact Maëlle Guenoden :

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