The fellow will achieve a doctoral degree on a project background, thus gaining the often-demanded practical experience for leading positions. Instead of exclusively researching in one, very specific subordinate topic, (s) he will learn how to integrate several research tasks and to investigate in detail wherever necessary. (S)he will learn how to evaluate the decisive factors for a project's success and has to conduct supplementary research from the viewpoint of an engineering company and the related demand of viability. Led by our research group's wide experience mainly in the fields of maritime structures and ocean wave energy, (s)he will be prepared for high-level international tasks in this field. The fellow will learn to work with specific (numerical) software, as well as establish comprehensive skills with standard tools. The company will get the opportunity to develop valuable design skills for an innovative product combining significant ecological and economical benefits.