Materials Engineer



The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technology to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollution. Our goal is to initiate the largest cleanup in history by 2020.

We are a young organization with a mission to tackle a global problem of an unprecedented scale. What we are aiming for is not easy, and we know we need to push the limits of current technological boundaries to reach our goals. We are passionate about creating awesome things. Working at The Ocean Cleanup isn’t for everyone. Cleaning the oceans is hard. But we believe that through optimism, perseverance and ingenuity we will succeed.

We are recruiting a diverse team of bright, high-performing people, who feel comfortable going off the beaten path, and who perceive setbacks merely as necessary obstacles to be taken on the route to great and lasting achievement.



The Mechanical/Materials Engineer designs and analyzes the Pacific Ocean Cleanup System and reports to the mechanical/structural lead engineer.

Responsibilities include:
• Selection of best suitable materials for (sub)components of the Pacific Ocean Cleanup system
• Advice on use of selected materials and their interfaces with the other components of the system
• Perform and/or assist the structural/mechanical analysis of the system
• Design and analyze the Pacific Ocean Cleanup barrier from a mechanical/structural viewpoint, by numerical modeling, scale testing and full-scale tests
• Verify outcome of numerical modelling with hand-calculations
• Develop creative cleanup system concepts, determine feasibility and perform concept selection process
• Analyze measurement data from real-life protoypes and pilot systems, and integrate findings in following designs.
• Perform basic engineering analyses and design for floating barrier and sub-systems
• Co-operate with vendors and manufacturers to interactively develop novel sub-systems



• University degree in materials or mechanical engineering
• At least 2-4 years relevant engineering experience, preferably in the offshore or maritime industry
• Experience with design of non-steel structures, preferably for maritime/offshore use
• Experience with conceptual design and basic engineering
• Balances mechanical/structural engineering, conceptual thinking and teamworking
• Excellent English language skills


• Creative problem-solver who loves working on complex challenges
• 24/7 start-up mentality, willing to work hard to succeed
• Able to perform well in a fast-paced and highly challenging environment
• Good communicator and able to work in a team
• Driven, curious and solutions-oriented

Please apply by sending your CV and motivation letter to You can also use this email address to send questions regarding the position.