Ocean Plastic Researcher - Marine Biologist



The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technology to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollution. Our goal is to initiate the largest cleanup in history by 2018.

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. Working at The Ocean Cleanup isn’t for everyone, but we believe that through optimism, perseverance and ingenuity we can 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.  


At The Ocean Cleanup we face the unique challenge that we not only have to develop technology to solve a problem, but at the same time we must fully comprehend the problem itself. Understanding the properties of ocean plastic pollution is critical in developing efficient cleanup systems, determining optimal deployment strategies and creating suitable recycling processes. 

The Ocean Plastic Researcher will assist in this mission, by both acquiring knowledge regarding the sources of the plastic pollution as well as expressly strengthening the team in the field of marine biology. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Perform desktop, laboratory and field research on ocean plastic sources, fate and interaction with marine life. Study ingestion and biofouling rates, aging, degradation, microbial activity and biodegradability of ocean plastic
  • Present research at international conferences and publish findings in peer-reviewed journals
  • Set up collaborations with research institutes, universities and other organizations


  • PhD in marine sciences, biological oceanography, microbiology, biogeochemistry, environmental sciences, fisheries and aquaculture sciences or related fields
  • Proven track-record of scientific publications in high-ranking, peer-reviewed journals
  • Expertise in field and experimental work in (marine) microbiology and molecular biology, ideally combined with experience in biogeochemical modelling


  • Must be able to work extended hours and weekends as needed, and to participate in fieldwork campaigns lasting several weeks
  • Flexible and comfortable in a continuously changing environment
  • Fast and analytical thinking
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Team player
  • Willingness to travel abroad
  • Strong command of English, verbal and written
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal

Please apply by sending your CV and motivation letter to hr@theoceancleanup.com. For questions please email to josee.meiners@theoceancleanup.com.