Senior Researcher



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

We are a young organization with a mission to tackle a global problem of an unprecedented scale. What we are aiming to do 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.



To solve the problem we must first fully understand it. The senior researcher's goal is to build upon the knowledge of marine plastic pollution sources. Rivers transport millions of tons plastic towards the ocean every year. However, many uncertainties exist in the composition, quantity, and sources of plastics. Therefore, a better understanding of waste management, waste sources, population density, rivers catchments and precipitation patterns is relevant to reach The Ocean Cleanup's goal. Furthermore, knowledge on natural accumulation zones and positions of plastic in the water column is necessary.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop, implement and approve research projects on a global scale, within budget and planning restrictions
  • Perform both desk research and design experiments for field measurements, execute the field research on, amongst others
  • Work together with a team of engineers and researchers, coordinating the work and supporting them where necessary. 
  • Build relations with relevant external research institutions. 


  • MSc degree in for example Hydraulic Engineering, Water Management or Hydrology as a minimum.
  • Experience in setting-up and executing research projects, including developing methods for measurements, preferably on riverine/coastal subjects
  • Practical experience in both theoretical modelling and implementing practical field experiments
  • Experience with GIS and/or hydraulic modelling is preferred
  • Project management experience is preferred
  • Excellent English language skills 


  • Creative problem-solver
  • Good communicator
  • Perform well in a challenging high-paced environment
  • You can keep track of the big picture while still enjoying hands-on work
  • Results-driven, self-motivated, also in face of adversity and set backs
  • Willing to travel abroad
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Strong personal integrity

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