We seek passion and excellence

Our mission is to develop advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. We need to complete one of the most ambitious engineering projects on the face of the planet. To succeed in our mission, we hire dedicated, fully focused and out-of-the-box thinking employees.

If you are a master problem solver and are willing to do whatever it takes to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, we want you at The Ocean Cleanup.

River plastic research in Guatemala The Ocean Cleanup crew with local operator in Jakarta, Indonesia

Our values


We validate our work with science and numbers


We start by tackling the big problems and solve the smaller ones along the way


Technology should be symbiotic with the environment


Trying to do everything often leads to accomplishing nothing


We avoid interdependency for faster iteration cycles


We test often and fast – to learn as we go and adapt when needed


… but not without questioning it


The Ocean Cleanup is a project that has a strict deadline; once the oceans are clean, our project is complete

Job openings

Need a few good reasons to join the team?

  • See your work getting implemented within months of initial design
  • Work on cutting-edge engineering, modeling, and plastic pollution research.
  • Be part of a driven group of experts, who see the “impossible” as temporary.
  • Play a key role in launching the largest cleanup in history.

We bring the Silicon Valley culture to the Netherlands

  • Build, break, learn, and repeat: we iterate fast and continuously
  • We work anywhere, anytime.
  • Personal accountability is our culture (no time sheets or fixed number of holidays)
  • From (free) team lunches, to drinks on the terrace, to ping pong – we work hard, but we also enjoy downtime
  1. Boyan Slat

    Boyan Slat

    CEO and Founder
  2. Chris Worp, MSc

    Managing Director
  3. Lonneke Holierhoek, MSc

    Director of Science & Operations
  4. Jos Huijbregts, MSc

  5. André Vollering, MSc

    Data Engineer
  6. Anne Raangs, MSc

    Operations Officer
  7. Arjen Tjallema, MSc

    Technology Manager
  8. Bastiaan Dubois, MSc

    Business Development Manager
  9. Bruno Sainte-Rose, PhD

    Lead Computational Modeler
  10. Carlo Wesseling

    Head of Business Development - Rivers
  11. Carmen Peren, MSc

    HR Manager
  12. Chris Reichard, MSc

    Lead Structural & Mechanical Engineer
  13. Dan van der Kooy

    Senior Video Producer
  14. Deborah Koskela, BSc

    Lead Hydrodynamic Engineer
  15. Dieuwertje Ewalts, MSc

    Director Fundraising & Strategy
  16. Eline Spek, MSc

    Program Coordinator
  17. Ellen Hoogland, LL.M.

    General Counsel
  18. Erika Träskvik, MSc

    Digital Communications Manager
  19. Evelyn Bray, BSc

    Partnerships Manager
  20. Fedde Poppenk, MSc

    Mechanical Engineer
  21. Femke Hoes

    Finance Coordinator
  22. Florent Beauverd, BSc

    Creative Content Director
  23. Francesco Ferrari, MSc

    Environmental Monitoring Coordinator
  24. Hanna Beumer, BSc

    Executive Assistant to CEO
  25. Henk van Dalen, MSc

    Project Manager
  26. Henning Lagemann, MSc

    Junior Project Engineer
  27. Jaap Spaans, BSc

    Design Engineer
  28. Jasper van Eijk, BSc

    Project Engineer
  29. Jean-Sebastian Verjut, MSc

    Senior Structural Engineer
  30. Joel Jansen, MSc

    Specialist Engineer
  31. Joost Dubois, MSc

    Director Communications
  32. Josee Meiners

    HR Director
  33. Julius Lein, MSc

    Technical Superintendent
  34. Laurent Lebreton, MSc

  35. Lourens Meijer, MSc

    Senior Hydrologist
  36. Maggie Lund, MBA

    Head of Business Development China and Philippines
  37. Marieke Bijl, LL.M

    Office Manager
  38. Matthias Egger, PhD

    Lead Ocean Field Scientist
  39. Matthias van Middendorp, MSc

    Design Engineer
  40. Peter Wiersum, OLY

    Project Manager Communications
  41. Rachel Richardson, BSc

    Manager, Creative Copy & PR
  42. Reijnder de Feijter, MSc

    R&D Engineer
  43. Roberto Brambini, MSc

    Hydrodynamic Engineer
  44. Robin de Vries, MSc

    Geospatial Analyst
  45. Rutger de Witt Wijnen, LL.M.

    General Counsel
  46. Sander Darricarrère, BSc

    Design Engineer
  47. Sarah-Jeanne Royer, PhD

  48. Sjoerd Drenkelford

    Installation Officer
  49. Steven Bink

    Head of IT
  50. Stijn Pinson, MSc

    Project Engineer Electrical Systems

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