• Open
  • Closing date: 30 August 2022


The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop and scale technology to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. To do so, we need to assess our technology’s ability to catch plastics in the ocean and to meet our cleanup targets. With the shift from passive to active systems, the steering strategy is crucial to optimize our catch.

“Since the garbage patch is highly heterogeneous, actively steering to the hotspots will significantly increase our efficiency” – Bruno Sainte-Rose, Lead Computational Modeler  


The intern will work in the Computational Modelling Team inside the Ocean Department of The Ocean Cleanup, which aims to monitor, valorize and run models with the purpose of improving the ability of the company to assess its possibilities to reach its goal. He/she will participate in current or future projects to improve our steering strategy model and our understanding of plastic transport phenomena. The intern responsibilities include:

  • Improve The Ocean Cleanup’s plastic dispersal model:
    • Familiarize with the existing lagrangian plastic dispersal model.
    • Develop a method to parametrize mesoscale eddy diffusivity using drifter data.
    • Calibrate eddy diffusivity coefficient of the plastic dispersal model
  • Get involved in other data science projects:
    • Run statistical analysis on the world's largest beach cleanup database to better understand beaching phenomena.
    • Continue the development of a beaching model.
    • Build regression models to predict plastic heterogeneity using different proxies. 


  • Fluent in English.
  • Master or bachelor’s degree in engineering with strong computational skills.
  • Strong experience in Python, MATLAB, or any other data science programming language (Julia, R…).
  • Experience in data science is highly valued.
  • Knowledge of high-performance computing techniques is a plus.


  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful mission
  • Able to perform well in a fast-paced and highly challenging environment
  • Meticulous, detail-oriented, structured
  • Team player, diplomatic 
  • An affinity with numbers
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work with tight deadlines
Starting from:
July, for 4-6 months
Work permit needed:
European Union