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Research Camera Deployments Coordinator

The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2023


In our mission to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, we rely on a thorough understanding of the global plastic pollution problem. The research team at The Ocean Cleanup aims to refine our understanding of oceanic and riverine plastics' sources, transport, and fate.

The research team has developed and proven Autonomous Debris Imaging System (ADIS), an approach for mapping marine plastic litter, by combining action camera data with deep learning. This year, we will bring the method to a new level by developing an autonomous AI camera system. Additionally, we are starting to scale up our mapping effort by deploying these autonomous cameras on a growing number of ships. We are looking for a coordinator who can facilitate the deployment and operations of our cameras on vessels of opportunity globally.

"With project ADIS we aim to build a marine plastic monitoring network. We are looking for someone who would like to help in that challenge, working in a small team that combines the domains of camera technology, freight shipping, and machine learning" - Robin de Vries, ADIS Lead.


You will be responsible for coordinating the logistics of camera deployments. This includes:

  • Supply chain management of new cameras
  • Following up on new deployment opportunities on ships of academic or industry partners
  • Assisting with initial test deployments of the alpha and beta build versions
  • Interacting with local agents/deployment companies for outsourced deployments
  • Stock management, shipping, and administration of our expanding camera network


  • Academic or advanced vocational degree in (electrical) engineering, logistics, and/or maritime engineering
  • Professional experience in technical procurement and/or logistics
  • Some demonstrable experience in project engineering
  • Preferred: experience in the ocean freight transport industry
  • Preferred: experience in the IoT and/or telecommunications industry
  • Preferred: some affinity with geographic data and database systems.


  • Curious, creative, and determined to deliver
  • Can work independently
  • Strong networking skills
  • Not afraid of solving practical challenges and taking the initiative in these
  • Strong organizational and logistics skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Available for and flexible with frequent international travel

Please note: because we are a non-profit, our salaries reflect that of an organization fully reliant on donations rather than that of a commercial entity. Conducting a pre-employment check is part of our recruitment process.

Curious to hear how it is to work at The Ocean Cleanup? Listen to our team members explain their work in our podcast.

Starting from:
Work permit needed:
European Union

A valid European Union work permit is highly preferred for this position. However, feel free to send an open application so we can contact you if an opportunity arises in your country.