Research Team: Sample processing assistant

The Ocean Cleanup is looking for a new Sample Processing Assistant

This is your hourly wage before taxes, you will receive additional (periodic) reservations of about 20% (See FAQ for more info)

START As soon as possible

LOCATION Rotterdam

TYPE Science

Job description

The research team at The Ocean Cleanup aims at refining their understanding of the sources, transport, and fate of ocean plastics. An important research aspect is to understand the formation of hotspots of plastic and marine life in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

To this end, our research team is  conducting research on the spatiotemporal distribution of floating plastic debris and neuston in the North Pacific Ocean. You will be responsible for the analysis of trawl samples collected from the Great Pacific
Garbage Patch in our laboratory in Rotterdam. Ultimately, your results will be applied to increase the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of our offshore cleanup.

Responsible for analysis of Manta trawl samples in the laboratory in Rotterdam and
delivering high quality data on the amount and type of plastics and marine life present in these samples.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Familiarize yourself with the different techniques used to extract and analyse plastics from trawl samples 
  • Use Raman Spectroscopy to identify the polymer types of the extracted plastics
  • Collect quantative data on the marine organisms present in the trawls samples 


  • Curious, creative, and determined to deliver
  • Flexible team player
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal

If you still want to know more about the job, contact Sam Uffing. You will get answers to all your questions!


  • 1-2 days a week
  • Duration unknown

Skills needed

  • Bachelor's degree preferably post graduate science education
  • Succesful completion of marine science and biology courses is a plus
  • Experience with laboratory protocols, procedures, and safety measures
  • Expecience with chemical and biological research in the laboratory
  • Basic knowledge of plankton taxonomy is a plus
  • Fluent in English