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Project Engineer Electronics & Instrumentation

The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Posted on Sunday, November 28, 2021


To achieve our mission, The Ocean Cleanup needs to design, develop and deploy offshore cleanup systems that extract plastic from our oceans. You will be responsible for developing Electronics & Instrumentation (E&I) with a strong focus on managing subcontractors, setting requirements, and ensuring (custom) products are designed, manufactured, and tested within quality objectives, budget, and planning. You will report to the Director Ocean and work closely with the project leads and project managers to achieve your objectives.

“We work in a fun, fast-paced, and innovative project environment. We seek a hands-on Project Engineer for Electronics and Instrumentation who can provide proven solutions for a challenging offshore environment. This role will allow you to combine your professional excellence with a purposeful goal.” – Joël Jansen, Director Ocean.


The Project Engineer E&I sets the requirements for instrumentation on Ocean Systems, aligns with key stakeholders, ensures development projects are controlled, and takes care of improvements when the systems are operational. You want to ensure the successful delivery of electrical equipment. 

Your responsibilities include:

  • Align with internal stakeholders on requirements
  • Use your engineering skills to develop creative concepts to improve our systems and operation
  • Prepare, schedule, coordinate, and monitor assigned scopes from conception to execution
  • Develop scope of work and requirements and acceptance criteria for testing
  • Coordinate with contractors to ensure project deliverables meet their milestones on time, within budget, (people) planning, and quality objectives
  • Take care of technical improvements of existing systems
  • Cooperate and communicate with the Director Ocean and other project participants and collaborating with discipline Engineers. 
  • Support the project teams hands-on to achieve their tasks and objectives.


  • BSc or MSc degree, preferably in project management and/or engineering (electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or offshore engineering)
  • Experience with electronics/software (engineering) is of added value
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in instrumentation projects, preferably in a similar demanding field that prepared you for this job (for example, in innovation, subsea, maritime industry, fishery, et cetera)
  • Demonstrated expertise in project management/lead engineering, particularly managing and coordinating multidisciplinary projects, is a plus.
  • Fluent in English.


  • You are a curious, proactive, and result-driven team player
  • You can find structure in complex situations, utilizing strong communication skills to bring the project team along with your plans
  • Pragmatic and a ”hands-on” mentality, get things done 
  • Driven, curious and solutions-oriented
  • Strong communicator and a good team player, but also able to work independently
  • You realize that a certain amount of groundwork (document control, chasing people for planning updates, administrative tasks, et cetera) is part of the job and project success
  • You can perform well in a fast-paced and highly challenging environment
  • And above all: an intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful mission.

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

Interviews have started, but please feel free to apply, as we might consider new applications.