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Bellingcat is Hiring – Investigator/Trainer

December 28, 2018

By Eliot Higgins

Bellingcat is recruiting a candidate to both conduct digital investigations and work as a trainer in workshops teaching open source research and verification skills across the world. Candidates should demonstrate a track record in producing open source investigations, would preferably have some experience as a trainer or teacher, and must be willing and able to travel extensively. The role will be initially based remotely, then in our new office in The Hague, expected to open in spring 2019. The initial contract will be for a year, and will pay 45,000-55,000 Euros a year, depending on experience.


  • Running workshops in The Netherlands and across the world,
  • Supporting investigations from journalists and researchers who participated in workshops,
  • Investigating a variety of topics using open source research techniques,
  • Working with other Bellingcat investigators on a range of topics.


  • Fluent English and strong writing skills,
  • A proven track record in open source investigations,
  • Willingness to travel extensively,
  • Strong research interests in topics that can be explored with open source research, such as corruption, conflict, and environmental issues,
  • Ability and desire to work independently without close supervision,
  • Must be willing to relocate to work at The Hague in the latter half of 2019.


  • Fluent in additional languages, especially Dutch and Arabic,
  • Experience as a teacher or trainer (not necessarily related to open source research),
  • European Union passport in order to easily travel to run Bellingcat workshops.

In your cover letter, please include multiple writing samples or publications related to open source/digital research. Send your cover letter, writing samples, and CV to

Successful first round candidates will be contacted on January 9th for interviews. Update – Due to a large amount of interest in this position first round candidates will be contacted in the week after January 9th.

Eliot Higgins

Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog. Eliot focuses on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria, and open source investigation tools and techniques.

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