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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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  1. Maximilian Piatigorsky

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am interested in investigator position.
    But it is important that I can work and live in Munich Germany though I am ready to travel a lot. Can it work out?
    Another question is if Dutch and Arabic are necessary? I speak English, German, Russian fluently, Ukrainian well (just need a re-fresh) and understand most of Bulgarian.

    Thank you for your reply in advance.


      • AD Morrison

        I’m wrapping up a 2 year field investigation and have modern investigation techniques (and recent experience) that I will be implementing into my training. Hague will be a great location, please expect my CV next week.

  2. Rene Tiemessen

    Let me know if I can be of any help in Turkey! I am Dutch, live here. Speak and write fluent in English, German and Dutch. Available at no cost any time!

  3. Germann Arlington

    Are there any specific requirements apart from willingness to work in the Netherlands?

  4. Игор

    Colonel in our intelligence servicesl, I am a professionnal investigator to discover traitors and bring them to Justice. I am interested by your kind offer. My main goal will be to find the bastards inside our structures who sell information to Bellingcat and other organizations paid by the NWO.
    Sorry for my bad English but be sure that if you are face to face with me you will understand the lesson I will give you 😌

    • bananaman

      I pity you then you commie b*astard because your security services are a laughing stock and the darlings of social media where they can’t resist posting their ugly faces.

  5. Camela Giraud

    Wish this was the job for me! I am a teacher with 20+ years of teaching literature and writing. Just finishing up another master’s degree in educational leadership. If you ever want an educational leader who can train your trainers, I’d love a summer gig with you! Learned of Bellingcat this past December at a conference called PINC in Sarasota, Florida. Great, important work you guys are doing!

  6. Stephen Cruz

    I’d like to help you guys out on a volunteer basis. No need to access your systems or important unpublished info or anything. Just wondering if there’s anything I could do for you. I’ve been reading some of your work and have noticed a few typos here and there, would you be interested in fixing older articles?

    Thanks for doing what you do!

  7. Top Dog

    Now, if you want someone to find you sponsors and advertising revenue I am worth more than the bearded weirdos you have for the other stuff. Mature, steadfast, confidential and up for it.


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