32-40 hours

Behavioural change researcher

The Resilience Management & Governance team is looking for an experienced researcher who has an affinity with citizen involvement in important water challenges, such as climate change, microplastics and the transition to a circular economy. Do you enjoy working with other professionals, and do you want to continue developing yourself? Then we would like to meet you.

We are looking for a social-scientific researcher, who will contribute both substantively and methodologically to our citizen and water governance research. You are knowledgeable about behavioural change and influence mechanisms, and about the social processes (preferably) in the water sector; you also know how to convey this knowledge clearly to others.

In addition:

  • you are a university graduate in a social-scientific field, such as behavioural sciences or psychology; preferably, you hold a doctorate;
  • you are knowledgeable about and experienced with both quantitative and qualitative research techniques and methods;
  • you have several years’ work experience as a researcher, policy officer or consultant.

The team and the position

The Resilience Management & Governance team works on a resilient urban water cycle. We develop knowledge about integrated, participative, adaptive and anticipative governance processes. Our team comprises ten inspired researchers with varied backgrounds and experience. We work jointly on our objectives in an open, collegial and constructive atmosphere.

Within our team you will carry out research on behavioural change and water awareness, participation and citizen involvement. You will independently develop our projects in the Netherlands, and contribute to the implementation and expansion of our international activities. In addition, you are capable of acquiring commissions.

About KWR

KWR is an independent research institute and an innovative organisation. Our staff members are critical thinkers and enterprising doers, who are strongly committed to ensuring that there is enough water of the right quality. Our knowledge enterprise operates at the interface of science, government and the private sector.

Our motto is ‘Bridging Science to Practice’. Sustainability is a leitmotif in our work: we care about the Earth, water and society – and for our people.

Our offer to you

KWR is a challenging and engaged employer. We distinguish ourselves by the quality of our research and the projects we conduct. We expect a lot from you, but we also offer you a lot. We offer you the opportunity of carrying out high-level applied scientific research that will benefit the world and its inhabitants. And we offer you the space and development opportunities to flourish as you feel you should.

You will see the great importance we attach to a good work-life balance reflected in our excellent primary and secondary employment conditions. We are parties to the Water Utilities’ Collective Agreement. Among others, we offer flexible working hours and have a flexible employment conditions budget of 22.11% of gross income. In addition, you receive an annual deployability budget of 52 hours per calendar year under a full-time employment contract. The purpose of this budget is to increase your deployability.

At KWR you will work with 180 passionate colleagues in a centrally-located, easily-accessible and modern work environment that exudes sustainability.

Would you like to advance water science and work with us on a sustainable society? 

If so, then please e-mail your letter of application and CV to before 20 November 2019.

Further information

For substantive information about the position please contact Jos Frijns (team leader) at (06) 223 74 289 or

For further information about the application procedure please contact HR at (030) 606 95 59 or

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