Senior Hydroinformatics Researcher

The Hydroinformatics team at KWR works at the intersection of information technology and water applications to develop methods and tools that help make the water sector more efficient, sustainable and resilient. In view of the increasing workload of the team and at KWR associated with large-scale research and innovation programmes, we are looking for a senior Hydroinformatics researcher who can work on our projects with enthusiasm and expertise, and who also has an individual focus in the field.

About KWR

Safe and clean drinking water is a major public good. KWR is a research institute with an international reputation in the field of water quality, water technology, water systems, sustainability and transitions. ‘Bridging science to practice’ is our mission. At our almost entirely sustainable building with specialised research laboratories, our workforce of approximately 190 people in two research groups engages on innovative projects located in the Netherlands and, increasingly, elsewhere inside and outside Europe. Our shareholders are the ten Dutch water companies and the Belgian water company, De Watergroep.

Our researchers work at the interface of science, business and society. Their strength lies in their translation of scientific knowledge into applicable, practical solutions for clients in the Dutch and international water sector. To support our research, KWR has specialised laboratories and a testing hall, and we also build our own test arrays. In addition, company-specific software is developed for use on projects.

Your profile

We are looking for an experienced researcher in hydroinformatics with a strong affinity with sustainability and water, and the associated interests of society as a whole.

A professional who wants to work at the dynamic frontier of research and practice on a variety of research projects in the field of hydroinformatics, for example in the areas of digital twins, serious games, artificial intelligence, probabilistic modelling or numerical optimisation.

Are you curious by nature and intrinsically motivated to work on a sustainable society? Do you also think primarily in terms of opportunities, do you like to get on with things and are you always trying to get better? Then we would like to get to know you!

In addition:

  • You have completed an academic degree that is relevant for this position.
  • You are excellent at working independently, without supervision and as part of a team.
  • You are analytically strong and have a well-developed and application-oriented mind.
  • You know how to connect knowledge development and innovation convincingly with social questions and market demands.
  • You know how to plan and organise work well, you are a good communicator and a bridge-builder and you can transform complex issues into appealing and feasible research projects.
  • You have an excellent command of both written and spoken Dutch and English.
  • You have experience with digital twins, modelling, artificial intelligence and acquisition.
  • You should preferably have a network and experience in the Dutch water sector.

The team

The mission of the Hydroinformatics team is to help the water sector address complex water issues by using digital technologies and solutions. The ten professionals on the team have very wide-ranging backgrounds and experience. They help the water sector with horizon scanning, identifying and developing cutting-edge digital science and technology, and supporting implementation in smart water solutions. Our working areas focus on research, data management and software development. Using data, we work through models towards the best decisions.

What we offer you

We attach great importance to personal growth and career development, and provide a range of options in that respect such as courses and skills training. A good life-work balance is a priority for us. KWR offers excellent primary and secondary employment conditions, and we are a party to the Water Companies collective labour agreement (Flexible Budget for Employment Conditions, ABP pension). Home working for some of the working hours is also an option.

KWR colleagues do their hands-on work in a sustainable building designed for collaboration and knowledge sharing with colleagues, teams and partners. With this position and our profile, KWR offers an exceptional working environment.

Is your aim to further water science and work with us towards a sustainable society?

Send your CV and cover letter by email before 01/08/2022 to , stating vacancy number 1210522.

More information

For more detailed information about this position, please contact Ina Vertommen (team leader) on +31 (0)30-6069739 or by email: .

For information about the application procedure, you can contact Eduard Post (Human Resources Consultant) on +31 (0)30-6069633 or by email: .


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