Junior researcher Geohydrology (32-40 uur)

Given the growing activities within the team and KWR in the field of soil energy, underground water storage, freshwater supply and large-scale research and innovation programs, there is a short-term need for a junior researcher in Geohydrology, who will contribute to our projects based on content and enthusiasm and who has his or her own substantive focus.

About KWR

Safe and clean drinking water is a great asset. KWR is an internationally renowned research institute in the field of water quality, the water cycle and sustainable development. ‘Bridging science to practice’ is our mission. From our fully sustainable building with ‘state of the art’ laboratories, our approximately 200 employees from two knowledge groups work on innovative projects in the Netherlands and increasingly in and outside Europe. The ten Dutch drinking water companies and the Belgian ‘De Watergroep’ are our shareholders.

Our researchers work at the interface of science, business and society. Their strength lies in the translation of scientific knowledge into applicable practical solutions for end users in the Dutch and international water sector. To support the research, KWR has specialized laboratories, a test hall and test installations are built in-house. In addition, company specific software is developed for use within projects.

Your profile

We are looking for a versatile Geohydrologist. A young professional who wants to work at the dynamic intersection of research and practice on various research projects in the field of groundwater, such as soil energy and freshwater supply.

Are you naturally curious, are you intrinsically driven to contribute to a sustainable society, do you mainly see opportunities instead of obstacles and do you want to continue to develop yourself? Then we would like to meet you!


  • You have a completed academic education, relevant to this position, for example (geo) hydrology, earth or environmental sciences;
  • You are excellent at operating independently, autonomously and in a team;
  • You are analytically strong and you have a well-developed and application-oriented thinking ability;
  • You are able to plan and organize your work properly, you are creative, innovative and able to translate complex issues into appealing and feasible research projects;
  • You have an excellent command of the Dutch and English language, both spoken and written;
  • You have experience with modeling groundwater flow and knowledge of Python.

The team

Within the Geohydrology team, the focus is on using the (deeper) subsurface to contribute to social solutions for water, energy and food problems. At the dynamic intersection of research and practice, we want to work on various research projects in the field of water and subsurface. The 16 professionals have a very diverse background and experience and conduct applied scientific research into, among other things, freshwater supply in salinizing deltas and drying out areas, water reuse, protection and use of groundwater and geothermal energy. In addition, research into well management and well clogging is also important. There is a lot of intensive collaboration with colleagues from the Ecohydrology team. The atmosphere within both teams is informal and strongly focused on cooperation and innovation.

Our offer to you

We attach great importance to personal growth and career development and offer various opportunities for this, such as courses and skills training. A good work/life balance is our top priority. KWR has excellent primary and secondary employment conditions and is affiliated with the collective labor agreement for water companies (Flexible Employment Conditions Budget, ABP pension). In addition, working from home is also possible.

KWR employees carry out their practical work in a sustainably built glass building, designed for cooperation and knowledge sharing between teams and partners. With this position and our profile – a socially relevant organization where we work together and make an important contribution to connecting water science with practice – KWR offers a special working environment.

Do you want to advance water science and work with us towards a sustainable society?

Please send your motivation letter and CV by email to before 31 August 2024, quoting vacancy number 152600.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Eric Broers (team leader) by telephone 030-6069694 or by email .


For information about the application procedure, please contact José van Lieshout (Human Resources Advisor) by telephone 030-6069536 or by email .


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