32-40 hours

Junior researcher Geohydrology

Due to growing activities within the team and KWR regarding soil energy, underground water storage, freshwater supply and large-scale research and innovation programs, there is a short-term need for a junior researcher Geohydrology who, based on his/her content and enthusiasm, contributes to our projects and also has his 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 intersection of science, business and society. Their strength lies in the translation if 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 under its own management. 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 diverse research projects in the field of groundwater, such as geothermal energy and freshwater supply.

Are you curious by nature? Are you intrinsically driven to contribute to a sustainable society? Do you mainly see opportunities instead of obstacles and do you want to develop yourself? Then we would like to get to know you!

Further:

  • You have a completed academic education relevant to this position, for example (geo)hydrology, earth or environmental sciences;
  • You are able to operate independently and in a team;
  • You are analytically strong and you have well-developed and application-oriented skills;
  • You know how to plan and organize your work well, you are creative, innovative and able to convert complex issues into appealing and feasible research projects.
  • You have an excellent command of the Dutch and English language in word and writing;
  • You have experience with groundwater flow modeling 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 a variety of research projects in the field of water and the subsurface. The 16 professionals have a very varied background and experience and conduct applied scientific science into, among other things, freshwater supply in salinizing deltas and desiccating areas, water reuse, protection and use of groundwater and soil 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 collaboration and innovation.

Our offer for you

We attach great value 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 part of the possibilities.

KWR employees carry out their practical work in a sustainable built glass building, designed for collaboration 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 take water science further and work with us on a sustainable society?

Send your motivation letter and CV by email to before 31 March 2023, quoting vacancy number 1335200.

More information

For more substantive 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 (HR advisor) by telephone 030-6069536 or by email .

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

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