32-40 hours

Researcher Industry- and Wastewater (mid-level/senior)

The Industry, Wastewater and Reuse team is looking for two new colleagues: one mid-level and one senior researcher. Are you the researcher with knowledge and experience in water treatment and reuse in the industry- and wastewater sector? Are you curious by nature, and are you mainly inclined to see opportunities for solutions to complex (water) issues? And do you want to develop yourself further? Then we would like to meet you.

You are an enthusiastic and driven researcher, who wants to work with us to promote a more sustainable society.

In addition:

  • You are a university graduate in a natural science discipline, such as chemical technology, process technology, or environmental technology with an affinity for water.
  • You are a practice-oriented researcher with research and consulting experience in the area of water treatment, reuse and resource recovery for the industry- and wastewater sector.
  • As a mid-level researcher, you have at least five years’ relevant work experience; or, as a senior researcher, at least ten years’ relevant work experience.
  • You have a national and international network in the industry and water sector.
  • You are enterprising and have positive experience with the autonomous acquisition, set-up, conduct and reporting of various assignments.
  • On the basis of research results, you provide advice to water utilities and industry.
    You communicate your knowledge of the above-mentioned research areas to clients, through presentations, publications and reports.

The team

The Industry, Wastewater and Reuse team carries out research into the treatment of wastewater and process water, water reuse and substances present in the water, and themes related to water & energy.  Among others, we work on the development of new treatment concepts, we conduct bench-scale and pilot-scale research, we model processes and conduct LCA studies. We carry out this research together with Water Authorities, the industry sectors, technology suppliers, wastewater and residual processors, and the horticultural sector. The focus is on the desired product quality, and on a sustainable and efficient process management. We aim to direct our attention increasingly to the international arena, because we see that our knowledge and expertise also offer solutions to the challenges in the industry and water sector worldwide.

About KWR

KWR is a special, innovative, smart and objective research organisation. Our staff members are critical thinkers and enterprising doers, who are 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. The ten Dutch water utilities and the Belgian, De Watergroep, are our shareholders.

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 new building offers people an inspiring and particularly pleasant working environment, with extensive opportunities to interact with colleagues.

Our offer to you

KWR is a challenging and societally 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 28 June 2019. As many of the job interviews as possible are currently planned to be held in week 28 (8-12 July 2019).

Further information

For substantive information about the position please contact Luc Palmen (Industry, Wastewater and Reuse team leader) at 030-606 97 56 or

For further information about the application procedure please contact José van Lieshout (HR Consultant) at 030-606 95 59 or


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