And Researcher Water Infrastructure

Team Leader (0.8-1.0 FTE)

The Water Infrastructure team carries out research projects into the quality and quantity of drinking water and pipe materials. Applying new knowledge and new tools, we help water companies make smart, sustainable investments in their networks, with the aim of providing a continuous supply of high quality water from the tap. The team consists of 15 specialists of wide-ranging backgrounds and experience.

The team is currently seeking an enthusiastic, collaborative, market-driven Team Leader and researcher.

The position

In your team leader role you will be leading a team of 15 professionals (researchers). You will be the collaborative supervisor who facilitates and coaches the team. You will create team spirit and an environment of communication and confidence. You will also be a driver of new national and international initiatives and be responsible for a well-functioning team whose members are able to exploit their talents to the full. You will achieve this in a stimulating research environment, having regard for people, resources and funding.

As a researcher you will be working with clients, for the most part water companies, on the continuing development of knowledge and tools to keep the Dutch drinking water network in top shape. This will involve carrying out applied scientific research projects. You will translate client queries into new research, coordinate the activities of others and contribute your own expertise. You will identify opportunities in the market and form part of a national and international network. You will enjoy the challenge of putting your work on the international map.

Your profile

For both the Team leader role and the position of researcher you will:

  • be a university graduate in a relevant discipline, such as (civil) engineering, material science, earth science or another exact science;
  • have experience in a national and/or international research environment or in a business
  • have excellent command of written and spoken Dutch and English.

We consider it important that as a Team leader you bring the following competences to the role:

  • leadership
  • coaching
  • performance orientation

As a researcher you will be an enthusiastic, client-focused expert in one or more aspects of drinking water distribution. You will be familiar with the challenges that water companies are facing and be well aware and have experience in or affinity with the use of hydroinformatics and smart water management in tackling them. You will also see opportunities to apply our knowledge in developments in society, such as the energy transition and the rollout of district heating networks. You will be able to communicate effectively and persuasively about challenges, research and solutions, at different levels. You will also have a minimum of five years’ experience working in the water or energy sectors (water company, water board, energy company or engineering firm) or similar.

What we offer

KWR can offer you an independent and varied position as part of an informal team. We set great store by personal growth and career development and offer numerous opportunities in this regard. For us a good work/life balance comes first. KWR can offer excellent pay and conditions and is party to the Water Companies Collective Labour Agreement (Flexible Employment Conditions Budget, ABP pension).

Are you the expert who combines leadership with knowledge ?

If so, please send your letter of application and CV by email to

The first round of interviews will be held on November 7th and November 8th, 2019. An assessment for the role of team leader will form part of the selection procedure.

Further information

For detailed information about the position, please contact Idsart Dijkstra (head of the Water Systems and Technology Knowledge Group), telephone +31 (0)30-606 9650 or by email For further information about the application procedure, please contact Maaike Scholten, sr. HR advisor, at or telephone +31 (0)30-606 9535.


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