32 - 40 hour

The Water Systems and Technology Research Group is searching for researchers

You are an enthusiastic and results-driven research colleague. You are innovative, client-oriented, and you plan and organise your work well. You are also curious by nature. Are you more inclined to see opportunities rather than obstacles, and do you want to constantly develop yourself? Then we would like to meet you.


  • You have completed your academic training, or you have graduated in a scientific field, like ecohydrology, geohydrology, earth- or milieu science, process technology, civil engineering or health sciences with a water specialisation.
  • You preferably have recently graduated, or are in the final phase of your dissertation research, and/or you have a number of years of relevant work experience.
  • You are enterprising and would like to gain experience in the independent acquisition, set-up, execution and reporting of various assignments.
  • You convey your knowledge to clients in the above-mentioned research areas through presentations and written reports.
  • You deliberately seek, at your own initiative, to interact with research colleagues, including those in other disciplines.
  • You have an excellent command of spoken and written English and you are willing to learn Dutch.

The research group

The Water Systems and Technology Research Group consists of five teams:

  • The Industry, Wastewater and Reuse team researches the treatment of wastewater and the reuse of water, and of the materials and energy it contains. (no vacancy)
  • The Drinking Water Treatment team researches the field of drinking water technology, with the goal of achieving optimal water quality, and sustainability in a changing society.
  • The Water Infrastructure team provides, among others, the building blocks required by water utilities for an optimal asset management of their distribution networks.
  • The Ecohydrology team researches the impact, among others, of climate change, and water- and land management on biodiversity and groundwater recharge, and thus contribute to achieving nature objectives and a sustainable freshwater supply for drinking water, agriculture and nature, and to enhancing the liveability of urban areas. (no vacancy)
  • The Geohydrology team researches the quality and availability of groundwater, an important source of water. The team also develops techniques for the sustainable use of the subsurface for freshwater storage and for the generation and storage of heat.

 About KWR

KWR is an independent and innovative research organisation. Our staff are critical and keep the right balance in thinking and doing,  they work hard in the effort to ensure the availability of sufficient water of the right quality. Our knowledge enterprise is at the interface of science, government and the private sector.

In living up to our motto of ‘Bridging Science to Practice’, sustainability is a leitmotif: we are very conscious of the need to care for the Earth, water and society – and for our people.

You will find more information about our research activities on our website:

Our offer

KWR is a challenging and socially engaged employer. We distinguish ourselves through the quality of our research and the projects we undertake. We expect a lot from you, but on the other side we offer you a lot. We offer you the opportunity to do high-level applied scientific research, which will improve the world and the lives of 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 have flexible working hours and a flexible employment conditions budget of 22.11% of the gross income. In addition, we have an annual deployability budget of 52 hours per calendar year under a full-time employment contract. This budget is aimed at increasing your deployability.

At KWR, you will work with 180 passionate colleagues in a centrally-located, easily-accessible, modern work environment which exudes sustainability.

Do you want to advance science and work with us on bringing about a sustainable society?

If so, then please e-mail your letter of application, clearly specifying which team you can help strengthen within KWR and answering these questions: ‘Why you want to become a researcher at KWR?’ and ‘Why are you the enterprising and proactive researcher that we are looking for?’

Send your letter of application and CV to

Further information

For more substantive information regarding research within a specific team, please call HR at (030) 606 95 59, and we will make sure to put you through to the right colleague.

For more information about the application process, contact HR at (030) 606 95 59 or

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