To work at KWR means to be part of a top institute where you can develop your scientific knowledge and translate it to applicable, practical solutions. We have built a solid reputation as top-level innovation accelerators and international network builders. We are an obvious choice for any researcher who wants to play an active part in meeting the water challenges of today and the future.
Are you the researcher we’re looking for?
The people who work at KWR are pushing the boundaries of water science. Professional specialists who employ their expertise to solve clients’ water-practice problems. By being curious, forward-thinking and on the lookout for opportunities, our researchers are able, time and again, to develop new knowledge. We work in multidisciplinary teams, within which you collaborate with other professional experts who are just as driven as you are. Our colleagues are enterprising, communicative and constructively critical. We expect the best from each other, which means that you can expect to get the best out of yourself.
We collaborate with water companies, universities and businesses, both in the Netherlands and internationally. In such a context, as a researcher, you’ll find it interesting to be a connecting link and to shape the development of knowledge. Because that is what KWR is all about: developing and applying knowledge and expertise so that our clients can move forward.
Does this description dovetail with your ambitions? Then you are perhaps the colleague we’re looking for.
What KWR has to offer you
KWR is a challenging and committed employer. We offer you the space and training opportunities to develop in the ways you see fit. Our excellent primary and secondary terms of employment reflect the importance we attach to a good work-life balance. Moreover, we follow the provisions of the Water Companies’ Collective Agreement. With us, in the company of 170 passionate colleagues, you can carry out high quality scientific research in a modern work environment.
Maybe you think that KWR offers an inspiring work environment, but our current vacancy list doesn’t have anything that suits you directly? Then we invite you to send us an open application to Vacancy@kwrwater.nl. We are always on the lookout for new talent!
Work placements, study completion or doctoral work
Are you a student or are you planning to do doctoral work? We have several trainee and doctoral-work positions available every year. If you’re a student you can send a motivation letter and CV to Vacancy@kwrwater.nl. If you’re a future doctoral candidate you can contact our Principal Scientists for orientation on a possible KWR doctoral-work path.
Experts talk about working at KWR297
‘Before, I worked for a consulting firm. I came to KWR because I really wanted to do research. But besides the research, I also still do consulting work for organisations, based on my research. There’s a switch from theory to practice: it’s a nice balance.’
‘It also works the other way around. For instance, in one project, which I’m proud of, we established the scientific basis for something that we were already doing in practice. We developed an over-arching method to help cities with their future water management. That’s the kind of success you achieve when you bring together a variety of fields of knowledge.’Henk-Jan van Alphen MSc
‘Science offers the best way of understanding the world around us. Together with colleagues within and outside KWR, I work on DNA techniques to monitor the biodiversity in surface water. DNA gives us an unprecedented new view into aquatic life – from fish to diatoms, but also bacteria and fungi. Both the techniques themselves and their application present us with all kinds of complicated questions. Collaboration is hugely important here: from the lab right out to the field.’Michiel Hootsmans PhD MSc