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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 complete and submit the online application form, after which we will contact you. 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 KWR
‘There’s a very open work atmosphere at KWR, with lots of room to give feedback on each other’s work. My colleagues come from all sorts of scientific backgrounds. What’s great is that they are temperamentally curious. New ideas are welcomed with enthusiasm. It’s an inspiring environment that offers lots of opportunities for you to grow.’
‘What’s interesting about the work at KWR, is that we tackle a number of different themes and work in a multidisciplinary manner. You go beyond your own area of specialisation. We have an integrated view of the water sector’s challenges. It is not simply a matter of technical solutions, but you also research, for example, what effect they have at the level of the citizen. This makes for very dynamic work.’Claudia Agudelo-Vera PhD MSc
‘Usually your research adds a small brick that contributes to a particular knowledge base. But at KWR we go further: you can see very clearly what’s done with the knowledge you produce. Many of our research questions come directly from our clients. It’s really fulfilling when I see that my results can lead to concrete solutions.’
‘My new colleague would be someone who enjoys working with all kinds of people and disciplines. Internally, for instance, these include both lab technicians as well as researchers with varying fields of expertise. While, externally, there are contacts with water companies, government agents and industry. Naturally you have to have a passion for water!’Kirsten Baken PhD
‘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