Project Researcher Digital Twin of the European Ocean


Delft, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Educational Level: WO / Master

Deadline: 09/01/2023, 00:59

Location: Delft

Category: Professionals, Young Professionals

We are looking for a Project Researcher to strengthen our team at the Data Science and Water Quality department of the Marine and Coastal Systems unit. Do you want to help us to develop the new generation of models for the European Digital Twin of the Ocean? Read on!

​​What can you expect as a project researcher?

You will be a core member of the Horizon Europe EDITO Model Lab project team. The position will last 3 years.

You will be engaged in different project activities. Part of your task is to aid in project supervision, including preparing, attending and reporting on project meetings, as well as producing timely and high-quality project deliverables. Technical tasks include working with or evaluating models and data science tools that are used for water quality modelling. In this project Deltares focuses on ocean carbon cycle, and biodiversity, therefore you will work particularly on these topics. More specifically, you can contribute to one or more of the three EU Mission areas addressed by the project: (1) Biodiversity in Marine protected areas, (2) Zero carbon via aquacultures, and (3) Zero pollution for plastics. For all activities you will collaborate intensely with international project partners.

Project background

Europe is building its Digital Twin of the Ocean (DTO) to provide consistent high-resolution, multi-dimensional descriptions of the ocean and to develop ocean management scenarios. A major pillar of this digital twin of the ocean is the modelling capacity to simulate what-if scenarios. It is EDITO-Model Lab’s task to develop the next generation of ocean models, fit to be complementary to the Copernicus Marine Service and integrated into the EU Public DTO Platform. Deltares leads the work on End-to-end demonstrations for Focus Applications, where the DTO models will be implemented and tested for specific end-user cases. The project will run between 2023 and 2026 with an international consortium of 14 partners from 9 countries. Willingness to travel abroad and work with international project members are important part to a successful contribution to this project. You are based in Delft.

What do we expect from you? 

  • Knowledge of environmental modelling and/or data analysis preferably related to bio-chemical processes in marine environments;
  • You are service-oriented and open-minded to the adjacent fields of interest;
  • Analytical and presentation skills to communicate research results;
  • Programming skills (or willingness to learn), with preference on Python;
  • Fluent in English, Speaking and writing, with quality reporting skills. 

Working at Deltares 

The position is within the department of Water Quality and Data Sciences under the Unit of Marine and Coastal Systems. Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. Worldwide we work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. To achieve our goals, we develop our own expertise, innovative software and services. Deltares supports governments, industries, water boards, and municipalities in their ambitions to reduce water and energy consumption and to develop and implement sustainable energy technologies. Deltares places high demands on the quality of its knowledge and advice. Enabling Delta life is our core business. We offer:  

  • Excellent training opportunity’s for personal and professional growth; 
  • Deltares offers a market conform salary. Scaling will be based on your experience; 
  • ABP average salary pension, 34 days of vacation, vitality budget and a mobility budget; 
  • Our Campus in Delft contains unique facilities such as the Delta Flume and our iD-lab, an interactive data research laboratory; 
  • You will be hired for the duration of the project;
  • A diverse and inclusive working environment.* 


Are you concerned with the environmental quality of coastal seas? Are you committed to fulfill the correspondent period and do you fit the qualifications?   

Apply directly by uploading your CV and motivation letter. Deadline January 8. interviews will be held January 18. For more information you may contact the project manager LĹ‘rinc MĂ©száros ( or Paul Saager (, head of department. Availablity by February 2023 is a benefit but not a requirement. 

*Deltares is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. 




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development