Postdoctoral researcher on water quality governance

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft, , NL

Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences

The position is within the Watermanagement Department from the Faculty of Civil Engineering and GeoSciences.

The Department of Water Management focuses on quantitative  and qualitative aspects of fresh and salt/brackish water systems and related user functions such as building, drinking water, wastewater and agriculture. Delft is a global center for hydrological research and education, resulting from the necessity of excellent water management in the Netherlands. Within Delf, we cooperate closely with Deltares, UNESCO-IHE, and consulting firms.  In 2018, an external research assessment committee rated the department of Water Management as ‘excellent’ on all three topics reviewed: quality of research, viability and societal relevance. The department currently has 30 FTE academics (tenured) and over 100 PhD students and postdocs.

The research group  Water Resources Engineering has an excellent international research reputation and is very well embedded in both the national and international research community and networks such as IAHS, AGU, and EGU. A significant part of the research is done in strong collaboration with national and international research institutes and industry. There is active interaction and cooperation with other relevant disciplines particularly in the areas of new observation techniques (satellites, in situ, citizen science) and advanced mathematical techniques, such as data assimilation.

Job description

Within our project on improving water quality in the Brantas River in Indonesia, we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher that strengthens our work on institutional and governmental issues. Our ideal candidate is capable of relating (to) governmental institutes, using an experience-based learning approach, understands processes of water quality monitoring, is keen to link monitoring to issues of responsibility, and wants to explore practical and theoretical issues of water quality governance together.


Our candidate should have completed a PhD thesis, preferably within a water domain and with clear focus on water governance issues. Knowledge of water quality monitoring would be an advantage. An ability to speak Bahasa Indonesia or a willingness/capacibility to learn it fast would be an advantage. The project working language is English.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Dr.Maurits Ertsen, email [email protected]. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, proof of English language proficiency, abstract of your dr. thesis (1 page),  along with a letter of application in a single PDF file entitled “CiTG20.14_yourlastname.pdf” by March 20, 2020 to Dr. Ertsen via, [email protected].





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