Early career researcher (MSc) specialised on wastewater treatment engineering and management

KWR Watercycle Research Institute
Netherlands
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Apply By: 
ASAP

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We are looking for a young early career researcher (MSc level), to carry out research activities within the AquaSPICE project team. We attach great importance to personal growth and career development, and, to this end, offer several opportunities, such as courses and skills training. We also attach importance to a good work-life balance for our employees.

Who we are…

Safe and clean water is a great commodity. KWR is an internationally renowned research institute and we contribute applied scientific research across the entire water cycle. ‘Bridging science to practice’ is our mission. Our 180 employees work on innovative projects in the Netherlands and increasingly in and outside Europe.  Our shareholders are the ten Dutch water companies and the Belgian water company De Watergroep.

We are looking for….

KWR recently received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research programme for the project AquaSPICE.  The aim of AquaSPICE is to ensure a more sustainable use of water in the process industry. In this way, AquaSPICE promotes awareness about the efficient use of natural resources.

AquaSPICE looks into optimising the use of water at different scales, i.e., from a single specific industrial process (a specific installation/unit) up to and including an entire factory, to other collaborating industries (‘industrial symbiosis’) or other sectors (e.g. domestic and/or agriculture).

We are looking for a young early career researcher (MSc level), to carry out research activities within the AquaSPICE project team.

As a researcher you will formulate the scientific, institutional/regulatory, industrial and commercial background work for the development of technological innovations, to ensure that innovations meet the requirements of parties in the process industry and technology providers. You will assist in the development of a novel framework for the efficient use of water in industry (Industrial Water Efficiency Framework). More specifically, you will investigate and evaluate the current industrial water efficiency situation, trends and resources in the European Union More specifically, it is your task to investigate and assess the use of water in the process industry in the European Union: what is the current situation and what are the trends and potential sources of water? You will analyse the current technical, organisational and regulatory frameworks and draw up recommendations for the future. The novel Water Efficiency Framework will be applied both at the Industry and at the policy-making levels.

Part of your role will also be to contribute in ensuring that the framework is actually used in practice. To this end, you will consult with the various stakeholders and include their input and feedback in the conceptual architecture of the technical, organisational and regulatory framework to be developed.

Although your work will mainly be related to the AquaSPICE project, it is anticipated that you will contribute to other KWR projects as well.

KWR is looking for an early career researcher with

  • a BEng in Civil or Chemical Engineering, followed by a completed MEng or MSc degree Water/Wastewater Engineering and Management or a relevant degree in engineering/business management field at Master level;
  • practical technical knowledge and experience in the field of (waste) water treatment processes;
  • practical knowledge and experience in the field of technical management, especially in the development of frameworks for the efficient use of water including technical, economic and regulatory aspects;
  • experience in developing and testing new wastewater treatment technologies;
  • an understanding of relevant innovative technologies for the treatment of wastewater, especially in the process industries;
  • a general knowledge of sustainability in process industries, especially in the field of operational water management;
  • the ability to collaborate on and coordinate activities with different stakeholders;
  • the ability to approach research from an integrated perspective;
  • the ability to bridge science to practice, and an interest to collaborate with researchers and partners in the Netherlands and worldwide.

We offer…

KWR offers a position within a professional organisation. As a research institute we maintain strong links with universities. Consequently KWR can support you in developing and carrying out a PhD trajectory based on the work in the AquaSPICE project.

We offer the position for a period of 4 years. Afterwards, a permanent position as a researcher is possible, depending on performance and scheduled work at KWR at the time.

We attach great importance to personal growth and career development, and, to this end, offer several opportunities, such as courses and skills training. We also attach importance to a good work-life balance for our employees. KWR offers excellent employment conditions; we are parties to the Water Utility’s Collective Agreement (Flexible Employment Conditions Budget, ABP pension).

KWR staff conduct their practice-oriented work in a sustainably built glass building, designed for collaborating and sharing knowledge across teams and partners.

In short, being offered a position within a societally relevant organisation, where we work together and make an important contribution to the practical application of scientific knowledge in the water domain – KWR is the place to be.

Are you the researcher we are looking for?  Is so, then please e-mail your motivation letter and CV before 30 November 2020 to , quoting vacancy number 1117020.

Further information

For more substantive information about the position, please contact Johann Poinapen (scientific researcher ) at +31 (0) 30 60 69 638 or or Gerard van den Berg (teamleader) at +31 (0) 30 60 69 549 or .

For information about the application procedure, please contact José van Lieshout (HR advisor) on +31 (0) 30 60 69 536 or .

In light of the current situation and the precautionary measures with regards to the coronavirus in the Netherlands, the first interviews are likely to be held online. The selected candidates will be informed about the procedure to be followed.

We do not accept recruitment and marketing initiatives in response to this advertisement (e.g. from recruitment agencies).