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Urban Water Systems Researcher

We are looking for an urban water system and hydroinformatics researcher (modeller), to support the development and application of an urban water cycle toolbox for the complete socio-technical system. The researcher will work on and ...

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Groningenhaven, Nieuwegein, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur


We are looking for an urban water system and hydroinformatics researcher (modeller), to support the development and application of an urban water cycle toolbox for the complete socio-technical system. The researcher will work on and further develop novel design strategies for distributed, circular water systems, building on the concept of resilience. He/she will collaborate with KWR water experts and end users, within applied research projects to design, develop and implement whole system models and tools, including but not restricted to data driven models, advanced stochastic timeseries modelling, water balance and process based models, agent based models, uncertainty analysis, scenario planning and optimisation algorithms.


You are a highly experienced, enthusiastic and result-driven researcher. You are innovative, able to take initiative and plan your work carefully to meet strict deadlines.

You are a team player, but also able to work independently.

You must have:

  • A Master of Science (and/or PhD) in Water Engineering or Environmental Engineering or equivalent.
  • Between 3 and 10 years working experience in water systems research, modelling, optimisation and related tool development.
  • Experience in socio-technical system modelling, for example, Agent Based Modelling, Cellular Automata, System Dynamics etc.
  • Excellent mathematical skills, both analytical and numerical with an emphasis on statistics/stochastics.
  • Excellent working experience in matrix oriented programming languages (e.g. Matlab and R)
  • Excellent knowledge of English and preferably of Dutch (or willing to learn)

The following skillsets would also be appreciated:

  • Experience in programming with Python
  • Experience in C#.
  • Experience in database development.


We offer a diverse and dynamic environment developing and applying research software tools and products for the Water Sector in collaboration with water engineers, social scientists, economists and communication professionals. Your work will be taken up by Water Utilities both in the Netherlands and around the world, also within the context of the Watershare initiative. Your working environment will be stimulating, in collaboration with international water academics, top researchers and leading industry experts. In KWR we value personal growth, career development and a good balance between work and private life. KWR offers excellent pay and benefits and is a member of the Collective Agreement for the Water Companies (Flexible Employment Conditions Budget). In addition to a salary that is commensurate with the market we offer excellent study and leave arrangements and a pension scheme with the ABP.

Additional information

Are you the experienced Urban Water System Researcher who will be making an important contribution to hydroinformatics for KWR and the drinking water sector?

If so, please send your CV and accompanying letter by using the Apply button before 20 January 2018.

More information

For further substantive information about the position please contact Christos Makropoulos on christos.makropoulos@kwrwater.nl. For further information about the application procedure please contact Sonja Mous (Advisor Human Resources), Telephone: +31 (0)30 606 95 59 or per e-mail: Sonja.Mous@kwrwater.nl

No canvassing please.


Safe and clean drinking water is a valuable resource. As an internationally renowned research institute KWR contributes to the availability of this resource through applied scientific research in the area of the water cycle. ‘Bridging science to practice’ is our mission. Our 175 employees are divided into three knowledge groups and work on innovative projects in the Netherlands, Europe and around the World. KWR is owned by Dutch and Flemish water companies.

Urban Water Systems & Hydroinformatics

KWR works on the integration between knowledge domains to develop an overarching complete urban water cycle toolbox able to support Water Sector decisions and translate them into practical actions. Specifically, the Resilient Management and Governance Team, focuses on the design and assessment of resilient water systems and services, working on several hydroinformatic fronts, including (i) value extraction from data using inter alia data mining techniques (ii) knowledge encapsulation into models and tools (process models, system models, socio-technical models) and (iii) transfer of knowledge to end users (serious games, scenario platforms) for the complete socio-technical system.