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PostDoc systemic innovation in resources recovery systems

This 4-year Postdoctoral Researcher position is offered within the EU-funded WATER-MINING project, a 19 million euro project aiming to demonstrate innovative …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur
€ 2790 - € 4402 per maand


This 4-year Postdoctoral Researcher position is offered within the EU-funded WATER-MINING project, a 19 million euro project aiming to demonstrate innovative water resource solutions. As part of the project, demonstrations in Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands will be built to show novel and efficient ways to reclaim nutrients, minerals, energy and water from industrial and urban wastewaters and seawaters. The public-private consortium, led by TU Delft, consists of 38 public and private partners in 12 countries. The project aims to provide examples for real-world implementation of the Water Framework Directive to help the transition to Circular Economy, incorporating EU Green Deal packages.

We are looking for a postdoc with the ability to understand systemic innovation challenges and able to adopt a challenge-driven, solutions-oriented research and innovation strategy approach, that crosses disciplinary boundaries and involves co-creation of knowledge and co-delivery of outcomes with economic, industrial, policy and research actors, public authorities and/or civil society.

The postdoc shall have a demonstrated experience on project management. You will be working closely with the Executive Project coordinator in managing the WATER-MINING project, getting involved in a variety of activities that are foreseen within 11 Work Packages in the project plan. It is also desirable that the postdoc has knowledge on resource recovery technologies, conceptual process design and simulation, techno-economic evaluation, environmental impacts assessment (life cycle assessment), and/or policy research.

This position will require frequent communication and interaction with industry and academic partners involved in the sustainability assessment tasks as well as with experts from different disciplines (technology developers, experimentalists, local water board representatives, and policy makers) and with local stakeholders.

You will have the opportunity to further develop your career by: i) gaining a broader and deeper understanding of the complex issues of sustainable development and its metrics; ii) working in a transdisciplinary environment and being part of a large international project; and iii) getting in direct contract with key actors involved in the different development stages of an innovative technological solution (from experimentalists, to technology developers, to policy makers and local communities).

The intended starting date is December 1, 2020.


The ideal candidate is an ambitious, proactive and result-driven researcher. A team player devoted to high quality in both research and education in an international and interdisciplinary environment.
- A completed PhD degree in a relevant area e.g. Environmental Engineering / Water Processing / Innovation Management or any other relevant field etc. Applicants that are close to the finalization of their PhD (or Professional Doctorate, PDEng) are also eligible.
- Strong management and organization skills and experience in participation/coordination of EU-funded projects.
- Good team-player, and able to work in a collaborative environment with other PhD, group members, and consortium members in the project.
- Strong affinity for understanding the broader context of developing sustainable innovative solutions for resources recovery from wastewater streams, and their socio-economic and environmental impacts for local communities.
- Fluency in English both spoken and written.
- Excellent communication/reporting skills, and presentation capabilities.
- Willingness to spend time abroad.


Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Dimitris Xevgenos, Senior Scientific Coordinator, email: d.xevgenos@tudelft.nl.