Vacancy: Water Technologist/ Researcher 0.8 FTE

Working at the Centre of Expertise Water Technology (CEW) means working in a growing organisation with an energetic team. The CEW devises, researches and tests innovative solutions for the increasing global problems related to climate, environment, water and food, on behalf of companies and governments. The CEW does this in collaboration with students, lecturers and researchers from NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, among others, in order to contribute to educational development, acceleration of innovation and talent development.

We are looking to expand our team. As a Water Technologist/ Researcher at the CEW you are an important link in the chain of government – education – business. Project Managers, Project Engineers, Lecturers, Researchers and students work closely together to make the connection between the demand from businesses and the innovation capacity of universities of applied sciences.

This is what you are going to do:

Together with the other researchers in our team, you will ensure professional supervision of the students conducting the research (Vocational education, Aplied Sciences and University level) on a daily basis. You coordinate several studies simultaneously and are responsible for the quality and the results.

In addition, in collaboration with project managers and clients, you draw up action plans for practice-oriented research and you (co)write research plans, grant proposals and (inter)national programs, among other things.

Your profile:

You have completed a relevant PhD or Master’s degree and at least 5 years of work experience in project-based research and/or in a similar position. For example, you have worked for some time as a Researcher/Modeller for Water Treatment at a water board, drinking water company or WWTP.

Collaboration with students appeals to you and you derive satisfaction from the development they are going through, thanks in part to your excellent supervision. The social objectives of the CEW and working in a non-profit organisation that revolves around students appeals to you. You have knowledge of the field of water technology and hands-on experience with the technological design of biological water purification systems from lab to full scale. You are no stranger to optimising technological processes and thinking about and advising on next steps in research from lab to full scale. Where necessary, you act as a sparring partner for customers.

Other traits and skills:

  • experience with and pleasure in guiding and supervising students;
  • curious and versatile;
  • team player;
  • flexible;
  • good communication skills, both orally and in writing;
  • good command of the English language and preferably also the Dutch language or the willingness to learn it.

What we offer you:

  • work in an energetic and informal team;
  • a competitive salary and excellent conditions;
  • a varied range of duties with individual responsibility within a small team;
  • a job with social relevance.

Your response:

Has what you’ve read here made you enthusiastic? Then please send your motivation letter + curriculum vitae to the Centre of Expertise Water Technology, attn. Jeroen Rijnhart, PO Box 1113, 8900 CC Leeuwarden, or by email to, with the subject ‘Application Water Technologist/Researcher’. You can respond until February 2, 2022, interviews will take place on Monday, February 7, 2022.

For more information, you can contact Bob van Bijnen (Project Manager) during office hours, via +31 58 210 09 19 or visit

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