Experienced researcher Ecology (32-40 hours)

Experienced researcher Ecology (32-40 hours)

For the team Ecohydrology we are looking for an experienced researcher Ecology. Are you the curious, entrepreneurial and motivated researcher who wants to work with us on diverse research projects in the field of water and nature, and at the dynamic intersection of research and practice? Then we would like to meet you.


About the position

You will work (alone or in teams) on various projects and lines of research at the interface of ecology and hydrology. Examples include protection and restoration of nature and/or water catchment areas, ecological effects of nitrogen deposition, and the effects of dewatering, (drinking) water extraction and climate change on nature.


Your work will include:

  • Conducting research on vegetation, (hydro)ecology, soil and hydrogeochemistry in, predominantly, Dutch (nature) areas;
  • Conducting reviews and meta-analysis for (hydro)ecological and biogeochemical issues;
  • (Co)writing proposals, reports and making and giving presentations as a result of the research carried out.


Your profile

You are an experienced researcher with an understanding and knowledge of hydro-ecology, vegetation and biogeochemistry. You are creative and know how to turn (research) ideas into projects, perhaps even (multi-year) research programs. For this you make use of your relevant (inter)national network and acquisition experience. You are a “connector” and team player with good communication skills.



  • Do you have a completed academic degree relevant to this position, for example landscape or systems ecology and/or hydrogeochemistry;
  • Do you have at least 10 years of working experience in one and preferably several of the above mentioned fields;
  • Do you have a good knowledge of Dutch/Northwest European higher plants and vegetation types;
  • Do you have practical experience with field research on vegetation, hydrogeochemistry, and ideally, hydrology;
  • Do you know how to plan and organize work well, are creative and innovative;
  • You have an excellent command of the Dutch and English languages, both verbally and in writing.
  • It is an advantage if you have experience and expertise in stream valleys and/or coastal dunes;
  • It is an advantage if you have an affinity with ecological modeling.


If you do not meet the full profile but are enthusiastic about this position? Then we also look forward to receiving your motivation and resume.


Our offer for you

We are strongly committed to personal growth and career development and offer various opportunities for this, such as a good onboarding and various courses and skills training. A good work/life balance is paramount to us. KWR has excellent primary and secondary benefits and is a member of the collective labor agreement for water companies (Flexible Working Conditions Budget of 22,11%). Working partly from home is also an option.


In addition, you can perform your practical work in a sustainably constructed glass building that is designed for collaboration and knowledge sharing between colleagues, teams and business contacts. With this position and our profile, KWR offers an exceptional working environment.


The team

Team Ecohydrology investigates the influence of climate change, nutrients and (water)management on biodiversity and groundwater recharge, among other things, and studies the effect of recovery measures. In doing so, we contribute to the achievement of nature objectives and to a sustainable freshwater supply. Specifically for the urban environment, we look at “blue-green” solutions to counteract the effects of climate change. The team consists of 15 specialists with widely varying backgrounds and experience.


About KWR

Safe and clean drinking water is a great asset. KWR is an internationally-renowned research institute in the area of water quality, the water cycle and sustainable development. ‘Bridging science to practice’ is our mission. In our almost fully-sustainable building, with its state-of-the-art laboratories, our approximately 200 staff members work, within the framework of two research groups, on innovative projects in the Netherlands and, increasingly, elsewhere in Europe and beyond. Our shareholders are the ten Dutch drinking water utilities and the Belgian De Watergroep.


Our researchers work at the intersection of science, business and society. Their strength lies in the translation of scientific knowledge into applicable practical solutions for end users in the Dutch and international water sector. To support the research, KWR has specialized laboratories, a test hall and pilot plants are being built in-house. In addition, company-specific software is developed for use within projects.


Do you want to advance water science and work with us to build a sustainable society?

Then send your cover letter and CV by email to vacancy@kwrwater.nl before April 24, 2024, quoting the job number 240042.


More information

For more substantive information about this position, please contact Edu Dorland (team leader) by phone 030 6069 532 or by email Edu.Dorland@kwrwater.nl.


For information about the application process, please contact Eduard Post (Human Resources consultant) by phone 030 6069 633 or by email Eduard.Post@kwrwater.nl.



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KWR Water Research Institute

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Location: Netherlands, Nieuwegein
Categories: biogeochemistry, Ecohydrology, Ecology, Engineering Hydrology , Natural Science, Water Management,


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