Deltares is a leading independent institute in the fields of water, subsurface and infrastructure. We apply our advanced expertise worldwide, to help people live safely and sustainably in delta areas, coastal zones and river basins.

Our unit Inland Water Systems, department Water Quality and Ecology, is looking for an

Early Stage Researcher (ESR)

for a period of 8 months

The unit Inland Water Systems has over 175 employees, divided into the following six departments: Operational Water Management and Early Warning, Catchment and Urban Hydrology, Flood Risk Management, River Dynamics and Inland Shipping, Fresh Water Ecology and Water Quality and Water and Delta Management.

What can you expect as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR)?

We offer an informal, dynamic and challenging working environment. You will be part of a team of advisors and researchers who work in close cooperation with each other.

The position will be based in Delft, The Netherlands. The contract comprises a limited period due to the period of the ITN project, but there are opportunities for a longer period. We offer you an eight-month contract as a junior researcher at Deltares.

The job:

This job is part of the Marie Curie project C-CASCADES [Innovative Training Networks (ITN) Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014]. This project started in 2016, but we have a new vacancy. More information on the whole project including the training program for all ESR's can be found on

You will improve our catchment / continent scale model for organic carbon and particle dynamics. This model will be able to simulate fluxes of carbon and particles over the land-ocean interface, taking into account the relevant sinks, sources and transformations. It will contribute to associated models simulating nutrient fluxes and fluxes of (emerging) pollutants. The model should be able to assess the expected changes of such fluxes as a result of climate change, land use changes, demographic changes, etc. As such, it will offer many interesting applications related to the management of water resources, in river systems, estuaries and coastal waters. This work will be linked to other catchment modelling related projects at Deltares, including the EU FP7 Project SOLUTIONS. The work will be carried out on the basis of Deltares' open source water quality modelling framework D-WAQ, and Deltares will provide the relevant linkages to state-of-the-art hydrology models.

Your profile:

Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) have a number of requirements with respect to the candidates:

  • You shall at the time of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career.
  • You have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • At the time of recruitment, you have not resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in The Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
  • You should be able to start at the 1st of May 2018 at latest.

Furthermore, Deltares requires that:

  • You have an MSc in earth or aquatic science, bioengineering, agronomy, hydrology or geochemistry or applied mathematics.
  • You have excellent skills in analytical thinking.
  • You have good knowledge of modelling.
  • You are interested in applying your knowledge to solve societal problems.
  • You are fluent in English (reading, writing and speaking).
  • You are self-driven, pro-active and do not give up easily;
  • You are a real team player and do not shy away from self-reflection

The team

The project team consists of a daily supervisor, Mr. Jos van Gils, and a number of Deltares colleagues that are involved in the project or in adjoining projects. You will be part of the team of Water Quality and Ecology within the unit Inland Water Systems.


Are you interested in this job and do you fit the job qualifications? Then apply directly via the link:

For more information on the content of this vacancy you may contact Dr. Leonard Osté (; phone +31 88 33 58 472), for practical information on working at Deltares you may contact the Mrs. dr. Sacha de Rijk, head of the department Water Quality and Ecology, (; phone: +31 6 51504392).

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Acquisition for this vacancy is not appreciated

published: 23 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.