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Job opportunities
Join us and start your career at Wetsus. We would be very proud to welcome you as our new colleague in Leeuwarden. At Wetsus, we have different job opportunities on a regular basis. We divide these in Staff and Scientific research vacancies.

Looking for a PhD research position?
Wetsus is the research institute in Europe for water technology.
Twice a year, we have a recruitment call where we publish research projects.
On our dedicated website you can find all the information, when the next call is planned and how to apply.

Opportunities for MSc or BSc students
Are you looking for a challenging graduation project or internship on BSc or MSc level at one of the most innovative knowledge institutes in the Netherlands?
Wetsus is a research institute in the field of sustainable water technology.
We are an international organization of around 150 people. You can find an overview of thesis and internships projects here.

When we have positions available for staff, this will be published on this website; Work at Wetsus
Wetsus is always interested in receiving open applications; please send your CV and motivation to

What Wetsus offers
When it comes to employment conditions, you are at the right place at Wetsus.
As an employee, you will be given market-based working conditions and room for your personal development.

A challenging job goes hand-in-hand with excellent remuneration. We offer, besides a market-based salary, good study- and sabbatical arrangements that includes a 13th month bonus, 35 vacation days on a fulltime basis, parental leave and a pension plan.

Flexible working hours
Wetsus works on the quality of life. We think that it is essential to find a healthy balance between work and private life. Depending on the function and place of work, this is made possible through flexible working hours, working part time and working from home.

Personal development
Wetsus believes it is important that its employees continuously develop.
That is why we invest in our employees, for instance by offering coaching when needed, communication courses, courses in regards of leadership, and also technical skill training can be organized.

Wetsus finds it important to offer a vital work environment for their personnel. We offer sport cards with discount and every 2 weeks you can register for shiatsu chair massage.

Application guideline for Reseachers
You can find the guideline here

Appeal and redress
Wetsus will take all measures to implement the principles set out in the Commission Recommendation in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. After each round or recruitment proces the candidates can appeal within 2 weeks if they feel they are unjustly evaluated for one of the following reasons:

  • Relevant information was not taken into account

  • Procedural errors

  • Discrimination on the basis of gender, race, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression

  • Other ethical issue

Appeal can be filed through email at:

there are no staff vacancies at the moment

Towards an economy of value preservation | By Niels Faber


The realisation of a circular economy has thus far unfolded under the assumption that it would fit within existing economic arrangements. In practice, we witness many circular initiatives struggling to give shape to their ambitions, let alone develop to maturity. These past months, various material recycling organisations terminated their activities, seeing virgin alternatives from other parts of the world flooding the market at prices against they cannot compete. If the transition towards a circular economy (i.e. an economy of value preservation) is to be taken seriously, a new perspective on value in our economic system seems unavoidable, as the rewriting of the rules of the economic game. At this moment, current perceptions of value stand in the way of this transition both at micro as well as macro levels. Several contours for a collective exploration of new directions of value and economic configuration that foster circular transition will be addressed.

Searching Innovation for the Common Good | By Cees Buisman


In his key note he will conclude after a life of innovations that it is impossible that humanity will stay within the save planetary boundaries with innovation only. We should be more critical about the behaviour of the rich population in the world and more critical about new innovations that prove to be dangerous, like the PFAS crisis shows at this moment. In his keynote he will investigate how to look at the world that can stay within the save planetary boundaries, how should we change ourselves? It is clear if we only talk about the words of science and systems we miss the essential words of how we should cooperate and change ourselves. And his search for coherent save innovations. Which innovations will be save and will lead to a fair and sustainable world? And will lead to a world we want to live in.

Future-fit economic models: What do they have in common – how can they join forces? | By Christian Felber


There is a growing number of new sustainable, inclusive, cohesive, participatory, just and humane economic models. A possible next step in the discourse about them is the comparative analysis in order to find out key commonalities, potential synergies, and “requirements” for a future-fit economic model. The author and initiator of the Economy for the Common Good provides an overview of these „new sustainable economic models“ and compares them according to underlying values, principles, and practical ways of implementation. The keynote addresses the cooperative spirit of the conference and prepares the ground for its public highlight on the eve of June 3rd, the round table with representatives of diverse future-fit economic models.

The era of postgrowth economics | By Matthias Olthaar


The scientific debate on whether economies should always continue to grow increasingly becomes a political and societal debate. On the one hand further growth for the most affluent countries seems neither possible nor valuable, but on the other hand there is still lack of understanding and knowledge what a non-growing economy should look like and could best be governed. In this lecture we discuss various policy measures that can be realistically implemented, take into account government finances and aim at a higher quality of life despite a non-growing economy.

Democratic principles for a sustainable economy | By Lisa Herzog


Democracy is under pressure, and less and less able to stir the economy into a sustainable direction. Therefore, to stabilize democracy and to make possible the socio-ecological transformation of the economy, democratic principles need to be implemented directly in the economy. This is not only a matter of morality, but also has practical advantages. Democratizing the economy can increase legitimacy and take advantage of the “knowledge of the many” to accelerate the transformation. Democratic practices, especially deliberation, allow bringing together different forms of knowledge, which is crucial for the local implementation of principles of social and ecological sustainability. This talk explores what this idea means in more concrete terms, from democratic participation in the workplace to the democratization of time.

Market, state, association, and well-being. An historical approach | By Bas van Bavel


Over the past decades, markets have conventionally been seen as the best instrument to stimulate economic growth and enhance prosperity and well-being. The automatic link between markets and economic growth is increasingly questioned, however, as well as the automatic link between economic growth and enhancement of well-being. This has led to attempts to capture well-being development more directly than through GDP per capita figures and has produced a more variegated picture of well-being growth. Also, this has led to a shift of focus to other coordination systems than the market, as primarily the state but increasingly also the association. Analyses of the historical record suggest that especially the latter could be a vital component in future well-being.