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Department/faculty: Civil engineering and geosciences
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: Initially a 1-year contract, with a possible 1-year extension (2 years total)
Salary: Maximum € 1828 per month gross with a full-time appointment
Deadline for application: before November 30, 2017
Start of program: February 2018

Would you like to extend your knowledge, practical work experience and get a professional doctorate degree in the water sector in only two years’ time?
The faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) offers a new type of doctorate program called PDEng in Civil and Environmental engineering. During the PDEng program, you will find a solution for a practical, integrated and complex problem in cooperation with a (water) company or engineering agency. You study 2 days per week at the TU Delft and apply your learnings 3 days per week on the project at the water company.

The company
Vitens is one of the partners of TU Delft in the PDEng program. Vitens is the largest drinking water company of the Netherlands and supplies drinking water to 5.6 million people and businesses. Vitens employs approximately 1400 people who feel united in their passion for water. SLIMM is one of the projects that is included in the strategic programs of Vitens: “infrastructure of the future: from craft to data-driven”.

Job Description (SLIMM project)
SLIMM stands for Self Learning Integrated Model-based Monitoring. The SLIMM technology makes real-time water quality data available to control well field management and treatment processes effectively. This includes the use of models (soft sensors) that predict and assess the effects that changing process settings and other variables have on the effluent quality of individual process components. The output of the models, consisting of guidance advice, predictions and real-time information, is presented as a dashboard to the operator. In addition to information on the quality, the SLIMM system also provides information on the energy and chemical consumption. Collecting all this information enables better balancing between water quality and costs and will ultimately result in a more sustainable, efficient and effective treatment.

The activities will mainly be established at TU Delft and at the Vitens headquarters in Zwolle. At Vitens, you will become part of the SLIMM-team, formed by five experienced drinking water professionals.

We seek applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Open, creative mind and a critical attitude
  • A master degree preferably in systems and control or civil, environmental, chemical engineering, physical engineering or related field of expertise
  • Basic understanding of water technology
  • Affinity with IT-systems, modelling, sensors and data processing
  • A positive attitude and focus towards problem solving in complex engineering problems
  • Goal of a career in industry
  • Excellent command of English and Dutch
  • Driving licence


  • Writing a project proposal
  • Completing the SLIMM project up to the established level in two years
  • Following and completing the courses offered by TU Delft
  • Communicating with Vitens and TU Delft
  • Attending and/or organising information sessions and workshops about the SLIMM project

Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers:

  • A customisable compensation package; a discount for health insurance and sport memberships and a monthly work costs contribution
  • Flexible work schedules
  • An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school
  • Training to improve English competency
  • Compulsory and elective courses suitable for the project
  • Proper guidance for the project (from Vitens as well as from TU Delft)
  • A stimulating working environment both at TU Delft and at Vitens

Information and application
Please visit for more information. You are also welcome to contact Amir Haidari, phone: +31 (0)15 – 27 87337, e-mail: for any additional information.

For application, please send the following documents to You are requested to submit in English, preferably in one PDF file:

  • Letter of application in which you explain your interest in the traineeship for the SLIMM project (not more than 1 A4 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae (not more than 2 pages A4)
  • Copies of Master's and Bachelor's diplomas
  • Master's and Bachelor's degrees transcripts including grades obtained
  • A copy of your passport
  • Two reference letters from supervisors of recent (research) projects or (scientific) work

Deadline for application: before November 30, 2017
Start of program: February 2018