EngD Data, Modelling and Decision Support for High Quality Drinking Water Supply

EngD Data, Modelling and Decision Support for High Quality Drinking Water Supply

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28 Mar 8 May Delft

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EngD opportunity at TU Delft: Dive deep into water solutions and elevate your technical expertise in an European context!

Job description

The EngD candidate will work under the EU funded ToDrinQ project. The overall objective of the ToDrinQ project is to support the implementation of the revised Drinking Water Directive and to significantly enhance the scientific and technical knowledge on drinking water quality protection, monitoring and treatment by developing and testing a compendium of modular complementary innovations, including novel real time sensing and water quality parameters technologies, and interoperable, easy to deploy decision tools that support resilient, evidence-based treatment plant design and improved overall water system operational awareness and risk-based response.

The successful candidate will develop computer methods and tools to provide evidence-based advice to water supply operators, and will design and develop innovative modules supporting operators, by providing alarms, system information and intervention pathways for risk mitigation, and will furhter develop an integrated (but modular and flexible) platform able to support operators in monitoring and controlling their drinking water systems.

The ToDrinQ project consists of many partners all over Europe, including academia, technology providers and end-users. The candidate will, apart from scientific research, co-operate with the partners to identify the needs and to implement prototypes of the developed methods and tools. Regular visits to the partners is part of the project.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


  • MSc in Control Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, ICT, Mathematics, Physics, or related areas
  • In water quality, water supply and/or water treatment technologies
  • Modelling experience and programming skills, preferably in Python, proven by previous studies and work
  • Independent, self-motivated, curiosity-driven mind, open to communicate and collaborate with peers and partners
  • A scientific attitude and analytical skills combined with a hands-on mentality
  • Excellent spoken and written English

If your mother language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction, you must submit proof of English proficiency from either TOEFL (minimum total score of 100) or IELTS (minimum total score of 7.0). Proof of English language proficiency certificates older than two years are not accepted.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 2 years.

Would you like to deepen your technical competence, gain applied experience with a small team who is busy rolling out urban water solutions to make big impacts on water shortage and flooding challenges while taking your education to the next level with Doctor of Engineering (EngD) accreditation? The Civil Engineering and Geosciences Faculty of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) offers you a program where you will solve a practical, integrative and complex problem in cooperation with a company in the private sector. You study, on average, two days per week at the TU Delft, following dedicated courses, and apply your learning three days per week on the project in practice.

TU Delft offers EngD-candidates a 2-year contract (starting in September 2024), with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, based on scale TOIO and equivalent to those of a doctoral candidate. In the first year, you'll receive a gross monthly salary of €2541, increasing to a maximum of €2960 in the second year.

TU Delft offers a customizable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sports memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Civil Engineering & Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource availability, urbanisation and clean water. Our research projects are conducted in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced of the importance of open science and supports its scientists in integrating open science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Natural sciences
  • 32—38 hours per week
  • max. €2618 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD05209


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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