PhD research position in Hydrology

Geplaatst: 21-10-2008

 Management of groundwater systems heavily depends on the outcomes of groundwater models. Their predictive ability is severely limited, because the values of hydrogeological parameters are often not known very accurately. Existing monitoring networks measure head variations and many hydrological stresses (also called hydrological drivers) such as rainfall, potential evaporation, pumping, and surface water levels. These hydrological records contain a wealth of information, but no methodology exists that can extract conventional hydrogeological parameters directly from the data. The objective of this project is to develop new approaches for the determination of hydrogeological parameters from these records to be used in groundwater models. The new approaches will be based on time series analysis and will be tested extensively against available field data.


The project is a collaborative effort between researchers from KWR and the Water Resources Section of the Civil Engineering and Geosciences Faculty of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). KWR (formerly Kiwa Water Research) is a research institute for the entire water cycle in Nieuwegein and has approximately 180 employees. The Water Resources Section of the TU Delft has approximately 20 faculty and 30 PhD students. Funding for this project is provided by TTIW (Technological Top Institute Watertechnology) and the BTO program (the joint research program of the Dutch water utility sector).


The applicant should have strong analytical and computational skills with a background in hydrology and a strong interest in hydrogeology and applied mathematics. MSc or equivalent degree in Hydrology or a related field is a requirement. 


For further information, please contact Dr. Mark Bakker,, tel. (+31) 6 1852 8436. Applications, including a CV and the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references, should be sent electronically to, or on paper to


KWR. Attn. Mark Bakker

Groningenhaven 7

3433 PE Nieuwegein

The Netherlands


Evaluation of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.