Company information

  • Company name
    Stichting Wetsus, onderzoeksinstituut watertechnologie
  • Industry

Facts & figures

  • Employees in the Netherlands
  • Employees worldwide
  • Number of academics in the Netherlands
  • Number of countries
  • Number of internships and/or graduation projects available

Event participation

  • Application Trainings
  • Presentation Days
  • In-house Days
  • Interview Days


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Company profile

Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology is a facilitating intermediary for trendsetting know-how development. Wetsus creates a unique environment and strategic cooperation for development of profitable and sustainable state of the art water treatment technology. The inspiring and multidisciplinary collaboration between companies and research institutes from all over Europe in Wetsus results in innovations that contribute significantly to the solution of the global water problems.
Wetsus’ scientific research program is defined by the private and public water sector and conducted by leading universities.

Wetsus is part of WaterCampus Leeuwarden. WaterCampus Leeuwarden is the physical core of the Dutch water technology sector and has the ambition to play a sector uniting role for the rest of Europe as well.
WaterCampus stimulates cooperation between (inter)national businesses, knowledge institutes and governments within the water technology sector, in order to create synergy for world class innovation, education and entrepreneurship. This strengthens the global position of the European water technology sector. Additionally, WaterCampus offers a unique research infrastructure, and is a meeting point for scientists and companies from all over Europe.
The international cooperation organized and stimulated by WaterCampus Leeuwarden leads to knowledge, talent and entrepreneurship that contribute to solutions for global water problems.

Student profile

Your background in regards to graduation or internship:
• Physics
• Chemistry
• Biology
• Environmental sciences
• Environmental technology
• Life sciences

For future PhD students
The research objective of Wetsus is to develop innovative and sustainable water technology. In our vision, such technology must be:
Based on process technology
A potential breakthrough solution
Emission free
Part of an endless cycle (cradle to cradle)
Introduced into society by entrepreneurs

The combination of biological and chemical conversion technology with separation technology, high tech systems and new materials has high potential to develop important innovations in water technology, especially if researchers work in close collaboration, preferably at a single location. The critical mass of this program is concentrated in Wetsus’ interdisciplinary laboratory located in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. The research facilities are excellent.

The research involves many different scientific disciplines and focuses on the following five main research areas in clean water production and waste water treatment:
New water sources
Sustainable water supply
Waste water treatment and reuse
Reuse and production of components and energy from water
Detection of pathogens and micro/nano pollutants

At the moment about 65 PhD’s work at Wetsus from all over the world. 63% of the staff and researchers are from outside The Netherlands. 36% of the PhDs working at Wetsus are female.

Career opportunities

When you have finished your master you can become a phd student. For more information please go to:

Most of the PhD's who have finished there dissertation, find a job on a short term at companies or university.

Application procedure

For PhD positions, please go to and for internships for BSc and MSc students please go to
The Offer

We offer you an interesting and challenging work environment where you can explore your individual talents and qualities. You get the opportunity to grow with na innovative, international, dynamic and futureorientated organisation. You can count on attractive terms and conditions.

Information and application

You can send your written application, with CV, to Wetsus, f.a.o. the department HRM, Postbus 1113, 8900 CC Leeuwarden or per email