Why work at Desah?
“Why wastewater, energy and nutrients? At Desah you will cooperate with research institutes like Wageningen University and Wetsus and look for new processes to convert wastewater into resources. You can be part of our team and for instance contribute to design the neighborhood of the future with a circular water, energy & nutrient system. Working here will provide you a versatile and challenging job with lots of freedom in an organization that is in full swing.”
-Paraschos Chatzopoulos, R&D Engineer at Desah 2017-2022

What will you do?
As an R&D engineer you have the opportunity to investigate, develop and implement highly sustainable water technologies which are needed for a better future. To achieve this you will draw knowledge from various fields of research and multiple technologies. You are encouraged to find innovative solutions to wastewater focused challenges of companies, municipalities, project developers and waterboards. At Desah you are at the forefront of innovation and you will be working together with the leading research institutes to develop and implement cutting-edge technology. So, supervising students and giving input for PhD research performed by Desah’s partners will be recurring events. Your key tasks will be as follows:

  • Check feasibility & Optimize : to create meaningful and effective projects
  • Design & execute experiments : on lab, pilot and demo scale
  • Prepare proposals : for application to EU or national funded projects
  • Develop sustainable innovations : by contributing your technical and scientific expertise

Who is Desah?
Desah specializes in the development and implementation of innovative and sustainable wastewater treatment technologies. Desah is a frontrunner in the development of sustainable wastewater treatment technologies. Using source-separation and decentralization as the bases of our systems, we maximize recovery and reuse potential of all the resources found in wastewater. This approach has resulted in winning the Global Wastewater Award 2022 from Global Water Intelligence for our project Recolab in Helsingborg, Sweden. Our projects and pilots are located around the world, but our offices and lab can be found in Sneek. This is where our Desah colleagues Moniek, Sybrand and Loes work together on several running and prospective projects. At lunchtime we join the colleagues of sister company Landustrie downstairs for the soup of the day. Our team is complemented with interns on a regular basis.

What is your profile?
We are looking for an all-round R&D engineer whose core competencies are entrepreneurial, independent, communicative and hands-on. You should not be too afraid to collect data with your “boots in the mud”, suggest and implement solutions yourself, and identify opportunities. Taking ownership of projects is a crucial trait. Additionally we value:

  • MSc or PhD on (waste)water related field
  • Good communication skills in both English and Dutch
  • Experience in writing project proposals
  • Thorough knowledge of biological wastewater treatment. Knowledge of physicochemical treatment and resource recovery technologies would be a plus.

What do we offer?
We rely on you to keep the pilots and operations running, therefore, based on a 40-hour work week, you can count on a:

  • Competitive salary
  • CAO/CLA Metalektro
  • 38-40 days of paid leave
  • 8% holiday allowance

Ready to tackle this with us?
Show your interest in this position before the 15th of February 2023, after that this offer is closed. Mail us your CV and a short motivation, then we can invite you for an on- or offline meeting. If you have questions regarding this position, do not hesitate to contact Loes Heemskerk

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