Engineering Doctorate (EngD), Improving Wind powered Reverse Osmosis – TU Delft – Delft

  • Delft

TU Delft

Job description

At the forefront of tackling two of the most pressing global challenges—water scarcity and the transition to renewable energy—DOT, Delft Offshore Turbine, is driving innovative solutions. Given the expansion of offshore wind farms, there is a critical need for alternatives to traditional electrical carriers. Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) in combination with wind energy is one of the solutions, significantly reducing the CO2 footprint of traditional SWRO and producing fresh water. DOT has pioneered a unique pump technology that enables wind turbines to directly pressurize water, eliminating the intermediate step of electricity generation. This pressurized water is then utilized to power SWRO installations for desalination. However, coping with the wind variability is still a challenge.

The EngD candidate will work closely together with DOT and will design, implement and test solutions to cope with the wind variability, while producing a constant flow of fresh water under acceptable pressures for transport. In addition, risk assessments, asset management plans and techno-economic evaluations will be executed to test the feasibility of the designed solutions.

The candidate will combine theoretical knowledge with professional experience and apply it to pilot installations inside and outside the Netherlands. 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.



  • MSc in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering and related areas
  • Experience with water quality, and/or water treatment/desalination technologies
  • 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*



  • Laboratory/pilot plant experience, proven by previous studies and/or work
  • Knowledge of the European context
  • Proficiency in the Dutch language


*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

Would you like to deepen your technical competence, gain applied experience with a small team who is busy rolling out water solutions to make big impacts on water shortage (and flooding) challenges while taking your education to the next level with an Engineering Doctorate (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.

The candidate will be appointed at DOT, offering similar salary conditions as TU Delft, being a 2-year contract (starting in September 2024), with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. 

TU Delft (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  and we actively  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.

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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.

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