Working at Deltares

We are Deltares

Be part of a team that is at the forefront of creating a better world

Our promise to you, as you choose to become part of the Deltares team, is that you will be part of a dynamic and inclusive team that values diversity, creativity, innovation, and collaboration. At Deltares, you will have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally and make a real contribution to building a better future. 

Make a Difference

Building a Better Future together

We believe that our work should have a positive impact on society, and we achieve this using the power of our knowledge and expertise. Our mission-driven approach includes ambitious challenging 'moonshots' with significant social importance. Our five moonshots ensure that each project contributes to one of these areas: habitable deltas, flood protection, resilient water systems, sustainable energy, and resilient infrastructure. 

Our work extends worldwide, addressing global challenges and providing innovative solutions. We work with a smart range of advanced software tools that we develop ourselves or through co-creation with our partners, based on the latest technologies, available data, and the opportunities afforded by the cloud. This enables us to work in an agile and flexible way, adapting quickly to changing circumstances. 

At Deltares, you will be part of a team that is making a difference in the world. You will have the opportunity to work on projects that contribute to a sustainable future, and your work will have a positive impact on society.  

Innovate & Share

Create new knowledge 

We know that knowledge and innovation are essential for achieving our mission. We offer a stimulating environment where you are encouraged to innovate and our 'dare to share' philosophy allows us to make our knowledge available to others, creating opportunities to learn from each other and do even better.  

We make use of cutting-edge software and data management techniques, including the cloud and FAIR data principles, to ensure that our knowledge is applied effectively. Our world-renowned facilities, such as the Deltaflume, Geocentrifuge, ID-lab, and laboratories, provide unique research resources and make unparalleled contributions to our research.  

At Deltares we are committed to accelerating our efforts to leverage digital technologies, such as data science, to strengthen our digital infrastructure, renew our software, and expand our capabilities in this area.  

Develop your talent

Unleash your potential 

We commit to creating an environment where our employees can grow both personally and professionally. We believe that learning is a continuous process, and we provide a range of opportunities for our employees to develop their skills and expertise. 

Working alongside inspiring colleagues and participating in innovative projects provides a dynamic and stimulating environment to expand your knowledge and expertise. We also offer excellent training programs that are tailored to the needs of our employees, enabling them to acquire new skills and stay up to date with the latest industry trends. Our leaders are approachable and supportive to helping you reach your full potential. 

At Deltares, you are in control of your own career development. We encourage our employees to set their own horizon and take ownership of their career progression. With a range of career paths and opportunities available, your talents can fully bloom, and you can achieve your career aspirations.  

Join a Dynamic and Inclusive Team

Empowering Creativity, Innovation, and Collaboration 

We recognize that our greatest impact on people, the environment, and society is achieved through collaboration within multidisciplinary, diverse, and inclusive teams. We believe that by embracing our differences, we can achieve greater creativity, innovation, and problem-solving. 

We are committed to establishing a collaborative, inspiring, and respectful working environment that encourages all colleagues to contribute and feel a sense of belonging. Our teams are made up of talented professionals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, providing a rich tapestry of perspectives that enable us to tackle complex challenges. 

At Deltares, we believe in fostering an inclusive culture that values diversity and equity. By working together in diverse and inclusive teams, we can create a positive impact on the world around us. 

Terms of employment

We offer attractive terms of employment:

Salary and allowances

  • An attractive salary.
  • Vacation allowance of 8%.
  • Vitality budget of € 37.70 gross per month + 2.36% of the gross monthly salary including holiday allowance based on 40 hours per week.
  • Mobility budget of € 27 net per month based on 40 hours per week.
  • Compensation for healthcare expenses of € 36.67 gross per month based on 40 hours per week.
  • Compensation for commuting expenses of €0.23 per kilometers up to a maximum of 25 kilometers single journey OR reimbursement of cost of public transport for commuting by using the NS business card for commuter travel.
  • Working from home allowance of €2.35 per day.

Vacation and leave

  • 34 vacation days based on 40 hours per week.
  • The possibility to sell 112 hours of leave and to purchase 120 hours of leave (and to purchase 120 hours extra leave for special personal circumstances, like informal caregiving) based on 40 hours per week.
  • 100% paid additional birth leave.

Deltares life

  • Excellent training opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility to work hybrid. You can partly work from home, well facilitated by Deltares.
  • Deltares has an open, inclusive and collaborative culture. For more inforamation check our Diversity and Inclusion page.
  • We think it is important that our employees can understand an English-speaking Deltares speech. And that non-Dutch speakers at least have sufficient command of the Dutch language to get acquainted with Deltares, and can actively contribute to a social talk. If the ambition is to work in a Dutch-speaking context, the required Dutch language level is higher. To facilitate this, Deltares offers language training courses.
  • Beautiful office location in Delft with special facilities on our campus such as the Delta flume, Geo-centrifuge, Hydrohal and laboratory.
  • Fun and educational activities organized by Young Deltares and the International Association.

Additional terms of employment

  • Deltares offers a contract for 12 months with the intention of a contract for an indefinite period of time.
  • ABP pension. Deltares accounts for approximately 2/3 of the monthly contribution.
  • Laptop and phone.
  • The possibility to participate in a collective health insurance scheme at Aevitae in which the additional Mix Package is reimbursed by Deltares.
  • The possibility to take out an interest-free loan with a maximum of €2.500 for the purchase of an (electric) bicycle for commuting to and from work.
  • Discount on a disability insurance at Loyalis.
  • Discount on various private insurances at Centraal Beheer Achmea.

The origins of Deltares

Deltares was established in 2008 after the merger of GeoDelft; Delft Hydraulics; parts of TNO Built
Environment and Geosciences and parts of the specialist services RIZA, RIKZ and DWW of
Rijkswaterstaat. The establishment of a research and innovation centre for delta issues was vitally
important in order to keep the vulnerable and flood-sensitive Dutch delta liveable in a sustainable
way. The aim was to advise both the government and the business community and to combine and
strengthen the knowledge available in the Netherlands so that innovative solutions could be found
to address the consequences of climate change. Deltares was also expected to play an important
role in providing international access to Dutch knowledge in the field of water management.

Our knowledge base goes back almost a 100 years. Closing off the old Zuider Zee with the Afsluitdijk barrier dam required new knowledge. That led to the establishment of the Waterloopkundig Laboratorium (hydraulic laboratory) in 1927. One of the most important factors that led to the creation of Deltares: the Afsluitdijk barrier dam.

Deltares is an independent applied research institute in the area of water and subsurface. 

We are involved throughout the world in smart innovations, solutions and applications for people,
environment and society. We focus primarily on deltas, coastal regions and river catchments.
Managing these densely-populated and vulnerable areas is complex and so we work closely with
government authorities, commercial companies, research institutes and universities in the
Netherlands and internationally. Our motto is "Enabling Delta Life". As an applied research institute,
Deltares is successful if its knowledge is put to good use in and for society. Deltares is very
demanding when it comes to the quality of its knowledge and advice.

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