The drought problem presents our society with major challenges in terms of the quantity and quality of available water. VITO is working for government and industry on solutions to guarantee sufficient water of good quality for the various users, both now and in the longer term. We are looking for a passionate colleague with knowledge of surface water and groundwater systems. This also includes expertise in hydrological and hydrogeological modeling. Insight into water issues and water challenges is also a plus for this vacancy.

  • You are part of a team of water experts and IT specialists who work in an open environment on innovative assignments for government and industry in a Flemish and international context.
  • You have experience in the water domain and you are prepared to specialize (further) in performing qualitative and quantitative modeling. One of the important aspects here is the integration of (sensor) measurements in these models. By integrating (sensor) measurements and models, we want to maximize our efforts to understand and control complex water systems.


  • Master of doctor in science, (bio) engineering sciences
  • Knowledge of physical processes in surface water and groundwater, and of modeling of the water system (hydrology and hydrogeology)
  • Experience with data collection and data processing of measurement data, preferably in a water and / or climate related context.

We expect knowledge from our new colleague with regard to:

  • hydrological and physico-chemical processes and associated measurement methods in the aquatic environment
  • data acquisition through monitoring and characterization of water quality and / or quantity (on the basis of analytical data or data obtained with the help of sensors)
  • physical and data-driven modeling, processing of model input and output, numerical and geographic (GIS)
  • data processing and analysis with standard software and via scripting (such as Python, R, Julia, Matlab ...)

About your personality we expect:

  • a dynamic person with a customer-oriented attitude.
  • who takes initiative and can work independently and purposefully.
  • you are communicative and have an analytical mind and a high dose of creativity.
  • you are motivated to help put VITO on the Flemish and International map as a leading player for integrated and substantiated water management.
  • knowledge of Dutch and English is required
  • is preferably in possession of a driving license B.

Keywords: Hydrologist, Hydrogeologist, Geologist 



  • A competitive salary and a range of benefits including allowances, insurances, adjustable holiday package and flexible working hours.
  • Innovation is our core asset, therefore it goes without saying that we give our employees the opportunity to undertake additional training and keep up to date in their field of expertise.
  • The chance to be part of an organization with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy.
  • The possibility to actively contribute towards sustainable developments at local, national and global level.


R&D & Engineering