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Oostergoweg 9
8911 MA Leeuwarden


The Wetsus doctoral program has grown in the 10 years of its existence to a prime example of smart, regional specialization on water technology with a strong European connection between research institutes and industry partners. The research in the Wetsus program takes place in close collaboration with 90 companies that actively participate in the research through paying memberships to focused and high trust research themes. All Wetsus researchers have at least three contacts per year with these industry partners.

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 involves many different scientific disciplines and focuses on the following five main research areas in clean water production and wastewater treatment:

  • New water sources
  • Sustainable water supply
  • Wastewater treatment and reuse
  • Re-use and production of components and energy from water
  • Detection of pathogens and micro/nano pollutants 

Interesting for: Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Life Sciences, Physics and Astronomy
Offers: Bachelor Internship, Master Internship