Researcher / engineer in water treatment technology

Deadline: 31.07.2023

Norwegian Institute for Water Research

The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is Norway's leading research institute for the aquatic environment, working across a wide range of environmental, climate and resource issues. Our high-quality research is characterised by its relevance, and its holistic and interdisciplinary approach, combining research with monitoring, assessment, problem solving and consulting. The NIVA group has approximately 500 employees and is headquartered in Oslo, with branches in Bergen, Grimstad, Hamar and Copenhagen, together with a marine research station in Drøbak, and subsidiaries in Tromsø, Chile and China.

Are you an “early career” /newly graduated and ambitious researcher or engineer looking to make a significant impact on the aquatic environment? The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), is seeking a curious, devoted and forward-thinking employee to join our team.

The right candidate will join the section for Urban Environment and infrastructure and is expected to contribute with expanding the section’s portfolio in projects related to the use and development of various technological and nature-based purification solutions for different types of water (sewage and wastewater, stormwater, process water, drinking water etc.). Our projects include for example experiments conducted in the laboratory, small-scale pilots on NIVA premises or at customer sites, and full-scale experiments at customer sites. The projects are both national and international and are typically carried out in interdisciplinary teams with other employees from NIVA as well as external research partners. In many of our projects we have close collaboration with stakeholders spanning private and/or public entities and NGOs.

Main tasks

  • Participate in national and international projects related to purification of various types of water using different purification solutions (technological and nature-based).
  • Contribute to initiating and developing new projects related to purification of various types of water using different purification solutions (technological and nature-based).
  • Contribute to activities such as planning and logistics, setup and operation of test equipment such as sensors, sampling equipment, pilot systems, etc. This also involves good coordination and communication with sample reception and laboratory services.
  • Contribute to writing reports and scientific articles, including data analysis 
  • Contribute to writing proposals and project applications


  • Minimum MSc in water and wastewater engineering/environmental engineering, environmental chemistry
  • Recent graduate or a few years of experience in field and laboratory work involving various purification technologies for different types of water
  • Strong understanding of water quality, water pollution, and purification processes
  • Valid driver's license (Class B)
  • Excellent written and spoken English are required
  • Scandinavian language skills are an advantage

Personal qualities

We are looking for a driven and goal-oriented candidate with the ability to work both independently and in teams. The candidate should be analytical and technically strong in your own discipline, willing to share your knowledge and eager to acquire new knowledge as well as able to apply your knowledge and skills in new areas. A positive attitude is essential, and you should have a desire and the ability to work on complex tasks in teams. 

NIVA offer

  • Exciting and stimulating tasks in a leading national water research institute with great societal significance
  • An opportunity for professional and personal development in an organization where responsibility and initiative are highly valued
  • To be part of a network of national and international researchers
  • To be part of the Early Careers Network in NIVA
  • A multicultural, social, and creative work environment
  • Flexible working hours, good pension, welfare and insurance schemes, and competitive salary

Inclusion and diversity NIVA’s work environment is distinguished by respect and equality. We treat each other equally and do not discriminate based on gender, age, functional ability, religion, ethnic and cultural background, or any other defining aspect of an individual. We wish to attract diversity as different perspectives promote innovation and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply for positions at NIVA regardless of age, gender, functional ability, nationality, or ethnic background. 

Relevant candidates can be contacted for an interview before application deadline.

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