Deltares is an independent, institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. Throughout the world, we work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. Our main focus is on deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why we work closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad. Our motto is Enabling Delta Life. As an applied research institute, the success of Deltares can be measured in the extent to which our expert knowledge can be used in and for society. For Deltares the quality of our expertise and advice is foremost. Knowledge is our core business.

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Rotterdamseweg 185, , Delft , 2629 HD Netherlands
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Research institute
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Internationally (various countries)
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All contracts and projects, whether financed privately or from strategic research budgets, contribute to the consolidation of our knowledge base. Furthermore, we believe in openness and transparency, as is evident from the free availability of our software and models. Open source works, is our firm conviction. Deltares employs over 800 people and is based in Delft and Utrecht.

As from 1 January 2008, the Netherlands benefits from a new and independent institute for applied research and specialist advice. Together with parts of Rijkswaterstaat /DWW, RIKZ and RIZA, WL | Delft Hydraulics, GeoDelft, and a part of TNO Built Environment and Geosciences form the Deltares Institute. The institute employs more than 800 people.

Deltares has a unique combination of knowledge and experience in the field of water, soil and the subsurface. It is frontrunner in the development, distribution and application of knowledge for meeting the challenges in the physical planning, design and management of vulnerable deltas, coastal areas and river basins. Deltares works for and cooperates with Dutch government, provinces and water boards, international governments, knowledge institutes and market parties. The institute is located in two cities: Delft and Utrecht.

Is your ambition to develop your scientific knowledg continuousley? Is your drive to be in the forefront of your field, both nationally and internationally? Do you like looking for innovative solutions and dislike standard thinking? Then you will be welcome at Deltares.

We are always looking for top talent that can transform scientific knowledge about water, subsurface and infrastructure into specialist advice for government and business. Our projects – hundreds every year in more than 80 countries – always require new, unique applications.

Working for Deltares means working in a knowledge-intensive environment that is always on the move. There is a great deal of freedom to shape your own work in line with our strategy, always with focus on getting result. You are creative and inquisitive, you like working in a team and you feel at home in an informal, international work setting.

The mission of Deltares is to develop, acquire, apply and disseminate integral, multidisciplinary knowledge and knowledge products related to living and working in delta (coastal, estuarine, and riverine) areas, on an internationally leading level. With this, Deltares supports public authorities, private parties and society in their operations and ambitions, related to sustainable development of delta areas: Enabling Delta Life.

Deltares will develop the roles into a balanced mix, enabling a response optimally attuned to different requirements of different stakeholders at different times. The roles in combination provide essential added-value to our stakeholders, and are the pillars in defining strategic targets and operational plans. The roles mutually reinforce each other, and together they cover all stages of the innovation cycle: from developing and acquiring new scientific knowledge to valorisation and validation of new knowledge and models in real world projects.

All of Deltares activities are judged against the following criteria:

  • they must create societal value,
  • they must contribute to strengthening the Dutch knowledge position on delta-related
  • issues,
  • they must advance the international reputation of Deltares as a top institute, and
  • they must contribute to financial soundness of Deltares

Most of the current information on our research programmes is available in Dutch only and contains the following subjects:

  • governance (including demand driven arena's)
  • disciplines
  • innovation programmes
  • research programmes
  • cooperation

Deltares publishes on a yearly basis the highlights of its R&D programme. These are available on our Annual Reports webpage.