• Job location:  ICRA – Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona (Spain)
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • Expected start: February 2023
  • Temporal Position. The position is for a maximum of 22 months (project ends 30/11/2024).
  • Gross Annual Salary package: 24.000 € - 29.999 € (According to experience and qualifications)

The present call and the contracting is subject to obtaining the Project Final Resolution and the availability of economic funds and the effective start of the Project.



Research project and context: reclaimONEwater is a research project funded by the Spanish Agencia Estatal de Investigación within the call for proposals issued in 2022: Proyectos Estratégicos Orientados a la Transición Ecológica y la Transición Digital (Strategic projects oriented towards the Green and Digital Transition). The present position is one of three new staff members fully dedicated to this project. Its focus is on the use of high resolution mass spectrometery for treatment process evaluation for physico-chemical experimentation, whereas the other two positions focus on laboratory experimentation with novel treatment technology and microbiological water quality evaluation. In addition to these three new staff members, the project team consists of the ICRA researchers Wolfgang Gernjak (project leader), Maria José Farré and Carles Borrego. The main supervisor of this position is Maria José Farré. The reclaimONEwater team will for de facto and planned potable reuse (i) evaluate water quality hazards caused by emerging chemical and biological contaminants; (ii) develop and showcase at pilot-scale novel monitoring methods supporting safe operation; (iii) validate on pilot-scale a novel advanced treatment based on vacuum UV radiation. It will also showcase international best-practice and extend our options to combat our water scarce future in the Mediterranean Basin. Thereby reclaimONEwater contributes importantly to achieving several goals of the Green Transition: (i) climate change adaptation; (ii) sustainable use and protection of hydric resources; (iii) transitioning towards a circular economy; and (iv) prevention and control of environmental contamination.



Develop and apply workflows using the Orbitrap Exploris 120 of ICRA to verify treatment performance of physico-chemical water treatments at laboratory, pilot and full-scale. Specifically, HRMS based analysis is to be explored in combination with other analysis for its potential as surrogate measurement for the abatement of other water quality hazards in physico-chemical water treatment technologies (e.g. the rejection of viruses by membranes or the transformation of micropollutants in oxidative treatments). Information on organic matter from HRMS analysis will be contrasted with the potential to form disinfection byproducts in planned potable reuse and de facto potable reuse. The candidate may obtain samples from the collaboration with other team members, jointly executed sampling campaigns etc, but may also participate in lab- or pilot-scale experimentation of novel oxidation processes. The successful candidate will carry out research and contribute to the full value chain of exploitation of results, i.e. publishing results in scientific journals or in intellectual property protection measures if applicable.



Must have – Required

Research Field or Field of knowledge:

High resolution mass spectrometry for water or environmental analysis in the context of R&D. Physico-chemical treatment technologies.

Qualifications and Education Level:

A PhD related to the position.


Operating HPLC-MS systems and evaluation of the data generated

Evaluating results and publish them in high quality scientific publications

Communicative and collaborative in the project team environment and beyond

Required Languages:

Spanish and English. Catalan recommended.

Required Experience:

The minimum requirement is professional experience obtained during PhD studies in similar positions.



Experience with programming R to understand existing HRMS workflows in ICRA and collaborate in their further development

Hands on experience with physico-chemical water treatment processes (such as ozonation or advanced oxidation)

Valid driving license (type B)

Professional experience in prior appointments in an R&D context

Demonstrated track record of exploiting and disseminating research results (e.g. scientific publications, patents etc).



Working conditions: Employed in compliance with Spanish legislation and regulations. Employees receive the benefits of the Spanish Social Security system covering sickness, maternity/paternity leaves and injuries at work.

International Environment: The opportunity to join a prestigious international research institution and become a member of a young and growing team.

Continuous training in a high-quality environment.




All Applications must be contain:


Motivation letter

DNI or NIE (valid and with work permit in Spain). If you do not have a NIE, please attach a statement that you commit to take the necessary steps to obtain a work and residence permit in Spain.

Academic Qualifications


Deadline for Applications:

Send the required documents to indicating ref. “reclaimONEwater_HRMS” in the subject of the email.

The deadline to submit the required documentation is December 12th, 2022.


Selection process:

In accordance with the OTM-R principles, a gender-balanced recruitment panel is formed for every vacancy at the beginning of the process. After reviewing the content of the applications, the panel will start the interviews. A profile questionnaire as well as a technical exercise may be required during the process.



In ICRA we are committed to maintaining and developing a work environment in which the values and principles of our organization are respected and equal opportunities between women and men be promoted in each of the areas in which we operate, not tolerating discrimination based on criteria such age, sex, marital status, race, ethnicity, disabilities, political leanings or sexual orientation. 

Recruitment will be carried out as provided for in Article 15 of Royal Legislative Decree 1/1995 of 24 March passing the text of the Workers' Statute Act, in accordance with the provisions of Article  2 of Royal Decree 2720/98 of 18 December (B.O.E. 8 January 1999), Act nº 12/2001 of July 9 (B.O.E. 10 July) and concordant regulations.

The principle of equality between men and women is taken into account, in accordance with Article 14 of the Spanish Constitution, the EU Directive of 9 February 1976 and the provisions of the Agreement of the Council of Ministers of March 4, 2005, passing the Plan for gender equality in the General State Administration.

Universal accessibility for persons with disabilities is taken into account, in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 1 of Act nº 51/2003 of 2 December on equal opportunities, and 5% of vacancies are reserved provided the candidates pass the selection processes and are able to accredit disability and compatibility in performing the tasks so that we will progressively reach 2% of the total workforce.

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