Job location:  ICRA – Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona (Spain)

Number of positions available: 1

Expected start: October 2022

Temporal Position. The position is for 9 months (approximately)

Gross Annual Salary package: 24.000 € a 29.899 € based on the merits



Research Area at ICRA: Technologies and Evaluation. Project: HYDROUSA – “Demonstration of water loops with innovative regenerative business models for the Mediterranean region” is a European project with a duration of 5 years (2018-2023). HYDROUSA will offer innovative nature based solutions based for the management of water in islands and coastal areas of the Mediterranean, for wastewater treatment, nutrients recovery and supplying fresh water from unconventional water sources. ICRA in the HYDROUSA project will analyse selected organic micropollutants compounds along the water cycle and in the edible part of selected vegetables (irrigated with reclaimed water). Additionally, bacterial antibiotic resistance in the soil will be evaluated to determine potential effects of wastewater fertigation. ICRA will evaluate the performance of the solutions, identifying the most adequate reuse train, apply environmental risk assessment and evaluate food safety issues. Finally, ICRA will be also responsible of transferability to potential sites in the Mediterranean, in particular of Spain and Portugal. (



The researcher will evaluate the most adequate water reuse train and theoretically replicate in other EU sites. The tasks of the project involve: a) Evaluation of the most adequate water reuse train, among HYDROUSA solutions, in terms of contaminant reduction (standard and organic micropollutants) based on project results from different WPs. b) Theoretical transferability and replication of HYDROUSA services in sites of Spain and Portugal, related to WP7 of HYDROUSA project c) Elaboration of project deliverable documents and other project documents. d) Support in pre-treatment, extraction, and analyses of samples for organic micropollutants analyses e) Participation in project meetings, writing of protocols, scientific reports, and scientific papers. f) As with all technicians, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows a small proportion of the time will be allocated to communal services such as joint laboratory maintenance etc.




Must have – Required

Research Field or Field of knowledge:

Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science or similar.

Qualifications and Education Level:

PhD in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science or similar.


Communication skills (written and oral), organizational skills (focus, time management), teamwork and collaboration skills (dedication, participation, patience), computer and problem-solving skills.

Required Languages:

The researcher must be proficient in oral and written English; knowledge of the Spanish and Catalan languages is also positively evaluated.

Required Experience:

Proven experience in water and wastewater treatment technologies (e.g., constructed wetland, membrane bioreactors) and/or water reuse. Knowledge in the study of the fate of emerging organic pollutants in water and other matrices.



Any of the following past research experiences will be judged favourably in the selection process:

  • Experience in laboratory and/or field studies and measurement campaigns.
  • Knowledge/experience on environmental and analytical chemistry, particularly in mass spectrometry, coupled to LC for the determination of organic pollutants in environmental sample.
  • Experience in platform presentations and in paper/reports elaboration.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team; she/he must be creative, flexible, and eager to learn and to expand his /her scientific network.



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.

Contact details of reference persons (previous professional positions)


Deadline for Applications:

Send the required documents to indicating ref. “R2_HYDROUSA” in the subject of the email.

The deadline to submit the required documentation is July 19th 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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