OFERTA PREDOCTORAL RESEARCHER (PreDoc_ARENA) Analysis of antibiotics in the environment









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

Number of positions available: 1

Expected start: September 2022

Temporal Position. The position is for 12 months

Gross Annual Salary package: 22.729,88 €



The position aims at working in the framework of the Project: ARENA - Antibiotic REsistaNce and Pathogenic Signature in Marine and Freshwater Aquaculture Systems is an European JPI project with a duration of 3 years (2021-2024). The project aims to improve the evaluation of aquaculture practices and products by exploring the fate of antibiotic and microbial contaminants across the water cycle. Contamination levels will be assessed from sources (effluents, river outflows) to end points (aquaculture plants) and final food products (e.g., fish fillets), along with the antibiotic resistome and pathogenic signature in farm surrounding aquatic environments in open (i.e., mariculture) and recirculating aquaculture systems (i.e., RAS). Novel early-warning tools for the rapid detection of antibiotic residues, antibiotic-resistance genes and microbial pathogens (sensor-based) in environmental and biological samples will be optimized. ARENA will contribute to elucidate the significance of antibiotic related issues, finally providing a cross-disciplinary approach for risk assessment and future operative efforts to mitigate the magnification of antibiotic resistance and pathogenicity in aquaculture settings https://www.icra.cat/projects/arena-antibiotic-resistance-pathogenic-signature/199 



The PreDoctoral Researcher will support the evaluation of the presence of selected antibiotics as well as their transformation products in environmental samples in real case studies throughout aquaculture facilities. The tasks to be accomplished by the predoc fellow involve:

(i) Upgrade of analytical protocols based on Liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry for the analysis of selected antibiotics in water, sediments and biota

(ii) Designing of sampling campaigns and organization of sampling and sample preparation in collaboration with other partners

(iii) Monitoring of antibiotics in the aquaculture system and evaluation of their fate and impact in the environment.

(iv) Participation in project meetings, writing of protocols, scientific reports and scientific papers.

(v) 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:

Analytical Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry or Environmental Sciences

Qualifications and Education Level:

Msc in Environmental Science or similar


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

  • Knowledge in the study of the fate of emerging pollutants in the environment
  • Knowledge/experience in the study of bioaccumulation of micropollutants in biota
  • Knowledge/experience on LC-HRMS analysis
  • Experience in international 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

Required Languages:

Spanish, Catalan, English

Required Experience:

Proven experience in analytical chemistry, particularly in Mass Spectrometry, coupled to LC for the determination of antibiotics in environmental samples



Experience in biomarkers analysis and discovery and ecotoxicological tools



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.


Deadline for Applications:

Send the required documents to call@icra.cat indicating ref. “PreDoc_ARENA” in the subject of the email.

The deadline to submit the required documentation is July 15th 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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