• 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 18 months (Approximately).
  • Gross Annual Salary package: 20.000 € - 23.999 € (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 technology evaluation, whereas the other two positions focus on chemical 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 Wolfgang Gernjak. 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.



Carry out at laboratory scale experimentation for the advanced treatment of secondary treated wastewater, specifically but not limited to, related to novel oxidation processes, mainly the Vacuum UV advanced oxidation process.Carry out sampling campaigns from drinking water treatment plants treating source water impacted by secondary effluent discharges and a pilot plant treating secondary effluent.Supervise the installation and operation of a pilot plant in a Wastewater Treatment Plant at the Costa Brava.Prepare and process water samples.Compile experimental results, interpret them and prepare technical reports in collaboration with other project members.Contribute to the overall objectives and daily operations of ICRA, e.g. participating in seminars, the maintenance of the laboratories used etc



Must have – Required

Research Field or Field of knowledge:

Experience in laboratory related to the key duties, i.e. carrying out experiments in the laboratory and interpreting them, processing samples for analysis and editing technical report. Experience can stem from prior research positions or education.

Qualifications and Education Level:

A BSc or MSc degree to the position (Chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering or similar).


Good laboratory practice

Communicative and collaborative as this position will form part of a project team

Required Languages:

Spanish and English. Catalan Recommended.

Required Experience:

Professional experience in similar positions is not mandatory.



Education specifically relevant to the position will be evaluated favourably (e.g. MSc related to water technology).

Experience with physico-chemical water treatment processes (such as ozonation or advanced oxidation)

Experience with water quality analysis

Valid driving license type B

Professional experience in prior appointments in an R&D context



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_Technology” 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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