• 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 20 months (Approximately).
  • 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. It focuses on two main topics: (i) the fate of antibiotic resistance genes in physico-chemical treatment; (ii) the use of naturally occurring phages as viral surrogates. The other two positions in the project focus on laboratory experimentation with novel treatment technology and the use of high resolution mass spectrometry as virus surrogates and regarding the potential to form disinfection byproducts in planned and de facto potable reuse. 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 Carles Borrego. 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.



Establish protocols for the extraction of free floating DNA to analyze ARGs with qPCR. Study the fate of ARGs across physico-chemical treatment barriers. Study the fate of naturally occurring phages across treatment barriers. Establish causal relationship between the fate of ARGs and naturally occurring phages across treatment barriers with other water quality parameters (e.g. dissolved organic matter as investigated by the other postdoctoral fellow in the project). Contribute to developing a risk-based monitoring framework in water reuse based employing novel surrogates developed in the project. 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:

Microbiology, especially the field of antibiotic resistance and fate in treatment.

Qualifications and Education Level:

A PhD related to the position.


Familiar with DNA extraction protocols and qPCR 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 a field closed related to position.



Experience with the extraction of free-floating DNA, including processing large sample volume.

Experience with analyzing phages.

Experience with physico-chemical water treatment processes (such as reverse osmosis membranes 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 call@icra.cat indicating ref. “reclaimONEwater_Microbiology” 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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