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

Number of positions available: 1

Expected start: November 2022

Temporal Position. The position is for 22 Months (approximately)

Gross Annual Salary package: 15.000 – 19.999 € (to be arranged according to the candidate’s skills)

Research funded by the Spanish State Research Agency of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Project code: PID2020-115708RB-C22/MCIN/AEI / 10.13039/501100011033; Project Rivstress



The Catalan Institute of Water Research offers a Support Research Technician position for its project RIVSTRESS (Multiple stressors impacting rivers: biodiversity and ecosystem function responses, funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, PID2020-115708RB-C22). The candidate will perform research on the definition of impacts caused by hydric stress, warming, nutrient excess, presence of pesticides and other contaminants on river ecosystems. The effects will be investigated according to: i) the order of occurrence of the stressors; ii) their occurrence and co-occurrence as pulses or continued pressures; iii) the previous impacts of other stressors, causing legacy effects. The work will be performed both in field case studies as well as in laboratory experiments.



The successful candidate will work both on field case studies as well as in tailored-designed experiments, all aimed to understand the generality of these responses and their associated mechanisms on microorganisms (biofilms).  He/she will take responsibility of the collection of samples, analyses, and experimentation.



Must have – Required

Research Field or Field of knowledge:

Good knowledge of aquatic ecosystems and water quality.


Qualifications and Education Level:

Biology Degree or Environmental Sciences Degree, or similar. Master completed in disciplines related to aquatic ecosystems.



Laboratory analysis experience and knowledge of statistics are necessary.


Required Languages:

Spanish and English proficiency is necessary.


Required Experience:

Knowledge of laboratory or field techniques related to aquatic ecology.



Experience in research centers as laboratory or field assistance in the field of water. 



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. “SRT_RIVSTRESS” in the subject of the email.

The deadline to submit the required documentation is 5th October 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.

Basic information on Data Protection

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