• Job location:  ICRA – Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona (Spain)
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • Expected start: 01/02/2023
  • Temporal Position. The position is for 12 months (with possibilities of extension)
  • Gross Annual Salary package: 24.000 € - 29.899 € (based on the merits).

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.



We are seeking a postdoc researcher holding a PhD with expertise in nature-based solutions (NBS) applied for the removal of organic and/or inorganic micropollutants, in the scope of the project NEPMTUNE “Towards water circular economy protection from the threat caused by persistent, mobile and toxic chemicals”. An innovative hybrid and modular green wall technology for secondary wastewater treatment and reuse at urban scale is under development at ICRA. This researcher will contribute to its development for the removal of PMTs, including PFAS and others. Expertise with nature-based solutions, especially with constructed wetland, vertical wetlands or green walls, for water and wastewater treatment will be highly appreciated. Previous experience and/or knowledge on micropollutant analysis is also desirable.

The overall goal of NEPMTUNE is to gain a significant and comprehensive knowledge of the sources, fate and risks posed by persistent, mobile and toxic chemicals - PMTs, in the water cycle, while providing tools for their removal and management, bearing in mind the increased demands for water reuse in the current climate change scenario. Besides providing digital tools for the management of the risk posed by PMTs, the project will deliver innovative technologies for their removal from different contaminated water matrices, and an effective transfer of those technologies to public and industry stakeholders.

ICRA is (i) leading the development and testing of the most promising technologies for the removal of PMTs, their optimization and testing, and (ii) leading the adaptation of the existing digital tools to case studies of PMTs in Catalan river basins, to assist in the planning of water-treatment facilities. ICRA is also in charge of implementing novel analytical methods for the analyses of PMTs in water.



We are looking for a highly motivated researcher in the field of environmental engineering, environmental sciences or sustainability. The selected research fellow will work together towards a common goal of development of a sustainable technology for nature-based, chemical-free, decentralized treatment of water contaminated with PMTs. The project offers an opportunity for collaboration with other ongoing projects focused on the implementation of NBS and EC systems, including interaction with various stakeholders, attending meetings, conferences and workshops.

The specific duties of this postdoc will be:

  • Experimental design and operation for NBS for grey water treatment spiked with selected PMTs at lab scale and pilot scale;
  • Validation of the NBS technology for the optimal removal of PMTs at full-scale pilot, considering also nutrients recovery, risk assessment and costs (energy and maintenance);

Other duties for this position include:

  • Participation in project meetings and preparation of project reports.
  • Elaboration of research articles targeting high-impact peer reviewed journals.
  • Collaboration in experimental campaigns in Catalan River Basins.
  • Participation in national and international conferences.
  • As with all PhD students and postdoctoral fellows a small proportion of the time will be allocated to communal services such as joint laboratory cleanings etc.



Must have – Required

Research Field or Field of knowledge:

Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Sciences or related field. Expertise on the

Qualifications and Education Level:

PhD on Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Sciences or related field.


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

  • Activities, knowledge/experience in nature-based solutions,
  • Knowledge and/or experience in micropollutant analysis and/or operation of lab or pilot scale experimental systems.
  • 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,
  • Critical thinking and problem solving.

Required Languages:

The applicant must have a high level of proficiency in Spanish and English.

Knowledge of the Catalan languages will be positively evaluated.

Required Experience:

Expertise with development and evaluation of nature-based solutions for water treatment is highly regarded.



Micropollutant analysis; operation of pilot plants, field work, driving license.



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. “PostDoc_NePMtune_2” in the subject of the email.

The deadline to submit the required documentation is 07/12/2022


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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