• Job location:  ICRA – Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona, Spain
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • Expected start: January 2020
  • Temporal Position. The position is for 12 Months (Approximately)
  • Gross Annual Salary package: 24.000 €



Project: CLEaN-TOUR "Circular economy to facilitate urban water reuse in a touristic city: centralized or decentralized?" (http://clean-tour.000webhostapp.com/), financiado por la Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) y el Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER) – CTM2017-85385-C2-1-R

The main objective of the CLEaN-TOUR project is to develop knowledge, technologies and tools on wastewater treatment in order to facilitate expanding urban water reuse, thus giving a step forwards the circular economy in tourist regions, where the demand for water is usually very high. The project will analyze both centralized and decentralized systems (for example, hotels) for greywater treatment with innovative technologies such as osmotic membrane bioreactors and hydroponic technologies.

The knowledge acquired along the project will be encapsulated in the CLEaN-TOUR Toolbox to facilitate assessing the most adequate (centralized or decentralized) and treatment technologies and to help spreading the circular concepts. The CLEaN-TOUR Toolbox will be composed of 2 pillars: First, a relational database with simplified models for different wastewater treatment and reuse technologies; second, a framework for the evaluation of centralized and decentralized scenarios. The recruited researcher will be responsible for the development of these tools.

The multicriteria scenario analysis framework to be developed should be able to generate a simplified sewage and water reuse networks for a given neighbourhood or city, and simulate centralized vs decentralized water reuse scenarios (at hotels, neighborhood and city scale). A user-friendly and web-based approach will be followed and built upon the experience of previous projects. Then, a search engine based on graph theory will be devised to automatically generate scenarios of centralized and decentralized water reuse schemes based on the relational database. The framework should allow simulating the performance in terms of mass flows (water and energy) and the corresponding change in selected technical, environmental and economic indicators between current and future scenarios. Economic and environmental costs and benefits for both construction and operation phases of water reuse systems will be considered.

Municipalities will be able to use the framework for planning of urban water reuse projects, i.e. to identify its city’s most critical water consumption hotspots, compare among different solutions by using multiple criteria and then select the most feasible alternative. The most important question to be answered by the tool would be What is the minimum number of inhabitants to be decentralized for a water reuse solution to be sustainable for a specific city/neighborhood? Another question worth examining with the tool will be What combination of technologies offers a cost-efficient water reuse scheme in a centralized or decentralized scenario?



  • The researcher will attend the project meetings.
  • The researcher will be expected to actively interact with other partners of the project, including potential end-users of the tools.
  • The tasks of the researcher involve:
    • Development of a relational database, including information about technologies’ properties, potential water reuse applications and legislation will be developed to assess circular schemes:
      • Modelling of different technologies included in the project (simplified models) to estimate operational and economic data.
    • Development of the scenario analysis platform for the water cycle at touristic facilities:
      • First, objectives, criteria and priorities to be considered in a circular approach will be defined.
      • Conceptual development of a simplified sewage and water reuse networks based on graph theory.
      • Modelling of the water cycle of a touristic facility, at neighbourhood and city scale.
    • Calibration of the models.
    • Implementation and evaluation of different water reuse scenarios.



Must Have – Required

  • Experience:
    • Experience in programming (Javascript, PHP or similar (Express, ASP, RoR, etc.), HTML5/CSS3,    MySQL/MongoDB, Python, Git / Github, Linux / Bash)
  • Knowledge:
    • Bachelor degree in Computer science, Environmental Engineering, Civil engineering or similar.
    • Expertise in programming languages (MATLAB/Simulink, Python, C, etc.).
  • Skills:
    • Proficient in oral and written English
    • Must be able 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.


  • Master's degree Computer science, Environmental Engineering, Civil engineering or similar will be positively evaluated.
  • Experience on data quality assessment,
  • Experience in GIS and urban planning is positively evaluated,
  • modelling and/or development or use of decision support tools and modelling and control of environmental systems (preferably wastewater treatment plants) will be also positively evaluated.
  • Knowledge of the Catalan and Spanish language is also positively evaluated.



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 research group.

Continuous training in a high-quality environment.



Documentation Submitted:

  • Photocopy of the titles of their studies
  • Curriculum Vitae and letter of interest for the position
  • A minimum of 1 recommendation letter

Aplications and DeadlineDeadline for applications:

Send the required documents to call@icra.cat indicating ref. "Tech_CLEaN-TOUR" in the subject of the email.

The deadline to submit the required documentation is December, 05th 2019.

Selection process:

  • Pre-selection: will be based on CV, experience, skills and motivation letter.
  • Interviews: Short-listed candidates will be interviewed.
  • Offered Position: Job Offer will be sent to the successful candidate after the interview.


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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