• Job location:  ICRA – Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona, Spain
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • Expected start: September 2020
  • Permanent Position.
  • Full Time Position (1.711 h/year)
  • Gross Annual Salary package: 22.340,95 €



The person hired will have the main function of supporting ICRA researchers, with most of tasks associated (but not restricted to) its area of Technology and Evaluation (TiA). This Area supports several research lines, mostly in water and wastewater treatment, covering the whole urban water cycle. Tasks will support research on conventional and alternative water resources, drinking and wastewater treatment, sewer and distribution systems, resource recovery, fundamental process knowledge regarding transport and fate of contamination in biological (conventional and natural systems), physico-chemical (advanced oxidation processes, membranes) and nanoelectrochemical treatment technologies, modelling of processes and systems, decision support systems, and sewer epidemiology related to health issues. Other tasks will interlink with other Areas of Research in ICRA, related to water analyses, water collection, and general duties supporting research.



Specific technical support to projects: analyses, sampling and sample preparation, field studies in wastewater treatment plants, sewers, wastewater collection and transport.

Organization of purchase orders, direct communication with administration services at ICRA, and other administrative tasks, mostly related (but not exclusive) to the TiA Area operation.

Maintenance of equipment (balances, micropipettes, spectrophotometers, probes, automatic samplers, online analysers...) and lab/pilot plants.

Supervision of laboratories (operation, safety, organization of common material, coordination of periodical cleanings, organization of reagents, waste management, labelling, stock maintenance, etc.). Implementation of safety rules in laboratories and waste management.



Must Have – Required

Knowledge: Preferable Higher Degree Training Cycle (CFGS) in subjects related to chemistry, environment or similar. Degrees in chemistry, environmental sciences or similar may also be considered.

Experience: 2 years developing similar functions in Research Center, Chemical or Pharmaceutical Industry. Prior laboratory experience with laboratory analyses of water, sensors and sampling techniques is of paramount importance.

Languages: Spanish and Catalan language. Valuable good level of English.

Skills: Openminded and able to work with enthusiasm in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team, good organization, flexibility, able to work and perform tasks with minimum supervision, clarity in writing technical reports, time management skills to work on several different projects at once.

Others: Driving licence and capability of driving medium-size vans (Over 25 years old with a minimum driving license of 2 years). Have the relevant vaccinations for working with waste water (if do not have them, undertake to get them within 1 month of the start date of the contract)


  • Experience in a similar position will be valued.
  • Knowledge (highly valued intermediate or higher technical degree) in Occupational Risk Prevention / Occupational Safety
  • Waste Management Knowledge
  • Any of the following past research experiences will be judged favourably.



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 an international, exciting, young and growing research group.

Continuous training in a high-quality environment.



Documentation Submitted:

Curriculum Vitae

Motivation and References letters

Academic degrees

Driving License


Aplications and DeadlineDeadline for applications:

Send the required documents to call@icra.cat indicating ref. “PTS_TIA” in the subject of the email.

The deadline to submit the required documentation is July, 19th 2020.

Selection process:

  • Pre-selection: will be based on CV, experience, skills and motivation & reference letters.
  • 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.