Catalan Water Research Institute research and innovation for the sustainable use of water



  • Location: ICRA – Catalan Water Research Institute, Girona (Spain)
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • Scheduled start: 01/09/2024
  • Temporary Position. The position is for 3 years (extendable 12 months)
  • Annual Gross Salary: €33,300 – €42,929


 ICRA is seeking to incorporate a postdoctoral research fellow position in the scope of the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant Project ELECTROmonoLITH – Selective electrochemical separation and recovery of lithium and other metals using tailored monolith electrodes, led by Prof. Jelena Radjenovic. The Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 researchand innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 101125304.


The successful applicant is expected to conduct independent research on the project and work closely with other postdoctoral research fellows and PhD students working on the project. The scholar will also be exposed to a multidisciplinary research environment at ICRA, and potentially involve in other ongoing projects.

We are strongly encouraging applications from researchers with experience in additive manufacturing, material science, environmental electrochemistry, electrochemical water treatment and/or electrochemical resource recovery.

The most exciting science and greatest innovations are discovered at the interface of different research fields, so we are looking for someone creative and motivated to join our project. Successful candidate will receive a three-year contract, with a possible extension of another 12 months based on performance. Salary will depend on the previous experience of the candidate, as evaluated by the members of the reviewing committee.



1.Synthesis of novel electrode materials using 3D printing. 2. Development of intercalation electrodes for selective electro-extracton of critical raw materials (CRMs). 3. Electrochemical characterization of the synthetized materials using cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and other techniques. 4. Surface characterization of the synthesized materials using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and other techniques. 5. Evaluation of the developed electrode materials for electrochemical recovery of lithium and other CRMs from industrial wastewaters and brines. 6. Analysis of water samples using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). 7. Preparation of scientific publications and participation in international conferences. 8. 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 sciences or similar.

Qualifications and Education Level:

Applicants must have a PhD on the topics related to the call. Previous research experience in the field of synthesis and characterization of nanostructured electrodes, 3D printing, and/or environmental electrochemistry.

Experts in material science, including additive manufacturing, from other research fields (e.g., batteries, sensors) are highly encouraged to apply.


Successful applicants are expected to have a demonstrated, high quality track record in their research field. Applicants must be proficient in English, both written and oral.

Required Experience:

The call is open to both recently graduated PhD students as well as researchers with more years of research experience after PhD.



Experience with the modelling of fluid dynamics in electrochemical systems. International experience.



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.

Three recommendation letters endorsing the applicants professional experience.

Academic Qualifications (PhD)


Deadline for Applications:

The deadline to submit the required documentation is 16/07/2024.

Submission of applications at ICRA – Offers


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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  • Application deadline

    17/06/2024 - 16/07/2024

  • Place


  • Salary

    33.300€ - 42.929€

  • Contract duration

    3 years (extendable for 12 months)

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