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



  • Job location: ICRA – Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona, Spain
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • Expected start: July 1st, 2024.
  • Temporal Position (Interim Contract for Vacancy)
  • Gross Annual Salary package: 46.345 €
  • Duration: The term of this contract will end at the time the position is filled on a permanent basis by means of a statutory selection procedure.



 This is defined as a research scientist position for the research line of freshwater-related ecosystem services for an excellent candidate to pursue and further develop the research line. The objective is to coordinate ongoing research projects, and to prepare and submit research proposals for competitive calls, as well as for KTT contracts with the public or private sector. Furthermore, the research scientist will supervise the research technician currently associated with the research line, and at least one PhD student (starting July 1st, 2024).



The successful candidate will will further develop the research line on freshwater-related ecosystem services, coordinating ongoing projects and developing new proposals for the research line, ensuring its continuity and growth over the following years. Furthermore, the successful candidate will become a Principal Investigator (PI) of ICRA and participate in the implementation of the strategic plan and other institute related tasks.



Must Have – Required

Research Field or Field of knowledge:

Environmental sciences or similar

Qualifications and Education Level:

PhD in environmental sciences or similar.


Good oral and written skills, proficient in English. Experience in GIS software, R, and Phyton language.

Required Languages:

Advanced English, Spanish, Knowledge of Catalan language will be valued.

Required Experience:

At least 4 years as postdoc in a research institution. Previous experience in research on freshwater-related ecosystem services will be valued, especially if working in environmental modelling.



-Activities, knowledge/experience in hydrological or biogeochemical modelling,

-Previous experience in development of complex process-based models is positively evaluated,

-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,

-Knowledge of the Catalan 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:

Curriculum Vitae (CVA format, focus on 5 last years)

Letter of interest for the position, outlining the development of the research line (< 3000 characters).

DNI or NIE (valid and with work permit in Spain). If you do not have a NIE, attach a declaration in which you undertake to carry out the necessary procedures to obtain a work and residence permit in Spain.

A minimum of 1 recommendation letter


Applications and Deadline for applications:

The deadline to submit the required documentation is 06/06/2024.

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.
  • Application deadline

    07/05/2024 - 06/06/2024

  • Place


  • Salary

    46.345 €

  • Contract duration

    The term of this contract will end at the time the position is filled on a permanent basis by means of a statutory selection procedure.

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