• Job location:  ICRA – Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona (Spain)
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • Expected start: March 2023
  • Temporal Position. The position is for 18 months (approximately).
  • Gross Annual Salary package: 24.000-29.000 € (based on the merits)



The position aims at working in the framework of the Project PhageLand – “Phage treatment and wetland technology as intervention strategy to prevent dissemination of antibiotic resistance in surface waters”. PhageLand has a duration of 3 years (2021-2024) and it aims to develop a novel wastewater treatment strategy combining the low-cost and eco-friendly purification capacity of constructed wetlands (CW), with a dedicated phage-based treatment to prevent the transmission of antibiotic resistance (AR) from wastewater into surface waters. During the project we will assess: a) the self-purification capacity of model full-scale CWs operating in Spain and Moldova in removing antibiotic residues, ARB, and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs); and b) the potential risk associated with the dissemination of ARB and ARGs within indigenous bacterial communities and among animals inhabiting CWs.





The researcher will evaluate the presence of selected antibiotics as well as their transformation products in environmental samples collected in the field and in lab-scale case studies (mesocosms and pilot plants) throughout the treatment train systems. The tasks to be accomplished by the postdoc fellow involve: i) Upgrade of analytical protocols based on LC-MS for the analysis of selected antibiotics in water, sediments, and biota; ii) Designing of sampling campaigns, sampling protocols, and sample preparation in collaboration with the rest of partners; iii) Monitoring the concentration of antibiotics residues in both field and lab studies to evaluate their fate and impact in the environment.

Participation in project meetings, writing protocols, scientific reports, and scientific papers. As with the rest of ICRA staff, a small proportion of the time will be allocated to communal services such as joint laboratory maintenance, etc.



Must have – Required

Research Field or Field of knowledge:

Analytical Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry or Environmental Science.

Qualifications and Education Level:

PhD in Environmental Science or similar


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

  • Knowledge in the study of the fate of emerging pollutants in the environment
  • Knowledge/experience in the study of bioaccumulation of micropollutants in biota
  • Knowledge/experience on LC-MS analysis
  • Experience in international platform presentations and in paper/reports elaboration
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team; she/he must be creative, flexible, and eager to learn and expand his /her scientific network

Required Languages:

Spanish and English, Catalan recommended.

Required Experience:

Proven experience in analytical chemistry, particularly in Mass Spectrometry, coupled to LC for the determination of antibiotics in environmental samples



Experience in nature-based solution systems and analysis of antibiotics using mass spectrometry-based methods.



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_PhageLand” in the subject of the email.

The deadline to submit the required documentation is 30/11/2022.


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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