CHARACTERISTICS OF THE JOB                                              

  • Job location: ICRA – Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona (Spain)
  • Number of positions available: 1 full time position
  • Expected start: The candidate will start 1st April 2024.
  • Temporal Position. The position is for 3 years approximately  
  • Gross Annual Salary package: 24.000 - 31.693 euros



We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed postdoctoral researcher, expert in dissolved organic matter characterization with high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS). The researcher will play a key role in contributing to the EU research project, intoDBP (https://intodbp.eu/), where Maria José Farré serves as the coordinator and the researcher´s supervisor.

The role of the postdoctoral researcher in this project is both specialized and multifaceted, encompassing a range of responsibilities that contribute significantly to advancing the understanding of dissolved organic matter. The primary focus revolves around employing HRMS for in-depth analysis, with a particular emphasis on comparing findings with traditional methodologies like UV-VIS (Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy) and fluorescence. The second objective is correlate DOM fingerprints with DBP formation. This aspect of the research is essential, as it extends the investigation beyond the identification of organic matter to understanding potential consequences in water treatment processes. The insights gained from DBP analysis contribute to the broader context of water quality management and public health. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate closely with a highly trained technician, forming a dynamic partnership to execute sampling campaigns and analytical work.

intoDBP is an EU-funded project that will develop, test, scale-up, validate, and benchmark innovative tools and strategies to protect catchments and minimize human exposure to disinfection by-products (DBP) under current and future climates. The project will develop its cross-cutting solutions on 4 complementary case studies combining rural and dense urban areas, from 3 European countries where DBPs are a scientific, technological, and political challenge. The project includes 16 partners from Spain, Ireland, Cyprus, Italy, Belgium, Israel, Austria, US and Australia. The project consortium includes research organizations, large enterprise, medium and small enterprises, public bodies and non-profit organizations.

Engaging in a Horizon Europe project through the coordinating institution presents an exceptional prospect to elevate a career trajectory significantly. This endeavor offers a multitude of advantages, including the expansion of the professional network, fostering interdisciplinary collaborations, amplifying visibility, earning recognition, and actively contributing to the creation of pioneering solutions for real-world challenges. The researcher involvement will serve as a platform to demonstrate the tangible applications of your research. ICRA stands ready to facilitate your research journey by granting access to cutting-edge research infrastructure, exemplified by resources like Orbitrap Exploris 120, as well as providing essential software to drive your investigations. Immerse yourself in a highly international environment, fostering a collaborative and empowering research setting that will propel your academic and professional growth. Embrace this opportunity to not only advance your individual career but to make a lasting impact on the forefront of innovative research.


KEY DUTIES                                                                                       

  • Conduct experiments to pursue the above-mentioned objectives.
  • Interpret the obtained results.
  • Edit scientific publications to be submitted to leading scientific journals in the field of research.
  • Assist with project deliverables and presentation of results in project meetings.
  • As with all PhD students and postdoctoral fellows 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:  

Characterization of organic matter with high resolution mass spectrometry

Non-targeted screening

Disinfection byproducts

Drinking water


Qualifications and Education Level:

A completed PhD degree in chemistry or similar with experience in analytical chemistry and mass spectrometry. Acknowledging that depending on the country of study considerable time may pass from submitting the thesis to being awarded the degree, a submitted thesis at the time of interview may be considered as satisfactory.

R software knowledge



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

  • Analytical chemistry (HRMS-Orbitrap), specifically non-target analysis
  • Data mining, statistics
  • Matlab or other similar software knowledge
  • Fate of contaminants of emerging concern and or disinfection by-products


Required Languages:

A high level of written and ideally also spoken Spanish and English are required. Knowledge of Catalan is recommended.


Required Experience:

PhD or postdoc in the field of the call.



Participation in European Projects

Experience on DBP analysis



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

3 references

Link or copy of PhD thesis

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.


Deadline for Applications:

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

The deadline to submit the required documentation is 18/02/2024.


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.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS                                                      

In ICRA we are committed to maintaining and developing a work environment in which the values and principles of our organizat ion 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 Constitut ion, 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 A ct 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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