Predoctoral Researcher (HYDROUSA)

Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA)
Girona, Spain
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
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HYDROUSA will offer innovative nature based solutions based for the management of water in islands and coastal areas of the Mediterranean, for wastewater treatment, nutrients recovery and supplying fresh water from unconventional water sources. ICRA in the HYDROUSA project will analyse selected organic micropollutants compounds along the water cycle and in the edible part of selected vegetables (irrigated with reclaimed water). Additionally, bacterial antibiotic resistance in the soil will be evaluated to determine potential effects of wastewater fertigation. ICRA will evaluate the performance of the solutions, identifying the most adequate reuse train, apply environmental risk assessment and evaluate food safety issues. Finally, ICRA will be also responsible of transferability to potential sites in the Mediterranean, in particular of Spain. (


  • The PhD student will evaluate, along the water cycle, the presence of selected organic micropollutants (e.g. pesticides, industrial origin, pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, Watch List Decision 2015/495) as well as their removal in treatment technologies and/or uptake in edible plants, in the context of circular economy.
  • The tasks of the project involve:
    • Development of analytical protocols for the analyses of selected micropollutants in water and/or edible plants
    • Pre-treatment of the samples (extraction and preconcentration of contaminants), analyses and quantification (chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry), collection and evaluation of results in terms of micropollutants in water and edible plants.
    • Identification of the most adequate reuse train in terms of contaminant reduction and plant uptake
    • Writing scientific reports and scientific papers.
    • As with all technicians, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows a small proportion of the time will be allocated to communal services such as joint laboratory maintenance, etc.