Research Technician (Impacts of dam removal on carbon biogeochemistry in river networks)

ICRA – Catalan Institute for Water Research

Girona, Spain 🇪🇸





JOB POSITION DESCRIPTION: Impacts of dam removal on carbon biogeochemistry in river networks


  • Job location:  ICRA – Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona (Spain)
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • Expected start: March 1st 2023
  • Temporal Position. The position is for 21months (until 30/11/2024)
  • Gross Annual Salary package: 20.000 to 23.999 (depending on experience and skills)


Within the UNDAMMED project (The role of dam removal on the restoration of morpho-sedimentary equilibrium and carbon fluxes in river networks), funded by the TED2021 call of the Agencia Estatl de Investigación, in its WorkPackages 1, 2, 3 and 4, requires developing an empirical investigation to establish the effects of the demolition of dams on the remobilization of sediments from the stagnant water body, as well as on fluvial dynamics (changes in the morphology and mobility of the channel) upstream and downstream, and the remobilization of carbon buried in the sediment. We also want to develop a theoretical and empirical framework to establish the net effect of the demolition of dams on methane emissions from the river section directly affected by the demolition, from a situation of emissions from the dam to one without emissions after the action. The empirical framework will be tested in various dams that ACA intends to demolish during the years 2023 and 2024. The results of the project will offer not only management tools to anticipate actions related to the remobilization of sediments and its effects on the dynamics of the river, but will also offer tools to understand the role of dam removal on the decarbonization of the economy.


The cadidate will be in charge of a sampling design to understand the sedimentary and carbon dynamics in the affected rivers before and after dam removal. This includes morphosedimentary analysis and measures of CO2 and CH4 emissions and carbon burial and remobilization from sediments.The candidate will also be in charge of the analysis of the results and the elaboration of resports and publications.If the candidate is interested, there is the possibility to apply for PhD grants associated to this project, in order to become a PhD student in the topic of biogeochemical impacts of dam removal after this contract is finalized. 


Must have – Required

Research Field or Field of knowledge:

Biology, Environmental Sciences, or similar

Qualifications and Education Level:

Master in a related field


Field work, lab analyses. Independence. Initiative.

Required Languages:

Spanish and English. Catalan recommended.

Required Experience:

Minimal experience in the field will be required.


Willingness to pursue a PhD in the future.


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 indicating ref. “Tech_UNDAMMED” in the subject of the email.

The deadline to submit the required documentation is 15/02/2023

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.


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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.

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