Environmental fate and risks of micronanoplastics in the soil-water interface

IMDEA Water is a non-profit research Institute, promoted by the Regional Government of Madrid, to carry out research in water technologies. This Institute is part of the IMDEA network, the institutional framework that combines support from both the public and private sectors and harmonizes research with market demand, strengthening the presence of the private sector in science.

It complies with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers



The hired researcher will develop his/her doctorate under the framework of the µNanoCare project “Quantification of micronanoplastics in reclaimed water and agricultural ecosystems. Environmental risk assessment”, Funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation (Collaboration Challenges; RTC2019-007261-5).

The objective of this doctorate is to study the environmental fate of microplastics and nanoplastics in soil-water systems by conducting field and laboratory tests. In addition, the researcher will participate in an environmental sampling field survey. This survey will be aimed to evaluate the influence of different anthropic factors on the distribution of micro and nanoplastics in agricultural ecosystems by collecting soil and groundwater samples. Finally, the hired researcher will carry out several ecotoxicological studies to evaluate the acute and chronic effect of these particles on terrestrial and aquatic organisms and will participate in one of the first risk assessments carried out for nanoplastics worldwide. This research activity will be supported by a highly precise and innovative analytical method for measuring micro and nanoplastics in environmental samples, which is being developed by one of the project partners. The hired researcher is expected to actively collaborate in the writing of scientific articles, and in the dissemination of research results by participating in project meetings and national and international conferences. In addition, the hired person is expected to work independently and have a high motivation to achieve high-impact scientific results.

Candidates must present the following information:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official Academic Transcript (Bachelor and Master)
  • A cover letter (in English) presenting her/his candidacy and merits, and including her/his personal motivation to join the research team.
  • BSc degree in: biology, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, agronomic engineering, chemistry or similar.
  • MSc or equivalent degree valid to get access to doctorate studies in one of the aforementioned disciplines. (EQF Level 7 or MECES 3)
  • Valuable: experience in evaluating the environmental fate and risk of contaminants of emerging concern, especially micronanoplastics and / or nanoparticles.
  • Valuable: experience with statistical data analysis.
  • Valuable: experience with standard protocols for the toxicological evaluation of contaminants in aquatic and / or terrestrial organisms.
  • Availability to travel within the national territory.
  • High level of English and Spanish.
  • Driving license.
Selection Criteria
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic records
  • Adequacy of the candidate´s experience and expertise to the open position
  • The selected candidates will be interviewed to evaluate the adequacy of the candidate´s experience and expertise to the open position. If needed, they may undergo a written test to verify the knowledge and aptitudes related to the vacancy

Employment contract full-time: 37.5 hours/week

Annual gross salary: 20.000 - 23.000 €

Incorporation date: January 1st,  2021

Contract period: 3 years.


IMDEA Water Foundation. Avda. Punto Com 2, 28805 Alcalá de Henares (Spain)



Final decisions will be personally communicated by e-mail to all candidates