Principal researcher for the group “Soil and water quality in the environment”

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






This call is to cover the position of principal researcher to join the research group "Soil and water quality in the environment" of the IMDEA Water Institute, to develop the project “Natural attenuation of contaminants (metals, hydrocarbons, salts, of emerging concern, etc.), impact on soil quality and on health risk as consequence of anthropic activity (ex. water reuse)”.

The work to be carried out will be related to the research line, among others:

  • Development of laboratory protocols for the determination of soil quality (eg enzymatic activities)
  • Coordination of tests to determine the impact on human health of environmental contamination, such as the phenotype of microbial resistance in water and soil (antibiograms) and the transfer of contaminants to the trophic chain
  • Contribution to the improvement of scientific production and collaborations of IMDEA Water
  • Search for external financing
  • Leadership of research projects
  • Direction of doctoral theses and master's degree projects
  • Be in possession of the title of Doctor (Nivel MECES 4 - EQF Level 8)
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or Pharmacy
  • Demonstrable experience of at least 5 years as a postdoctoral researcher
  • Demonstrable stay of at least 3 years abroad in relation to the profile of the position
  • Experience in directing research projects and doctoral theses
  • Fluency in English spoken and written. Knowledge of a second language will be valued.
  • Experience in the profile of the offered position

Candidates must present the following information:

  • Curriculum vitae (in Spanish or English)
  • Cover letter (in Spanish and English) from the candidate presenting his/her candidacy and merits and including his/her personal motivation
  • Copy of the PhD certificate
  • Accreditation of stays abroad


Selection Criteria
  • Work experience related to the profile of the job position
  • Complementary training related to the job profile
  • Languages
  • Those candidates who have the best profile could be called for an interview

Employment contract full-time: 37.5 hours/week

Annual gross salary: 39,900 €

Aproximate incorporation date: as of July 2021

Contract period: 1 year. Depending on the evaluation of the work done and the availability of financial resources the contract may be extended for additional periods of one year.


IMDEA Water Foundation. Avda. Punto Com nº 2 - 28805 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid



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