We are hiring a postdoc to carry out the tasks of the “Hidronet Baix Ter” Project (3 years, financed by NextGenEU European funds through the Fundación Biodiversidad). The project is part of a call aimed at promoting actions to restore river ecosystems and to reduce the risk of flooding in urban environments through nature-based solutions (NBS). The position will be supervised by Professor Xavier Quintana. The candidate will have a service contract with the University of Girona – and will become part of a vibrant and dynamic research team focused on the study of Mediterranean lagoons and wetlands. The team, which belongs to the Institute of Aquatic Ecology, has its offices and laboratories in the Faculty of Sciences of Girona, a city well known for its enviable geographical location and high quality of life.

Project summary

The Baix Ter is one of the areas of the Internal Basins of Catalonia with the highest risk of flooding due to the alluvial plain configuration – and the torrential regime of rivers and irrigation. The prevention of floods and the preservation and improvement of the river environment is a priority, since after the effects of storm Gloria, municipal political agendas began to include economic and social development that preserves the safety of citizens and the goods of the area.

The Hidronet project puts in place demonstrative actions to reduce the risk of flooding using nautre-based solutions (NBS), aligned to the interests of the Montgrí, Illes Medes i Baix Ter Natural Park. In fact, some areas of the project partner municipalities are part of the park: Torroella de Montgrí, Gualta and Ullà. The general aim is changing of the model in the drainage system based on the creation of a set of interconnected lamination zones. This model also contributes to the increase in biodiversity, most importantly the one associated to temporary lagoons, such as amphibians or aquatic invertebrates.

Description of the tasks

The UdG is responsible for the scientific monitoring of the project, based on the application of indicators of the ecological state before and after the actions. The indicators to be applied include those based on the composition of aquatic invertebrates, as well as those obtained from the concentration of nutrients or metabolism values.

– Field work: sample collection and maintenance of sensors installed in the field;

– Counting and determination of aquatic invertebrates;

– Other laboratory analyses: chlorophyll and nutrients;

– Data processing: Comparison of indicators, analysis of ecosystem metabolism;

– Drafting of reports and articles derived from the execution of the tasks.

Candidate’s profile

We are looking out for a motivated person with deep knowledge in freshwater ecology as well as with abilities to work independently or in team. Demonstrable knowledge in indicators, (especially in aquatic invertebrates), will be a plus. Driver’s license up to date.

Duration: 36 months (beginning in 2023).

Salary: €1,600/month gross


Are you interested?

Send the following documentation by email to the project’s IP: xavier.quintana@udg.edu:

– A detailed CV including a list of publications;

– A motivation letter (max. 1500 characters)

Deadline: November 18

Código de proyecto: R079. Financiado por “NextGenerationEU” (Unión Europea) y el Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia (PRTR)