Post-doctoral researchers (2) in modelling techniques applied in the urban water cycle

LEQUIA research group of the University of Girona (Catalonia, Spain) is seeking two post-doctoral researchers in modelling techniques applied in the urban water cycle.  Reference: Postdoc-HADES-{Modelling/AI}


We are seeking two post-doctoral researchers with experience in the application of modelling and AI techniques in the urban water cycle. The selected candidates will work in a funded project of industrial research.  Work place: University of Girona (Catalonia, Spain), LEQUIA research group. Researcher in-charge: Prof. Dr. Jesús Colprim.


LEQUIA - The Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (LEQUIA) is a research group of the University of Girona (UdG) devoted to the development of eco-innovative environmental solutions. Founded in 1993, LEQUIA is renowned for its work within the water field. We have a multidisciplinary team of 40 people, with chemists, biologists, biotechnologists, environmental scientists, engineers, computer scientists and political scientists. Current research lines are: i) innovative bio-processes for treatment, resource recovery and synthesis of compounds, ii) advanced physical-chemical processes for treatment and/or reuse of liquid and gaseous streams, and iii) planning, control and evaluation of complex environmental systems.  


Specific positions requirements:

  • Position “Modelling”.
    • To hold a PhD in industrial, chemical or environmental engineering, chemistry, biotechnology or equivalent degrees.
    • Proved knowledge of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) application to multiphase systems.
    • Knowledge and skills of Ansys Fluent software is highly appreciated.
    • Knowledge of biological wastewater treatment modelling (i.e activated sludge models: ASMx…), skills on Biowin, GPS-X or similar modelling software is highly appreciated.
  • Position “AI”:
    • To hold a PhD in industrial, chemical, environmental engineering, computer sciences or equivalent degrees.
    • To have specialised knowledge in modelling and/or AI techniques, preferable applied in the urban water cycle.
    • To have the ability to use software for statistics and programming languages.


Common requirements to both positions

  • Be fluent in English. Knowledge of Spanish and Catalan will be appreciated.
  • To be proactive, have commitment to teamwork and, if possible, used to work in both academic and business environments.



  • HADES project will demonstrate at full-scale a Decision Support System for wastewater treatment plants, able to use data in near-real time, predictions and calibrated models -working as digital twin (DT) for optimizing the operation according to multiple criteria and to protect it from undesirable events, and that could be used remotely.
  • The project (Reference: CPP2021-009097) is coordinated by ACCIONA and funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science (MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033) and the European Union-NextGenerationEU/PRTR.



  • Position Postdoc-HADES-Modelling
    • Duration: 12 months
    • Starting date: expected April, 2023
  • Position PostDoc-HADES-AI
    • Duration: 24 months
    • Starting date: expected April, 2023
  • Annual gross salary for both positions: economic remuneration according to candidate expertise within the range of the UdG “Ordinary Researcher” position. For information purposes, the “Ordinary Researcher” has an annual gross salary of approximately 33.798 €/year.
  • Duration of both positions can be adapted according to candidates and project development, with a minimum of 12 months contract.



Candidates should send their applications to Dr Jesús Colprim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) not later than 1st March 2023, with the following documentation:

  • Complete CV with list of publications, projects participation and postdoc experience.
  • A brief note describing the motivation to apply for the position, their ambitions and suitability for the position applied (1 page, maximum 3000 characters).
  • Two or more references, with the contact details.
  • Up to three letters of recommendation (optional).


Additional Info

  • Date: Wednesday, 01 March 2023

Work at LEQUIA

At LEQUIA we regularly publish open positions for research and support staff. If none of the job descriptions fits your profile, and you have a specific proposal, please send it to us with your CV

Laboratory of Chemical and Enviromental Engineering

Institut de Medi Ambient
Universitat de Girona
Campus Montilivi
17003 Girona

Parc Científic i Tecnològic de la UdG
Edifici Jaume Casademont, Porta B
Pic de Peguera, 15
17003 Girona
Tel. +34 972 41 98 59




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