Offer period: 23 Jun 2023 to 20 Jul 2023
Offer ID: 23-038-29788

CREAF is seeking a predoctoral researcher, to develop a PhD thesis into Open Earth Monitor project (Open-Earth-Monitor – A cyberinfrastructure to accelerate uptake of environmental information and help build user communities at European and global levels) with ref. HORIZON-CL6-2021-101059548, financed by the Horizon Europe program and the European Union. This contract is envisaged to start in September 2023 and will last until the end of the project in May 2026, with a possible 4th year if the budget allows it with another project. The salary offered (gross) is stablished by the RD EPIF (Real Decreto 103/2019, de 1 de marzo, por el que se aprueba el Estatuto del personal investigador predoctoral en formación):

– 1st and 2nd years (12 months): 56% of €31,520.86* = €17,651.68 each year.
– 3rd year
 (12 months): 60% of €31,520.86* = €18,912.51.

*Salary from Group 1 (M3) of the salary table from the Convenio colectivo único para el personal laboral de la Administración General del Estado.


– To develop a PhD thesis in drought characterization, monitoring and modelling impacts on vegetation and involved ecosystems through the combination of Remote Sensing (vegetation and soil moisture) and in-situ data at some selected Mediterranean study regions.
– To align the PhD thesis with the methodology and expected outcomes of the EU-Drought monitor Task of the Horizon Europe Open Earth Monitor project.
– To contribute to the Open Science research through the FAIR data sharing principles.
– Enrolment in the GRUMETS research group activities.
– Main contribution as first author to manuscripts for scientific journals.
– Attending conferences, workshops or summer schools on the topic of this research.
– Fulfil any training activity required by the PhD program.


– Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Physics or equivalent; Geodesy, Cartography, Forest, Agricultural Engineer or equivalent.
– Master’s degree (completed or ongoing) in Remote Sensing and GIS, Geodesy, Cartography, Terrestrial Ecology, Water Management or equivalent.
– Basic remote sensing and GIS skills.
– Advanced level of oral and written English.


– Fluency in exposing ideas and discussing in public.
– Expertise in Terrestrial Ecology, Spatial Statistics or Water Management research topics.
– Experience in large times series of remotely sensed images processing.
– Advanced expertise in remote sensing and GIS.
– Experience in interoperability and standardization topics.
– Basic skills with batch processing, scripts, or computer languages.
– Working independently and in a team.
– High research motivation.
– Candidates who have a recognized disability and accredited equal to or greater than 33% will be prioritized, as long as the disability is compatible with the proper performance of the job.


Cristina Domingo, Lluís Pesquer and Joan Masó; researchers at CREAF and members of GRUMETS ( research group.


1. Admission of candidates: applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter (maximum 500 words) and the questionnaire attached to the offer (filled), by e-mail to, 20th July 2023, indicating the reference code of the offer. Applications referred to another portal, other than CREAF job openings section and the instructions included in this, will not be accepted.
2. Pre-selection: determination of compliance with the minimum requirements of the offer.
3. Selection: assessment of the preselected candidates by scoring based on objective criteria.
4. Final decision: in case of finding the suitable person, the election will be formally communicatied to him/her, and the identification of the chosen person will be published on CREAF job openings section. 

Send your application to:

Exploitation of in situ and satellite observations for hydrological applications

Deadline: 27 Jul 2023


  1. Deadline 27 July
  2. Two positions
  3. Position for 1 year, funding available for (at least) 3 years
  4. PhD in engineering, physics, geographic/cartographic sciences, hydrologic sciences, hydraulics or related areas, Geological Sciences is REQUIRED
  5. Application REQUIRES the three attachments (see last 3 pages here 14107_DOC_IT. CV and the identity document to be sent by mail.

Further info here: LinkedIn link


  1. Master Degree and PhD in physics, engineering, geographic/cartographic sciences, hydrologic sciences, hydraulics or related areas, Geological Sciences.
  2. Previous experience in hydrologic remote sensing methodologies and applications.
  3. Good level of English and some knowledge of Italian.

Topic: Remote sensing use for flood and drought assessment at European and global scale.

Description: The research activities is addressed to the development of hydrological applications (floods, droughts) at regional and global scales through the use of satellite observations and advanced modelling. The candidate will work in a highly dynamic and motivated research group, in collaboration with several international partners involved in national and international research projects.


Exploitation of in situ and satellite observations for hydrological applications

EU project OEMC:

Remote sensing observations have reached a level of accuracy and spatial-temporal resolution suitable for their exploitation in hydrological applications. The research activity of the candidate will address the exploitation of different satellite products/measurements (e.g., soil moisture, precipitation, evaporation, water storage) for different operational and research applications including flood and landslide prediction, drought monitoring, irrigation estimation, and water resources management. The candidate, in agreement with the supervisor (myself), will be free to select among the different research activities mentioned above. The candidate activity will be integrated in the research projects and studies carried out in the IRPI-Hydrology lab in friendly environment characterized by strong mutual collaborative and exchanges.

The application should be sent to See last three pages of the PDF for the template for the application. There is no full English version, you should translate from Italian.