We offer exciting and stimulating work environments with challenging projects, excellent career development, travel opportunities and access to the latest research and state-of-the-art technology.


Career development


We actively promote ongoing training and other development opportunities to our staff. Through these initiatives, we aim to enhance job satisfaction and performance, and assist in the preparation for new roles or changes in career direction.

We are also running the CREAFTalks, an annual programme of biweekly, short seminars that showcases global ecology research in forums addressed to scientists, and as a means of enhancing the relationship between research centres.


Watering talents

The Watering talents programme aims to help CREAF members to reach their full professional potential, providing learning opportunities to develop transferable skills in a complex and changing environment, in academia and beyond. Some of the topics covered are: becoming more fluent in English, first aid in fieldwork and effective supervision, among many others.

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This action is part of the Severo Ochoa “ULandscape” funded in 2019 by the Agencia Estatal de Investigación of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation to support Research Centres of Excellence.

career week

Career week

A series of online meetings that connect CREAF doctoral students and research staff with professionals who, after their doctorate, have chosen academic career paths or careers outside academia. Career Week aims to broaden the range of career opportunities for CREAF staff.

This action is part of the Severo Ochoa “ULandscape” funded in 2019 by the Agencia Estatal de Investigación of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation to support Research Centres of Excellence.



Facilities and services

Internal Services to support your research

CREAF offers several services that are available to all trainees, both PhD students and postdocs. These services are provided by different departments or units:

  • ECOSYSTEM MODELLING FACILITY. A small unit specialising in statistical modelling, a simplified and mathematical way of approaching reality that allows predictions to be made. Its creation and the hiring of its cordinator, Miquel de Cáceres, has been possible thanks to the Severo Ochoa program.

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  • EUROPEAN AND NATIONAL CALLS. It offers a tailored-made service that guarantees an agile flow of information on funding opportunities for new projects and fellowships. It provides proposal preparation assistance to trainees and administrative support during the duration of the grant and to prepare for the next career stage. 
  • COMMUNICATION. This department offers a complete set of tailor-made services and guidance to the CREAF research community to communicate its research findings and milestones results to target audiences. These services include multimedia outreach material production, collaborative outreach content creation, spokesperson and scientific communication techniques training, among others.

In addition, as part of the UAB Campus, CREAF benefits from extra facilities provided by the university for CREAFs trainees. These include laboratories and units such as the Service of Statistics, Chemical Analysis Service, Genome Analysis Service, Laboratory of Stable Isotope Analysis, among others. . This is complemented with libraries, supports facilities and other complementary services.

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Facilities to support your research

CREAF is a renowned research center, equipped with different laboratories and hosting powerful computing facilities. 

Students and postdocs have access to laboratories for water analysis, acid digestions, gas chromatography, soil processing and analysis, plant material preparation, and microscopes. CREAF has other infrastructure necessary for proper analysis and processing of samples, such as cold storage chambers, freezers, stoves, driers, filtration equipment and deionized distilled water, hoods and centrifuges. It also has vehicles for field campaigns. Field infrastructures and experimental facilities available for PhD students are the following: Biological Station of Can Balasc, which includes extra storage for samples, experimental plots and natural areas where to carry out place-based research;  Torre Marimon: it is a silvo-pastoral farm equipped with large laboratory and experimental facilities where CREAF trainees can perform field studies;  Experimental fields in the UAB campus: these facilities include experimental plots, greenhouses and other well-equipped infrastructures for scientific research. 

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