Offer period: 
8 Jun 2023 to 18 Jun 2023
Offer ID: 23-034-61825Resolved

CREAF is seeking for a postdoctoral researcher for the STOIKOS project (Elemental ecology: towards an element-based functional ecology), with ref. 101076740 — STOIKOS — ERC-2022-STG, funded by the European Research Council, under the powers delegated by the European Commission.

The project aims to investigate whether the elemental composition of organisms relates to ecosystem functioning, and whether ecosystem elemental diversity predicts ecosystem functioning better than traditional metrics of diversity. The candidate will join the Elemental Diversity and Macroecology research team (, a multidisciplinary working team using observations, experiments, and theoretical modelling to answer our scientific questions. The candidate will benefit from the training and career development opportunities offered through our research team and CREAF, exposure to international research and interaction with other national and international collaborators.

A part-time (50%) contract is offered (18,75 hours per week), with a planned incorporation on October 1st, 2023, for 6 months. The gross salary offered is €1,320,54 monthly.


- Compile and analyse a dataset containing the elemental composition of crop plants.
- Grind plant samples for elemental analyses.
- Collaborate on the writing of scientific articles according to the objectives.
- Contribute to the main objectives of the research team, including field work and projects of other members.  


- PhD in Environmental Sciences, Biology, Environmental Biology, or similar (e.g., forestry, biophysicist).
- Participation in scientific publications (first-author will be strongly valued).
- Demonstrable experience in the field of ecology and agriculture.
- Good oral communication skills.
- Advanced knowledge of statistics and programming in R.
- High level of scientific writing.
- High level of English, both spoken and written. Catalan and Spanish highly recommended.


- Ability to work as a team and independently.
- 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.


1. Admission of candidates: applicants must submit a CV in English, a cover letter (maximum 500 words, also in English) and the questionnaire attached to the offer (filled), by e-mail to, until June 18th, 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. The candidates presenting the highest scores will be invited to a physical or remote interview (depending on the residence of the candidate).
4. Final decision: in case of finding the suitable person, the election will be formally communicated to him/her, and the identification of the chosen person will be published on CREAF job openings section.
For informal enquiries, please, contact Dr. Fernández-Martínez:

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