Doctoral Researcher (PhD Student) in Civil Engineering – Barcelona, Spain

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School of Civil Engineering

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Doctoral candidates

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution of research and higher education in the fields of engineering, architecture, sciences and technology, and one of the leading technical universities in Europe. Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students, more than 231 doctoral students graduate and 3,591 graduates in lifelong learning. The UPC has a high graduate employment rate: 93% of its graduates are in work and 76% find a job in under three months.

Doctoral programme in Civil Engineering

The doctoral programme in Civil Engineering currently offered is an interdepartmental programme organised around six broad areas of knowledge: structural engineering and construction, geotechnical engineering, water engineering, transport engineering and regional planning, environmental engineering and sustainability, and computational engineering.

The candidate will work at the Center of Applied Research in Hydrometeorology (CRAHI, /), one of the research centers in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

CRAHI develops methodologies and systems to provide a scientific and technical response to the needs in the hydrological cycle processes, water resources management, and hydrometeorological risks, including the impact of climate change. At CRAHI, observations and processing of remote sensing data are combined with innovative models and IT applications for forecasting and alerting to support the decision-making process and managing resources and emergencies.

The candidate will particularity work within the framework of EU Horizon Europe RESIST project (Regions for climate change resilience through Innovation, Science and Technology) to increase the capacity to detect extreme situations and achieve better preparation of society and municipalities so that regions are more resistant to climate change.


The applicant needs to have an MSc degree in civil or environmental engineering or hydrometeorology.  Knowledge in early warning system, multi-hazard assessment and  forecasting, python coding, are considered advantages.

Good skills in English, writing and oral, are needed. Skills in Catalan or Spanish is considered advantage.

The selected candidate will need to apply doctoral degree program at Barcelona School of Civil Engineering. Thus, please check the student information and admission criteria at

What we offer

The doctoral studies at UPC take approximately four years. The candidate will be offered a-year contract with possibility of another tthree-year extension and encouraged to apply domestic scholarships as well.  The researcher is expected to commit to complete a Doctoral Dissertation (PhD degree) within this time in the project.

The starting (gross) salary is applied according to UPC’s rule.

Starting date is before February 2024.

How to apply

To apply for the position, please send email following documents in English to Dr. Shinju Park (

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV including publications if any
  • Description of your MSc thesis project
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcript of records (both BSc and MSc)
  • Recommendation letters (max. 2), if already available.

The deadline for applications is September 26, 2023, at 23:59 CET.

UPC University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, and reopen the application process.

For more information

For additional information, please contact Dr. Shinju Park (