IRTA is a research institute owned by the Government of Catalonia adscribed to the Ministry of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda. It is regulated by Law 04/2009, passed by the Catalan Parliament on 15 April 2009, and it is ruled by private regulations. It takes part of the CERCA centres system of Catalonia.

IRTA‘s mission is to contribute to modernising, improving, boosting competitiveness, and fostering sustainable development in the sectors of agriculture, food, agroforestry, aquaculture, and fishing, as well as in all areas of activity directly or indirectly related to the supply of healthy, high-quality foodstuffs to end consumers, while also contributing to food safety and safe processing of foodstuffs and in general enhancing the health and well-being of the population.

Its general objectives are to promote research and technological development in the area of agri-food, to facilitate the transfer of scientific advances and to evaluate its own technological advances whilst seeking the utmost coordination and collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Since it was founded, IRTA has sought to establish long-lasting collaboration agreements with other public bodies that operate in Catalonia in the areas of technological research and development. This approach has led to the creation of a consortium network of centres (involving IRTA, universities, CSIC, public-sector bodies, etc.), which is, in effect, an R&D cooperative system.

If you are interested in the agri-food field and would like to be part of IRTA´s team, below you will find job offers addressed to PhD researchers to work in the various centres IRTA has all around Catalonia:


The financial remuneration will be €1,236.39/gross per month (€17,309.45/gross per annum) for the first and second years. For the third year, it will be €1,324.10/gross per month (€18,545.84/gross per annum) which will be subject to the corresponding withholdings, pursuant to prevailing regulations, and to the collective employment agreement of IRTA.

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL Agricultural sciences: Master Degree or equivalent

Selection Committee:

. Interview with preselected candidates.

. To send an e-mail for those who have not been selected by the Selection Committee.

. Committee Selection Agreement with the selected candidate, giving reasons for the rest to be excluded.

. Notification by e-mail to the candidates who have been interviewed but not selected.

(10-15 following working days)

To send to HR all the needed official documentation in order to make the work contract and co-ordination for establishing the start of the employment (12-16 following working days).

Open positions

1- PhD candidate for a project about innovative biofertilizers

Center: IRTA Torre Marimon MORE INFO

2- PhD candidate for integrated pest management.

Center: Cabrils MORE INFO

3- PhD candidate to adapt fruit trees to climate change (Trees4Climate)

Center: Fruitcentre MORE INFO

4- PhD candidate in breeding for sustainable melon production.

Center: Fruitcentre MORE INFO

5- PhD candidate for advances in agricultural drought mitigation.

Center: Fruitcentre MORE INFO

How to apply:

You can do it by entering in out job centre. If you have any questions about the job offers, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email at

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