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Marie Curie early-stage researchers MARSoluT Program



Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) – storing water in aquifers during times of excess – is a key strategy to enrich groundwater resources in water scarce regions by providing intermediate storage, addressing the typical mismatch between water demand and availability. It can help to mitigate the effects of climate change, and to support water-related environmental services. However, MAR is characterised by complex interaction of physical, biological and hydrochemical processes influencing water quality and the sustainability of infiltration rates.

The MARSoluT (Managed Aquifer Recharge Solutions Training Network) Innovative Training Network (ITN) is funded by the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action of the EU. MARSoluT addresses this knowledge gap by a collaborative effort in a multi-disciplinary team. It finances a total of 15 Marie Curie Fellowships.

The position open at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna refer to the following topic:

ESR6 - Hydroinformatics and monitoring for investigating groundwater quality changes in Managed Aquifer Recharge

Supervisor: Rudy Rossetto


The candidate will perform research activities in the field of groundwater hydrology and hydrochemistry using and developing state-of-the-art computational and numerical tools. He/she will have to focus on the integration (with potential changes) of a reactive transport module in aquifers into the open source QGIS integrated FREEWAT suite ( Further to this, the ESR will monitor groundwater quality at the EU LIFE REWAT ( infiltration basin (Suvereto, Italy) investigating changes occurring in the aquifer during recharge, with specific focus on Boron and Arsenic. The main objective is to investigate model-based quantification of groundwater quality changes during Managed Aquifer Recharge operations. Specific objectives are to (i) master reactive transport using the GIS-integrated H2020 FREEWAT platform, and (ii) test this new module using field data in order to understand hydrochemical reactive processes during MAR operations, (iii) evaluate the effects of recharge on the unsaturated zone for crop water use, (iv) investigate and evaluate the presence and effects of Boron and micro-nutrients on crops in the recharge area before and during recharge.

The candidate should have a solid background in groundwater hydrology and hydrochemistry. Additional qualifications in environmental/groundwater modelling, GIS and python programming skills would be an advantage. Excellent command of written and spoken English is required.


A two-ways application is foreseen:

Dr. Annette Wefer-Roehl,

( ) within 31.05.2019 extended to 15.06.2019.

  • Candidates applying for ESR6 are also required to fill in the online application form for the PhD in Agrobiosciences at /en/admissions/phd-agrobiosciences-1 within June, 4th 2019 extended to June, 18th 2019 at 12.00 p.m. (Midday Italian time).

In filling the online application, candidates must:

upload the Master thesis or an abstract;

upload the Curriculum Vitae

upload the record of class/exam taken (Excel document which includes the full list of classes/exams successfully attended/passed - BSc)

upload the record of class/exam taken (Excel document which includes the full list of classes/exams successfully attended/passed - MSc)

upload National/International ID (EU candidates) or Passport (mandatory for non-EU candidates)

upload a copy of your Master Degree (to be translated in Italian or English unless written in French, German, Spanish) - only for foreign degree

upload the Research Project*** (in English or Italian)

upload publications or other documents (NOT MANDATORY)

*** The research project must be developed around the ESR6 research title and research objective provided above.

For information on the scientific content of the research, please contact:

Rudy Rossetto