Master students

** First call closed **

IBEC is looking for candidates to apply for master fellowships under the IBEC Master Programme for 2017.

IBEC has launched its Master Programme to encourage students to begin a research career in our multidisciplinary research institute. The fellows will carry out research in one of IBEC’s research groups in Barcelona.

The IBEC Master Programme offers 10 fellowships with a monthly stipend of 550€ gross from January to June 2018 for fellows to perform their master thesis at IBEC. The minimum hours to be dedicated are 20h/week.

IBEC will also provide master students with complementary training opportunities.

Download complete information about the programme here.

Researcher career path at a glance: Spain (click image to download)
A visual guide to the different career stages for researchers in Spain and the public and private grants that can be applied for at each stage to work in the public sector or industry. The document includes links to the programme calls where further information can be found. (Published by MINECO’s Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).)


IBEC Master Programme: General requirements for all candidates (eligibility criteria)

  • Candidates must have obtained a university degree or must hold an official university qualification from a country in the European Higher Education Area from 180 to 240 ECTS of official university studies at the time of deadline (30th Setember 2017).
  • Candidates must have an average final BSc mark of at least 8/10 (Spanish system) in engineering and experimental sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.) or at least 8.3/10 in life sciences.
  • Candidates should be admitted into an official master programme of a Catalan university by October 31st 2017. Exceptions for non-local universities may occur if the study plan and university guidelines allow him/her to do an internship according to the requirements of this call. These situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Candidates must have a strong commitment to scientific research and an excellent academic record.
  • Candidates must have a good working knowledge of English.
  • Candidates are eligible for a period of 2 years following the end of their bachelor degree at the time of deadline (30th September 2017).
  • Highly motivated and willingness to be a team player in an international multidisciplinary group.
  • Mobility experience or participation in research.

How to apply

Application process and selection criteria

From 1st June 2017 to 30th September 2017, an online application form is available here. In your application, you will be able to choose up to two research groups you would be willing to join.

The research groups of IBEC’s Associated Researchers are also eligible as long as the master thesis is co-supervised by an IBEC group leader.

IBEC group leaders will be asked to support the candidatures interested in his/her groups, so before applying please contact the IBEC Group Leaders or Associated Researchers to get more information about the groups and the projects.

You will be required to provide the following information in the online application tool:

  • Personal data.
  • Cover letter, including motivation for applying.
  • A soft copy of your Certified Academic Record, showing grades obtained (degree). If these are not in Catalan, Spanish or English, applicants should attach a translation in one of these languages.1
  • Education: what, when and where you have studied. For a BSc obtained in non-Spanish universities, to standardize the final marks in your application form, you will need to submit your educational certificate using the relation of scales of foreign grades to the equivalent Spanish grades provided by the General Secretariat of Universities of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (instructions and template included in the application form).
  • A letter of recommendation from lecturers or researchers with whom you have studied or worked and who can judge your potential as a master student. Only letters with official letterhead and signature will be accepted. Please be sure to inform your referee that his/her letter must be uploaded in the online application tool before the deadline (30th September 2017).2
    (Reference letters cannot be provided by IBEC group leaders or Associated Researchers).
  • Your selection of up to 2 IBEC or Associated Researchers’s groups with which you would like to be affiliated, in order of priority.
  • The title and university of the master programme in which you wish to enrol.

The registration form must be submitted before the deadline of 30th September 2017.

1 For enrolment in a university master programme, the universities will only accept an official translation of educational certificates.
2 We strongly suggest that you complete first the ‘general info’ and ‘reference’ part of the online application, in order to give your referee enough time to complete their part. It is your responsibility to ensure that the reference is received through the online application tool by the deadline of 30th September 2017.

In 2015, IBEC was awarded the ‘Human Resources Excellence in Research’ seal from the European Commission, in recognition of its commitment to continuously improving its HR policies in line with The European Charter of Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

In line with this recognition, IBEC has set up an open, transparent, equal-opportunities and merit-based recruitment procedure to select the most qualified candidates. The selection procedure is governed by the following principles:

  • Transparency throughout the whole process.
  • Equal opportunities in the selection and hiring of personnel.
  • Non-discrimination on grounds of sex, age, ethnic, national or social origin, religion, sexual orientation, language, disability, political opinions or social and economic condition.
  • Confidentiality as the cornerstone of the selection process.
  • Principle of public dissemination of the selection processes, which must also be internationally comparable.

Important dates

Important dates

  • From 1st June 2017 to 30th September 2017, an online application form will be available here. In your application, you will be able to choose up to two research groups you would be willing to join.
  • From 1st to 15th October 2017 applications will be eligibility checked by Human Resources.
  • From October 16th to November 5th, applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of IBEC group leaders and administration staff.
  • At the end of November, offers will be made to the successful candidates.
  • IBEC master fellows should expect to take up their positions in January 2018.


Training activities for masters students

IBEC’s training programme offers various courses aimed at masters students in order to provide the necessary tools to develop the basic skills and competences needed to start your research career.
 Courses include oral and writing skills in English, workshops about specific scientific tools and programs or workshops about good laboratory practices.

Throughout the year, IBEC provides seminars by top names in bioengineering and nanomedicine from all over the world to offer the opportunity to discuss developments and network. It also provides PhD discussions sessions to help PhD students gain feedback from colleagues by presenting their research results and discussing them with each other, as well as with more experienced researchers. The institute holds an annual symposium on a different scientific theme, as well as hosting and organizing several other project-based or general scientific meetings and workshops throughout the year.

Results 2017

Results of the 2017 call

The following ten candidates have been granted a fellowship:

  • Marina Pavlova · Cellular and molecular mechanobiology group
  • Ignasi Granero Moya · Cellular and molecular mechanobiology group
  • Júlia Sala i Jarque · Molecular and cellular neurobiotechnology group
  • Luis Galán Palma · Pluripotent stem cells and activation of endogenous tissue programs for organ regeneration group
  • Neus Sanfeliu Cerdán · Bacterial infections: antimicrobial therapies group
  • Carlos Prieto Ramón · Biomedical signal processing and interpretation group
  • Jorge Verdú Añón · Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems group (SPECS)
  • Sergio Galve Ceamanos · Alicia Casals (Associate researcher)


Get in touch with us

If you have any further questions about the Master Programme, or if there are particular issues you would like to discuss regarding your application, please contact