Research management staff

Josep Samitier
Managing Director
David Badia
Assistant to the Director
Ester Sánchez | Tel. +34 934 039 706


Human Resources unit

The aim of the Human Resources unit is to support IBEC’s mission through delivering high-level services throughout the organisation.

The HR Unit deals with all issues related to the employee life cycle: recruitment and selection, contracting, training and development, promotion, payroll, compensation and benefits, health and safety, employee and student visa, induction and leave management. The HR Unit provides a high quality, efficient, accurate and timely HR service to all stakeholders and effectively implements all HR policies.

The Health and Safety Service is committed to a safe working environment, so we develop risk assessments to mitigate accidents and professional diseases. We also promote the employee health, a biosafety program, continuous training, and coordinate health surveillance, among other actions.

Our Unit leads strategic projects such as the Human Resources Strategy for researchers (HRS4R) in line with the Principles of the Charter and Code of the European Commission, and the Equal Opportunities and Diversity Plan.

We attempt to incorporate best practice in programmes and services with feedback from our staff.

Head of Human Resources
Health and Safety Technician
Junior Officer
People Data and Education Officer
Talent Acquisition Senior Officer
HR Officer
Senior Health and Safety officer


Strategic Initiatives unit

The Strategic Initiatives unit provides strategic advice and support to the Director in all matters related to scientific affairs of IBEC.

Moreover, the unit fosters and coordinates (a) institutional and strategic projects such as Severo Ochoa, EIT Health and and institutional networks as the NanoMed Spain, (b) international alliances and partnerships, and (c) the academic and scientific activities of the institute.

Head of Strategy


Core Facilities unit

The Core Facilities unit provides services and support to the IBEC laboratories daily operations.

This comprises the management, organization, and maintenance of the labs, including working regulations and safety. Allows internal research scientists open access to centralized equipment. Training and information for students and researchers who join the institute about the organization and functioning of IBEC spaces. Configuration and launch of new laboratories.

Apart from routine laboratory equipment (Common Core Basics), Core Facilities provides additional sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment to support the groups’ research. They are distributed in four different categories: MicroFabSpace (open to external institutions and companies), BioSpace, ChemSpace and Microscopy Characterization (partially open to external institutions and companies).

Head of Core Facilities
Microfab and Microscopy Characterization Facilities Coordinator
Microfab and Microscopy Characterization Facilities Lab Technician
Research Infrastructures & Layouts Technician


Projects Office unit

Projects Office unit gives support to the research lines of IBEC in all aspects related to the management of their scientific activities, including looking for funding opportunities both for research and human resources, writing proposals for competitive calls, preparing contracts with private companies, management of the projects and contracts portfolio of the research line in a comprehensive way, finance management of the line, etc, in liaison with the rest of IBEC support areas.

In addition, it organizes and coordinates IBEC internal research activities such as IBEC Strategic Research Initiatives, the programme of IBEC Seminars and PhD Discussions and the yearly IBEC Symposium on Bioengineering and Nanomedicine. Finally, this Unit will also lead any internal and cross-cutting support project related to IBEC’s Corporate Development.

Head of Projects Office
Funding Manager
Funding Technician
Assistant to the Projects Office
rdinador de Projectes


Technology Transfer unit

The Technology Transfer unit provides support to the researchers in their liaisons with industry, hospitals, and policymakers. It advises and guides on every aspect related to sponsored research and technology transfer, as well as contributing to the Institute’s alliances and long-term partnerships and strategic development to link better research results to society.

Head of Technology Transfer Office



The Finance unit oversees all institutional accounting and purchasing practices including preparing budgets, financial reports, executing purchase orders, treasury management.

Public Procurement Specialist
Accounting Coordinator
Purchasing Officer


Communication & PR unit

The aim of the Communications & PR Unit is to provide support to IBEC´s mission, protecting and promoting IBEC’s international reputation as a world-class center of excellence in bioengineering, advanced training, innovation, and public engagement.

It delivers scientific and institutional news, press releases and institutional documents across all key stakeholder groups. It also manages IBEC’s websites, corporate image and social media presence. It prepares printed, graphic and online materials related to IBEC activities, and it organizes high-impact events, conferences and symposia. The Communications Unit fosters Public Relations, IBEC´s fundraising programm Faster Future and the Club of IBEC´s SuperFriends called Superamigos del IBEC. It also runs a wide program of outreach activities including school visits, open days and attendance at careers fairs and science exhibitions.

The Communications Unit at IBEC is a full member of the National Network of Scientific Culture and Innovation Units (UCC+i) and it holds the Seal of Educative Quality awarded by Barcelona City Council’s Institute of Education.

Head of Communications and Public Relations
Media Relations and Branding Manager
Events and Communications Officer
Junior Communications Officer


Integrated Management Systems unit

The Integrated Management Systems (IMS) unit integrates all of the organization’s systems and processes into one complete framework, enabling it to work as a single unit.

Coordinador de Transformació Digital
Junior Developer
Quality Officer


IT unit

The IT unit maintains and optimizes the computer systems of the institute and gives support to research lines by suggesting the software and hardware needed.

It supports users in the fields of computation, telecommunications and networks and ensures the integrity of the information stored in the different systems.

Head of IT