Master students



IBEC is looking for candidates to apply for master fellowships under its Master Programme for 2020.

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 Master Programme offers a research experience under University agreement.

The IBEC Master Programme offers 4 six-month fellowships granted with a monthly stipend of 450€ gross from January 18th 2021 to perform their Master thesis at IBEC. The minimum dedication is 20h/week.

IBEC will provide students with additional complementary training opportunities.

Download complete information about the programme here.

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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 (October 30th 2020).
  • Candidates must have an average final BSc mark of at least 7.9/10 (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 December 31st 2020. 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 (October 30th 2020).
  • Highly motivated and willingness to be a team player in an international multidisciplinary group.
  • Mobility experience or participation in research will be considered as a valuable contribution.
  • Candidates cannot be awarded another Master fellowship





Application process and selection criteria

From September 15th 2020 to October 30th 2020, 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 projects. The 4 fellowships will be assigned to the best candidates after the evaluation process, with the only limitation being only one fellow per research group.

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: 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).
  • 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.
  • Mobility and research experience.

The registration form must be submitted before the deadline of October 30th 2020.

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 11th October 2018.

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.
  • Merit-based evaluation
  • Efficiency and effectiveness according to the methodology and agreed terms
  • Selection processes adapted to the job announcement
  • Compliance with the policy as a key element in achieving the objectives of the process
  • In line with our Values and Strategic Plan

IBEC groups

IBEC groups

Please feel free to contact our group leaders. They will be happy to answer your questions.

Group: Nanoscopy for nanomedicine
Group leader: Lorenzo Albertazzi (
Group: Molecular Bionics
Group leader: Giuseppe Battaglia (
Group: Protein phase transitions in health and disease
Group leader: Benedetta Bolognesi (
Group: Mechanics of development and disease
Group leader: Vito Conte (


eengel1Group: Biomaterials for regenerative therapies
Group leader: Elisabeth Engel (
Group: Nanomalaria
Group leader: Xavier Fernández Busquets (
Group: Nanoscale bioelectrical characterization
Group leader: Gabriel Gomila (
Group: Nanoprobes and nanoswitches
Group leader: Pau Gorostiza (
Group: Biomedical signal processing and interpretation
Group leader: Raimón Jané (
Group: Signal and information processing for sensing systems
Group leader: Santi Marco (
Group: Biomimetic systems for cell engineering
Group leader: Elena Martínez (
Group: iPSCs and activation of endogenous tissue programs for organ regeneration
Group leader: Núria Montserrat (
Group: Targeted therapeutics and nanodevices
Group leader: Silvia Muro (
Group: Cellular and respiratory biomechanics
Group leader: Daniel Navajas (
Group: Biosensors for bioengineering
Group leader: Javier Ramón (
Group: Molecular and cellular neurobiotechnology
Group leader: José Antonio del Rio (
Group: Cellular and molecular mechanobiology
Group leader: Pere Roca-Cusachs (
Group: Nanobioengineering
Group leader: Josep Samitier (
Group: Smart nano-bio-devices
Group leader: Samuel Sánchez (
Group: Bacterial infections: antimicrobial therapies
Group leader: Eduard Torrents (
Group: Integrative cell and tissue dynamics
Group leader: Xavier Trepat (
Group: Synthetic perceptive, emotive and cognitive systems
Group leader: Paul Verschure (

You can also perform your Master tesis in one of our Associated Researchers’s group.



Important dates

Important dates

  • From September 15th 2020 to October 30th 2020, an online application form will be available through the IBEC Master Programme website. In your application, you will be able to choose up to two research groups you would be willing to join.
  • From November 2nd to 6th 2020, applications will be eligibility checked by Human Resources.
  • From November 9rd to 22th 2020, applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed by IBEC group leaders and administration staff.
  • From November 23th to 27th 2020, offers will be made to the successful candidates.
  • IBEC Master fellows should take up their positions from January 18th 2021.




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 of the 2020 call

The following four candidates were granted a fellowship in the 2020 call:

Andrea Guerrero Garcia · Nanobioengineering
Sara Mato González · Nanoscopy for nanomedicine
Maria Sellés Altés · Molecular and cellular neurobiotechnology
Saniya Crouch · Nanomalaria

Results of the 2019 call

The following four candidates were granted a fellowship in the 2019 call:

Diego Baranda Martínez-Abascal · Cellular and molecular mechanobiology
Berta Piqué Smith · Molecular and cellular neurobiotechnology
Uxue Aizarna Lopetegui · Biomaterials for regenerative therapies
Kayleigh Earle · Bacterial infections: antimicrobial therapies


Results of the 2018 call

The following four candidates were granted a fellowship in the 2018 call:

Raquel Alonso Román – Biomimetic Systems for Cell Engineering
Domingo Marchan del Pino – Bacterial Infections: Antimicrobial Therapies
Elena Laplaza Huesa – Pluripotency for organ regeneration
Jaume Bagué Companys – Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies

Results of the 2017 call

The following ten candidates were granted a fellowship in the 2017 call:

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