Postdoctoral position at the Research Group Microenvironments for Medicine (PD1-MS)

Introduction to the vacant position:

The Microenvironments for Medicine Group is looking for a Postdoctoral researcher to develop research in the field of biomaterials for cell and tissue engineering, developing tools to understand mechanobiology that incorporate advanced microscopy, genetic engineering of organisms and advanced characterization of hydrogels.

The successful candidate will be required to make a leading contribution to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as make a significant contribution to the management of the research group.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Play a leading role in the management and development of the group and to work independently and in collaboration, establishing and maintaining external collaborations both nationally and internationally.
  • Play a leading role in the planning, design and conduct of research, individually or jointly, in accordance with the priorities of the group and in discussions with the PI.
  • Sustain a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals,
  • Play a leading role in the presentation of research findings at high profile national and international conferences, seminars and meetings to enhance the research profile of the group/institute.
  • Lead the development, both independently and in collaboration with others (including stakeholders) of the identification of potential funding sources and contribute to the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research of international quality.
  • Play a leading role in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the research group to ensure their effective development.
  • Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group.
  • Supervise Masters students and mentor PhD students as assigned by the PI
  • Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline in order to provide advice and guidance to students and less experienced colleagues.
  • Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills as needed by the research group and in discussion with the PI
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the PI.


  • Ph.D in biomaterials for cell/tissue engineering with focus in understanding and characterising biological processes at the interface with hydrogels of controlled mechanical properties.
  • Demonstrate quality of production and scientific-technological activity:

a) Scientific and technical contributions: Articles published in scientific journals, books or chapters of scientific and technical books, works presented at congresses, patents granted or licensed, and, in general, any other contribution that allows the assessment of the different aspects of research, including technology transfer.

b) Other curricular merits: It will be assessed, among other aspects:

– the management of doctoral theses, final master’s theses and final degree theses,

– obtaining awards, mentions and distinctions,

– dissemination and scientific dissemination activities

– Have postdoctoral experience at Spanish and/or foreign universities or R&D centers other than IBEC. Stays or mobility while providing services to IBEC.

– any other contribution that makes it possible to assess research merits not included in the previous sections

  • Multidisciplinary qualifications (Physics/Math’s, Physics/Engineering, etc.) and/or knowledge on hydrogels, mechanical properties, cell culture at the interface with materials.
  • Competencies and skills: Communication, Teamwork and collaboration, Commitment, Proactivity, Integrity, Critical and Analytical thinking.
  • High level of English


  • Experience Brillouin Microscopy
  • Experience in cell and molecular biology techniques, including PCR, western blot, live imaging and RNA sequencing.

We Offer:

  • Number of available positions: 1
  • Starting date: June 2024
  • Working conditions:
    • Full time, Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration.
    • Measures to reconcile work and family life (parental leave, flexible schedule working hours, 23 working days of paid holidays, 9 leave days for personal matters, among others).
  • IBEC ensures equality of access to professional development opportunities irrespective of employment status, length at IBEC or other factors. The IBEC’s yearly training catalogue offers a wide range of training in technical and transferable skills including mobility grants and a Mentoring programme for predoctral and postdoctoral researchers.
  • Stimulating, interdisciplinary research and high-quality international scientific environment.
  • Induction programme to facilitate incorporation at IBEC and additional support is provided for foreigners to obtain Visa-working permit and to install in Barcelona.

How to apply:

Until 8th March an online application form is available through IBEC dedicated site:  

Only those applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated.

Reference: PD1-MS

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Principles of the selection process:

IBEC is committed to the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers of the European Commission and the Open, Transparent and Merit based Recruitment principles (OTM-R)

IBEC´s Commitment on equal opportunity:

Our strength and excellence as an international transdisciplinary Research Institute are based on diversity.  Being an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to diversity and inclusion, so that we support employees irrespective of their gender, nationality, religion, disabilities, age, sexual identity or cultural and socioeconomic background.”

IBEC actively looks for female candidates for Senior positions ensuring that at least 40% of shortlisted applicants invited to interview have to be women with comparable level of CVs as the male candidates. At the end of the evaluation process, in case of equal merit, priority will be given to female candidates.

For candidates with children that come from outside Barcelona, we offer babysitting services during the interview, so you don’t have to worry about anything else than doing a good interview. Contact us if you are interested in this service.  

IBEC, as a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), will consider,  especially for early-stage investigators, much more the scientific content of research outputs, than publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which it were published.

Protection of personal data:

IBEC guarantees that candidates’ personal data are processed in accordance with the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Law 3/2018 on Data Protection.

Personal data will be processed solely for the purposes of the selection process.

Who we are?

The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, IBEC is an interdisciplinary research center focused on Bioengineering and Nanomedicine based in Barcelona. IBEC is one of the top research institutions named as a Severo Ochoa Research Centre by the Ministry of Science, Universities and Innovation, which recognizes excellence at the highest international level in terms of research, training, human resources, outreach and technology transfer.

IBEC’s mission is to develop international high-quality interdisciplinary research that, while creating knowledge, contributes to making a better quality of life, improving health and creating wealth. A close link with key universities, reference hospitals and corporations, are assets that facilitate achieving the mission.

IBEC was established in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government of Catalonia), the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC).

IBEC is located within the Barcelona Science Park and is managing 3.800 square meters facilities, with an annual budget of 22 Mio€; 4.150 square meters of facilities; 21 research groups and a team of researchers and support services of 400 people from 35 different countries.