Research Assistant on Medical 3D printing and planning bioengineering (PPCC-3DSurgHELP)

With the aim to recruit research staff for the implementation of one of the sixteen “Collaborative Projects” selected in Catalonia within the framework of the Complementary Plan for Biotechnology in Catalonia, this selection process is opened. This Complementary Plan is co-funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Generalitat de Catalunya under the C17.I1 of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR).

1. Introduction to vacant position:

Sant Joan de Déu Hospital (HSJD) is looking for a 3D printing and planning bioengineer to work on a project focused on the development of advanced solutions for the training and simulation of surgical skills for complex paediatric oncologic surgery cases. This advanced solution will be based on digital and physicial models using technologies such as Virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D printing.

This project led by HSJD will be co-developed with Fundació CIM UPC Barcelona Tech (CIM UPC) and the Servicio de Cirugía Pediátrica Hospital Regional Universitario de Málaga (HRUM).

Paediatric surgery is the medical specialty in charge of the diagnosis and management of surgical pathology in children and adolescents. In general, this discipline is characterized by having a wide range of conditions to be solved, but with low frequencies, since children grow and develop, thus changing the diseases that afflict them. On the other hand, this group is much smaller than the adult population as a whole, which also contributes to the need for surgeons to have many skills and tools that cannot always be trained. In this context, childhood cancer becomes especially complex when cases present in different geographic settings, dispersing the experience and becoming challenging for the surgical teams that receive them. Having professional training systems that allow specific skills to be trained prior to interventions and even to do so with the particular pathology of each patient is necessary and is expected to have an impact on clinical outcomes, safety and standardization of results.

The contract will be within the framework of the “Virtual and augmented reality and 3D printing for surgical planning of complex surgeries in paediatric oncology and creation of surgical simulation models for training” (3DSurgHELP) project prioritized by the IBEC under the “Plan Complementario de Biotecnología aplicada a la Salud” (biotechnology applied to health).

This Plan Complementario is co-financed by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación and the Generalitat de Catalunya, with funds from the European Union NextGenerationEU (PRTR-C17.I1).

2. The successful candidate will develop research involving:

Under the direction of Lucas Krauel (HSJD) as PI and technical supervision of Arnau Valls (HSJD), the main tasks to be performed within the project by the selected person will be:

  • Participation in the development of virtual (CAD) and physical simulation models of complex paediatric cancer cases (neuroblastoma, hepatoblastoma, etc).
  • Segmentation of the medical image (DICOM), pots-processing, and CAD reconstruction.
  • Work with virtual reality and augmented tools and software to generate virtual simulators for the training of skills of oncologic surgeons.
  • Work with 3D printing, moulage techniques and manufacturing techniques for the production of a physical simulation model for the training and evaluation of skills of oncologic surgeons. 
  • Organize and participate on the clinical validation of the simulators (digital and physical) developed in training sessions with oncologic surgeons in HSJD and HRUM.

The selected person will be part of a team made up of members of the HSJD and CIM UPC. He/She will perform the activity at HSJD and will interact with CIM UPC and HRUM.

3. Requirements for candidates


  • Master in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Technology Engineering or Industrial Engineering or Telecom Engineering.
    • Experience with CAD/CAM technologies.
    • Experience in the post-processing of the medical image (segmentation of DICOM, surgical planning…).
    • Competencies and skills: Communication, Teamwork and collaboration, Commitment, Proactivity, Integrity, Critical and Analytical thinking
    • High level of English


  • Experience in fields related to biomechanics, materials or health sciences will be appreciated.
    • Experience with medical image processing (3D Slicer, Mimics, 3Matic, MeshLab) will be appreciated.
    • Experience with virtual and augmented reality image processing software (Unity, Mimics, other) will be appreciated.
    • Experience in 3D printing technologies will be appreciated.

We Offer:

  • Number of available positions: 1
  • Starting date: Between 1st of May and the 16th of June 2023
  • Working conditions: 
  • Full time 18-month contract. Attractive salary
  • Measures to reconcile work and family life (maternity and paternity leave, flexible schedule working hours, teleworking, 23 working days of paid holidays, 9 leave days for personal matters, among others).
  • Stimulating, interdisciplinary research and high-quality international scientific environment.
  • 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 predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers.
  • 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 April 23rd an online application form is available through IBEC dedicated site:  

Only those applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated.

Reference: PPCC-3DSurgHELP

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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).

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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.”

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

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