Innovation Project Manager

Introduction to the vacant position:

The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), a cutting-edge research center based in Barcelona, is looking for an Innovation Project Manager, an exciting full-time, development opportunity to join our Projects Office in Barcelona.

His/her role will be to enhance the impact and promote the valorisation of results obtained in the framework of IBEC’s European research projects, according to the activities planned in the project StrengtHE (GPE2022-001085) funded by the Agencia Estatal de Investigación (MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033).

He/she will closely interact with Tech Transfer and Business Development Unit, being a facilitator between this Unit and Projects Office with the final goal of fostering innovation and technology transfer among IBEC researchers.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

The extent of your duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Funding: advise in new EU grant opportunities for the valorisation and technology transfer of results obtained in projects conducted at IBEC. Represent IBEC in European platforms and other thematic and strategic events and conferences. Analysis of EC documents and policies, technology platform documents and research agendas.
  • Project formulation: for competitive grant proposals, collaborate in the definition of project goals, write and develop the expected impact and key performance indicators, advise on project partners and key stakeholders to promote the transfer of results.
  • Project management: promote the valorisation of results obtained in EU projects, encouraging the use of tools and initiatives from the European Commission for this purpose; collaborate in preparation of scientific reports. Contribute to the sustainability of current active EU projects beyond their final execution date.
  • Transversal tasks: promote the participation of companies, especially Spanish ones, within European consortia of proposals coordinated by IBEC. Analyse and foster synergies between active projects at IBEC and other EU funded projects. Establish and maintain strong relationships with key players.
  • Liaising between researchers and other IBEC research management areas, particularly Tech Transfer and Business Development, Strategic Initiatives and Communication to foster the impact of IBEC’s research projects.

Requirements for candidates:


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics or experimental/life sciences. PhD will be viewed favorably.
  • Previous experience working in technology transfer activities.
  • Knowledge of European public research funding system.
  • Excellent writing skills to build high quality grant proposals, particularly focusing on innovation their potential and impact.
  • Full command of Spanish and English. Catalan is a plus.
  • Competences: Communication, teamwork, proactivity, problem solving, critical thinking, networking.


  • Knowledge of public grant applications, particularly those aimed at valorisation/proof of concept.
  • Knowledge of public research National and Catalan systems.
  • Research experience in an international research environment.
  • Previous experience in sourcing relevant market data for grant proposals.

We Offer:

  • Number of available positions: 1
  • Starting date: March 2024
  • Working conditions:
    • Full-time, open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration. Contract duration: 1.5 years.
    • Measures to reconcile work and family life (maternity and paternity leave, flexible schedule working hours, 23 working days of paid holidays, 9 leave days for personal matters, among others).
    • Teleworking, up to 2 days per week.
  • 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.
  • 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 January 26th an online application form is available through IBEC dedicated site:  

Only those applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated.

Reference: IPM_RM

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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 (Postdoctoral and GL 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 13 Mio€; 3.800 square meters of facilities; 21 research groups and a team of researchers and support services of 350 people from 30 different countries.