Research Assistant at the Spatial Biotechnology Group

Introduction to the vacant position:

The Spatial Biotechnology Group seeks an Early-Stage Researcher to assist with image analysis of clonal behaviours from multiplexed tissue data. The contract will be within the framework of the project SpaceClones, whose objective is to develop high-throughput and spatial perturbation assays to understand on how cancer cell clones spatially organize to drive solid tumour development. SpaceClones will take advantage of cutting-edge multiplexed tissue technologies, in vitro co-culture systems, engineered 3D tumours, super-resolution imaging, assay automation, and computational tools for deconstruction of molecular and cellular spatial patterns in cells and tissues.

This project is financed by the ERC-2023-StG project “Integrative profiling and engineering of clonal cancer cell behaviours: from the tissue level down to the molecular scale” from the EU Horizon Europe programme, with grant agreement number 101117905.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Processing of raw mass spectrometry data to multiparametric tissue images.
  • Implement pipelines for spatial tissue analysis.
  • Analyze data, and summarize results
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Attend project meetings
  • Prepare progress reports for the PI and funding agency
  • Manage and respond to project-related email
  • Attend area seminars and other meetings as necessary

Requirements for candidates:


  • BSc/MSc in bioinformatics, data science, bioscience, or related fields.
  • Experience programming and scripting in Python and/or R.
  • A strong commitment to scientific research and an excellent academic record.
  • Good working knowledge of English.
  • Less than six months since the defense of the master’s degree
  • Good skills in communication, teamwork, proactivity, commitment, integrity, time management, critical and analytical thinking, precision, and focus.
  • Willingness to work in a highly multidisciplinary environment.


  • Previous experience in image analysis.

We Offer:

  • Number of available positions: 1
  • Starting date: 16/05/2024
  • Working conditions:
  • Full-time 6-month contract.
  • Measures to reconcile work and family life (flexible work hours, teleworking, among others).
  • IBEC ensures equal access to professional development opportunities irrespective of employment status, length at IBEC, or other factors. The IBEC’s yearly training catalog offers a wide range of technical and transferable skills training.
  • Stimulating, interdisciplinary research and a high-quality international scientific environment.
  • Induction program 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 2nd May an online application form is available through IBEC dedicated site:  

Only those applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated.

Reference: RA_XR

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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.

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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.