PhD Student at the Molecular Bionics Research Group

Application Deadline: 17/10/2021
Ref: PhD_IB

The Molecular Bionics group at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is looking for PhD student to work on the development of targeted nanotherapeutics for drug delivery with a focus on infectious diseases and cancer. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr. Iris L. Batalha (La Caixa Junior Leader Fellow) and Prof. Giuseppe Battaglia.
We are looking for a Chemistry/ Bioengineering/ Biotechnology graduate to work on an interdisciplinary project at the interface of chemistry and biology. The project will include the synthesis and functionalisation of polymers and assembly into nanoparticle delivery systems, protein expression and purification, generation of peptide ligands by phage display, and evaluation of targeted nanoparticles in vitro for applications in the treatment of infectious diseases and cancer.

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Main tasks and responsibilities / The successful candidate will develop research involving: 
  • Synthesis of polymer-drug conjugates and assembly into nanoparticle delivery systems.
  • Protein expression and purification.
  • Phage display screening of peptide ligands that bind to specific target cell receptors
  • Characterisation of polymer-drug conjugates and targeted nanotherapeutics by High-performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Dynamic Light Scattering/ Electrophoretic Light Scattering (DLS/ELS), and microscopy (electron microscopy and confocal microscopy).
  • Tissue culture and bacterial killing cell assays for the in vitro evaluation of nanotherapeutics in terms of treatment efficacy and toxicity.
Requirements for candidates:
  • Degree and Master in any field of Physical and/or Biological Sciences, with a preference for candidates with multidisciplinary qualifications in Chemistry and Biology/ Bioengineering/ Biotechnology.
  • Competencies and skills: Communication, Teamwork and Collaboration, Commitment, Proactivity, Integrity, Critical and Analytical thinking.
  • High level of English.
 
We Offer: 
  • Number of available positions: 1
  • Starting date: 02/01/2022
  • Working conditions:
  • Full time 3-year
  • Measures to reconcile work and family life (maternity and paternity leave, flexible schedule working hours, teleworking (when possible), 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.
  • 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 October 17th  an online application form is available through IBEC dedicated site: https://careers.ibecbarcelona.eu/
Only those applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated.
Reference: PhD_IB
If you have any further question regarding your application, please contact us at jobs@ibecbarcelona.eu
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.”
 Protection of personal data: 
IBEC ensures that applicants’ personal data are processed as required by EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Spanish Law 3/2018 on Data Protection.
Personal data shall thus be processed solely for the purpose of the selection procedure.
 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.  www.ibecbarcelona.eu