Postdoctoral Researcher at the Biomaterials for neural Regeneration Research Group

Introduction to the vacant position:

The Biomaterials for neural regeneration research group is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to develop their project on the design of new synthetic spinal cord constructs using 3D printing technology. The contract will be within the framework of the Spanish Ministry of Science consolidation project entitled SpinOme (CNS2022-135407, funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/ 501100011033 and by European Union “NextGenerationEU”/PRTR”), whose objectives are to define the spinal cord injury matrisome to design new experimental biomaterials to enhance cell bioactivity for spinal cord injury repair.

    Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Analyze age- and injury-specific changes in the mammalian spinal cord matrisome using quantitative mass spectrometry from the Proteomics Core Facility.
  • Develop and test synthetic 3D printed spinal cord constructs using extracellular matrix (ECM) cues to facilitate motor neuron survival, growth, and maturation in vitro.
  • Develop injectable ECM matrices and evaluate their effectiveness in promoting neural regeneration and functional recovery in an organ-on-a-chip device model.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams and utilize advanced techniques such as liquid chromatography, MS/MS proteomics, RNA sequencing, and 3D bioprinting to assess outcomes.
  • Conduct in vivo experiments to test bioinks and 3D printed scaffolds in vivo in a mouse model of SCI.

These responsibilities reflect the integration of tasks across the SpinOme project, ensuring a comprehensive approach to spinal cord injury research and treatment development.

Requirements for candidates:


  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Tissue Engineering or related fields.
  • Multidisciplinary qualifications (physics/mathematics, physics/engineering, etc.) and/or knowledge of biomaterials synthesis and characterization (especially in the context of living materials is a plus).
  • Skills and Abilities: Communication, teamwork and collaboration, commitment, proactivity, integrity, critical and analytical thinking.
  • High level of English
  • Animal course is required


  • Experience in biofabrication and the use of 3D printing and bioprinting will be highly valuable.
  • Experience in microfluidics and the development of organ-on-a-chip in vitro platforms.
  • Experience in mechanical and rheological characterization of soft matter.

We Offer:

  • Number of available positions: 1
  • Starting date: 01/09/2024
  • Working conditions:
  • Full time 6-months Temporary Contract.
  • Very competitive salary.
  • 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 predoctoral 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 15th  July  an online application form is available through IBEC dedicated site:  

Only those applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated.

Reference: PR-ZA.

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