PhD Researcher at the Molecular and Cellular Neurobiotechnology Group (Ref: PhD-TR)

Introduction to the vacant position:

The Molecular and Cellular Neurobiotechnology Group led by Prof. José A. del Río is looking for an Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) to develop his/her PhD thesis project on the development of the study of the natural roles of the Cellular Prion Protein (PrPC) and the associated GPR133 protein in the Central Nervous System during development and in the adult. The contract will be within the framework of the research project PID2021-123714OB-I00, funded by MICINN. To do this, the student will learn and use various techniques such as neuronal culture, biochemical techniques, stem cell cultures (IPSc-derived), brain organoid culture, experimentation with transgenic mouse models, lab-on-chip devices and in vitro optogenetics. The student will be integrated into a translational team with extensive experience in training researchers at the postdoctoral, predoctoral and postgraduate level. The research group, located at IBEC, is in close contact with National and International teams belonging to Ciberned (Carlos III Health Institute) and the Institute of Neurosciences of the UB. For this reason, the student will have the possibility of an interdisciplinary scientific-technological training and will be introduced to the habits of scientific collaboration, having the opportunity to train in Neurobiology, Neurobiotechnology and Cellular and Molecular Biology.

The successful candidate will develop research involving:

  • Learn and develop cell primary, stem cells and organoid cultures
  • Develop histological and biochemical analysis of cell cultures and tissue sections
  • Analyse functional data from Calcium imaging in vitro with ad hoc developed software
  • Deep phenotypical and functional characterization of transgenic mice

Requirements for candidates:


  • Degree and Master on any field on Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedicine or similar
  • Competencies and skills: Communication, Teamwork and collaboration, Commitment, Proactivity, Integrity, Critical and Analytical thinking.
  • Good level of English


  • Previous experience in Histology (e.g., immunocytochemistry) and/or cell culture techniques will be a plus
  • Previous experience in Neurobiology research in laboratories will be a plus

We Offer:

  • Number of available positions: 1
  • Starting date: February, 2023
  • Working conditions:
    • 1 Full time 4-year contract.
    • 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).
    • 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 predoctral 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 January 20th an online application form is available through IBEC dedicated site:  

Only those applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated.

Reference: PhD-TR.

If you have any further question regarding your application, please contact us at jobs@aruiz

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 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.