Research Assistant at the Biosensors for Bioengineering Research Group

Introduction to the vacant position:

The Biosensors for Bioengineering Group is looking for an  Early Stage Researcher to work on the development of 3D skeletal muscle tissue integrated within microfluidic organ-on-chip devices. The contract will be within the framework of the MORFEO project (Muscle-on-a-chip approach to reproduce fibrotic processes in engineered 3D co-culture organoids for Muscular Dystrophy): whose main objective is the development of Muscle-on-chip devices to model Col6-related myopathy.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Develop and characterize 3D tissue co-cultures of skeletal muscle tissues from patient-derived cells.
  • Design and fabricate microfluidic devices.
  • Integrate the platform to drug testing assays.

Requirements for candidates:


  •  Degree on any field on Biomedical Engineering or similar.
  • Experience on microfabrication techniques, will be a plus.
  • Experience on microphysiological systems and tissue engineering will be a plus.
  • Competencies and skills: Communication, Teamwork and collaboration, Commitment, Proactivity, Integrity, Critical and Analytical thinking.
  • High level of English.


  • Experience in skeletal muscle cell culture.
  • Experience in muscular dystrophy research.
  • Experience in 3D design and printing.

We Offer:

  • Number of available positions: 1
  • Starting date: January 1st 2024
  • Working conditions:
  • Full-time 1 year 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).

How to apply:

Until 7th November an online application form is available through IBEC dedicated site:  

Only those applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated.

Reference: RA-JR.

If you have any further questions regarding your application, please contact us at

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.