Research Assistant at the Molecular Bionics Research Group (RA_GB)

Introduction to the vacant position:

The Molecular Bionics Group (MBG) is looking for a research assistant to support our in vivo experimentations. We are searching for an individual with experience in vivo experimentation and nanomedicine to join our group. At the MBG, we are interested in how molecules, macromolecules, viruses, vesicles, and whole cells traffic across our body barriers. We combine novel microscopic tools with theoretical and computational physics to study biological transport from single molecules, and cell membranes, to the whole organism. We thus translate the acquired knowledge to bioengineer novel nanomedicines, combining soft matter physics with synthetic chemistry. Here, we design bionic units that mimic specific biological functions and introduce operations that do not exist in nature. We apply a constructionist approach where we mimic biological complexity in the form of design principles to produce functional units from simple building blocks and their interactions. We call such an effort, Molecular Bionics, and it involves inputs from physical science and engineering from one side and biomedical sciences.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • In vivo experimental design, management, and data analysis
  • Bio biodistribution studies and surgical procedures
  • Tissue processing and histological analysis
  • Lab management support

Requirements for candidates:


  • Degree in Biological science and experience with animal work (mainly mice)
  • Functions B-C-D to work with animals
  • Competencies and skills: previous experience in animal handling and basic procedures (IP, IV injection, surgery), communication, teamwork and collaboration, Commitment, Proactivity, Integrity, and Critical and Analytical thinking.
  • Good level of English (>B2)


  • Experience with in vivo behavioural tests
  • Experience with different mice disease models
  • Experience in primary cell preparation

We Offer:

  • Number of available positions: 1
  • Starting date: January 2024
  • Working conditions:
    • Full time, one year. Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration
    • Salary will be commensurate with the academic level and experience.
    • Measures to reconcile work and family life (maternity and paternity 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 catalog offers a wide range of training in technical and transferable skills.  Mobility grants for first stage researchers, as well as a Mentoring program for Postdoctoral researchers, are offered.
  • Stimulating, interdisciplinary research and 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 December 12th an online application form is available through IBEC dedicated site:  

Only those applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated.

Reference: RA_GB

If you have any further question 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 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 22 Mio€; 4.150 square meters of facilities; 21 research groups and a team of researchers and support services of 400 people from 35 different countries.

Ref: RA_GB // Deadline: 12/12/2023