Research Assistant in Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis and Alzheimer’s diseases assessment (PPCC- ADGUT_1)

  1. Introduction to the position:

EURECAT Nutrition and Health Unit research group is looking for a Research Assistant in Microbiota-Gut-brain axis to work on the characterization and assessment of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for investigating therapeutic targets and contributing to the development of personalized models for cognitive disorders associated with Alzherimer’s disease.

The contract will be within the framework of the “Desarrollo de modelos personalizados para el estudio del eje microbiota-intestino-cerebro en la progresión de trastornos cognitivos asociados a la enfermedad de Alzheimer (ADGUT)” project prioritized by the IBEC under the “Plan Complementario de Biotecnología aplicada a la Salud” (Biotechnology Applied to Health).

This Plan Complementario is co-financed by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación and the Generalitat de Catalunya, with funds from the European Union NextGenerationEU (PRTR-C17.I1)

2. Main duties and responsibilities:

Under the direction of Nadia Ortega, the applicant will carry out the following research activities:

  • Develop microbiota-gut-brain axis animal models to advance into the understanding of the role of microbiota in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Investigate the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis to identify potential therapeutic targets, contributing to the development of personalized models for cognitive disorders associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to integrate Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis findings into the broader context of the project, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the microbiota’s role in cognitive health.

The selected candidate will be located at Nutrition and Health Unit facilities (Biotechnology area) located in Reus.

  1. Requirements for candidates


  • Bachelor or Ph.D. in Biology, Biochemistry, Health Science, or a related field
  • Experience in animal models
  • Expertise on molecular biology methods, such as quantitative PCR (qPCR), Western blot, Immunohistochemical analysis and microbial community analysis
  • Competencies and skills: Communication, Teamwork and collaboration, Commitment, Proactivity, Integrity, Critical and Analytical thinking
  • High level of English


  • Prior experience in conducting mouse behaviour studies and histology
  • Prior experience in flow cytometry analysis

We Offer:

  • Number of available positions: 1
  • Starting date: By 1st of April 2024
  • Working conditions: 
    • Full time 16-month contract. Attractive salary
    • 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).
    • Stimulating, interdisciplinary research and high-quality international scientific environment.
  • 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.
  • 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 25th of February an online application form is available through IBEC dedicated site:  

Only those applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated.

Reference: PPCC- ADGUT_1

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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.”

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IBEC aims for a representative gender balance at all levels of staff, so we strongly encourage women to apply. At least 40% of shortlisted applicants invited to interview have to be women with comparable level of CVs as the male candidates.

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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.