Senior Researcher at the Bioinspired Interactive Materials and Protocellular Systems Research Group

Application Deadline: 09/052022
Ref: SR-CR

The Bioinspired Interactive Materials and Protocellular Systems Group group at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) led by Dr. César Rodríguez-Emmenegger at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is looking for a Senior Researcher to lead the “Synthetic Cell” line within the group. The aim of the contract will be to develop fully synthetic artificial cells capable of precise interactions with cells and tissue and their translation to medical applications.

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Main tasks and responsibilities / The successful candidate will develop research involving:

  • Lead the synthetic cell branch of the group and co-mentor PhD and master students
  • Develop biomembranes based on Janus dendrimers and amphiphilic comb polymers
  • Introduce new concepts for selective interactions at the synthetic membrane and its characterization (e.g. SPR, QCM-d, immunochemistry)
  • Physical characterization of synthetic cells and their behavior by force and high resolution optical microscopy (CSLM, STED, etc) and cryo-TEM
  • Study the interactions with cells and viral particles with synthetic cells and develop concepts to use them as biosensors and active antimicrobial agents
  • Active role in third party funding acquisition

Requirements for candidates:

  • Ph.D with postdoctoral experience in chemistry/physical chemistry with focus in macromolecular chemistry (a must).
  • Experience in atomic force microscopy, electron and high resolution fluorescent microscopy
  • Experience in synthesis of macromolecules and self-assembly into biomembrane as well as co-assembly with biomolecules. Particularly valuable will be experience in polymersomes, dendrimersomes or proteinosomes
  • Competencies and skills: Communication, Teamwork and collaboration, Commitment, Proactivity, Integrity, Critical and Analytical thinking.
  • High level of English
  • Experience in funding acquisition and grant management

We Offer:

  • Number of available positions: 1
  • Starting date: 01/09/2022
  • Working conditions:
  • Full time 1.5-year contract.
  • Very competitive salary.
  • 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).

How to apply:

Until May 9th an online application form is available through IBEC dedicated site:  

Only those applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated.

Reference: SR-CR.

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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.”

For Postdoctoral and JR GL positions:

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.

Protection of personal information:

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, 22 research groups and a team of researchers and support services of 350 people from 30 different countries.