Postdoctoral Fellow for the Comparative Genomics Group (ref. PD/21/12)

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Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and the University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence—a seal that was awarded in 2011.

The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and seven core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions.

IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 members and 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona forms part of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and the “Xarxa de Centres de Recerca de Catalunya” (CERCA).

IRB Barcelona seeks a motivated Postdoctoral researcher for the Comparative Genomics Group.

We are looking for a candidate to work on the experimental laboratory of the group on a research project focuses on Candida pathogens, using several techniques, including yeast cell culturing, nucleic acids extraction, microbiome analysis, and other standard microbiology and molecular biology techniques. 

The project “Genomic and phenotypic evolution in Candida pathogens”  is funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with reference number PGC2018-099921-B-I00.


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  • Perform experiments such as in vitro evolution of yeast cultures under different regimes, genetic engineering using CRIPR-Cas9 technique, Phenotypic testing.
  • Assist in other experimental projects of the group, most notably microbiome analysis
  • Participate in drafting of research manuscripts
  • Train junior members of the laboratory. 


Must Have – Required: 

  • Experience: Previous experience in microbiology and/or molecular biology. The Candidate must have a PhD or be in the position to defend it within first half of 2021
  • Knowledge: Standard microbiology and molecular biology techniques
  • Skills:  Organisational skills, ability to work in teams
  • Languages:  Good level of written and spoken English. 


  • Previous experience with fungal pathogens, and/or CRISPR-Cas9 transformation will be highly valuable


  • Working conditions: Employed in compliance with Spanish legislation and regulations under a full-time contract. Employees receive the benefits of the Spanish Social Security system covering sickness, maternity/paternity leaves and injuries at work.
  • Training and Career: Postdoctoral researchers joining IRB Barcelona gain access to the Institute’s advanced research training and career development opportunities, all within in a competitive international environment. Courses and workshops on themes of particular interest to postdocs are offered regularly by the Institute.
  • International environment: Nearly 90 Postdoctoral researchers (more than a half non-Spanish nationals) are currently working at IRB Barcelona.


  • Deadline for applications: 17/06/2021 (If no suitable candidate is found, the deadline will be extended) 
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • Selection process:
    • Pre-selection: Will be based on CV, motivation letter, experience, management of research and innovation. 
    • Interviews: Short-listed candidates will be interviewed.
    • Job offer: Will be sent to the successful candidate after the interview. 

Note: The strengths and weaknesses of the applications will be provided upon request.

'If you, as an applicant, have any suggestion or wish to make a complaint regarding the selection process, please contact us at the following email address: You will receive a response within a month.'


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