OPEN CALL FOR PhD STUDENT CANDIDATES TO APPLY FOR the call Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores 2019 (ref. PREDOC/19/10).

IRB Barcelona is a self-standing, non-profit institution devoted to basic and applied biomedical research. It was set up in 2005 jointly by the Government of Catalonia and the University of Barcelona and is located at the Barcelona Science Park. The institute currently has more than 430 members (scientific, technical and administrative staff) from all over the world, who work across disciplines to advance research in the biomedical sciences.

How to apply: 
  • Deadline for applications: September 2019 (exact date depends on the application period to be published by the Spanish Ministry)
  • Selection process: Candidates will be shortlisted and will be invited for a personal interview with the PI. Successful candidates are then encouraged to formally apply to the position, once the call by the Spanish Ministry will be open (expected for September 2019).
Open Positions
Sunday, September 15, 2019

IRB Barcelona seeks a PhD Student candidate to apply for the call of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores 2018, to be published in September 2019.

The successful candidate will work on the project Remodeling of the microtubule cytoskeleton and cell fate during brain development (REMOBRAIN) (Ref. PGC2018-099562-B-I00, PI Dr. Jens Lüders). The work aims to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the function of the microtubule cytoskeleton in mediating the transition of neural progenitor cells from proliferation to differentiation during brain development. In particular, we are interested in how defects in the microtubule cytoskeleton alter cell fate, affect neuron function and homeostasis, and are linked to brain developmental disorders such as microcephaly. Depending on the candidates interest and motivation and in agreement with the PI, the project may include, apart from a range of general molecular biology and biochemical approaches, in vivo analysis using mouse models, detailed mechanistic studies using in vitro primary neuronal cultures combined with advanced microscopic imaging, or a combination of these approaches.

The thesis will be directed by Dr. Jens Lüders, PI of the Microtubule Organization lab.

More information:

Dr. Jens Lüders -


- ambition and scientific curiosity combined with demonstrable interest in the specific project

- the studies that lead to an official Spanish (or from another country of the European Higher Education Area) university degree with outstanding qualifications in Cell Biology, Neurobiology or related fields and that have 300 credits (ECTS), of which at least 60 must correspond to master level.

- a degree in a non-Spanish university not adapted to the European Higher Education Area that gives access to doctoral studies in Cell Biology, Neurobiology or related


 More info at:

(please note that since the 2019 call has been not published yet, the info available is 2018 call).

Please confirm your eligibility for this call before applying.