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: 

Applications for the above opening should include a full CV and a motivation letter and should be sent by e-mail to:, indicating the Reference: PD/20/04.


  • Deadline for applications: 04/03/2020

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. 
Open Positions
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
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IRB Barcelona is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Research Unit on Asymmetric Synthesis directed by Prof. Antoni Riera. The candidate will focus on the study of new catalytic asymmetric reactions.

  • Synthesis of substrates and catalysts.


  • Purification and structural characterization of the substrates and catalysts.


  • Study of the asymmetric synthesis reactions.


  • Purification, characterization and determination of the enantiomeric excesses of the products.

Must Have – Required


  • Experience: On organic synthesis, chiral ligands and organometallic catalysts.


  • Knowledge: PhD. in organic chemistry.


  • Skills: Synthesis, purification and characterization of new compounds. Reactions with gases (H2, CO, ethylene).




  • Experience: Synthesis of phosphorous compounds.


  • Knowledge: Experience in asymmetric catalysis.


  • Skills: work with high-pressure reactors.
  • 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.