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 presentation letter describing past and current projects and the motivation to work in the project offered (not more than 1.5 pages), a CV, and the contact information of three potential referees addressed to Dr. Salvador Aznar Benitah and should be sent by e-mail to: and indicating the Reference: PD/19/08


  • Deadline for applications:20/11/2019

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, November 20, 2019

IRB Barcelona is seeking a highly motivated candidate for a postdoctoral position to join the Stem Cell and Cancer group headed by Salvador Aznar Benitah. The lab aims at understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the spatiotemporal regulation of adult stem cells in the healthy tissue, how they are deregulated during ageing and cancer. To do so, we combine high throughput genomic and proteomic data with in vivo models.


Research in pediatric cancer has historically lagged behind compared to research in adult carcinogenesis. The candidate will be involved in developing an ambitious basic and translational project aimed at understanding the molecular and cellular basis of the metastatic process in pediatric osteosarcoma.


The project is financed by the invaluable commitment and help of families affected by this disease, and will be developed in close collaboration with the oncology department of the Hospital Sant Joan de Deu in Barcelona. The aim is to developing novel appropriate in vivo models using patient-derived material and mouse models to study the evolution of the disease from its onset to the development of metastases for which to date there are very few curative alternatives. We will analyze osteosarcoma metastasis using the latest available technologies in genomics, proteomics, and computational analysis.

  • PhD degree in life sciences
  • Strong background in mouse models
  • Experience in epigenetic/transcriptomic studies and proteomics will be strongly valued
  • Experience in single cell RNA-seq will be strongly valued
  • Experience in bioinformatic analysis (NGS) will be strongly valued
  • At least one strong publication as a first author from the PhD/early postdoc period
  • Highly independent, motivated, ambitious, and collaborative person
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently (managing the project, supervise students, manuscript writing, etc)
  • Candidate must be fluent in English
  • 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 leave and injuries at work. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.


  • International Environment: The opportunity to join a prestigious international research institution and become a member of an established research group.



  • Continuous training in a high-quality environment.