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 & Cover Letter addressed to Dr. Toni Gabaldón, and should be sent by e-mail to:, indicating the Reference: LAB/20/01.


  • Deadline for applications: 16/03/2020

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
Monday, March 16, 2020
Attached File: 

IRB Barcelona is seeking a motivated and experienced Research Assistant for the Comparative Genomics Group of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). The successful candidate will work on the project “Genomic and phenotypic evolution in Candida pathogens” funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with reference number PGC2018-099921-B-I00.

  • We are looking for a candidate to work on the experimental laboratory of the group, using several techniques, including yeast cell culturing, nucleic acids extraction, genomics library preparation, microbiome analysis, and other standard microbiology and molecular biology techniques.


  • The candidate will also be in charge of ordering reagents, equipment and material, and organizing the logistics of the experimental laboratory.


  • The candidate will interact with core facilities at the IRB and services elsewhere, as well as with other members of the group.



Must Have – Required


  • Experience: We are looking for an experienced research assistant with at least 5 years of working experience with similar duties.


  • Knowledge: Knowledge of basic microbiology and molecular biology techniques. Knowledge of next generation sequencing technologies.


  • Skills: Good written and spoken English. Good interpersonal skills, ability to train and supervise other, more junior members in the lab.







  • Experience: Experience working on microbiome and/or fungal yeast pathogens would be a plus.


  • Skills: Managerial and organizational skills.


  • 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.