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: 
  • 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.


  • Continuous training in a high-quality environment.



Open Positions
Monday, August 31, 2020
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IRB Barcelona is seeking a Research Officer with proven skills in Drug Screening and committed to the challenge of providing excellent service to support chemical biology and drug discovery activities in an international research environment.


The successful candidate will report to the Drug Screening Platform Coordinator and will be expected to execute assay development, High Throughput Screening (HTS) campaigns and assays supporting H2L and LO campaigns. He/She will interpret screening data under the supervision of the Drug Screening Platform Coordinator.

  • Carry out of assay development for both biochemical and cellular assays.
  • Undertake HTSs and secondary hit profiling assays.
  • Carry out assays to support H2L and LO campaigns.
  • Prepare experimental plans within scope of defined/new projects.
  • Analyse data, providing conclusions and technical insight.
  • Undertake compound management.
  • Participate in the use and programming of screening equipment (readers, pipettors, automated platform, etc.).
  • Attend courses, meetings and undertake any required formal training to improve their scientific capabilities. Maintain a broad and up to date level of scientific awareness in all aspects of the screening discipline.

Must Have – Required


  • Experience:


  • More than 3 years in drug discovery in pharma/biotech/academic research.
  • Proficiency in assay development, HTS and compound profiling for both biochemical and cellular assays.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of targets (enzymes, PPIs, GPCRs, etc.) and technologies (Alpha, HTRF, luminescence, etc.).
  • HTS data generation, data interpretation and data reporting.


  • Knowledge: on drug discovery processes, screening equipment and technologies and a wide range of protein targets and how to address assay development for each one.



  • Skills:


We are looking for a person with the following profile:  


  • Good planning skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Well organized
  • Clear sense of accountability
  • Teamwork skills
  • Customer orientation
  • Strong initiative and innovation abilities
  • Fluent in English & Spanish





  • Experience:


  • In phenotypic screening (microscopy and flow cytometry)
  • Mass Specs adapted to HTS


  • Knowledge:


  • Biophysical techniques (ITC, SPR, MST, etc.)
  • Pipettor programming
  • Mass Specs
  • Design of HTS workflows to nominate actives as hits




Applications for the above opening should include Full CV & Motivation Letter and should be sent by e-mail to:, indicating the Reference: CF/20/03


  • Deadline for applications: 31/08/2020

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.