Researcher in Plant Biochemistry / Biotechnology for the Postharvest Program [ref. 153/23]

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 07 Jan 2024

20 Nov 2023
Job Information


Human Resources
Research Field

Biological sciences » Biology
Agricultural sciences » Agricultural products
Researcher Profile

Established Researcher (R3)

Application Deadline

7 Jan 2024 - 23:59 (Europe/Madrid)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

IRTA is currently seeking a motivated Researcher with a PhD related to Plant Biochemistry and/or Biotechnology and experience in plant physiology to join the Postharvest Program. It is expected that the candidate will lead research of excellence resulting in important advances in fruit postharvest.
We invite applications from ambitious and enthusiastic candidates with relevant research experience to conduct research and innovation activities on the fruit postharvest.


Tasks and Responsibilities:

-Proactively initiate, supervise and /or lead research projects (national and/or international) and promote contractual research with private companies.
-Supervise and train, in conjunction with other researchers from the program, the technical team.
-Continuously update scientific knowledge and transfer the results to stakeholders and end-users.
-Help positioning the Postharvest Program as a group of excellence through regular peer-reviewed publications, contributions at national and international congresses and supervision of PhD and postdoctoral researchers.
-Work in close collaboration with other IRTA researchers, as well as with external academic, institutional and industrial partners.
-Contribute to the activities of the research Program, taking part in the planning and execution of the experiments to ensure the achievement of milestones of research projects.
-Perform literature review, data collection and management, involving statistical analysis.
-Contribute to the scientific production of the research and innovation activities of the Program.

-Lead and actively contribute fund rising through the preparation and submission of project proposals for public competitive calls and for contracts with the private sector, as well reporting process, such as writing progress and final reports of research activities.

Research Field
Biological sciences » Biology
Education Level
PhD or equivalent


Required qualifications and experience:
-BSc and MSc in Biology, Agronomy or related field with a PhD in Plant Biochemistry and/or Biotechnology and proven scientific excellence and practical experience.
-Experience in fruit and/or vegetable Postharvest Physiology and an outstanding record of scientific publications.
-2-years Postdoctoral experience abroad and achievements in similar fields.
-Hands on practice on analytical techniques such as liquid and gas chromatography and/or others for the determination of target compounds.


Desirable requirements:
-Experience in data processing and bioinformatics will be highly valued.
-Experience in Molecular Biology (gene expression analysis by RT-qPCR or RNAseq, etc).
-Good communicative skills and teamwork experience.
-Experience in project management, with good organizational and coordination skills.
-Full driving license for Europe and travelling availability.
-Ability to establish and build good collaboration within and outside the institution that will allow pursuing the objectives of the R&D activities and the program strategic research goals.


Additional Information

Employee Benefits: 22 vacation days, 3 days of family & work conciliation, 45h of personal days, Friday afternoon off, Compressed Summer schedule from 15/06 to 15/09, Conciliation schedule.

Selection process

Timings in the Recruitment Process of ref. 153/23 Researcher in Plant Biochemistry / Biotechnology for the Postharvest Program
52 natural days
Publication and diffusion of the job advertisement on IRTA’s website, EURAXESS Jobs, social media and other specific recruitment places.
5 following working days
Distribution of the pre-selected CVs which matching eligibility criteria to the Recruitment Committee. Communication via e-mail with the not pre-selected candidates who will not be further included in the process.
20 following working days
Recruitment Committee:
- Communication via e-mail with the not-selected candidates by the Recruitment Committee.
- Interview with selected candidates by the Recruitment Committee.
- Accord of the Recruitment Committee stating the selected candidate and detailed reasoning for the decline of the rest of the candidates.
- Communication via e-mail with the interviewed and not-selected candidates
10 following working days
Provision by the selected candidate of requested legal and official documentation to the HR department to coordinate the start of the candidate.
First Trimester 2023
Start of employment

Website for additional job details

Work Location(s)
Number of offers available

Where to apply



Caldes de Montbui

Torre Marimon Crta. C-59, Km. 12,1
Postal Code



Similar Positions