Junior Research Fellow - Bacteriophage cocktail-loaded dissolving microneedles

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 05 Jun 2023

15 May 2023
Job Information


Human Resources
Research Field

Biological sciences » Biology
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

5 Jun 2023 - 23:00 (Europe/Lisbon)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Offer Starting Date

16 Jun 2023
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

Junior Research Fellow - Bacteriophage cocktail-loaded dissolving microneedles


Job Reference: Ref.04.23.22

Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Group/Unit: Food Processing and Nutrition

Number of Vacancies: 1

Employment Type: Full time

Contract Duration: 4 months *

*with an expected extension of up to the total of 10 months.


Open Date for Applications: May 15th, 2023

Closing Date for Applications: June 5th, 2023, 23h00m (Lisbon Time)


Key words: #bacteriophages, #BSL2pathogens, #microneedles



The Food Processing and Nutrition RG is keenly dedicated to the exploration of nanotechnology as a means to engineer innovative biopolymeric packaging solutions that incorporate bacteriophages, and endeavours to expand its research to encompass the clinical field.

We are looking for a qualified junior fellow to join our team in the fabrication of bacteriophage-loaded microneedles under the project GOLDMINE, with the code TEC_PROPR_230215.


Job Duties

The job duties will be the following:

  • Bacteriophage and bacterial maintenance
  • Microneedle fabrication
  • Encapsulation and release studies
  • Efficacy testing


Mandatory Qualifications



  • MSc in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or related fields.



  • Hands-on experience in laboratory work
  • Hands-on experience in microbiology
  • Hands-on experience in bacteriophage


Technical Skills

  • Handling microorganisms, biosafety procedures, aseptic techniques, microscopy, analytical thinking.


Other Skills

  • Attention to detail and follow detailed procedures


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in encapsulation techniques
  • Experience in development and characterization of microneedles



Personal Skills

  • “Hands-on” approach together with a high commitment in respecting working deadlines;
  • Problem Solving ability;
  • Customer orientation;
  • Ability to work independently and as team player;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.


Our Benefits

  • Competitive salary;
  • Tax benefits and other Diplomatic privileges;
  • Private health insurance;
  • Family allowances (according to family situation);
  • Free nursery service at INL premises (subject to availability);
  • Support for education fees of dependent children;
  • Relocation support;
  • 30 working days of annual leave.


How to Apply

The application must be in English and include the following mandatory documents:

a)     Cover letter;

b)     Curriculum Vitae;

c)      Academic and/or Professional diplomas;


Online application instructions:

  • The application is made online by clicking the “Apply” button below;
  • The candidate must complete all required sections of the online application form;
  • The candidate must submit the mandatory documents mentioned above in pdf format by including them in the “Additional files” section using the “Add portfolio” button.

    Important note:

    Incomplete applications including the failure to provide mandatory documents or providing inaccurate information will result in the application not being considered.



    How the Selection Process works

    A. Applications eligibility check

    This stage will be carried out on the basis of the mandatory requirements, education, experience and technical skills defined for the job, as well as the validation of the mandatory documents. Only candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will move forward to the next stage.

    B. CV Assessment

    The Selection Committee will evaluate the eligible applications based on their CV and other submitted documents and the suitability for the position. The best ranked candidates will be shortlisted for the interview stage(s).

    C. Interview(s)

    The interview(s) may be done in different formats: video recording, online or onsite.

    The question based interview will evaluate the match between the candidate’s profile and the requirements for the position, including the technical and personal skills. To better support this stage, the candidate may be requested to prepare a short presentation.


    D. Nomination

    The selected candidate will be nominated and formally offered the position, including the disclosure of the contractual conditions. 




    Additional Information



    Application feedback

    We highly value your interest in becoming part of the INL experience and it is important for us to maintain good communications with all candidates. No matter the outcome of your application, we will always provide you with feedback.


    Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle

    INL follows a non-discrimination and equal access principle, wherefore no candidate can be privileged, benefited, impaired or deprived of any rights whatsoever, or be exempt of and duties based on any possible discriminatory issues.


    The advertisement deadline may be extended at any time without previous notice in order to improve the suitability and effectiveness of the recruitment process.



    About INL

    The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – INL (http://www.inl.int ), is the first and only Intergovernmental Organisation in the world entirely focused on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

    It was founded under an international legal framework to perform interdisciplinary research, deploy and communicate nanotechnology for the benefit of society. INL aims to be a recognised leading global nanotechnology innovation hub.

    Research Field
    Biological sciences » Biology
    Education Level
    Master Degree or equivalent


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