Lab Technician position

Updated: 9 days ago
Deadline: 05 Jul 2024

The Institute

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, with more than 400 scientists from 44 countries. The CRG is composed by an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team supported by a flexible and efficient administration and high-end and innovative technologies. 

In April 2021, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the renewal of the 'HR Excellence in Research ' Award from the European Commission. This is a recognition of the Institute's commitment to developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, designed to bring the practices and procedures in line with the European Charter for Researchers principle and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code). 

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The role  

Our group participates in the GENCODE project, which aims to map genes and regulatory elements in human and mouse genomes. The Guigó lab contributes by producing high-quality transcriptome sequencing data, focusing on improving the annotation of long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) genes. We use advanced methods like Capture Long-Seq (CLS), a technique developed at the CRG. 

We are searching for a junior talented lab technician to join the group. Your role will involve collaborating closely with our experimental team to optimize protocols for long-read sequencing, conduct quality control, and perform RNA sequencing experiments using Oxford Nanopore. 

About the lab

The overarching theme of the research in our lab is the understanding of the information encoded in genomic sequences, and how this information is processed in the pathway leading from DNA to RNA and protein sequences. More specifically, we are interested in the epigenetic regulation of gene expression and RNA processing, the relationship between molecular phenotypes and higher-order endophenotypes and organismal phenotypes, and the identification of functional regions on the genome of all living beings. Our group is mostly computational, and we do both large-scale data analysis and methods development, but it also has an important experimental component. We are past and current members of many large-scale international functional genomics projects, such as ENCODE, GTEx, BluePrint and others.  

Whom would we like to hire?  

Professional experience  

Must Have

  • FP2/CFGS Laboratory technician or equivalent

Desirable but not required 

  • Experience in molecular biology

  • Experience with automated laboratory equipment

  • Experience in the maintenance of laboratory paper and electronic registries 

  • Experience in handling, processing and storage of biological samples and associated data 

Education and training

  • Candidates must have obtained the FP2/CFGS degree of Laboratory technician or equivalent 


  • Fluency in spoken and written English

Technical skills

  • You have advanced MS Office skills

  • You have skills in Molecular Biology procedures (PCR, cell culture, sequencing library preparation methods) 

  • You have skills in experimental methods development and improvement 


  • Highly developed organisational skills

  • Ability to interact with others, both with colleagues within the group and from other groups inside and outside the CRG

  • Good (academic) writing and presentation skills

  • Imagination, Motivation, Curiosity, Pro-activity, Critical thinking

The Offer – Working Conditions 

  • Contract duration: Technical and scientific activities contract linked to the project (estimated 1 year) 

  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales 

  • Target start date: As soon as possible

We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities. To check out our training and development portfolio, please visit our website in the training section .

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion,sexual orientation or gender identity.

The CRG is committed to reconcile a work and family life of its employees and are offering extended vacation period and the possibility to benefit from flexible working hours.

Application Procedure

 All applications must include:

  • A motivation letter addressed to Dr Roderic Guigó.

  • A complete CV including contact details. 

  • Contact details of two referees.

  • All applications must be addressed to Dr. Roderic Guigó and be submitted online through the "Apply" button below.

    Selection Process  

    • Pre-selection: The pre-selection process will be based on qualifications and expertise reflected on the candidates CVS. It will be merit-based. 

    • Interview: Preselected candidates will be interviewed by the Hiring Manager of the position and a selection panel if required. 

    • Offer Letter: Once the successful candidate is identified the People department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details.  

    Deadline: Please submit your application by July 5, 2024 

    US National Institutes of Health (grant 2U24HG007234-09) 

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