Postdoctoral Researcher in Animal Nutrition for the Centre for Innovation in Alternative Proteins (CiPA) [ref. 76/24]

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Jun 2024

15 May 2024
Job Information


Human Resources
Research Field

Medical sciences » Veterinary medicine
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

15 Jun 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 an enthusiastic and motivated Postdoctoral Researcher with a PhD related to insect nutrition to join the Animal Nutrition Program and the Centre for Innovation in Alternative Proteins (CiPA).
CiPA is a pioneer research and innovation centre that aims to boost sustainable food production for both human and animal nutrition considering all relevant stages of the value chain: starting from the source and ending with the consumer. Its research is focused on the valorisation of alternative protein sources with the ambition to become one of the research leaders, at national and international level and, thus, support the transition to a future with a high quality, safer, more efficient, and more sustainable food system.
CiPA counts with unique equipment and infrastructures, at lab and pilot scale, located in the different IRTA centres (Monells, Mas Badia, Fruitcentre, Mas Bové, La Ràpita) covering relevant research lines on alternative protein sources (plant-based, fermentation, algae, and insect).
We invite applications from ambitious candidates with relevant research experience and passion to conduct research and innovation activities in sustainable insect farming, insect nutrition focused on the study of their nutritional requirements and the re-valorisation of by-products, the characterisation of the resulting insect meals as alternative feeds, and the application of feed processing and feed additives to optimize their use.


Tasks and Responsibilities:
-Leading and executing new or on-going research projects in insect farming and nutrition, re-valorisation of by-products and the application of feed additives / alternative feed ingredients in insect and monogastric diets.

-Participation in fundraising for public competitive calls and for contracts with the private sector, as well reporting process.
-Communication and dissemination of research results to relevant stakeholders and policymakers.
-Promote relationships and communication with local stakeholders and the agricultural sector to identify opportunities and meet their requirements.
-To help positioning the Program as a group of excellence through regular peer-reviewed publications and contributions at national and international congresses.
-Supervision of PhD candidates.
-To get involved in the definition of future research strategies at Animal Nutrition Program.
-Fostering collaboration and integration within the CiPA.


Research Field
Medical sciences » Veterinary medicine
Education Level
PhD or equivalent


Required qualifications and experience:
-Ph.D. in Monogastric Nutrition background or related fields.
-Proved research skills: experience on literature review, experimental design and implementation, data analysis and scientific article writing.
-Expertise in methodological approaches to study nutritional requirements of animals.
-Experience on assessment of the effects of nutrition on performance, gut health, behaviour, meat quality and environmental impact.
-Dissemination skills: presentation/communication skills, and technical writing.
-Capacity to successfully develop collaborative with national and international research organizations, and the ability to interact closely with private companies.

Specific Requirements

Desirable requirements:
-Knowledge on insect farming and nutrition, the use of alternative proteins and feed processing.
-Expertise in methodological approaches to analyse nutritional feed quality, feed processing quality and parameters related with the effect of nutrition in performance, gut health, behaviour, meat quality and environmental impact.
-Statistical knowledge to analyze models related to animal science studies.


Research Field
Medical sciences » Veterinary medicine

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. 76/24 Postdoctoral Researcher in Animal Nutrition for the Centre for Innovation in Alternative Proteins (CiPA)
30 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.
- Agreement 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.

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Caldes de Montbui

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