Postdoctoral Researcher ‘Tissue Morphogenesis’

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Dec 2023

30 Nov 2023
Job Information

Centre for Genomic Regulation
Research Field

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)
Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

15 Dec 2023 - 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

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 which is supported both by a flexible and efficient administration and by 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 principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code).  

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The role  

The position is expected to be filled by a PhD-level candidate with experience in cell and developmental biology, mechanobiology and advanced fluorescence microscopy. In vivo methods will be employed to study the role of shape, size, and mechanical forces in tissue patterning and robust morphogenesis during early embryo development. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with an excellent track record who is enthusiastic to work in an interdisciplinary research team at the interface of physics and biology.   
About the team  

The Ruprecht lab studies fundamental mechanisms regulating cellular morphodynamics, tissue plasticity and multicellular self-organization. The team employs an interdisciplinary approach that combines quantitative fluorescence microscopy, biophysical methods, synthetic biology approaches and in vivo model systems. Our team has recently identified that nuclear mechanosensing controls cellular mechano-plasticity in development (Venturini et al. Science 2020) and has elucidated mechanisms of developmental robustness via cellular error correction in the early embryo (Hoijman et al. Nature 2020). Our ultimate goal is to develop a mechanistic understanding how tissue form and function is robustly built and maintained by dynamic processes at the single cell level, with a focus on cellular mechano-signalling and morphodynamic plasticity. 

The research group is part of the Quantitative Cell Biology Program and Systems and Synthetic Biology Program at the CRG. 

Whom would we like to hire?  

Professional experience 

Must Have 

  • You bring experience in cell and developmental biology 

  • You have expertise in fluorescence microscopy methods  

  • You bring an excellent scientific track record 

Education and training 

  • You hold a PhD degree in biology or a related field with relevant qualifications 


  • You are fluent in English, and you have excellent communication and writing skills  

Technical skills 

  • You bring experience in cell and developmental biology 

  • You have expertise in fluorescence microscopy methods  

  • You bring an excellent scientific track record 


  • You are willing to work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative research team 

  • You are a highly motivated person with analytical problem-solving skills 

The Offer – Working Conditions 

  • Contract duration: 1 year 

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

  • Target start date: From January 2023 

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. Verena Ruprecht. 

  • A complete CV including contact details. 

  • Contact details of two referees. 

  • All applications must be addressed to Dr. Verena Ruprecht and be submitted online on the CRG Career site -   

    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 December 15, 2023 

    Suggestions: The CRG believes in ongoing improvement and promotes a culture of feedback. This is one of the reasons we have in place, at your disposal as a candidate, a mechanism to gather your suggestions/complaints concerning your candidate experience in our recruitment processes. Your feedback really matters to us in our aim at creating a positive candidate journey. You can make a difference and help us improve by letting us know your suggestions through the following form.  

    Este contrato está financiado por la Agencia Estatal de Investigación y el Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. REFERENCIA DEL PROYECTO / AEI / 10.13039/501100011033), el DOI (Digital Object Identifier) de la Agencia: 10.13039/501100011033 


    Research Field
    Education Level
    PhD or equivalent

    Additional Information
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    Centre for Genomic Regulation
    Postal Code
    C/ Dr Aiguader 88

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