Predoctoral Researcher (ref. PRE/21/02)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 08 Jul 2021

Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and the University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence—a seal that was awarded in 2011.

The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and seven core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions.

IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 members and 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona forms part of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and the “Xarxa de Centres de Recerca de Catalunya” (CERCA).

IRB Barcelona seeks a motivated Predoctoral Researcher for the Quantitative Stem Cell Dynamics Lab, led by Dr. Alejo E. Rodriguez-Fraticelli (

The lab focuses on developing biotechnology to discover intrinsic regulators of stem cell heterogeneity in leukemia and beyond.    

We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in molecular biotechnology with an interest in working at the interface between epigenetic analysis and stem cell biology. The ideal candidate would be familiar with molecular cloning, CRISPR technology, lentiviral preparations, methods development and stem cell culture. 

This PhD student position will be funded through the project “Systems analysis of therapy resistance in AML” awarded by the 2020 Cris Cancer Excellence Program.

Start date is flexible but early applications are encouraged.


  • Perform research experiments in multiple projects, while developing wet-lab methods for single-cell sequencing analysis
  • Collaborate with other students and postdocs
  • Engage in good lab practices (data collection, analysis, presentation, storage)
  • Participate and present in group meetings and scientific discussions
  • Write manuscripts together with other researchers
  • Engage in career development activities, outreach and soft-skill training 


Must Have – Required: 

  • Master of Science in Life Sciences (or equivalent) 
  • Experience with molecular biology, DNA/RNA preparation, cloning and cell culture 


  • Experience with CRISPR technology 
  • Experience in DNA library preparation for sequencing 
  • Experience in hematopoietic and immune cell culture and animal experiments 
  • Excellent communication skills 


  • Working conditions: Employed in compliance with Spanish legislation and regulations under a full-time contract. Employees receive the benefits of the Spanish Social Security system covering sickness, maternity/paternity leaves and injuries at work.
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. 
  • International Environment: The opportunity to join a prestigious, diverse and inclusive international research institution (half the PhD students at IRB are non-Spanish internationals) and to become a member of the Quantitative Stem Cell Dynamics Lab. 
  • Benefits: Continuous training in a high-quality environment with unique professional career opportunities. 


Applications for the above opening should include full CV and Motivation letter and should apply on , Reference: PRE/21/02

  • Deadline for applications: 08/07/2021 (If no suitable candidate is found, the deadline will be extended) 
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • Selection process:
    • Pre-selection: Will be based on CV, motivation letter, experience, management of research and innovation. 
    • Interviews: Short-listed candidates will be interviewed.
    • Job offer: Will be sent to the successful candidate after the interview. 

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