Senior Postdoctoral Researcher - Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group

Updated: 4 months ago

The mission of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is to achieve the highest level of scientific and technological excellence in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Its research lines focus on the newly-discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behaviour of matter at the nanoscale. ICN2 has been awarded with the Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence distinction for three consecutive periods (2014-2018 and 2018-2022 and 2023-2026). ICN2 comprises 19 Research Groups, 7 Technical Development and Support Units and Facilities, and 2 Research Platforms, covering different areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Job Title: Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

Research area or group: Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group

Description of Group/Project: The Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group at ICN2 is focused on the discovery and technological development of cutting-edge nanotechnology towards diagnostics, food and safety and environmental applications. The group exploits phenomena that occur at the nanoscale in order to generate simple and novel biosensing platforms. They hold a wide expertise in cells, pathogens, DNA, proteins and small molecules detection using both optical and electrochemical approaches.

The main objective of Merkoçi group is to design nanotech devices that can be used even by non professional people for fast diagnostic at home or doctor's office, control of food quality, safety and security applications where either an emergency exists or an alternative method toward the sophisticated and expensive laboratory instrumentation is being required.  

Main Tasks and responsibilities:

The researcher will work in the framework of the european project "Supple Graphene Bio-Platform for point-of-care early detection and monitoring of Alzheimer's Disease (2D-BioPAD)" .

The candidate will focus in the development of new electrical sensors using graphene and DNA-based nanoswitches.

Graphene patterning using laser scribing as well as inkjet/screen printing method.

Design and Characterization of DNA-based nanoswitches.

Optimisation of fabrication parameters and proof of concept sensor for protein detection.

Postdoctoral Researcher to be hired in the framework of the european project ""Supple Graphene Bio-Platform for point-of-care early detection and monitoring of Alzheimer's Disease (2D-BioPAD)" (EC contract number 101120706).


  • Education: PhD on Materials Science, Chemistry, Biotechnology, or related disciplines
  • Knowledge: High level in English
  • Professional Experience:  

Demonstrable previous experience in design and application of electrical sensors, knowledge of electrochemical techniques.

Demonstrable previous experience in design of DNA-based nanoswitches.

  • Personal Competences: Ability to work with deadlines, Ability to be creative, proactive  in research ideas and activities, excellent communication skills and ability to work within a research group including collaboration with other international teams

Summary of conditions:

  • Full time work (37,5h/week)
  • Contract Length: 19 months
  • Location: Bellaterra (Barcelona)
  • Salary will depend on qualifications and demonstrated experience.
  • Support to the relocation issues.
  • Life Insurance.

Estimated Incorporation date: 1 February 2024

How to apply:

All applications must be made via the ICN2 website and include the following:

  • A cover letter.
  • A full CV including contact details.
  • 2 Reference letters or referee contacts.
  • Deadline for applications: 30 January 2024

    Equal opportunities:

    ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.

    ICN2 is following the procedure for contract of people with disabilities according with article 59 of the Royal Decree 1/2015, of 30 of October.

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