Trainee position in the ‘Cell and Tissue Dynamics’ Group

Updated: 7 months ago
Deadline: 08 Mar 2023

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 Master-level candidate with previous experience in quantitative biology and biophysics or a similar field. The candidate will work with primary embryonic cells and mouse embryonic stem cells to study mechanisms of mechanical cell signalling and its role in morphogenesis and tissue patterning. The candidates’ role includes the development of 2D and 3D in vitro culture assays, quantitative fluorescence microscopy, biophysical methods and micromanipulation techniques.
We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with an excellent track record who is enthusiastic to engage in a cross-disciplinary research program and work in a collaborative environment.

About the lab

The Ruprecht lab combines methods from physics and biology to study fundamental mechanisms that control cell and tissue morphodynamics in development and disease. The group employs quantitative methods including advanced fluorescence microscopy, mechanobiology, synthetic biology and state-of-the-art cell and molecular biology techniques, Studies are performed both with animal model systems and bottom-up in vitro approaches to identify key mechanisms controlling mechano-chemical cell signalling, cell-cell interactions and multi-cellular self-organisation that establish the functional architecture of an organism. The research group ultimately aims to understand how vertebrate embryos robustly develop from a single fertilized cell and how tissues acquire their form and function. The research group is part of the Quantitative Cell Biology Program and Systems and Synthetic Biology Program at CRG.

Whom would we like to hire?

Professional experience

Must Have

  • You have expertise in quantitative biology and cell culture techniques
  • You are familiar with fluorescence microscopy methods
  • You have experience with data processing and image analysis

Desirable but not required

  • You have experience in mechanobiology
  • You are knowledgeable about cell-cell interactions, cell signalling and the cytoskeleton

Education and training

  • You have a Master degree in bioengineering, physics, biochemistry or a similar field


  • You are fluent in English


  • You are interested in learning new methodologies and developing experimental assays
  • You are an independent thinker and responsible in your work tasks
  • You enjoy working in a team
  • You have very good writing and communication skills

The Offer – Working Conditions

  • Contract duration: March-October 2023
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales
  • Target start date: March 20th, 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 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 March 8th, 2023

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