IBEC Master Programme fellowships 2020- 4th Edition


IBEC has launched its Master Programme to encourage students to begin a research career in our multidisciplinary research institute. The fellows will carry out research in one of IBEC’s research groups in Barcelona.

The IBEC Master Programme offers 4 fellowships with a monthly stipend of 450€ gross from January to June 2021 for fellows to perform their master thesis at IBEC. The minimum hours to be dedicated are 20h/week.

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Postdoc position in NeuroRobotics at the SPECS-lab Research Group


Application Deadline: 30/11/2020
Ref: PD-PV

The Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS) group at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is offering a Postdoctoral position in NeuroRobotics. The successful candidate will lead SPECS’ NeuroRobotics lab and drive the research on Cognitive Architectures in the context of the Distributed Adaptive Control theory of mind and brain that SPECS-lab has been elaborating over many years [1, 2, 3, 4].
We are seeking a candidate to advance the DAC Architecture towards a whole brain implementation, which maps this cognitive architecture to the main structures of the mammalian brain. We will test these models on robots both targeting rodents level tasks such as foraging and navigation but also, we want to look at human level tasks such as social interaction and motor rehabilitation. The candidate will work directly with the director of SPECS-lab, ICREA Professor Dr. Paul Verschure.

1. Verschure, Paul FMJ. “Synthetic consciousness: the distributed adaptive control perspective.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 371, no. 1701 (2016): 20150448.
2. Verschure, PFMJ, Pennartz, CM, & Pezzulo, G. (2014). The why, what, where, when and how of goal-directed choice: neuronal and computational principles. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 369(1655), 20130483.
3. Verschure, P. F. (2012). Distributed adaptive control: a theory of the mind, brain, body nexus. Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, 1, 55-72.
4. Verschure, PFMJ T Voegtlin T, RJ Douglas (2003) – Environmentally mediated synergy between perception and behaviour in mobile robots Nature – pdfs.semanticscholar.org

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Laboratory Technician at the Research Group Biosensors for Bioengineering


Application Deadline: 15/10/2020
Ref: LTII-IM

The The Biosensors for Bioengineering Group group at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is looking for a laboratory technician to work on the development of radiofrequency coils for magnetic resonance to study metabolism on tissue engineered organ-on-a-chip systems.

The contract will be within the framework of the EU FET Open project “Benchtop NMR spectrometer for lab-on-a-chip” (https://blocproject.eu), whose objective is the development of non-invasive assays based on hyperpolarized magnetic resonance (MR) to study real-time metabolism on tissue engineered organ-on-a-chip systems.

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Laboratory Technician at the Research Group Biosensors for Bioengineering


Application Deadline: 30/09/2020
Ref: LT-IM

The The Biosensors for Bioengineering Group group at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is looking for a laboratory technician to work on the development of magnetic resonance tools to study metabolism on cell cultures and tissue engineered organ-on-a-chip systems. As part of our efforts to create a platform for tailored drug testing, the successful candidate will be involved in the technical development of Carbon-13 hyperpolarization methods, as well as carrying out work on the cell culture and tissue engineering side of the project.

This multidisciplinary project is at the interface between physics, chemistry, biochemistry and tissue engineering.

The contract will be within the framework of the EU FET Open project “Benchtop NMR spectrometer for lab-on-a-chip” (https://blocproject.eu), whose objective is the development of non-invasive assays based on hyperpolarized magnetic resonance (MR) to study real-time metabolism on tissue engineered organ-on-a-chip systems.

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Senior researcher at the Bioengineering in Reproductive Health Research Group


Application Deadline: 15/07/2020
Ref: SR-SO

The Bioengineering in reproductive health group at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is looking for a Senior Scientist to develop a project in collaboration with the industry.

The project involves investigate the molecular mechanisms affected by specific chemical treatments on endometrial receptivity and on mouse and human embryos in culture. We aim to combine the expertise in microscopy of the lab with embryology tools to understand the morphological and molecular modifications that lead to an increase in endometrial receptivity. An ideal candidate will have experience in the mouse or human embryology field and will know basic tools of molecular biology. The candidate will have a great degree of independence to coordinate the project, competitive salary and funding to outsource several tests (i.e. sequencing, histology etc.).

Our laboratory is a multidisciplinary environment where biologists, biophysicists, clinicians and business developers synergize to create a unique environment shaped by science and entrepreneurship. Due to the high translational component of our research, we have established collaboration contracts with the pharma industry, hospitals and venture capital to bring our technology to the clinics and the market.

In our lab we use bioengineering methods to create 3D environments that support embryonic development outside of the mother uterus. Our systems are accessible to imaging tools which allow us to interrogate the genetics, metabolomics and mechanics of the embryo in a high throughput manner. Using our systems we are capable to (i) improve embryo culture conditions and (ii) diagnose embryos with improved implantation potential.

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Cell culture lab technician at the Bioengineering in Reproductive Health Research Group


Application Deadline: 30/06/2020
Ref: LT-SO

The Bioengineering in Reproductive Health Group offers a lab technician position for an experienced cell culture technician to develop a project in collaboration with the industry. The project involves testing the effects of different cell culture supplements on several cell types (e.g. Mesenchymal Stromal Cells, CAR T Cells, etc.)

Our laboratory is a multidisciplinary environment where biologists, biophysicists, clinicians and business developers synergize to create a unique environment shaped by science and entrepreneurship. Due to the high translational component of our research, we have established collaboration contracts with the pharma industry, hospitals and venture capital to bring our technology to the clinics and the market.

In our lab, we develop high-tech projects in the fields of embryology, cell biology and imaging. Our strategy involves the development of new products for the pharmaceutical industry. The current position seeks a motivated cell culture technician with experience in diverse cell culture systems.

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