PhD position available to work in the FET-OPEN research project ENABLED focused on new bio-materials for lighting systems.


Ref. num. ENABLED-RC-RA01

Research Assistant (PhD student) on new bio-materials for lighting systems

IMDEA Materials Institute is a public research organization founded in 2007 by Madrid’s regional government to carry out research of excellence in Material Science and Engineering by attracting talent from all over world to work in an international and multidisciplinary environment. IMDEA Materials has grown rapidly since its foundation and currently includes more than 120 researchers from 17 nationalities and has become one of the leading research centers in materials in Europe which has received the María de Maeztu seal of excellence from the Spanish government. The research activities have been focused in the areas of materials for transport and materials for energy and the Institute has state-of-the-art facilities for processing, characterization and simulation of advanced materials. More information can be found at


IMDEA Materials seeks a full-time PhD with a priority to candidates with experience and interest in cutting-edge approaches in bio-hybrid systems for lighting applications. We are looking for an individual with initiative and motivation to start her/his career in a new and dynamic research group. The research activities will be focused on the preparation of polymer-protein coatings, spectroscopic characterization, and preparation/analysis of lighting devices. The candidate will learn how to use biocompounds (proteins/enzymes), stabilization in polymers, spectroscopic characterization, as well as the device assembly and analysis. She/he will perform the device characterization under lab and pre-industrial conditions.


Candidates should hold a Bachelor/Master in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related disciplines. Experience in molecular electronics, photovoltaics, lighting, photophysics, and electrochemistry will be positively judged.

Excellent academic records and a strong commitment to develop an academic career in an international and multidisciplinary environment are expected.

Fluent oral and written English is required as this is the official language of the group. No knowledge of Spanish is totally fine (free lessons provided).

Interested candidates should submit their Curriculum Vitae (including complete contact information for two references) and a one-page statement of their motivation.


Full time contract including social security coverage.

Salary depending on previous experience and credentials.

The position will be open until the candidate is selected.

Besides on-the-job technical training, IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to train the Institute’s scientists and staff in “soft” or transversal skills. See the available training here.

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