IMDEA Materials Institute is seeking a research assistant to support the activities for a laboratory dedicated to biomaterials and cell culture


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Research Support for Biomaterials and Cell Culture Laboratory

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 the 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 22 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 on the areas of materials for transport, energy, and health care 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 Institute is seeking a research assistant to support the activities of a biomaterials and cell culture laboratory, in particular to be responsible for establishing the proper layout and maintenance of the laboratory (management of purchases and maintenance of the stocks of the consumables), for tasks related to biosafety such as updating standard operating procedures and key work practices and training others in these protocols, for maintenance of the equipment and training of new users, and for the maintenance of mammalian cell lines and routine cell culture experiments.

The research assistant will also support other researchers in the evaluation of new materials using mammalian cell culture by assessing viability, proliferation, and morphology with cells relevant to different biomedical applications.

The successful candidate will receive high-quality training upon their incorporation and be supervised by the principal investigator responsible for the laboratory. The research assistant will also be part of the Biosafety Committee of the Institute as well as be invited to participate in group meetings related to biomaterials and regenerative medicine.


The candidate should have a Graduate, Engineer, Technical Engineer, or Doctoral Degree in Materials Science/Materials Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, or a related field.

A good command of English (both oral and written) is mandatory, and free lessons in English are provided.

The candidate should have experience working in a laboratory environment, with a strong interest in experimental work. The ability to follow safety regulations with respect to both chemical and biological hazards while working in the lab is essential.

Previous experience with the synthesis and characterization of biomaterials, mammalian cell culture, and/or cytotoxicity assays is a plus.

Candidates must be:

  • Be over 16 years of age and under 30 years of age.
  • Be registered as an unemployed job seeker in one of the employment offices of the Community of Madrid.

The curriculum assessment will be carried out using the blind curriculum vitae procedure, ensuring the principle of non-discrimination. Candidates must ONLY submit their CV (in English) following precisely these indications:

  • It must not include any personal data except (1) initials of their first and last name(s), (2) year of birth, (3) DNI/NIE number, (4) telephone number and (5) e-mail address that does not contain the first name, surname or any other personal data.
  • It must not contain a photograph.

Candidatures that do not comply with this requirement will not be considered.


This contract will be funded by the Call for grants for implementing the INVESTIGO programme within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan - funded by the European Union - NextGenerationEU.

Este contrato estará financiado mediante la Convocatoria de subvenciones para la realización del programa INVESTIGO, en el marco del plan de recuperación, transformación y resiliencia – financiado por la Unión Europea – NextGenerationEU.


The working language of the Institute is English. Full command of the English language is required in all positions.

IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to equal opportunities, diversity and the promotion of a healthy work environment and work-life balance. Female applicants are encouraged to apply to our research and technical positions. See our Gender Equality Plan here.

Applications are processed upon reception. The position might be closed once the minimum publication days have passed, so we encourage early application.

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

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