Reasons to work for IMDEA


Scientific excellence.

We are committed to attracting talent from all over the world to work in an international and multidisciplinary environment. Many of the researchers at the institute have joined IMDEA Materials after having worked at the most prestigious universities and research centres in the world and over 40% of employees are foreign nationals. This international team with multidisciplinary expertise is contributing to establish IMDEA Materials as an international reference in Materials Science and Engineering.

Play a role in the future of materials.

The research done at the institute, led by international recognized staff Researchers, combines fundamental research at the frontier of knowledge (high impact publications) and applied research in collaboration with national and international companies (technology transfer)

Research assistants and research associates have the possibility to attend to national and international conferences and, in most cases, perform international secondments in another research institutions and companies. The institute also organises internal competitions to encourage creativity and innovation.

Career options.

Former alumni have already obtained positions in top international research and academic institutions (Imperial College of London, Oxford University, EPFL, Max Plank Institute, Cambridge University, KU Leuven, University of Science and Technology of China, etc) or hold senior positions in industry (Airbus, Arcelor-Mittal, ITP aero, Acciona, Repsol, Hewlett-Packard, IDOM, Future Fibers, Martinrea Honsel, Safran, Siemens Wind Power, etc.). Check the video of our PhD open day with testimonials from our alumni and some of the companies we collaborate with.

The institute complements scientific and technical training with language classes and transversal training courses to improve transferable skills and provide better career opportunities.

Work environment.

The institute hosts researchers from 18 different countries and has a team of laboratory technicians, an international project office and administrative staff to support researchers and help them focus on their research activities and developing their careers. The working language is English.

The institute holds the European Commission’s ‘HR Excellence in research’ award since October 2015. This award acknowledges institutions that are committed to good HR practices and researchers development.

At the heart of Spain

Madrid is a dynamic, welcoming and international city with many things to discover. Living in Madrid you will have many leisure and cultural options, good public services and quality of life.

You will also have the opportunity to learn Spanish, one of the most spoken languages of the world.