IMDEA Materials Institute is seeking a Senior Researcher in Materials for Health Care.


Ref. num. 2024-JM-R3 R4-126

Senior Researcher in the area of Materials for Health Care

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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.

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IMDEA Materials Institute is looking to fill either a Researcher (tenure-track) or a Senior Researcher (tenured) position in the area of MATERIALS FOR HEALTH CARE. The Institute is particularly interested in high-impact research related, but not limited to, the design and fabrication of smart devices for bioengineering applications, biomechanics, mechanics of cells, tissues and biological materials, living matter/engineering materials interaction, etc. The candidate is expected to interact with the strong research program in multiscale materials modelling of the Institute to expand its activities into the area of biological materials, as well as to take advantage of the current capabilities of the Institute in advanced processing, including 3D printing.


Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in Materials Science (or related discipline) and demonstrate the ability to carry out independent research which combines high quality scientific research with technology transfer to industry, particularly for senior appointments. Leadership to develop an independent group within the institute’s framework of research activities and good communication skills are required.

Successful candidates should hold a provable record of successful results in the topic of Materials for Health Care, the ability to attract funding, experience in technology transfer to industry, and the capacity to lead a research group (including advising PhD researchers) and to collaborate with other researchers in the Institute and the international scientific community.

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

Selection criteria

  • Scholarship. Well-established international reputation and continued professional growth and recognition, demonstrated by:
    • Publication and citation record.
    • Technology transfer record: patents, software, industrial partnership.
    • Principal investigator of research projects funded by national or international bodies or industry.
    • Awards and honours.
    • Invited/keynote/plenary lectures at national and international conferences.
    • International experience and international research network.
  • Leadership:
    • Ability to develop an independent research group with internationally recognized scientific and/or technological achievements.
    • Funding record
    • Advising of doctoral and master thesis.
    • Organization of national and international conferences and workshops.
    • Contribution to the activities and goals of IMDEA Materials Institute (research infrastructures, management, project management, coordination, elaboration of proposals, etc.)


Selected candidates will be offered a five-year contract (for tenure-track appointments) with a competitive salary and a startup package.

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

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


Stimulating environment where you can grow professionally.

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 and our Code of Ethics here.

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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