IMDEA Materials Institute launches its eighth Research Initiation Fellowship call to recruit final-year and Master's students who wish to carry out a three-month research internship during 2023 in an international and multidisciplinary environment under the supervision of a senior scientist. Deadline for applications: 19/03/2023.


Ref. num. 2023-SC_ADM-STU-56

RIF2023_JP Physical and chemical characterization of biodegradable metal alloys or polymers for applications as implants or cell culture substrates

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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Physical and chemical characterization of biodegradable metal alloys or polymers for applications as implants or cell culture substrates:

Description: In the context of ongoing projects on shape-morphing implants, cardiac tissue engineering, or cell-spheroid generation, this fellowship will focus on the physical and chemical characterization of either biodegradable metal alloys or polymers. The main tasks will include their physical and chemical characterization, using techniques such as SEM and mechanical testing and measuring the materials’ degradation. Cytotoxicity assays may be performed to evaluate the samples’ cytocompatibility, and for the polymers, alternative synthesis reactions could be explored.


To be an undergraduate university student in their last year or MSc student in any scientific discipline (physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, etc.) or engineering.

To hold a valid Spanish residence permit.


Deadline for submissions: 19/03/2023.

First Stage. The applicants will submit their registration together with their CV, academic records and Spanish Id (either DNI or NIE) and will receive an automatic confirmation of reception.

Second Stage. A selection committee will assess applicants according to the following criteria:

  1. Excellent academic records - indicators: academic records, academic progress, study abroad, internships, awards and prizes, relevance to the topic.
  2. Command of English - indicators: language certificates, interview
  3. Motivation of the applicants - indicators: interview.

A shortlist of candidates will be interviewed by the selection panel. A candidate will be selected among them considering the academic record, command of English, motivation, and alignment of qualifications with the research topic.

Third Stage. The selected fellows will be informed and will receive an official confirmation. Acceptance of the fellowship is required within one week.

  1. A gross stipend of 800 € per month.
  2. The fellowships will have a maximum duration of 3 months.
  3. The fellowships are awarded for full-time training.

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.


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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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