Postdoctoral Fellow (ref. PD/24/11)

Closing Date
WorkplaceBarcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and the University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence--a seal that was awarded in 2011.

The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 29 laboratories and seven core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions.

IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 500 members and 45 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona forms part of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and the "Xarxa de Centres de Recerca de Catalunya" (CERCA).

IRB Barcelona seeks to recruit a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the lab of Dr. Antonio Zorzano at the IRB Barcelona ( ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">­es/research/­complex-metabolic-­diseases-and-­mitochondria

We are searching for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to work on projects, analysing the biology of brown adipose cells with the aim of understanding the control of energy homeostasis in mouse mutant models.

The ideal candidate should have previous experience in metabolic analysis, and in the biology of brown adipose cells, including mitochondrial metabolism, autophagy, molecular, and cellular biology. She/he should have strong analytical skills, in addition to creativity, curiosity, enthusiasm, and ability to work in a team. The candidate will participate and perform the activities, and tasks operating in our laboratory.

The CMDMLab (Complex Metabolic Diseases and Mitochondria) is a strong interdisciplinary and international research team with unique expertise in the implications of mitochondrial dysfunction in the ethiopathogeny of disease.

This position will be co-funded with the support of La Caixa Fundation, by the project "Phospholipid biosynthesis and transport between endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria: understanding their essential role in liver disorders (reference: HR2021-00430)".


  • Participate in metabolic research projects in the group
  • Present and discuss research projects in the group and in the institute
  • Write manuscripts together with other researchers and the PI
  • Help to shape the project into a drug discovery initiative and to support implementing the project valorization actions



Must Have - Required: 

  • PhD in Biomedicine,
  • Fluency in English.
  • Knowledge in Mitochondrial metabolism
  • Ability to work independently and within a collaborative research team
  • Business-oriented mind and with entrepreneurial spirit


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience in international teams.
  • Experience in mouse work.
  • Experience in mitochondrial - endoplasme reticulum contacts.


  • Working conditions
    • Permanent Contract (científico-técnico) linked to the project "Phospholipid biosynthesis and transport between endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria: understanding their essential role in liver disorders (reference: HR2021-00430)", co-funded with the support of La Caixa Fundation. 
    • Employed in compliance with Spanish legislation and regulations under a full-time contract. Employees receive the benefits of the Spanish Social Security system covering sickness, maternity/paternity leaves and injuries at work.
  • Training and Career: Postdoctoral researchers joining IRB Barcelona gain access to the Institute’s advanced research training and career development opportunities, all within in a competitive international environment. Courses and workshops on themes of particular interest to postdocs are offered regularly by the Institute.
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • International environment: Nearly 90 Postdoctoral researchers (more than a half non-Spanish nationals) are currently working at IRB Barcelona.



  • Deadline for applications: 31/07/2024 (If no suitable candidate is found, the deadline will be extended) 
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • Selection process:
    • Pre-selection: Will be based on CV, motivation letter & experience.
    • Interviews: Short-listed candidates will be interviewed.
    • Job offer: Will be sent to the successful candidate after the interview. 

Note: The strengths and weaknesses of the applications will be provided upon request.


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2925.