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The Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) seeks a: Research technician

Institution: The Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) is a joint Institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). IBE research is focused on the processes and mechanisms that generate biodiversity and on understanding the genetic basis of evolution.

Project description: Roughly half of global photosynthesis occurs in the oceans, yet many aspects of oceanic ecosystem functioning are poorly understood. In particular, the biology of the majority of marine microbial eukaryote species (roughly 1 µm to 2 mm in size) remains a mystery. The goal of this project is to begin to characterize the unknown majority of microbial eukaryotes in the surface oceans. The first step will be to collect Mediterranean water samples from which to isolate and grow target species. Next, we will apply microscopy techniques to characterize their life history, behaviour and potential interaction partners, and we will sequence and assemble their transcriptomes in order to provide an initial glimpse of their metabolic potential. These experiments and analyses will generate hypotheses about how the different biological characteristics of these species influence global oceanic ecosystems.

Duties: We are looking for a motivated, curious, organized research technician to perform the key laboratory steps of this project. The candidate’s tasks will involve:

  • Collection of water samples
  • Eukaryotic cell culture using sterile technique
  • High-throughput growth monitoring by light microscopy
  • Fluorescence and time-lapse microscopy
  • PCR, cloning and sample preparation for Sanger sequencing
  • Isolation of DNA/RNA and sample preparation for next-generation sequencing



  • Degree in biology or equivalent biology background
  • Experience with light microscopy
  • Experience with standard molecular biology techniques (cell culture using sterile technique, PCR, cloning, DNA and RNA isolation, sequencing, etc.)
  • Self-motivated, goal- and team-oriented
  • Highly organized


We offer: A one-year contract (4 ½ days/week) with possible extension up to 3 years.


Application deadline: 15 September 2019

Starting date: As early as 1 October 2019
Salary: 21,500 € annual gross salary
Location: Barcelona, Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 37-49


We especially encourage persons from groups under-represented in academia to apply.

Interested candidates should e-mail Daniel Richter ( with their CV, a motivation letter, and contact information of two potential references.




There are presently no open calls for submissions.