Developer of biosensors for neglected tropical diseases

The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is a cutting-edge institute addressing global public health challenges through research, translation into policy and education. ISGlobal has a broad portfolio in communicable and non-communicable diseases including environmental and climate determinants, and applies a multidisciplinary scientific approach ranging from the molecular to the population level. Research is organized in the following main areas, Malaria and other Infectious Diseases, Maternal, Child and reproductive Health, Urban Health and Child and environmental health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases. ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry.
Venue
Barcelona
What We Are Looking for
ISGlobal is currently seeking a dedicated laboratory technician or postdoctoral researcher who shares our passion for advancing diagnostic solutions for infectious diseases. This exciting position involves working on multiple projects focused on the development of biosensors, specifically targeting neglected tropical diseases such as dengue, strongyloidiasis, and schistosomiasis.

As a valued member of our team, the selected candidate will become part of the Travel Medicine group led by Prof. M.D. Muñoz. Our dynamic and multidisciplinary team includes medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, biotechnologists, and epidemiologists. Together, we aim to seamlessly integrate patient care and scientific research, focusing on infectious diseases related to travel medicine and other neglected diseases.

Reporting directly to Prof. Parolo, the candidate will play a crucial role in supporting ongoing projects and spearheading new initiatives in the development of novel biosensing strategies and devices. The successful applicant will contribute significantly to maintaining our positive working environment, fostering collaboration and innovation within the team and the institute.


Field research
Biological sciences
Chemistry
Engineering
Medical sciences
Technology

Training and experience /Qualifications
Background in biotechnology, analytical chemistry, material science, or a similar field.
PhD in life Science (Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biology...) or equivalent level of experience as laboratory technician.
Demonstrated ability to write peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Demonstrated ability to orally present scientific results.

Specific Requirements
Knowledge of designing, developing, and validating electrochemical and optical biosensors.
Familiarity with complementary laboratory techniques (e.g., ELISA, PCR, Luminex, Nanoparticle synthesis and functionalization etc.).
Familiarity with aptamer selection/functionalization, protein synthesis/purification and handling patient samples will be positively evaluated but are not essential.

Key Responsibilities/Specific Duties
Taking a leadership role in a recently awarded project aimed at the development of a DNA scaffold sensor for Strongyloidiasis.
Develop biosensors specific for different analytes related to dengue, strongyloidiasis, schistosomiasis.
Provide support and supervision to current laboratory members carrying out their PhD thesis.
Take responsibility for purchasing materials and other administrative duties related to laboratory work.
If necessary, provide support for other laboratory activities such as 1) handling, processing, and storing of patient samples; and 2) discovery of new biomarkers using techniques such as Luminex and Ella.
Present results in both written and oral formats, either internally or at national and international meetings and conferences.


Auxiliar task
This job description reflects the present requirements of the post but may evolve at any time in the future as duties and responsibilities change and/or develop providing there is appropriate consultation with the post-holder.

This job description is not a definitive or exhaustive list of responsibilities but identifies the key responsibilities and tasks of the post holder. The specific objectives of the post holder will be subject to review as part of the individual professional assessment process.


Skills
Leadership.
Teamwork.
Problem resolution.
Learning capacity.
Participating in the creation of a positive working environment.
Being proactive.


The post holder will adhere to ISGlobal principles contained in People management policy, including Equity, diversity and health safety. The post holder will respect, and accountable to ensure ISGlobal policies and procedures .


Language level
English B2 or above
Spanish B2 or above
Catalan B2 or above
Conditions
Duration: 2 years
Starting date: approximately the 1st of April 2024
Contract: full time
Salary Range: Depending on the selected candidate experience and adhering to ISGlobal salary scale

How to apply
Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: Developer_Biosensors_Jan24, attach the CV and a Cover Letter. Each attached document must be named with the candidate name and surname.
The receipt of applications will be open until the selection process is complete.


Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET of the closing date.


Only the applications submitted through the request form will be considered.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


The interviews could be placed during the reception candidatures period.


Diverse candiddacies are welcome, that includes: gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, and political views.