Postdoctoral researcher position to work on anaerobic fermentation for methanol production and further conversion into SAF

IMDEA Energy Institute is a María de Maeztu Center of Excellence whose objective is to develop R&D activities in the fields of renewable energies and clean energy technologies by establishing strong links with leading companies in the energy sector. (


IMDEA Energy is opening a Postdoctoral Position for the Biotechnological Processes Unit to work on anaerobic digestion processes from organic residues (agri-food, MSW, etc.) for biogas production.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate, capable of driving his/her own research project independently while actively collaborating with other members of the lab.

The requirements are as follows:

Tasks Description:

Perform and optimize the anaerobic digestion process by tuning operational conditions
Process upscaling from in bioreactor from 1L to 50L
Analyze microbial communities involved in the process.
Mathematical modelling of mass balances
Communicate and disseminate research results through high-quality scientific channels including high impact scientific publications, presentation in congresses, etc.
Writing project proposals to national and international calls related to the topic.
Supervision of PhD, Master or undergraduate students.


Compulsory Requirements

Ph.D. degree in biotechnology, chemical engineering, chemistry or related areas.
Proven expertise on anaerobic digestion technology

Other merits to value:

Experience in biogas production in different bioreactor configuration and scales
Knowledge in microbial communities analysis
Experienced in national and international research projects and collaborations.
Strong publication record. Very good scientific writing skills, ability to write peer-reviewed papers independently
Oral and written communication skills in English


Adequacy of the candidate's training to the requested profile.
Work experience related to the profile of the job position.
Knowledge of English.
Motivation for accomplishing high-quality research.


Remuneration: Between 38.000€ – 41.000€ Gross Salary per year, depending upon qualification and expertise.

*The contract includes all the benefits of the Spanish Public Health and Social Security System.

Duration of the contract: 1 year, possibility of annual renewals depending on performance


IMDEA Energía: Móstoles, Madrid.


PhD Certificate
Motivation Letter
Final decisions will be personally communicated by e-mail to all candidates.

Equal opportunities are guaranteed in the selection process, without any forms of discrimination. Female applicants are encouraged to apply to favor parity in employment.
IMDEA Energy commitment is to guarantee equality in measures to balance personal, family and working life and to promote gender equality.