Research Assistant (ref. LAB/23/40) – Research Software Development

IRB Barcelona seeks a Research Assistant for the Molecular Modeling and Bioinformatics group.

An enthusiastic programmer to join our structural bioinformatics team (Structural Bioinformatics Program), under the framework of the “iDATA-MP”, co-funded by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III and the Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER), una manera de hacer Europa, in the call: Infraestructura de Medicina de precisión asociada a la ciencia y tecnología (IMPaCT). Referencia: IMP/00019


We are looking for a candidate to work on research software development, designing, developing and maintaining biomolecular simulation tools and workflows to make them available to the scientific community.

Our informatics team works building a bridge between researchers (biologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians, etc.) and the computational science field, applying software best practices to the existing codes, making them more usable, reproducible and interoperable.


Must Have – Required:

Bachelor degree or higher in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biomedicine or similar.
Programming Languages: Python, R
Version-control systems: Git (GitHub, GitLab)
Software packaging (Conda, Containers)
Fluent English and good teamwork skills.
Excellent Linux OS skills.


Knowledge of the following technologies is advisable

Programming languages C,Fortran, Perl
Read the Docs documentation process
noSQL databases (MongoDB or similar)
iPython interactive computing (Jupyter)
Environment Modules (HPC)
Spack package manager
VM/container deployment in Cloud infrastructures


Working conditions: 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.

Estimated annual gross salary: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

International environment:
The opportunity to join a prestigious, diverse and inclusive international research institution and to become a member of an established research group.
The unique opportunity to work within an international consortium that brings together the most prominent European researchers in the field of computational biology.
The unique opportunity to work closely with a High Performance Computing (HPC) centre as the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC), with one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe (Marenostrum IV), and recently selected by EuroHPC to host one of the largest European supercomputers (Marenostrum V).
The possibility to work in multiple state-of-the-art platforms, such as Cloud infrastructures, Docker containers or HPC supercomputers.
The unique opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary group which is currently involved in several National and European projects related to computational biology.

Benefits: Continuous training in a high-quality environment with unique professional career opportunities.