Postdoctoral Fellowships
Barcelona, Spain

he European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organizations in the world. The newest EMBL site is located in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), one of the largest infrastructures in Southern Europe dedicated to translational research.

The main focus of the EMBL Barcelona site is in tissue biology and disease modeling. This particular position is for a PostDoc researcher to work in the laboratory of Dr. Talya Dayton at EMBL Barcelona.

The Dayton lab develops 3D in vitro organoid models of human tissue (airway/lung and patient tumors) to recapitulate developmental and cancer phenotypes of a specialized, hormone-producing cell type, the neuroendocrine cell. The group has two broad areas of interest – development and cancer – and we are interested in understanding how developmental and cancer pathways intersect and can be manipulated for patient benefit. More information about the lab can be found on their website: 

Dr. Dayton aims to create an inclusive & fun team environment where team members support and inspire each other so that they can solve problems and address important questions together. Dr. Dayton is committed to supporting the career development of her team members.

Your role

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a project related to EMBL’s Human Ecosystems Transversal Theme, where the focus will be using human organoid models to understand how environmental exposures and genetic perturbations influence airway plasticity and susceptibility to cancer. The project will involve collaboration with the Cortes-Ciriano group at EMBL-EBI as well as additional collaborations with clinicians and environmental epidemiologists. Within this framework, the specific project can be tailored to fit the candidate’s particular expertise and interests. This specific position is for a 2-year appointment with the possibility and expectation for renewal.

The successful candidate will be intrinsically motivated, and will lead their own project, contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis (both in the lab and with external collaborators) and may guide PhD and Masters students in their research. Importantly, the candidate will contribute to shaping the environment and research of a young and growing research team.Apply now

Closing date: 3 October 2023

  • Contract duration: 2 years
  • Grading: P1 / 3.229,86 € monthly
  • Reference number: BCN00086


You have

  • strong practical skills in primary cell culture
  • knowledge of advanced gene editing techniques
  • ability to prioritize, see the big picture, and nevertheless focus on details
  • ability to work independently and to quickly set up effective networks and working relationships
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

** Don’t meet every single requirement? We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways.

You might also have

  • experience with advanced bioinformatic tools
  • experience in 3D organoid models
  • skills in advanced microscopy techniques and quantitative imaging is an asset

Why join us

If you thrive in a dynamic and inclusive environment that makes you fully responsible for your own contribution and development, and you enjoy establishing a culture of mutual support, cross-training, continuous learning and self-organisation to meet project objectives, this is your place!

The position provides excellent opportunities for complementing your existing skills with new ones, building up your research profile in organoid models of health and disease and biomedicine, and making a contribution towards understanding how tumors are formed and progress.

We offer a diversified job in a young, scientifically oriented, international team in one of the most renowned research institutions worldwide.

EMBL is curiosity-driven, community-oriented and international. As an inclusive, equal opportunity employer, we believe that diversity enables us to collaborate more effectively and be innovative in our approaches. EMBL offers attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family-friendly working environment. Competitive salary and social security benefits, financial support for relocation, a relaxed culture, professional development, an on-site nursery, canteen and other staff facilities make EMBL a great place to work.

**Don’t meet every single requirement? We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply nevertheless.

What else you need to know

We are Europe’s research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1900 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

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