Asistente de investigación para un laboratorio filogenómico en Barcelona ~

8 de octubre de 2020

Asistente de investigación para un laboratorio filogenómico en Barcelona

Application deadline: 15th November 2020
Reference: Research Assistant Position

Contract: Full-time, 12 months (possibility of yearly renewal)

Location: Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), Barcelona, Spain.

Starting date: January 2021

The Metazoa Phylogenomics Lab at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology
(IBE) is seeking to hire a Research Assistant.

About IBE:

The Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) was founded in 2008 as a joint
Institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Pompeu
Fabra University (UPF). It is located in Barcelona (Spain), in front of the

The mission of the IBE is to address biodiversity studies describing
functional and evolutionary genomics at all levels of observation:
molecular, biochemical, physiological, and morphological. The IBE is the
only research center in Catalonia and Spain which completely devotes its
research to evolutionary biology, and it is currently a reference in
Southern Europe. Nowadays, IBE activity involves more than 130 people and
23 research groups distributed in 5 scientific programs related to
Evolutionary Biology research. Our employees enjoy access to
state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training
opportunities, including support for leadership and management.

About the Metazoa Phylogenomics Lab:

The overarching goal of the lab is to understand how animals reshape their
genomes to generate their vast diversity and to adapt to the different
environments. For that, we generate and interrogate genomic and
transcriptomic data through the lens of phylogenomics and comparative
genomics. Our favorite creatures are arthropods and annelids, but our
interest often transcends the level of phylum to understand animal genome
evolution at a macroevolutionary scale. We are committed to maintaining a
respectful, inclusive, and friendly working environment for all staff and
students, as well as promoting your personal and career development.

Rosa Fern芍ndez joined IBE as a Group Leader in January 2020, so this is a
chance to help build a lab from the ground up and contribute your knowledge
and passion to the group and its culture. The lab is a part of the Animal
Biodiversity and Evolution Program at IBE. We are currently funded by the
Spanish Ministry of Science and by an ERC Starting Grant to understand the
genomic basis of terrestrialization across animals.

About the role:

As a Research Assistant, your role will be to manage the lab's day to day
affairs, including managing a wet molecular lab. You will be in charge of
the wet lab organization and experiments, which will include DNA/RNA
extractions, library preparation and sequencing (Illumina and Nanopore),
and managing bacterial cultures (for the protein engineering experiments).
You will be in charge of contacting vendors and placing orders and help the
PI with grant administration (ie, help process invoices, etc.). You may be
asked to supervise and mentor others in the lab with experiments and tasks,
including postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. Depending on your
project involvement, you may also be asked to help prepare or edit
manuscripts (for which you would receive authorship credit where
appropriate) and talks for presentations.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will have at least a BSc (undergraduate) degree in life
sciences with wet lab experience. A Master's or PhD in life sciences or
equivalent experience is desirable. You will have experience with molecular
biology and genetics techniques (ideally including DNA and RNA extraction,
library preparation for genome/transcriptome sequencing, Nanopore
sequencing, and bacterial cultures), strong record-keeping skills (e.g. lab
notebook, collections maintenance, data storage and organisation) and a
strong command of written and spoken English. You'll also be comfortable
maintaining the lab on a day to day basis, including developing standard
operating procedures, ordering and maintaining laboratory supplies,
managing and disposing of chemical inventory safely.

You will be comfortable working both independently and as a member of
a larger team, as well as having good time management, attention to detail,
and prioritisation skills. You'll be comfortable collaborating with
international and local colleagues from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
You will be able to travel locally and internationally for e.g.
collaborations or meetings.

Additional information:

The position is available for 12 months, with the possibility of further
renewal for several consecutive years. Starting date is expected in January
2021 or as soon as possible afterwards.

Interviews will be held in Late November/early December either in person or
via video conference depending on travel needs and current restrictions; no
particular preference will be given to candidates who are able to interview
in person.

If you are interested in the position, send your CV and motivation letter
to with the subject &Research Assistant

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