Head of Strategic Affairs

  • Barcelona
  • Applications have closed

Website _BIST The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)

The BIST (Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology) is an institution of scientific cooperation of seven frontier research Catalan centers of high impact: CRG, IBEC, ICFO, ICIQ, ICN2, IFAE, and IRB Barcelona. Its purpose is to gather and multiply the efforts of excellence and impact of the centers that constitute it, and to improve their contribution, the knowledge system, and the society that promotes them. It does so by aggregating its critical mass, articulating it as a community; by promoting its multidisciplinary scientific cooperation; and by strengthening and boosting its institutional capacity.



The Head of Strategic Affairs will work with the Director General to promote actions that will lead to the success of the institution’s key goals. This includes initiatives contributing to generate multidisciplinary cooperation, particularly in precision medicine and technology-driven research; to strengthen and support innovation from frontier research; and to disseminate the importance of science and technology. The BIST is organized in permanent Commissions composed of representatives from each research center, and the BIST Core Team works in close collaboration with them to develop these lines of work.



Professional experience

  • Experience in similar positions is an advantage, but not a requirement.
  • Responsibility in areas such as leadership and management of complex and multidisciplinary projects and teams, scientific strategy, outreach, or innovation development.
  • The BIST community is strongly international, so experience in research or management in international environments is an asset.


  • A scientific university degree. A doctoral degree will be considered an advantage. Experience in the life sciences sector would be an asset.
  • Advanced level in English, Catalan, and Spanish

Personal competences

  • Proactive, flexible, and problem-solving attitude
  • Innovative and open mindset
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills, including documents formulation and drafting
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines and work on several projects concurrently
  • Proven ability to generate collaborative processes
  • Team player and ability to work independently



Contract: Permanent contract, full time work (37,5h/week)

Salary: It will be commensurate with qualifications and pay scales

Location: Barcelona, with a possibility of some remote work days.

Estimated incorporation date: April, 2024

The BIST Core Team is organized to respect the work-life balance of its team members.



To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter explaining your motivations, fit for the position, and salary expectations to hr@bist.eu before March 15th.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.