Postdoctoral Researcher (Ref: Postdoc 2024-16 KV)

  • Tarragona
  • Jul 21, 2024

Institut Català d'Investigació Química

The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Villa research group. This position will be funded by the European Research Council – ERC project “PhotoSwim”.

ICIQ is one of the world’s internationally recognized leading institutions in the field of chemistry committed to solving major social and economic challenges by conducting top quality research in three main areas: Sustainable Catalysis, Renewable Energy and Health. The institute also aims at training the future generation of scientists by offering high-quality educational programs to master, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers (full details on

Description of the project: Photo-rechargeable Nanomotors for antimicrobial photodynamic therapy


  • Design and characterization of photoactive nanomotors.
  • Characterization of the generation of ROS by photoluminescence and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR).
  • Evaluation of the antimicrobial and antibiofilm activity of the nanomotors.
  • Screening of the stability and (cito-)toxicity of the nanomotors by MTT, Resazurin tests, colorimetric and luminescent commercial kits.
  • Write reports and scientific articles.
  • Present research findings at internal meetings and conferences.
  • Provide guidance and support to students and team members.
  • Manage and monitor lab safety.



  • PhD in Microbiology and or Nanotechnology.
  • Knowledge of spectroscopic techniques and hands-on experience on fluorescence microscopy.
  • Proven experience in photodynamic therapy assays.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to present the results the results of research in scientific journals and in international congresses and also to non-scientific audience is a must.
  • Proven excellent knowledge of English.
  • S/He should be motivated, open-minded, highly dynamic, and capable of working in a team, making decisions, solving problems, and creative thinking.
  • Strong commitment for scientific research in a competitive environment.


We offer:

  • A 3-year full-time contract.
  • Remuneration according to individual’s qualification/experience.
  • Annual salary split in twelve monthly payments
  • Incorporation: 02/09/2024

OTM-R principles in the selection processes

ICIQ follows the principles of Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment (OTM-R) and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers as established by the European Commission.

ICIQ follows in its selection process a gender equality opportunity policy and a non-discrimination policy on the basis of age, ethnic or social origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, language and disability.

ICIQ is committed to promoting a work-life balance for its employees and, as such, offers flexible working hours.


Selection Process 

ICIQ’s selection process usually entails the following phases:

·         Pre-selection: The pre-selection process will be based on qualifications and expertise as reflected on the candidates’ CVs. This phase is merit-based.

·         Interview: Preselected candidates will be interviewed by the Hiring Manager of the position and the appointed Selection Committee.

·         Offer Letter: Once the successful candidate is selected, the People Unit will extend a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary and overall job conditions.


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