Technicians - Engineers

Research Assistant - Inorganic Nanoparticles Group


The mission of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is to achieve the highest level of scientific and technological excellence in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Its research lines focus on the newly-discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behavior of matter at the nanoscale. ICN2 has been awarded with the Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence distinction for two consecutive periods (2014-2018 and 2018-2022). ICN2 comprises 19 Research Groups, 7 Technical Development and Support Units and Facilities, and 2 Research Platforms, covering different areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Job Title: Research Assistant

Research area or group: Inorganic Nanoparticles Group

Description of Group/Project:

The main focus of the Inorganic Nanoparticles Group is the design and development of advanced functional inorganic nanoparticles with applicability in biomedicine, energy harvesting and catalysis.

Main Tasks and responsibilities:

The research assistant will design and develop new transfection nanovectors based on noble metal nanoparticles. The work frames in the EuroNanoMed III PROJECT (ERA-Net Action on Nanomedicine under Horizon 2020) entitled CONCORD: Cationic Gold nanoparticles mediated mRNA cytoplasmatic-targeted delivery for production of CAR-T lymphocytes for Chronic Lymphoid Leukemia immunotherapy.

The functions of the job include:

  • Synthesis, characterization and functionalization of noble metal nanoparticles with cationic polymers and mRNA molecules of interest
  • Testing of the physicochemical evolution of the nanovectors in biological environments.
  • Evaluation and study of transfection efficiency of the NP-mRNA vector compared to standard vectors.


  • Education

PhD in Nanoscience or a related discipline. Master in Biomedicine or related discipline.

  • Knowledge and Professional Experience:

We are looking for experience in biomaterials and drug delivery systems using nanomaterials. However it is not mandatory and all candidates will be evaluated for their skills.

  • Competences:

Strong commitment, demonstrated ability to work with deadlines, excellent communication skills and ability to work with professionals with complementary backgrounds.

Summary of conditions:

  • Full time work (37,5h/week)
  • Contract Length:  Temporary (until February 2023)
  • Location: Bellaterra (Barcelona)
  • Salary will depend on qualifications and demonstrated experience.
  • Support to the relocation issues.
  • Life Insurance.

Estimated Incorporation date: as soon as possible.

Research Assistant contract in the framework of EuroNanoMed III PROJECTS (ERA-Net Cofund Action on Nanomedicine under Horizon 2020). This project was supported by PCI2019-103436 funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 and cofunded by European Union Europea + logos (MICIU/AEI), under the frame of EuroNanoMed III".


How to apply:

All applications must be made via the ICN2 website and include the following:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. A full CV including contact details.
  3. 2 Reference letters or referee contacts.

Applications will be continuously reviewed. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

Deadline for applicants: 26/01/2022

Equal opportunities:

ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.