Postdoctoral Researcher: ICIQ, The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, Spain

Postdoc in Spain
Postdoctoral Researcher: ICIQ: The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) is seeking a highly motivated and skilled Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Villa research group. This position, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) project “PhotoSwim”, offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in the development of photo-rechargeable nanomotors for antimicrobial photodynamic therapy.

Postdoctoral Researcher (Ref: POSTDOC 2024-16 KV)


Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area

  • Photo-rechargeable Nanomotors
  • Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy
  • Sustainable Catalysis
  • Renewable Energy
  • Health


Tarragona, Spain


  • PhD in Microbiology and/or Nanotechnology
  • Knowledge of spectroscopic techniques
  • Hands-on experience with fluorescence microscopy
  • Proven experience in photodynamic therapy assays
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to present research results in scientific journals and at international conferences, as well as to non-scientific audiences
  • Proven excellent knowledge of English
  • Motivated, open-minded, highly dynamic, and capable of working in a team
  • Strong decision-making, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills
  • Strong commitment to scientific research in a competitive environment

Job Description

  • Design and characterize photoactive nanomotors
  • Characterize the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by photoluminescence and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)
  • Evaluate the antimicrobial and antibiofilm activity of the nanomotors
  • Screen the stability and (cyto-)toxicity of the nanomotors using MTT, Resazurin tests, and commercial colorimetric and luminescent 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

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to apply by submitting their resume, cover letter, and any additional supporting documents via the ICIQ application portal [hyperlink to application page]. Please ensure that your application includes:

  • Your university PhD details
  • Relevant experience and expertise
  • Contact information including email and phone number
  • Consent to the processing of your personal data as per ICIQ’s privacy policy

Last Date for Apply

July 18, 2024

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming a new member to Dr. Katherine Villa’s group at ICIQ!



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