IMDEA Energy Institute is a María de Maeztu Center of Excellence whose objective is to develop R&D activities in the fields of renewable energies and clean energy technologies by establishing strong links with leading companies in the energy sector. (


This position is funded by the Spanish State Research Agency of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the Unit of Excellence “María de Maeztu” grant with reference number CEX2019-000931-M (2020-2023), awarded in the “Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence” and the “María de Maeztu Units of Excellence” call 2019 of the Spanish State Programme for Knowledge Generation and Scientific and Technological Strengthening of the R&D&I System.

IMDEA Energy is opening a Postdoctoral Researcher Position for the Biotechnology Unit. We are looking for talented and motivated candidates with a strong background in Anaerobic Digestion. The aim of the research position is to gain knowledge on how to steer the bioprocess to maximize feedstock usage and products output. 

Tasks Description: 

  • Reactor engineering: development of innovative reactor configurations.
  • Design and perform experiments under well-controlled conditions to obtain the desired fermentation product.
  • Implementation of process control strategies (reactor configuration and/or conditions manipulation) for tuning product output.
  • Hands on analytical and biological measurements.
  • To generate research output and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas.
  • Communicate and disseminate research results through high-quality scientific channels including high impact scientific publications, presentation in congresses, etc.
  • Collaboration in writing project proposals to national and international calls related to the topic.
  • Supervision of PhD, Master or undergraduate students.

Compulsory Requirements: 

  • Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience and solid background on reactor and process engineering of anaerobic digestion and fermentation processes.

Other merits to value:

  • Good track of indexed scientific publications.
  • Experience in national and international research projects.
  • International stays.
  • Accredited oral and written communication skills in English.
Selection Criteria
  • Adequacy of the candidate's training and experience to the requested profile.
  • Quality and impact of scientific publications related to the offered position.
  • Experience in national and international research projects.
  • Knowledge of English.
  • Motivation for accomplishing high-quality research.

Remuneration: Between 36.000€ – 39.000€ Gross Salary per year, depending upon qualification and expertise.

*The contract includes all the benefits of the Spanish Public Health and Social Security System.

Duration of the contract: Until the end of the project.(December, 2023).


Fundación IMDEA Energía. Móstoles, Madrid, Spain.


Final decisions will be personally communicated by e-mail to all candidates.