Predoctoral Researcher position to work on lactic acid production via open mixed cultures

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. (


IMDEA Energy is opening a Predoctoral Researcher Position for the Biotechnological Processes Unit, looking for talented and motivated candidates to work on “Lactic acid production from organic wastes valorization via anaerobic open-mixed cultures”.

Tasks Description:

  • Optimization of anaerobic culture conditions of microorganisms aiming at lactic acid accumulation.
  • Bioprocesses in bioreactors both at laboratory and pilot scale.
  • Application of biougmentation strategies.
  • Analysis of biological analysis and physico-chemical parameters to control microorganisms performance.
  • Dissemination and publication of research results in scientific journals.

Compulsory Requirements: 

  • B.Sc. in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemical engineering, Environmental engineering or equivalent.
  • Experience on biological (microbiologial) processes.

Other merits to value:

  • MSc. degree in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemical engineering, Environmental engineering or equivalent.
  • Experience in process optimization and physico-chemical (microbiological) analyses.
  • Knowledge of reactors performance (anaerobic digestion).
  • Oral and written communication skills in English.
Selection Criteria
  • Adequacy of the candidate's training to the requested profile.
  • Work experience related to the profile of the job position.
  • Motivation for accomplishing high-quality research.
  • Knowledge of English.
  • Remuneration: Between 20.000€ – 22.500€ 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: 1 year, possibility of renewal depending on performance.

IMDEA Energía: Mostoles, Madrid


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