Senior Assistant Researcher position to work on Yeast Fermentation Technology

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 Senior Research Assistant position for the Biotechnological Processes Unit to work on biofuels and bioproducts production with yeasts from residual streams and alternative carbon sources. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate, capable of driving his/her own research project independently while actively collaborating with other members of the lab.

Tasks Description:.

  • Valorisation of waste streams for production of biofuels and biochemicals with yeast (mainly non-conventional yeasts).
  • Bioreactor cultivation and process optimization.
  • Yeast strains improvement via adaptive laboratory evolution and metabolic engineering.
  • Supervision and training of predoctoral/postdoctoral researchers.
  • Communicate and disseminate research results through high-quality scientific channels including high impact scientific publications, presentation in congresses, etc.
  • Preparation of project proposals to national and international calls.
  • Coordination and management of projects.

Compulsory Requirements

  • PhD degree in Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology or related areas.
  • At least 3 years of post-doctoral experience to the related tasks.

Merits to value:

  • Proven expertise on yeast fermentation technology.
  • Experience in metabolic engineering of yeast (including non-conventional).
  • Experience on bioreactor cultivation.
  • International research experience.
  • Experience as Principal Investigator of research projects and personal grants.
  • Proven experience in the preparation of proposals with public and private funding, mostly those related with the research topic.
  • Experience in supervision of Internships, Master Thesis and PhD Thesis.
  • Strong publication record. Very good scientific writing skills, ability to write peer-reviewed papers independently.
  • 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.
  • Quality and impact of scientific publications.
  • Knowledge of English.
  • Motivation for accomplishing high-quality research.

* IMPORTANT: Motivation letter should specifically include 1-page description containing previous research experience highlighting how it fits with the mentioned research line and potential future prospects


Remuneration: Depending upon qualification and expertise.

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

Type of contract: 1 year, possibility of annual renewals depending on performance



IMDEA Energía: Móstoles, Madrid.


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


Equal opportunities are guaranteed in the selection process, without any forms of discrimination. Female  applicants are encouraged to apply to favor parity in employment.
IMDEA Energy commitment is to guarantee equality in measures to balance personal, family and working life and to promote gender equality.