Predoctoral Researcher position to work on Microalgae culture using anaerobic digestate as a source of nutrients

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 to work on “Microalgae culture using anaerobic digestate as a source of nutrients”.  We are looking for motivated candidates, who will be part of a multidisciplinary team with the following main goals:

       -  Anaerobic digestate treatment: Nutrient recovery as microalgae biomass.

-  Biomethane production: Microalgae culture to uptake the CO2 present in biogas stream.


Tasks Description:

  • Design and perform experiments under well-controlled conditions at laboratory and pilot scale.
  • Bioprocess optimization by tuning operational conditions of photobioreactors.
  • Hands on analytical and biological measurements.
  • To contribute to the communication and dissemination of the research results through high-quality scientific channels including high impact scientific publications, presentation in congresses, etc.

Compulsory requirements:

  • M.Sc. in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemical engineering, Environmental engineering or equivalent. 

Merits to value:

  • Experience on biological processes.
  • Experience on microalgae culture linked to wastewater treatment.
  • Knowledge on microalgae culture in waste streams such as anaerobic digestates.
  • Scientific Publications.
  • 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 19.500€ – 22.000€ gross salary per year, depending on the annual performance evaluation.

Duration: One year with annual renewals depending on performance.


IMDEA Energía: Mostoles, Madrid.


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