Predoctoral Researcher position to work on biological evaluation of immuno/chemo active nanoscaled Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for COVID-19 multitherapy

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, labelled as María de Maeztu center, is one of Europe's leading and internationally recognized research centers with outstanding reputation in the development of multifunctional materials. Its primary goal is to bring outstanding scientific and technological contributions to provide solutions to real socioeconomic concerns in diverse fields such as energy, environment & health ( In particular, the VIRMOF project (“Immuno/chemo active nanoMOFs for pulmonary multitherapy against COVID-19”), a REACT-EU research project call of the Community of Madrid, aims to design tailored composite nanoplatforms based on nanoscaled metal organic frameworks (nanoMOFs) associated with immune/chemo active ingredients (AIs) for an efficient combined therapy against SARS-CoV-2.

IMDEA Energy is opening a predoctoral researcher position for the Advanced Porous Materials Unit, looking for talented and motivated candidates with strong background in Chemistry and Biomaterial Science, for mainly the preparation of AIs@composite nanoplatforms.

Tasks Description:

  • Synthesis and surface engineering of drug delivery nanosystems (DDS) based on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and its composites. Association of with active ingredients.
  • Full physicochemical and biological characterization of the previous systems by a large panel of solid-state techniques and in vitro assays.
  • Critical analysis of the results and writing of reports.
  • Dissemination and publication of research results in scientific journals.

Compulsory Requirements:

  • Official MSc in Chemistry, (Bio)Material Science, Pharmacy or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience and solid background in association of active ingredients to nanomaterials (surface engineering, encapsulation) and related characterization techniques (HPLC, UV-vis, DLS, TGA, etc.).

Merits to value:

  • Appreciated knowledge on in vitro assays (maintenance, viability, cell internalization, etc.)
  • Oral and written communication skills in English. (Attach to "Other certificates and documents", if any)
  • Motivation for accomplishing high-quality research.
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€ 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 annual renewals depending on performance


IMDEA Energía: Mostoles, 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. 
Our commitment is to guarantee equality in measures to balance personal, family and working life and to promote gender equality.