Postdoctoral Researcher Position to work on microbial electrolytic cells for green hydrogen production

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. (


These positions are 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 and Electrochemical Units. We are looking for talented and motivated candidates with strong bioelectrochemical background. The aim of the research position is to gain knowledge on how to appropriately link anaerobic fermentation of residual streams and microbial electrolytic cells (MECs) for the production of green hydrogen. The requirements are as follows:

Your Tasks:

  • Design and perform experiments under well-controlled conditions entailing the anaerobic fermentation of organic wastes for carboxylates production.
  • Development and characterization of MECs’ components.
  • Design and preparation of MECs.
  • Establishing suitable procedures and experimental setups for the complete characterization of MECs for hydrogen production.
  • Implementation of proper control strategies that allow smooth interlinkage of anaerobic fermentation and MECs.
  • Hands on analytical and biological measurements (analysis of the anaerobic microbiota developed in the fermenters and MECs).
  • 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.

Your Qualification, Experience and Skills:

  • Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience and solid background on bioelectrochemical systems.
  • Good track of indexed scientific publications.
  • Experience in national and international research projects.
  • 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.
  • Motivation for accomplishing high-quality research.
  • Experience in national and international research projects.
  • Knowledge of English.

Remuneration: Between 35.500€ – 38.000€ 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: 2 years.


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.