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IMDEA Food Institute (Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies in Food) adheres to the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researcher.

The IMDEA Food Institute is a research institution created by the Madrid Regional Government in coordination with universities, research centers of Madrid, and enterprises. Constituted as a non-profit organization within the framework of the IV Regional Plan for Scientific Research and Technological Innovation (IV PRICIT), it is conceived - structurally and legally - with the aim of bringing research into society.

IMDEA Food Institute is committed to excellence in research and to foster technology transfer to the industrial sector in a truly international environment. More information about the research and scope of the activities of IMDEA Food Institute can be found at the institute webpage


This call is made under the provisions of the Fourth additional provision of Real Decreto-ley 32/2021, de 28 de diciembre, de medidas urgentes para la reforma laboral, la garantía de la estabilidad en el empleo y la transformación del mercado de trabajo and the Order of January 30, 2023 of the Consejería de Economía, Hacienda y Empleo authorizing the IMDEA ALIMENTACIÓN FOUNDATION to cover 8 posts through a public call, charged to the specific replacement rate authorized by the Secretaría de Estado de Función Pública del Ministerio de Hacienda y Función Pública on December 30, 2022.

This rate is complementary to the ordinary replacement rate established in Ley 4/2021, de 23 de diciembre, de Presupuestos Generales de la Comunidad de Madrid para 2022 and the additional stabilization rate derived from Ley 20/2021, de 28 de diciembre, de medidas urgentes para la reducción de la temporalidad en el empleo público.

Job description:

Research on the molecular mechanisms governing nutritional interventions to improve chemotherapy outcomes, reducing its toxicity and improving its efficacy.

Research on characterization of the mechanisms of short-term fasting in humans and the role of p21 in this process, as well as the definition of the molecular pathways that best mimic fasting during the administration of chemotherapy.

Clinical trials of fasting and chemotherapy in patients with colorectal carcinoma.

Functions Research profile:

Management and execution of the activities of the Line of Nutrition, Metabolic Syndrome and Aging within the Research Group on Diseases related to Aging: Metabolic Syndrome.

Develop the group's line of research:

- Using molecular biology techniques to analyze nucleic acids (qPCR, RNAseq, ChIP), proteins (Western blot), cell function (cell culture, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy) and management and management of mouse colonies for physiological experiments in vivo.

- Coordination of research projects and the work of the researchers involved in the Research Line.

- Coordination and management of technical and administrative issues of clinical trials and common tasks in the laboratory, as well as with nearby centers.

- Obtaining funding for research (Application for research projects with public or private funding).

. - Review of works, presentation of data and other high-level tasks in the research line.

- Training of research staff. Supervision of predoctoral students, bachelor's and master's students,

- Transmission of knowledge at national and international level. Generation of relevant scientific publications, participation in forums and congresses.

- Design and implementation of dissemination activities.

- Evaluation of the personnel in charge

- Establishment of collaborative relationships with other research centers and groups.

- Watch of scientific advances.



Required degree:

PhD in Biomedical Sciences or Nutrition (Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Nutrition, Bromatology, Chemistry, Medicine ...).

Accreditation for Animal Handling, Function C or higher.

Other specific requirements:

- Have a postdoctoral experience with a  postdoctoral contract, not less than 10 years in public or private R&D&i centers or Spanish or foreign universities, related to the correspondig research Area ((Nutrition, Metabolic Syndrome and Aging).

- Publications in prestigious journals in the area. H-index greater than 14.

- High level of English: demonstrable spoken and written

Curricular merits of the candidate, to evaluate:

  • Relevance and contribution in scientific contributions

- Co-author in prestigious scientific publications (indexed in international databases), in some of them as first author or  "corresponding autor.

- Co-author in communications to scientific congresses, national an intenational, especially oral presentations.

- Participation in competitive research projects with public or private funding (especially as principal researcher).

- Participation in research contracts with companies.

- International movility (long-stays in foreign research centers)

• Specific experience in the research area of the position:

- Experience with molecular biology techniques such as those described in the job description.

- Experience in cell and animal physiology, flow cytometry, cell culture and animal management.

- Extensive scientific knowledge, having worked in various fields of science, including aging, cancer, metabolism and stem cells.

- Experience in the general management of a molecular biology laboratory, both scientifically and administratively.

• Other curricular merits:

- Scientific dissemination activities, academic teaching activity (national and international), participation in scientific management activities and dissemination of results.

Other merits: Candidate's ability to lead the research line (Research Group): 

  • Independence, relevance of scientific and professional experience and leadership.

- Direction of research works: coordination of research work, director of researchers in training, direction of final degree and master's degree projects; supervision of doctoral theses.

• Relevance and knowledge of the research line:

- Invitation and participation in international congresses, plenary speaker, courses and training programs in specialized schools.

- Participation in national and international research networks.

- Work in multidisciplinary groups and international projects.     

• Leadership of groups / lines of research:

- Management or scientific coordination of work teams.

- Participation and leadership in consortia and national and international research research networks.

- Development of research with social impact.


- Proactivity, professional leadership.

- Ability to work in groups and coordinate work teams, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

- Communication skills

Selection Criteria

After the deadline for submission of applications has expired, and once compliance with the requirements listed in the second base has been verified, the Selection Committee shall proceed to evaluate the merits based on the curricula provided, and to the selection of the candidatures that best fit to the established requirements; in a second selection phase, a personal interview will be conducted.

The personal interview will consist of conducting a face-to-face or videoconference interview that will deal only with the merits claimed by the candidates in the competition phase and will be aimed at assessing the candidate's suitability for the position and knowledge of the English language. The interview will have a maximum duration of 45 minutes.

  • Selection criteria:

I. Curricular merits: 0-50*

II. Other merits: 0-20*

III. Interview: 0-30


Type of contract: permanet full-time employment contract with trial period established by law.

Dedication: full-time, 37.5 hours per week, from Monday to Friday.

Duratio: permanent

Incorporación: immediately after the selection process.


Headquarter of the IMDEA Food Insitute, Madrid (SPAIN)



Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal opportunities are guaranteed in the selection process, without any forms of discrimination. 

IMDEA Food commitment is to guarantee equality in measures to balance personal, family and working life and to promote gender equality.