The Nanobiotechnology and Bioanalysis Group (NBG) is a technology transfer and research group that belongs to the University Rovira i Virgili. The group is focused on research and innovation in industrial and biomedical biotechnology. It works as an independent unit within the University structure and its personnel belong both to the University and the University's foundation. The group has facilities for microfabrication, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, materials research and electrochemistry. It shares facilities with the University in the areas of microscopy and chemical analysis. The group's recent applied research resulted among other achievements in the development of equipment for fast detection of pathogens, the development of new analytical methods for gluten detection, microsystem concepts for lab-on-a-chip applications. About 40 scientists are affiliated with to the group including administration, graduate students, technicians, post doctoral fellows and researchers. The main affiliation of NBG is with the Department of Chemical Engineering.
As previous experience related to these tasks, the Group has coordinated 3 EU projects based on the development of biochips for the detection of stroke markers (SMILE; QLK6-CT-2002-02583), the detection of gluten in food (CD-CHEF; QLK1-CT-2002-02077) and for non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (SAFER, NEST-2004-4977). The group also participated in a NoE focused on pre-natal diagnostics (SAFE, LSHB-CT-2004-503243) and is currently leading a project for the diagnosis of celiac disease (CD-MEDICS, ICT-2007-216031).


Postdoctoral researcher positions are immediately available within the Nanobiotechnology and Bioanalysis Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, to work on the development of electrochemical and/or electrochemilumiscent sensors for the detection of biowarfare agents/cancer markers.
The work is part of European projects, involving Multisense Chip, Miracle and the positions for at least 2 years.

Applicants should have an excellent level of both spoken and written English and be free to travel throughout Europe to attend project meetings. The applicant should preferentially have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Biology, Engineering or a closely related area and have experience of analytical electrochemistry, biosensor development and be familiar with microfabrication techniques (preferably with practical experience).

The position is available to recent PhD graduates as well as to experienced researchers and the salary is according to the official salary scale offered at Universitat Rovira i Virgili. The tasks of the position involve project management, laboratory based experimental work, supervision of technicians and undergraduate and graduate students and some teaching can be allocated should it be desired.

For further information, please contact Ciara O' Sullivan at:

Dra. Ciara O'Sullivan
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Nanobiotechnology and Bioanalysis Group
Av. Paīsos Catalans nē 18, 43007
Tarragona , SPAIN
Tel.: +34 977 55 87 21
Fax.: +34 977 55 82 05