Postdoc SARS-CoV-2 Cellular Immunity

Barcelona Institute for Global Health

The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is a cutting-edge institute addressing global public health challenges through research, translation into policy and education. ISGlobal has a broad portfolio in communicable and non-communicable diseases including environmental and climate determinants, and applies a multidisciplinary scientific approach ranging from the molecular to the population level. Research is organized in three main areas, Malaria and other Infectious Diseases, Child and Maternal Health, and Urban Health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases. ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry. The ISGlobal Postdoctoral Programme involves complementary training and professional development. This includes access to the PRBB Intervals Programme (leadership, innovation, communication and good scientific practices), internal training activities, funds for external training, ISGlobal seminars and other PRBB and Hospital Clínic seminars.


Barcelona – CEK Building

What we are looking for

ISGlobal is seeking a Postdoc candidate who is interested in cellular immune responses induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 vaccines. The overall project goal is to identify immune cell mechanisms of COVID-19 immunity, disease susceptibility and long-COVID applying state-of-the art immunological techniques. The candidate will participate in different funded COVID-19 projects.


The Immunology Group directed by the Research Professor Carlota Dobaño and the Assistant Research Professor Gemma Moncunill coordinates several longitudinal studies on SARS-CoV-2 immunity, disease progression and long-COVID in Spain and Africa. The team uses multi-omics approaches in combination with state-of the art immunological techniques and systems biology analyses to decode the immune responses that determine infection, disease and vaccine outcomes to develop more effective vaccines and immunotherapies.

The research is performed in collaboration with different national and international groups and in a multidisciplinary and translational environment.

Training and experience /Qualifications

  • PhD in a discipline related with Immunology with proven experience in flow cytometry and intracellular cytokine staining. Experience in other disciplines such as infectious diseases, molecular and cellular biology and bioinformatics and data science is a plus.
  • Experience in FlowJo and data analysis in R programming
  • Experience with the management and analysis of large datasets
  • Experience in ELISPot and Luminex assays is an asset
  • Demonstrated track record of achievements including first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals

Specific Requirements

  • Immediate incorporation

Key Responsibilities

  • Set up of and conducting cellular assays to perform in-depth cell phenotyping, assess T cell responses by flow cytometry and ELISpot.
  • Study design.
  • Interpretation of data and writing of the manuscripts in collaboration with other members of the team and external collaborators.
  • Supervision of PhD and technicians.
  • The candidate is expected to present the data in international meetings.

Specific Duties

  • Designing, conducting and supervising experiments
  • Data analysis
  • Interpretation of results
  • Preparation of manuscripts
  • Oral presentations
  • Contribute to scientific discussion and participation in other activities in the Immunology research group


  • Excellent organization and coordination skills
  • Capacity to work independently
  • Teamwork
  • Problem resolution
  • Learning capacity
  • Flexible
  • Honest

Language level

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential

How to apply

Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: Postdoc_CellImmun_Jul22, attach the CV and a Cover Letter. Each attached document must be named with the candidate’s name and surname.

The receipt of applications will be open until 19th July 2022.

Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET on the closing date.

Only the applications submitted through the request form will be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The interviews could be placed during the reception candidatures period.

Noting that Closing date is 19-Jul-22