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Research Trainee

The Institute

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, with more than 400 scientists from 44 countries. The CRG is composed by an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team which is supported both by a flexible and efficient administration and by high-end and innovative technologies. 

In April 2021, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the renewal of the 'HR Excellence in Research' Award from the European Commission. This is a recognition of the Institute's commitment to developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, designed to bring the practices and procedures in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code). 

The role  

The open position is for a Research Trainee for 6 months. The role involves collaborative work on a research project on the function of X-chromosomal gene expression for mouse in vitro germ cell development. The candidate will use CRISPR editing in embryonic stem cells and learn to apply advanced germ cell differentiation system to study the phenotype of gene edited cells. The training will involve molecular biology and tissue engineering techniques, data analysis and presentation.  

About the lab 

The Payer lab is interested in elucidating the mechanisms of epigenetic reprogramming during embryogenesis, in pluripotent stem cells and in the germ cell lineage. One particular topic of our interest is the dramatic remodelling of the mammalian X chromosome in females from an inactive to an active state during a process called X-chromosome reactivation. We thereby apply a multitude of in vivo and in vitro model systems, which allows us to interrogate this process and it’s link to pluripotency and germ cell development. The work environment at the CRG consists of a dynamic, international research Institute in Barcelona (Spain) and English is the working language. 

Whom would we like to hire?  

Professional experience

Must Have

  • You have proven experience with Molecular Biology assays such as PCR and cloning, ESC culture and cell differentiation, IF, Microscopy, FACS 

Desirable but not required/ Nice to have 

  • Theoretical Background in Stem cells, Organoids, Epigenetic

Education and training

  • You have a performed Masters-level lab research 


  • You are fluent in English 

Technical skills

  • MS Office, Google Docs, Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop or equivalent 

  • Mammalian Cell culture


  • Good communication and interpersonal skills 

  • Fast adaptability, learning and independent performing of experiments after initial training 

  • Attention to detail and good record keeping 

  • Good organizational skills and time-management

The Offer – Working Conditions 

  • Contract duration: 6 months 

  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales 

  • Target start date: 18th March 2024

We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities. To check out our training and development portfolio, please visit our website in the training section.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The CRG is committed to reconcile a work and family life of its employees and are offering extended vacation period and the possibility to benefit from flexible working hours.

Application Procedure

All applications must include:

  1. A motivation letter addressed to Dr Bernhard Payer. 

  1. A complete CV including contact details. 

  1. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Dr. Bernhard Payer and be submitted online trhough the "Apply" buton below.

Selection Process  

  • Pre-selection: The pre-selection process will be based on qualifications and expertise reflected on the candidates CVS. It will be merit-based. 

  • Interview: Preselected candidates will be interviewed by the Principal Investigator of the Group. 

  • Offer Letter: Once the successful candidate is identified the People department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details.  

Deadline: Please submit your application by March 14, 2024 

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