Offer description 

We are looking for a Postdoctoral researcher to work in the field of scaffolding materials for bone tissue  engineering. Specifically, the candidate will focus on the development of biofunctionalized hydrogels with  cell-loading capabilities. 

The goal of the research is to develop hydrogels with specific rheological and mechanical properties and  functionalized with biochemical cues allowing cell infusion and injection of the hydrogel within a  biodegradable scaffold for bone tissue engineering. 

This position is part of the Project “Development of tailored 3D printed permanent and resorbable metallic  scaffolds with biofunctionalized hydrogel for bone regeneration (TaperMesh)” funded by the Spanish State  Research Agency (AEI) and led by Prof. José-María Manero.  

If selected, the candidate will have the opportunity to work in a highly interdisciplinary team, the Group of Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering (BBT), in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). The BBT group has a broad expertise on the design, synthesis and characterization of biomaterials for tissue regeneration, with special emphasis in bone applications. 



Applicants are required to have a PhD and relevant experience in the fields of biocompatible hydrogels and  cell culture, with a track record of significant contributions in these fields. We will consider candidates with  various research backgrounds, including microbiology, biology, biomaterials and biomedical engineering.  Willingness and motivation to work in a team and to expand his/her expertise by reaching out to other  disciplines is required. The candidate is expected to be proficient in English. 

Specific Requirements 

Experience in cell culture and polymer chemistry is required. Previous exposure to biomaterials for bone  regeneration, characterization of hydrogels and inorganic materials is highly desirable but not essential. Willingness and motivation to expand your expertise by reaching out to other disciplines is required. 

Selection process 

Target start date: as soon as possible, as from March 2023. 

The contract will be for one year. The salary is competitive, in line with Spanish fellowships standards. Those interested may email a CV with a list of three references, a short (max. one page) statement describing  your motivation and prior experience to Dr. José-María Manero (, with “Postdoc  TaperMesh” in the email subject.


About the BBT Group 

The BBT group is a multidisciplinary team of researchers with different backgrounds, including chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and biomedical engineering. Our main scientific goal is the development of biomaterials for tissue and organs regeneration. This approach requires  the design of materials which can modulate the response of the receiving tissue, leading in some cases to the  regeneration and neoformation of the degraded tissues and, in others, to a perfect integration of the biomaterial and to the recovery of the lost functionality. 

About UPC 

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution of research and higher  education in the fields of engineering, architecture, sciences  and technology, and one of the leading technical  universities in Europe. Every year, it receives more than  6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students, more than 500  doctoral students graduate and 3,000 graduates in lifelong  learning. The UPC’s approach to research is highly varied  and covers applications and basic research in many  knowledge areas. The impact of this research makes the  UPC one of the main European technology universities.