Group Leader Position in Cell Biology

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Barcelona, Spain


The Department of Medicine and Life Sciences (MELIS) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) aims to fill a Group Leader position in the field of Cell Biology. We are looking for candidates in the early- to mid-stages of their career with an excellent track record of experimental research addressed to understanding living organisms at the scale of cells and/or tissues. The position is tenure track, but a fast track to tenure will be possible depending on the seniority of the candidate. 

Successful candidates will be highly accomplished scientists with a PhD in Biology or a similar field, and a strong capacity to lead high-impact research projects (mid-stage career applicants must have a solid track record in leading such projects). The future group leader will be expected to attract national and international research funds, supervise doctoral theses, and actively engage in teaching cell biology courses in both undergraduate and graduate UPF programs. Selected applicants are also expected to collaborate with the other research groups of the Department in scientific interdisciplinary projects of common interest. 


The Department of Medicine and Life Sciences at UPF

MELIS ( is an internationally renowned biomedical research center in Barcelona, Spain. It is located at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB, with other research institutes, including the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL Barcelona), and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). With a staff of more than 300 scientists, MELIS combines the creation and transfer of knowledge through the seamless integration of research and teaching, well in line with the vision and values of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (, which holds top-level positions in national and international rankings for teaching quality and scientific productivity (first Spanish university and 65th European university according to the Times Higher Education Ranking 2021). The trajectory of MELIS in research excellence and innovation in education has been recognized with the “María de Maeztu” Unit of Excellence award by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.


Research at MELIS

Understanding complex biological systems, particularly in human biology and disease, requires interdisciplinary approaches integrating experimental, computational, and engineering approaches. The scientific focus of MELIS is to strengthen and expand our research horizons under the broad overall scope of molecular biomedicine, fostering interdisciplinary collaborations among our research teams. Our department is organized in Research Programs (for a detailed description see that address this challenge from an integrative perspective through all biological scales. Our research groups are supported by cutting-edge core facilities in flow cytometry, proteomics, genomics, advanced light microscopy, and scientific computing (

MELIS promotes diversity in an inclusive environment that welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Women are especially encouraged to apply. 

Further information regarding our department and the group leader recruitment & selection process can be found at


The Offer

  • Tenure-track position to be consolidated to a permanent faculty position upon external peer-review. A fast track to tenure can be considered for mid-stage career applicants.

  • Startup package that includes a part-time technician, a PhD student or junior postdoc, consumables, laboratory equipment, and access to our scientific facilities.

  • Lab space (size commensurable with the experience of the selected candidate).

  • Start date: September 2023 or earlier.


Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted through the Interfolio website: 


Applications should include:

  1. Motivation letter, describing explicitly how your research goals fit with those of MELIS.

  2. Curriculum vitae, including the information listed in the guidelines below.

  3. List of 5 selected publications, with a brief description of each of them.

  4. Brief proposal of your future research and academic plans at MELIS (max. 2 pages).
    Please include an estimate of the equipment and facilities needed for your research.

  5. Contact details of 3 references (name, affiliation and email address) in a single document. 

Application deadline: applications should be submitted by February 14, 2023.

Interviews: Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview to be held in March-April 2023.


Contact: Dr. Regina Lopez ([email protected]), for enquiries only (applications sent by email will not be accepted).


CV guidelines

Please make sure that your CV includes the following information (although you do not need to follow this exact format, and feel free to include further information if relevant). 

Maximum length: 15 pages.

  1. Brief summary of academic and scientific background 

  2. Education/training

  3. Professional academic positions 

  4. Publications 

Specify if publications are original research articles, reviews, book chapters, or books. Provide evidence of impact (e.g. number of citations according to any citation indexing service). Please do not include conference abstracts.

  1. Teaching experience 

Include the course type (i.e., conventional lectures, practical courses, online courses, MOOCs, graduate or undergraduate level), name of the course, approximate number of students attending, hours per course, and whether the candidate was course coordinator or participant teacher.

  1. Grants and funding 

Include only grants in which you are/were the Principal Investigator. Please specify title, year, funding agency and amount granted (in US$ or €). 

  1. Invited conferences and talks

Include only invited talks given personally by you

  1. Technology transfer

  2. Other merits (honors and awards, service, project management experience, etc.)