Laboratory technician in water microbiology

IMDEA Water is a non-profit research Institute, promoted by the Regional Government of Madrid, to carry out research in water technologies. This Institute is part of the IMDEA network, the institutional framework that combines support from both the public and private sectors and harmonizes research with market demand, strengthening the presence of the private sector in science.

It complies with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.



Call to hire a laboratory technician (FPII) for the research project "Water Microbiology" whose main objective focuses on the development of methodologies for the study of microorganisms present in water samples through culture techniques, microscopy and molecular analysis.

The selected candidate will develop the following tasks:

  • Development of microbiological methodologies and analyses in water and soil.
  • Physico-chemical analysis of environmental samples
  • Preparation of culture media for specific micro-organisms in selective media.
  • Development of selective culture techniques for specific bacterial strains indicative of water quality.
  • Optimisation of molecular analysis methods based on the use of RT-PCR and quantitative PCR to quantify gene expression.
  • Handling of UV-Visible spectrophotometry analysis techniques and microbial strain preservation techniques through freeze-drying or cryopreservation. Preparation of results reports.
  • Drafting of standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Management of orders and organisation of microbiological analysis laboratory material.
  • Participation in dissemination conferences.
  • Advanced Technician in Chemistry and Environmental Health or Clinical and Biomedical Laboratory (or equivalents), Professional Training II (FPII). EQF Level 5 (MECES 1)
  • Proven experience in molecular tools for quantitative and qualitative identification of microorganisms (bacteria and virus) in environmental samples from aquatic ecosystems.
  • Experience in selective cultivation of strains of environmental interest (E.coli, Clostridium, Campylobacter).

Candidates must present the following information:

  • Curriculum vitae (in Spanish or English)
  • Cover letter (in Spanish or English) from the candidate presenting his/her candidacy and merits and including his/her personal motivation
  • All the documentation that the candidates consider appropriate to prove their experience related to the job position
Selection Criteria
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Suitability of the candidate´s training and experience to open position
  • Those candidates with the highest score may be called for an online interview to evaluate their knowledge and attitudes related to the open position.

Durration: Indefinite (until the end of the project planned for December 2025) according to article 23 bis of Law 14/2011, of 1 June, on Science, Technology and Innovation.

Employment contract full-time: 37.5 hours/week

Annual gross salary: 20.182 €

Aproximate incorporation date: January, 2023.


IMDEA Water Foundation. Avda. Punto Com nº 2 - 28805 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid



Final decisions will be personally communicated by e-mail to all candidates