Posición de técnico de espectrometría de masas

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 in Research, Vacancies

La Plataforma Metabolómica busca candidatos para cubrir una plaza de técnico de espectrometría de masas dentro de la  promoción de Empleo Joven del Programa de Garantía Juvenil.

La convocatoria se puede encontrar en el siguiente enlace.

1-year research fellowship offer

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 in Education, Research

Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, SPAIN) is offering a research fellowship for 1 year to work in the research project “Development of a non-invasive breath test for early diagnosis of tropical diseases” funded by the European Commission under the H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014 program.

The research activity will focus on the identification of breath volatile biomarkers of three tropical diseases (Hydatidosis, Leishmaniasis and Dengue) by thermal desorption-gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry.

Candidate requirements:

- Education level: Master degree in analytical chemistry, chemometrics, (bio)informatics, or a related field.

- Experience in development and validation of analytical methods.

- Experience in gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry.

Fellowship conditions:

- Starting date: 1/05/2015

- Salary: approx. 1140 €/month (net amount)

Interested candidates are required to send their CV and a motivation letter to Dr. Radu Ionescu (radu.ionescu@urv.cat) and Dr. Noelia Ramirez (noelia.ramirez@urv.cat) before 31/03/2015.

The selected candidate will be offered the possibility to enroll in the PhD program in “Technologies for Nanosystems, Bioengineering and Energy” from Rovira i Virgili University. In this case, the selected candidate together with the host research group will apply for additional funding in order to complete his/her PhD thesis.

Open call for an Industrial Doctorate

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 in Education, Research

Biosfer Teslab, an in vitro diagnostic company that develops novel NMR-based tests to improve cardiovascular risk assessment in patients at high cardio-metabolic risk, is looking for Industrial Doctorate candidates.

The company arises from the research carried out at the Metabolomics Platform and the Lipids and Atherosclerosis Research Unit from the Rovira i Virgili University and is a spin-off company from the same university as well as from the Institut d’Investigació Sanitària Pere Virgili. Biosfer Teslab has been founded by a young and enthusiastic team as well as by international opinion leaders with new ideas and perspectives aimed at developing better tools to improve cardiovascular risk prediction.

Within the strategic activities of the company, we promote the research and development (R&D) area for further research into novel NMR-based markers of cardiovascular disease. For this purpose, the successful candidate will be involved in different activities within our R&D area, from the analysis of different biofluids using NMR spectroscopy to the data processing and data analysis of the results obtained.

The successful candidate will possess a Degree and Master in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Biotechnology or related subject. Candidates with prior exposure to NMR spectroscopy, bioinformatics, biostatistics, and/or metabolic disorders are sought. Ability to work in a team environment, effective verbal and written communication skills (in English) as well as effective presentation, organization and planning skills are a must.

Interested candidates should apply directly to the company by email (info@biosferteslab.com) before 28-02-2015.

For more information visit the following websites, Industrial Doctorate and Biosfer Teslab, or contact Mrs. Nuria Amigo at namigo@biosferteslab.com.

Webinar by Dr. Oscar Yanes today 29 Jan 2015

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Education, Research

Live webinar: Dr. Oscar Yanes – “Metabolomics: only suitable for multidisciplinary teams”. 29 Jan 2015. Brought to you by the Early-career Members Network of the Metabolomics Society. Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2409752719256762369. Download the Flyer.

Candidate for applying for a PhD grant

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 in Research

The SIPOMICS (SIgnal Processing for Omic ScienceS) research Group from the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain) is seeking candidates for applying for a FPU predoctoral grant. SIPOMICS is a multidisciplinary research Group formed by chemists, biochemists, computer and telecommunication engineers and it is part of the Metabolomics Platform

The candidate will be involved in a multidisciplinary research project focus on environmental metabolomics and, specifically, on the detection of biomarkers of passive smoking exposure. The research will imply the development of analytical methods, based on GC-MS, GCxGC-TOF/MS, HPLC-MS/MS and MALDI-TOF/MS and data analysis using statistical tools.


-         BsC on Chemistry or similar.

-         MsC on analytical chemistry, chemometrics, bioinformatics or related fields.

-         Excellent academic record (>7.5 for the degree and >8.25 for the master, call requirements).

-         Clear motivation for research and the research field.

Candidates should send their CV to Dr. Serena Pujol (serena.pujol@urv.cat) no later than the 27th of January. A letter of research interests and intentions may be included in the application as well as recommendation letters from tutors or mentors, if available.

New paper published

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 in Research

Remarkable quantitative and qualitative differences in HDL after niacin or fenofibrate therapy in type 2 diabetic patients.

Luís Masana, Anna Cabré, Mercedes Heras, Núria Amigó, Xavier Correig, Sergio Martínez-Hervás, José T. Real, Juan F. Ascaso, Helena Quesada, Josep Julve,

Xavier Palomer, Manuel V_azquez-Carrera, Josefa Girona, Núria Plana, Francisco Blanco-Vaca.

Atherosclerosis 238 (2015) 213e219

See paper

Incorporation of Dr. Noelia Ramírez as a postdoctoral researcher

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 in Research

Dr. Noelia Ramírez, PhD on Analytical Chemistry, has joined the Metabolomics Platform as a postdoctoral researcher. Her research is focused on the development and validation of analytical methods for metabolite profiling and biomarkers detection by GC-MS, GC×GC-TOF/MS and MS imaging. She also works onenvironmental metabolomics, especially on thirdhand tobacco smoke characterization and health effects.

Incorporation of Dr. Radu Ionescu as a postdoctoral researcher

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 in Research

Dr. Radu Ionestu joined the Metabolomics Platform as a postdoctoral researcher with a grant Ramon y Cajal.

Dr. Radu Ionescu is performing research in the field of non-invasive diseases diagnostics, prognosis, and monitoring. He works on diseases profiling and fingerprinting via the analysis of volatolomic samples (volatiles released by different body fluids such as exhaled breath, skin headspace and urine headspace) with analytical chemistry equipment and chemical gas sensors devices.

Dr. Roger Mallol wins the “Premi Pioner 2014″

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 in Research

The CERCA Institution (Centres de Recerca de Catalunya) has awarded Roger Mallol with the prize Pioner 2014 for his thesis:

“Development and evaluation of a novel advanced lipoprotein test based on 2D Diffusion-ordered 1H NMR Spectroscopy”.

The jury has valued its originality in helping to  improve cardiovascular risk factors, the methodological contribution of research and industrial commitment shown by adequate protection of intellectual property and the creation of the spin-off Biosfer Teslab.


PhD Scholarship position for the application of Bioinformatics to Metabolomics

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 in Education, Research

The SIPOMICS (SIgnal Processing for OMIC Sciences) research group from the Rovira i Virgili University is seeking candidates to apply for a scholarship to obtain the PhD at our research facilities located in Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain).

The position is intended for candidates with a Signal Processing, Data Analysis, Biostatistics and/or a Bioinformatics background. The thesis to be developed will focus on data processing for Omics Sciences, mainly for Metabolomics studies where Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and GC/MS data will need to be conditioned, processed, and correlated with clinical biomarkers in order to turn raw measurement data into useful clinical information.

Candidates need to have a bachelor and a master degree to be eligible for the position.

SIPOMICS is a multidisciplinary research group formed by chemists, bio-chemists, computer and telecommunication engineers that has a direct relationship with a metabolomics platform structure (www.metabolomicsplatform.com) that collaborates very closely with the 32 best Spanish research groups in Diabetes and related illnesses under a common cyber-institute. Other research interests include Obesity, general Metabolism Pathways and Lipidomics. The group is also interested in functional foods with food-related companies and research groups.

Tarragona is a Mediterranean city with a mild climate, 100km South- East of Barcelona (an hour by car) with a good transportation/communication infrastructure (low cost airlines serve Tarragona’s airport and TGV trains give service to the city) and many cultural and ludic activities, including nice beaches, archaeological museums (with many Roman ruins) and touristic facilities.

Candidates should send their CV to Dr. Jesus Brezmes through his email address (jesus.brezmes@urv.cat) no later than September 1st. A letter of research interest and intentions would be greatly appreciated as well as recommendation letters from tutors or mentors if available.