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Oferta de Trabajo  Código: 41421  

Puesto: Investigador predoctoral para realizar la tesis doctoral en el proyecto "effects of air pollution on the development of arrhythmias, study of mechanisms, and potential strategies for prevention.", financiado por el instituto de salud carlos iii

Función: El investigador predoctoral participará en un proyecto experimental en el que se analizarán los efectos de la contaminación ambiental sobre la incidencia de arritmias auriculares y ventriculares, utilizando modelos in vivo e in vitro en rata
Empresa: Institut de Recerca Vall d Nº de Plazas: 1
Referencia: PRE-DOC CARDIOLOGY Publicada el 8/10/2021 Publicada hasta el 8/12/2021
Tipo de Contrato: Beca Dedicación: Jornada completa Remuneración Bruta (euros/año): 20800 aprox (según beca, incluye cuota patronal)
Localidad: Barcelona Provincia: Barcelona Disponibilidad para viajar: No
Fecha de Incorporación: 01/01/2022 Fecha de Finalización: 3 años

Nivel Académico

Titulación Académica
Biología (Titulación Universitaria)
Bioquímica (Titulación Universitaria)
Farmacia (Titulación Universitaria)
Veterinaria (Titulación Universitaria)
Ciencias Biomédicas (Titulación Universitaria)

Áreas tecnológicas
B-05 Medicina

Idioma: Inglés Nivel Lectura: Alto Nivel Escrito: Alto Nivel Conversación: Medio

Conocimientos de Informática  
Nivel usuario (Microsoft word, excel, powerpoint)


Vall d'Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) is a public sector institution, located in Barcelona (Spain) that promotes and develops innovative biomedical research at the University Hospital Vall d'Hebron.  VHIR is oriented towards finding solutions to the health problems of the citizens and has the will to contribute to the scientific, educational, social and economic development within its area of competence around the world.

VHIR is seeking a junior researcher to apply for a pre-doctoral grant (AGAUR/VHIR) within the Research Group in Cardiovascular Diseases. More information about our group can be found at:



Education and qualifications:


-       Degree in Biology, Biomedicine, Pharmacy, Biomedicine, Veterinary Medicine or a related discipline.

-       Master degree.

-       High academic marks (degree and master) is a must.

-       Good communication skills and fluency in spoken and written English.



-       Strong sense of responsibility, initiative, self-motivation and social skills as key personal abilities. 

-       Ability to work independently.

-       Previous publications.

-       Research stages abroad.

-       Accredited for animal handling.


Experience and knowledge:

-       Good knowledge on animal physiology, especially in the cardiovascular system, will be positively valuated. 

-       Previous experience in research would be desired.

-       Good molecular biology background and experience in molecular biology techniques (Western Blot, PCR, immunofluorescence, etc) will be positively valuated.


Main responsibilities and duties:

-       To develop their own translational research project to solve an unmet clinical issue in cardiology. This includes conducting the appropriate experiments (both in in vivo and in vitro animal models), data measurement and interpretation, and statistical analyses.

-       To join the research team and collaborate and support other research members in the development of their projects.

-       To generate a fruitful discussion within the group.


Labour conditions:

-       Position:  Full-time pre-doctoral position (40h/week).

-       Contract length: From January 2022 to December 2024 (according to the conditions established by the grant holder (AGAUR/VHIR)).

-       Gross annual salary: According to the conditions established by the grant holder (about 16.000,00 €/year).

-       Project title: Effects of air pollution on the development of arrhythmias, study of mechanisms, and potential strategies for prevention. (project funded by Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades).

-       Project Summary:

The global aim of the study is to evaluate the potential role of air pollution in triggering arrhythmias with detrimental effects on health, particularly in vulnerable patients such as those with heart failure. We also seek to assess the potential mechanisms involved in the association between air pollution and arrhythmias, and evaluate the impact of implementing interventions addressed to diminish exposure and/or target specific mechanisms. The project embraces a clinical study including patients with heart failure, where the exposure to air pollution will be related to the incidence of arrhythmias, and an experimental study including rats exposed to diesel exhaust particles, in which arrhythmia inducibility, heart rate variability, infarct size after coronary occlusion, and action potential characterization will be assessed after air pollution exposure in combination or not with life-style interventions (exercise, omega-3 fatty-acid enriched diet). The study of mechanisms will include the assessment of oxidative stress and fibrosis, and calcium dynamics in isolated cardiomyocytes. The pre-doctoral student will be assigned to the experimental project, with the possibility of collaborating in the clinical study if interested.

Therefore, the position represents a unique opportunity to work in a truly translational project with social and clinical impact, which will allow the student to acquire expertise in the broadest range of in vivo and in vitro techniques and methodologies to study different aspects of the cardiovascular system, and learn to perform basic research and interpret its results. 



Applicants should submit a full Curriculum Vitae, including academic marks, and a cover letter with the reference “PRE-DOC CARDIOLOGY” to the following email addresses:,,


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