Job ID: 99502

Animal Research Lab Technician

Position: Technician

Deadline: 20 January 2023

City: Barcelona

Country: Spain

Institution: IDIBAPS



The Brain Circuits and Behavior lab at IDIBAPS (Barcelona; has opened  [1 PhD position or 1 Animal Research Technician position]. 

The project is part of the NIH-AEI Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) program, that will be carried out in our lab in collaboration with Robert G. Yang (MIT) and Manuel Molano (CRM).

The tasks of the applicant will be: (1) to train rats and mice in performing simple perceptual tasks using a computer-controlled system that records and controls the behavioral apparatus. (2) Perform brain surgeries for implanting sub-cranial electrodes or cannulas. (3) Conduct the behavioral experiments during which animals brain activity will be recorded or manipulated. (4) Quantify and monitor the behavioral performance of the animals using custom-made software. Make simple reports about behavioral performance using simple data analysis programs (e.g. Excel, Python).

We offer: 

  • A 2-year contract to become the Lab technician of an international neuroscience research team, participating in the research activities performed in the laboratory.
  • Opportunity to conduct in animal experiments and participate in the research process.
  • Large responsibility and a high degree of autonomy with strong support from the Laboratory Manager and the Principal Investigator.
  • Training/courses on working with research animals in the laboratory.
  • Training on simple data analysis techniques.
  • A unique opportunity to shape the laboratory expertise and contribute improving processes, in the design of new experiments, etc.

Our lab, headed by Albert Compte and Jaime de la Rocha, offers an interdisciplinary stimulating environment that values rigor, collaboration, close mentoring and critical but positive thinking. We are also an active member of the Barcelona Cognitive Computational and Systems Neuroscience community ( which connects a large number of groups in Barcelona with common interests and complementary approaches.

If you’re interested in any of the positions please contact Jaime de la Rocha ( or Manuel Molano (  More details about the position can be found here.