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The Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Diseases Research Group (DIAMET)

is a multidisciplinary and dynamic research group focused on the study of

metabolic disorders associated with diabetes mellitus morbidity and obesity.

The research group is led by Dr. Sonia Fernandez-Veledo and Dr. Joan

Vendrell and is comprised of clinical and basic researchers, technicians and

administrative support staff.


The succinate-SUCNR1 axis is a molecular target that is receiving increasing interest from Pharma companies. Succinate is at the cross-road of several metabolic pathways and plays a wide range of immune-regulatory roles that are very relevant in obesity and its associated comorbidities. Previous attempts in targeting this pathway have failed.

DIAMET research team is an expert in the succinate-SUCNR1 axis. It is a truly translational research team focused on DIAbetes and METabolic diseases and with the ability to execute in vitro, in vivo, and human studies. The ultimate aim of DIAMET is to identify novel therapeutic tools that can be

transferred to society and, accordingly, the team has several projects ongoing with strong innovation potential.

This project aims to execute appropriate, intensive, and dedicated innovation activities to transform DIAMET knowledge into novel treatments and tools for patients with obesity-related disorders.

The Innovation Manager will be in charge of the intellectual property strategy, market studies, valuation, and contact with potential clients (Pharma companies) to increase its transferability potential and commercial value and, ultimately, get them transferred.


The selected candidate will perform the following tasks:


  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Market studies
  • Feasibility studies and drug development roadmaps
  • Valuation and Business opportunity studies
  • Funding and Business Activities
  • Benchmarking and evaluation of Target product Profiles




  • Graduate university formation (diplomature or degree), in some life science discipline (Medicine, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Biology or similar)
  • Master, post-graduate or previous experience/training in innovation, technology transfer, entrepreneurship or similar
  • Competency and experience in patent management
  • Level of oral and written expression of English (minimum level C1 or similar creditable)
  • Office Knowledge (Microsoft Office)



  • Basic knowledge in economics and finance, in the use of business management tools, in the legal and regulatory framework, as well as other knowledge and techniques related to the field of business management.
  • Experience in the management of innovation and the transfer of technology and/or knowledge to the private sector.
  • Participation in incubation programs or acceleration of start-up companies and previous experience in company management or business units.
  • Creative skills, innovation and team leadership.
  • Enabled for personal relations.
  • Motivation, creativity, initiative and proactive attitude.
  • Committed to quality, resource optimization and achievement of results.
  • Notions about existing patent law.


  • Selection of CV’s: Suitable and unsuitable CV’s will be identified according to the requirements. Applicants who do not meet the requirements indicated in the candidate profile and requirements will not pass to the next phase
  • Evaluation of the CV: Evaluation of the CVs up to a maximum score of 40 points.
  • Cover Letter: Attach to the resume a cover letter with a maximum length of 2500 characters with spaces. With a maximum score of 20 points.


To access the interview phase it is necessary to have obtained a minimun score of 40 points in the sum of scores of the evaluation of the currículum and cover letter.

  • Personal interview. With a màximum score of 40 points.


Items 40
Attitude 10
Fit in the work place 10
Experience, developed functions/skills 10
Teamwork 10



  • President: Sonia Fernández Veledo. (Principal investigator)
  • Chair 1: Joan Vendrell Ortega. (Principal investigator)
  • Chair 2: Isabel Huber. (Investigator adscribed to IISPV)


  • President: Victoria Ceèruelo Mallafré. (Principal investigator)
  • Chair 1: Lída Cedó. (Principal investigator)
  • Chair 2: Mar Rodríguez Peña. (Principal investigator)




For any qüestions or queries: recruitment@iispv.cat






The IISPV will inform the candidates if they have been admitted or ecluded to access the interview.




The IISPV has the European accreditation The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), complies with the general principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers.

The IISPV has an internal recruitment policy that follows the Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment (OTM-R) policies. More information about the HRS4R policies implemented at the IISPV is available on the following website: https://www.iispv.cat/hrs4r-hr-excellenceresearch/

The IISPV will guarantee the right to equal opportunities and treatment, as well as the real and effective exercise of rights by people with disabilities under equal conditions with respect to other citizens, through the promotion of personal autonomy, universal accessibility, access to employment, inclusion in the community and independent living and the eradication of any form of discrimination, in accordance with articles 9.2, 10, 14 and 49 of the Spanish Constitution and the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and international treaties and agreements ratified by Spain.

In the event of a tie, priority will be given to hiring the person with a disability.

In the event of a tie between people of different genders, the person of the least represented gender in the work group/department/service in which he joins will be hired.

Condicions laborals

  • Full-time position (40h/week)
  • Workplace: Hospital Universitari Joan XIII de Tarragona
  • Contracte: Indefinite of scientific-technical activities (10 months, project linked to the duration of the project)
  • Gross anual salary: Adjusted to the profile and experience of the candidate
  • Starting date: Inmediate (September/October 2023)