Establishment of an in vitro platform to quantify the immune response to biomaterials

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BCMaterials – Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures is a research center included in the BERC’s (Basque Excellence Research Centers) network, devoted to generate knowledge on the new generation of materials, and turning this knowledge into (multi)functional solutions and devices for the benefit of society, is currently calling for a


Master scholarship position


to work on project


Establishment of an in vitro platform to quantify the immune response to biomaterials


The Biomaterials group at BCMaterials focuses on the investigation of the influence of the protein interface, i.e. the protein layer that is deposited on medical implants either voluntarily during the production of biomaterials or by their adsorption from the blood after implantation, on the reaction of the host’s stromal and immune cells. The ultimate goal of the group is to develop new bioengineered replacement materials that control protein deposition to promote optimal integration of the implanted materials into the host tissue.


Macrophages are among the first cells to contact biomaterials after implantation, and their response is central to the successful healing of the injury. With this in mind, the project will focus on the establishment of the experimental conditions to investigate the modulation of macrophage polarization in response to a number of biomaterial properties ranging from structural organization and chemical composition to biophysical properties.


The following techniques, instruments and facilities will be used:


Multidisciplinary approach involving cell culture, gene expression analysis, immunodetection and protein biochemistry to define the characteristics that favour a well-regulated macrophage response.


The following tasks will be performed:


  1. Introduction and training at lab.
  2. Development and characterization samples
  3. Analysis and discussion of results


BCMaterials offers a scholarship to master students for the master thesis to be done at BCMaterials, for a total amount of 600 EUR per month for up to 5 months, in collaboration with the department of cell biology and histology – faculty of medicine and nursing – upv/ehu Research Group (, belonging to the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT/ZTF) at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).


BCMaterials is committed to equality of opportunity and values diversity.


This position is part of the Call for Master Scholarships published on BCMaterials website at with the reference (2020-24), therefore, the terms and conditions of the call apply. Candidates must meet the general eligibility criteria stated on it, and fill the application form at the end of this page, including their CV, academic records and motivation and reference letters.


Before applying, candidates are encouraged to get in touch with researchers in charge of the project, in order to obtain detailed information about it:


  • Academic Tutor (UPV/EHU): Lucia Jimenez-Rojo (
  • Co-director (BCMaterials): Unai Silvan (


All the applicants will be contacted by BCMaterials through a supplied email, as soon as the call is closed.