Research partners

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is a flagship institute established to pursue excellence in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Its core activities include basic and applied research across a range of disciplines, incl. nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, nanophononics and nanofabrication, as well in technology transfer and public outreach. The centre comprises 18 research groups plus a highly specialised technical support infrastructure, and hosts 280+ researchers from over 30 countries. It further includes within its mission to train students and early-career researchers, as well as create opportunities between researchers, industry, policy makers and society. ICN2 was recognised as a leading national Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence in 2014, renewed in 2018. It is a founding member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and is a member of the CERCA network of research centres of the Generalitat Catalunya. It is hosting the following positions:




ICN2 offers to its Researchers a wide range of training, mentoring and support activities, including:

– Mentoring programmes

– Courses and training opportunities: languages trainings, health and safety, job related skills, organizational and personal skills and scientific knowledge.

– Language courses: ICN2 includes English, Spanish and Catalan language courses in the training plan every year.

– Relocation support: ICN2 provides support such as finding accommodation and assistance with bureaucracy (for residence work permit and VISA).

– Cultural and social activities: ICN2 has a social activity section on the intranet. It also offers welcome information on the first day and organizes an ICN2 Day with activities for all ICN2 Community.

– Engagement with industry: Strong interaction through the whole project will take place with the company SIMUNE, which is a SME based in San Sebastian (Spain) and focused on providing materials simulation services and software to industrial clients. The methodological advances made in the project will likely be further developed into commercial products in a joint R&D activity between ICN2, RMIT and SIMUNE, and further commercialised by SIMUNE, giving rise to authorship and economic rights among the participants in the development. Research stages at SIMUNE will be frequent.