Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme, Junior Leader “la Caixa” at IBEC

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About the Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme, Junior Leader “la Caixa” at IBEC

The new postdoctoral fellowships programme, Junior Leader “la Caixa”, is aimed at hiring excellent researchers—of any nationality—who wish to continue their research career in Spanish territory on any discipline. Sponsored by Obra Social ”la Caixa”, the objectives of this programme are to foster high-quality, innovative research in Spain and to support the best scientific talents by providing them with an attractive, competitive environment in which to conduct excellent research.

The Junior Leader programme is divided into two different frames:

  • “la Caixa” Junior Leader – INCOMING: 20 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities that must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. They will be offered a three-year employment contract to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction of excellence.
  • “la Caixa” Junior Leader – RETAINING: 10 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities that must have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline, to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain.
    By means of a complementary training programme, these fellowships are intended to consolidate research skills and to foster an independent scientific career as an option for the future.

Download complete information about the programme here.

 

IBEC is one of the top research institutions named as a Severo Ochoa Research Centre by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (in charge of research and innovation policy in Spain), which recognizes excellence at the highest international level in terms of research, training, human resources, outreach and technology transfer.

IBEC has also received the ‘Human Resources Excellence in Research’ seal from the European Commission, in recognition of its commitment to continuously improving its HR policies in line with The European Charter of Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

IBEC aims to train the next generation of researchers in bioengineering for future medicine, regenerative therapies and active ageing.

Thanks to IBEC’s interdisciplinarity, the most recent technical and technological approaches developed for research in biology and the biomedical sciences are available. Young researchers can acquire experience and practical training day-to-day in both the classical approaches and new methodologies in imaging techniques, nanomaterials technology, nanofabrication, biosensors, biosignal interpretation, lab-on-a-chip approaches, and many more.

“la Caixa” Banking Foundation is a Spanish non-profit organisation whose mission is to contribute towards the progress of people and society. Its main lines of action are to provide opportunities for the most vulnerable groups; to support progress through educational, scientific and cultural activities; to contribute towards greater understanding and improvement of the environment; to promote research in the fields of life sciences, healthcare, social sciences and humanities; and to foster the dissemination of science and technology.

Since 1982, “la Caixa” Banking Foundation has offered its fellowships programmes—through which more than 4,000 talented young people have received fellowships to take up postgraduate studies or begin their research careers in Spain and abroad. The “la Caixa” fellowship programmes enjoy great recognition thanks to their prestige, to the reliability and rigour of the selection processes, to the fellows’ excellent academic level and the impact that the fellowship has on their future academic or professional careers

IBEC groups

IBEC groups

Each call will be directly launched by Obra Social “la Caixa”, who will be in charge of managing the selection process of the candidates. On the other hand the candidates, once granted a fellowship, will propose the center and research group that they would like to join, and with which they have previously had contact, to work on a research proposal agreed with the center.

Please feel free to contact our group leaders. They will be happy to answer your questions.

Group: Nanoscopy for nanomedicine
Group leader: Lorenzo Albertazzi (lalbertazzi@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Mechanics of development and disease
Group leader: Vito Conte (vconte@ibecbarcelona.eu)
eengel1Group: Biomaterials for regenerative therapies
Group leader: Elisabeth Engel (eengel@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Nanomalaria
Group leader: Xavier Fernández Busquets (xfernandez@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Nanoscale bioelectrical characterization
Group leader: Gabriel Gomila (ggomila@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Nanoprobes and nanoswitches
Group leader: Pau Gorostiza (pgorostiza@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Biomedical signal processing and interpretation
Group leader: Raimón Jané (rjane@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Signal and information processing for sensing systems
Group leader: Santi Marco (smarco@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Biomimetic systems for cell engineering
Group leader: Elena Martínez (emartinez@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: iPSCs and activation of endogenous tissue programs for organ regeneration
Group leader: Núria Montserrat (nmontserrat@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Muro group (The Fischell department of Bioengineering)
Group leader: Silvia Muro (muro@umd.edu) *Joining IBEC in November 2017
Group: Cellular and respiratory biomechanics
Group leader: Daniel Navajas (dnavajas@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Biosensors for bioengineering
Group leader: Javier Ramón (jramon@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Molecular and cellular neurobiotechnology
Group leader: José Antonio del Rio (jadelrio@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Cellular and molecular mechanobiology
Group leader: Pere Roca-Cusachs (proca@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Nanobioengineering
Group leader: Josep Samitier (jsamitier@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Smart nano-bio-devices
Group leader: Samuel Sánchez (ssanchez@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Bacterial infections: antimicrobial therapies
Group leader: Eduard Torrents (etorrents@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Integrative cell and tissue dynamics
Group leader: Xavier Trepat (xtrepat@ibecbarcelona.eu)
Group: Synthetic perceptive, emotive and cognitive systems
Group leader: Paul Verschure (pverschure@ibecbarcelona.eu)

Life at IBEC

Living with us: Training, mobility and social activities

IBEC encourages Postdoctoral researchers to participate in various activities such as workshops, discussions, outreach events, mobilities or mentoring session in order to develop themselves as international researchers.

IBEC Seminars and Annual Symposium

Our regular IBEC Seminars invite top names in bioengineering and nanomedicine from all over the world to help keep us up-to-date on the state-of-the-art of research in the field. IBEC seminars also offer the opportunity to network and discuss recent developments, fostering internal and external interaction and opening doors to future collaborations.

The institute also holds an annual symposium on bioengineering and nanomedicine, as well as hosting and organizing several project-based or general scientific meetings and workshops throughout the year.

Practical training

Thanks to IBEC’s interdisciplinarity, the most recent technical and technological approaches developed for research in biology and the biomedical sciences are available at the institute. Postdocs researchers can acquire experience and practical training in both the classical approaches and new methodologies in imaging techniques, nanomaterials technology, nanofabrication, biosensors, biosignal interpretation, lab-on-a-chip approaches, and many more.

IBEC Mentoring Programme

The IBEC Mentoring Programme is conceived as a career development tool for postdoctoral researchers at IBEC.

Each postdoctoral researcher (mentee) participating in the programme will be assigned a Mentor. Mentors will support postdoctoral researchers and will share their experiences as highly qualified scientists, as well as giving guidance and knowledge not only about IBEC but also about their particular scientific fields. The range of benefits for the mentees will range from sharing the mentors experiences and benefitting from his/her knowledge, to counselling to develop their qualification profile, establishing contacts, gaining access to the networks of mentors, or receiving feedback to facilitate self-assessment and to fully develop their career.

Complementary skills training

Besides the mandatory doctoral courses offered by the universities, IBEC offers several training courses specifically to early and senior postdocs, covering such topics as Scientific writing, Effective communication, Leadership, Guidance for women in their research, How to publish in high ranking journals, Presentation skills in English, Career development, Diversity and cross-cultural awareness in research, Entrepreneurship or Technology transfer.

All courses in complementary and transferrable skills are designed to enhance future employability and career progress.

Outreach activities

As part of its mission, IBEC aims to inform society about the research being carried by its scientists in bioengineering and nanomedicine, both to help citizens understand the importance of research and make informed decisions, and to encourage young people to consider scientific careers.

To do this, the institute organizes or takes part in a range of outreach activities throughout the year. IBEC’s Postdocs are required to volunteer for these activities, as they offer the perfect opportunity to gain experience in explaining your research in terms that a lay audience can understand, a skill that is essential for your career in areas such as achieving funding for projects.

IBEC’s outreach activities include group visits from schools, universities and other organizations, one-on-one mentoring, workshops for teachers, science fairs and festivals, talks in public spaces, Open Doors days, and many more.

Research Placements

As part of their training, young researchers are encouraged to take up research placements in other centres. Thanks to these stays, students benefit from intense transnational and multidisciplinary mobility, as well as the expertise and facilities of the best institutions worldwide. Such mobility provides them with multicultural skills, including languages, and proves highly beneficial in crossing cultural borders and enhancing their future employability in a globalised job market.

Placements take place in any of the many institutions with which our researchers collaborate, including but not restricted to centres linked to IBEC by strategic research agreements or funded exchange programmes such as Marie Curie or the Networks of Excellence. These stays have the added value of enabling researchers to obtain an international projection, which significantly improves their chances of a successful career.

Eligibility

Eligibility

INCOMING Subprogramme


Researchers of any nationality are eligible for the Junior Leader programme. In order to get accepted, candidates must meet the following requirements:

Experience: They should have earned their doctoral degree three to six years prior to the deadline for applications. The date of the doctoral thesis defence will be understood to be the date when the doctoral degree was obtained.
In the cases of interruption of research activity between 2 October 2011 and the deadline for applications to this call (2 October 2017), the period in which the doctoral degree must have been obtained may be extended by the number of duly justified months, to be counted from the months immediately prior to 2 October 2011 up to a maximum of one year.
Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays such as holidays will not be taken into account.
Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

RETAINING Subprogramme


Researchers of any nationality are eligible for the Junior Leader programme. The Junior Leader – Retaining fellows may carry out their research project at any Spanish university or research centre. In order to get accepted, candidates must meet the following requirements:

Experience: They should have earned their doctoral degree three to six years prior to the deadline for applications. The date of the doctoral thesis defence will be understood to be the date when the doctoral degree was earned.
In the cases of interruption of research activity between 2 October 2011 and the deadline for applications to this call (2 October 2017), the period in which the doctoral degree must have been obtained may be extended by the number of duly justified months, to be counted from the months immediately prior to 2 October 2011 up to a maximum of one year.
Geographic mobility: Candidates must have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Short stays such as holidays will not be taken into account.
English proficiency level: Candidates must accredit a minimum English proficiency level equivalent to the B2.2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

Apply

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for a Postdoctoral fellowship, please click here to create your personal account and fill in the online “la Caixa” application form.

The call for applications opens on 10 July 2017 and closes on 2 October 2017 at 2:00 p.m. (Central European Time – CET).

Selection

Selection procedure

The objective of Junior Leader “la Caixa” is to select outstanding researchers in terms of the originality and importance of their contributions in their scientific discipline, as well as having the leadership skills to head their own research group. The criteria to be applied in evaluating applications are the following:

Stage 1 – SHORTLISTING

  1. Excellence of professional background: professional background will be assessed in relation to the stage of the candidate’s career. The relevance and contribution of the candidate to the articles published in scientific journals (citations, impact factors, etc.), scientific and technical books or chapters, work presented at congresses, patents granted or licensed, and in general, any other contribution that will make it possible to evaluate different aspects of research, will be assessed.
  2. Motivation and statement of purpose: originality, innovation and possible impact of the proposed personal statement, aside from the choice of the host research centre and/or line of research, will be assessed.
  3. Letters of recommendation: the letters of recommendation supporting an application will be evaluated considering the details of the contents with regard to the candidate, as well as the profile of the people signing them.

 

Stage 2 – SELECTION INTERVIEWS

  1. Candidate potential: the candidate’s potential, paying particular attention to the candidate’s interpersonal skills, such as clarity and consistency of discourse, expression of ideas, ability to present complex reasoning, teamwork, capacity for independent reasoning, originality, entrepreneurship and leadership will be evaluated.
  2. Motivation and impact of the proposal: the conceptual and methodological novelty of the submitted proposal, as well as its impact, understood in its broadest sense—capacity of the submitted project to contribute towards the transformation and improvement of fields such as economy and creation of wealth, society, culture, science, citizens’ quality of life, the environment or public policies—will be evaluated.
  3. Academic and professional background: the contributions made in the field chosen for the research project presented, as well as the coherence between the candidate’s academic education and professional background, will be evaluated.

 

“la Caixa” scholarship programme is governed by a peer review procedure to evaluate applications in line with the recommendations of the European Science Foundation contained in the European Peer Review Guide. Integrating Policies and Practices into Coherent Procedures.

These are the principles they take into account in all our selection processes:

Openness. Candidates, evaluators and the general public always have access to the regulations governing the selection processes and procedures.
Fairness. Applications are evaluated exclusively based on merit accredited by the candidates, without taking any other factor into consideration.
Efficiency. Our scholarship programmes are characterised by their strict compliance with the established procedures.
Quality. “la Caixa” Banking Foundation scholarships are scholarships of excellence and are only granted based on criteria of academic or professional quality.

Dates

Useful dates

No project or supplementary documentation may be submitted after the deadlines established in the Application for Fellowship Rules.

INCOMING Subprogramme


10 July 2017. Starting date for the submission of applications.
2 October 2017. Deadline for applications.
19 December 2017. Announcement of shortlisted candidates.
1–2 February 2018. Selection interviews in Barcelona.
6 February 2018. Publication of results of the selection process.

RETAINING Subprogramme


10 July 2017. Starting date for the submission of applications.
2 October 2017. Deadline for applications.
16 October 2017. Deadline for the submission of the language proficiency certificate.
19 December 2017. Announcement of shortlisted candidates.
29–30 January 2018. Selection interviews in Barcelona.
6 February 2018. Publication of results of the selection process.

If you have any further questions, or if there are particular issues you’d like to discuss regarding your potential Postdoc project, please contact jobs@ibecbarcelona.eu

For details of the grant, applications and selection criteria process, and other general questions, please visit the  Postdoctoral Fellowship Junior leader website.

 

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