Today and tomorrow, 22 hopeful candidates are visiting IBEC for their interviews for IBEC´s International PhD Programme positions.
The candidates, who represent 12 countries, have been selected from the more than 150 applicants who applied for the programme’s nine positions, which are supported by Severo Ochoa and La Caixa. It’s the first ever time that IBEC has held mass interviews of this type, as the PhD programme is new for this year and forms part of the institute’s Strategy for 2014-2017 in the area of attracting the best talent from all over the world via a transparent, open and international selection process.
IBEC’s group leaders had as gruelling a schedule as the candidates, with some of them interviewing up to 20 of the hopefuls – including five non-attendees by Skype – over the two-day period in a ‘speed-dating’-style setup. The candidates also have to undergo a grilling each by the selection panel – Nuria Montserrat, Xavier Trepat, Raimon Jané, Josep Samitier, Teresa Sanchis and Carol Mari – as well as discussing the projects with the scientists.
The successful candidates will be selected and informed by the end of May.