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23 des. 2015

Notícies: Job Openings – Junior Group Leaders through Ramón y Cajal (RyC) contracts (2015 call)

● What CRAG seeks


The Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics is currently seeking for strong candidates to apply for researcher contracts under the Ramón y Cajal (RyC) program (2015 call). This competitive program, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), offers 5-year contracts to promote the incorporation of national and international researchers with an outstanding track record in research. The successful candidates will develop an independent and internationally-recognized research line at CRAG. Candidates are sought in any of the following scientific profiles:


-          Evolutionary Developmental (Evo-Devo) plant biology.

-          Interdisciplinary approaches for Cell and Developmental Biology in plants.

-          Plant development and signaling in non-model systems (crops).

-          Pathogen/pest fitness in varying host niches.

-          Integration of plant responses to stress with development and metabolism.

-          Technology-driven fight against emerging pathogens/pests.

-          Systems analysis of metabolome-wide responses.

-          Bioinformatics.

-          Connecting genotype to phenotype in (plant and animal) breeding

-          Population genomics, molecular evolution, modeling.


International applicants are specifically encouraged to apply.


● What CRAG offers


CRAG is committed to provide independent young investigators with the best possible support to successfully develop their careers. The successful candidates will join CRAG as Junior Group Leaders and will receive office space and equipped laboratory space to host her/his research team, personnel support and financial aid.



● Position requirements, application procedure and deadline.


The RyC positions are sponsored by the Spanish MINECO and awarded through a public competitive call, that is open to citizens of all nationalities. RyC awardees then identify the institution within the Spanish research system in which they could develop their project and career. The 2015 call of the Ramón y Cajal program is open from December 10, 2015 to January 20, 2016. Candidates for the 2015 call must have obtained their PhD degree between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2012. Details of the call are available at:




If interested in a possible RyC position at CRAG, or for inquiries or additional information: please contact: info4RyC [at] cragenomica.es


Review of interested candidates for RyC positions at CRAG is currently open and performed on an on-going basis.


● About CRAG


CRAG is an independent research institution established as a Consortium that includes the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Catalan Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries, IRTA), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB), and the University of Barcelona (Universitat de Barcelona, UB). CRAG new facilities, located at the UAB campus, were inaugurated in 2011: an ample and well-equipped building designed for modern plant biology and genomics research. CRAG brings together -under a unified management and operational structure- basic research groups in plant development, physiology, metabolism and genetics; groups in bioinformatics and genomics working on plants and animals; and applied projects developed together with Agbio, Biotech, and Breeding companies.


CRAG has been recognized with the “Severo Ochoa” Center of Excellence award in 2015. The "Severo Ochoa” program, from the Spanish MINECO, recognizes Centers that perform cutting-edge research and are among the world's best in their respective areas. CRAG has also received the European Commission "Human Resources Excellence in Research" award. The award reflects CRAG's commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies, and to conduct fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures.