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23 nov. 2017

Notícies: The INPhINIT, “la Caixa” Doctoral Fellowship 2018 Programme is open for applications


  • CRAG offers 11 PhD research projects for developing a PhD under the INPhINIT “la Caixa” Doctoral Fellowship Programme
  • The INPhINIT programme fellows will enjoy a 3-year doctoral employment contract and a personal development career plan



INPhINIT is a doctoral fellowship programme devoted to attracting international Early-Stage Researchers to the top Spanish research centres in the areas of Bio and Health Sciences, Physics, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. INPhINIT is promoted by the "la Caixa" Foundation with the aim of supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.


INPhINIT recruits per call 57 Early-Stage Researchers of any nationality, who enjoy a 3-year employment contract at the Research Centre of their choice among those selected and awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness ("Severo Ochoa" centres of excellence and "Maria de Maeztu" units of excellence) and the Spanish Ministry of Health ("Carlos III centres of excellence"). In addition, researchers establish a personal career development plan including trasnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility opportunities, and attend a full range of complementary training courses and workshops.


CRAG offers 11 research projects under the INPhINIT programme, which fall into different disciplines such as Plant and animal biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics or Bioinformatics. CRAG research projects are:



  • Deciphering microRNA (miRNA) function in plant immunity and disease resistance: CRISPR/CAS9-mediated genome editing of miRNAs in rice plants (Blanca San Segundo)
  • Genetic dissection of climacteric fruit ripening using a collection of introgression lines in melon (Cucumis melo L.) (Jordi Garcia-Mas
  • Application of new peach breeding strategies based on molecular markers (Iban Eduardo)
  • Exploiting post-translational modifications in sustainable agriculture (L. Maria Lois)
  • The hidden nature of the Arabidopsis peptidome: Analyses of the Arabidopsis flower development gene regulatory network (José Luis Riechmann)
  • Comparative analyses in the response to vegetation proximity in shade-avoidance and shade-tolerant species (Jaime F Martínez Garcia)
  • Elucidating the role of glycosylated sterols in the plant response to biotic stress (Albert Ferrer)


The end of the call for applications is 1st of February 2018
Check for the eligibility criteria hereApply here.


INPhINIT relies on the European Commission's support through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - COFUND programme to recruit a larger number of researchers and achieve a broader impact, as well as to further pursue the highest standards for research training.