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CRAG “Severo Ochoa” Summer Internship Program for Undergraduate Students

Severo Ochoa

CRAG “Severo Ochoa” Summer Internship Program for Undergraduate Students of the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) is a 4-5 weeks international excellence program that aims to provide an introductory and practical formation in animal and plant molecular biology to undergraduate students with a genuine interest in the field of life sciences. Stages should take place between the 3rd week of June and the end of July, approximately.

Eleven (11) undergraduates students will have the chance to become familiar with a broad variety of laboratory techniques and bioinformatics tools aimed to understand the structure, function and variation of plant and animal genomes.

Programme Description

Each fellow will be allocated in a scientific group at CRAG under the supervision of a principal investigator with the support of postdoc and/or experienced PhD students. She/He will be involved in a research project and will complete a brief experimental work to be presented in a program seminar at the end of the stage.

The Programme includes training in transversal skills as bioinformatics, dissemination and project management given by CRAG members.

In addition, fellows will be invited to attend weekly seminars organized by CRAG and presented by prestigious international scientist in the fields of plant and animal genetics.

Participating Labs

We have 11 groups offering a position, please see below for further details:

Information about the research groups and CRAG is available at http://www.cragenomica.es


  • Housing: Students from outside Barcelona will be housed free of charge in student accommodations
  • Reimbursement of travel costs to and from Barcelona
  • Personal accident and civil liability insurances will be paid by CRAG. No medical insurance will be provided, so students from foreign countries must bring the European Health Insurance Card and/or a private medical insurance covering the period of the internship.

How to apply

We encourage applications from undergraduates or master students (BA, Master, MSc) from the European Union.

Application deadline is Wednesday February 28, 2018.

Applicants should complete and submit the on-line application through CRAGjobs.

Applicants will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • Academic Records
  • A motivation letter, including an expression of interest of the candidates in life sciences and the expected outcomes and benefits of their stay at CRAG.

If available, the applicants may also provide the following documents:

  • English certificate or documentation demonstrating previous stays in English speaking countries
  • Documentation related to previous stays in a research organism (e.g. letters of recommendation, presentations to meetings, etc).

Applicants will be asked to specify the names of three of the participating labs in their order of preference. While we cannot guarantee that an applicant will be assigned to any of these labs, we will make our best efforts to achieve this goal.

Applicants must upload all the required documents as PDF files of less than 10 MB.

Please note that all information must be submitted by Wednesday February 28, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection Procedure

Undergraduate students will be selected on the basis of their academic achievements. Fluency in English and previous experience in research will be taken into account during the selection process.

Candidates might be interviewed by the investigator offering the position. If the number of applicants exceeds that of available positions, the Academic Commission of CRAG will select eleven candidates based on their merits. Otherwise, the hosting principal investigator will make the final decision about the admission of the applicant. No selection criteria for positive or negative discrimination will be applied.

Candidates will be duly notified about the results of their application no later than the first week of April, 2018