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18 Jul 2018

News: Postdoctoral Fellowship call: “la Caixa” Foundation Junior Leader Programme

33 postdoctoral fellowships at Universities and Research Centres of Spain, including CRAG, are offered through this programme


“la Caixa” Foundation Junior Leader Programme

The 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 or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by Obra Social ”la Caixa”, the objectives of this programme are to foster high-quality, innovative research 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: 22 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities. They will be offered a three-year employment contract to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa (including CRAG) or María de Maeztu distinction of excellence, Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria Carlos IIII and units evaluated as excellent and exceptional by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia of Portugal. For Spanish institutions, candidates must have resided in Spain less than 12 months in the last three years while for Portuguese institutions, candidates must have resided in Portugal less than 12 months in the last three years. 
  • la Caixa” Junior Leader – Retaining: 11 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain (including CRAG) or Portugal. For Spanish institutions, candidates must have resided in Spain more than 12 months in the last three years while for Portuguese institutions, candidates must have resided in Portugal more than 12 months in the last three years.


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.

At CRAG we will be happy to host postdoctoral researchers from this program. You can check about CRAG research programs and groups at CRAG website. If you have any questions or if there are particular issues you would like to discuss regarding your potential postdoc project, you can also contact postdocprogramatcragenomica.es

Read all the details about this call and apply at the “la Caixa” Foundation Junior Leader Programme” website

In these links you will find the Programme rules for the Incoming and the Retaining modalities.

The call is currently open and closes on 26 September 2018.


About the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG)

The Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) is an independent research institution located in the area of Barcelona (Spain) and devoted to leading-edge research in plant and farm animal biology, genetics and genomics, with an emphasis in the molecular basis of genetic characters of interest in plants and farm animals and in the applications of molecular approaches for breeding of species important for agriculture and food production.

CRAG has been recognized by with the “Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence” award from the Spanish Government, which acknowledges the Center’s cutting-edge research, scientific leadership and impact at global level, as well as its active collaboration in the social and business environment. CRAG holds the "Human Resources Excellence in Research" (HRS4R) award from the European Commission. The HRS4R award reflects CRAG's commitment to conduct transparent and merit-based recruitment and appraisal procedures and to provide attractive working conditions in alignment with the European Charter and Code.


About "la Caixa” Banking Foundation

"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