ICMAB Open Positions

Join ICMAB with a Postdoctoral Junior Leader fellowship!

Deadline: Oct 7, 2021

The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) is open to postdoctoral researchers applications, of any nationality, who wish to continue their research career in a “Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence” like ICMAB. 

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The Postdoctoral Junior Leader fellowships programme is aimed at hiring excellent researchers, of any nationality, who wish to continue their research career in Spain or Portugal in the STEM area (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). 

The objectives of this programme are to foster high-quality, innovative research in Spain and Portugal and to support the best scientific talent by providing them with an attractive, competitive environment in which to conduct excellent research.

The Postdoctoral Junior Leader fellowships programme is divided into two different frames:

  • Postdoctorate Junior Leader – Incoming: 25 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 or María de Maeztu excellence award, Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria Carlos IIII and units evaluated as excellent by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia of Portugal. ICMAB is one of the Severo Ochoa centers of excellence in Spain in which you can apply one of these fellowhips. 
    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.
  • Postdoctorate Junior Leader – Retaining: 15 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain 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.

As part of this complementary training, Junior Leader fellows have to pursue a mandatory secondment in a different institution to increase their transversal skills. These secondments, with a duration between 3 to 6 months, must be performed in an international or intersectorial institution.

Each call will be directly launched by “la Caixa” Foundation, who will be in charge of managing the selection process of the candidates.

The candidates, will propose the center and research group that they would like to join, and with which they have previously had contact, to work on a research proposal agreed with the center. Please feel free to contact our researchers. They will be more than happy to answer your questions.

Eligibility

INCOMING Subprogramme

Researchers of any nationality are eligible for the Postdoctoral Junior Leader fellowships programme. In order to get accepted, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Experience: They should have earned their doctoral degree two to seven years prior to the deadline of the call for applications. The date of the doctoral thesis defence will be understood as the date when the doctoral degree was obtained. In the cases of interruption of the research activity between the date of obtaining the doctoral degree and the call deadline, the candidate may request an extension of the period in which the doctoral degree must have been obtained.
  • Geographic mobility:
    • For candidates applying to Spanish centres or units: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately preceding the closing date of the call. Short stays, such as holidays, will not be taken into account.
    • For candidates applying to Portuguese units: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Portugal for more than twelve months in the three years immediately preceding the closing date of the call. Short stays, such as holidays, will not be taken into account.
    • Special mobility condition could apply for the in the cases of interruption of the research activity or researchers who have spent time in the procedure for obtaining the refugee status under the Geneva Convention.
  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

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RETAINING Subprogramme

Researchers of any nationality are eligible for the Postdoctoral Junior Leader – Retaining. The fellows may carry out their research project at any Spanish or Portuguese university or research centre.

In order to get accepted, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Experience: They should have earned their doctoral degree two to seven years prior to the deadline of the call for applications. The date of the doctoral thesis defence will be understood as the date when the doctoral degree was earned.
    In the cases of interruption of the research activity between the date of obtaining the doctoral degree and the call deadline, the candidate may request an extension of the period in which the doctoral degree must have been obtained
  • Geographic mobility: 
    • For candidates applying to Spanish centers or universities: Candidates must have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the closing date of the call. Short stays, such as holidays, will not be taken into account.
    • For candidates applying to Portuguese universities or centers: Candidates must have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Portugal for more than twelve months in the three years immediately preceding the closing date of the call. Short stays, such as holidays, will not be taken into account.
    • Special mobility condition could apply for the in the cases of interruption of the research activity or researchers who have spent time in the procedure for obtaining the refugee status under the Geneva.
  • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.

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How to apply

If you are interested in applying for a Postdoctoral fellowship, please click here to create your personal account and fill in the online «la Caixa» application form. 

The call for applications closes on 7 October 2021 at 2 pm (Spain time).

Useful dates

No project or supplementary documentation may be submitted after the deadlines established in the Application for Fellowship Rules.

INCOMING Subprogramme

7 October 2021. Deadline for applications.
26 January 2022. Announcement of shortlisted candidates.
From 7 to 9 March 2022. Selection interviews in Barcelona.
23 March 2022. Publication of results of the selection process.

RETAINING Subprogramme

7 October 2021. Deadline for applications.
26 January 2022. Announcement of shortlisted candidates.
21 and 22 February 2022. Selection interviews in Barcelona.
23 March 2022. Publication of results of the selection process.

If you have any further questions, or if there are particular issues you’d like to discuss regarding your potential Postdoc project, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For details of the grant, applications and selection criteria process, and other general questions, please always refer to the information provided at the Postdoctoral Fellowship Junior leader website.

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