This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 754510

PROBIST

BIST Post-doctoral Fellowship Program

Boost your scientific career in our international postdoctoral program focused on excellent research in a multidisciplinary environment

 

Program Description

PROBIST is a post-doctoral fellowship Program lead by the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology. All together, 61 fellowships will be awarded and implemented in top research in the Barcelona and Tarragona area (Spain) .

BIST brings closer together seven independent Catalan internationally recognized research centres. The centres participating in the PROBIST program are:

• The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)
• Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)
• Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)
• Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE)
• Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)

Also affiliated to BIST, but not directly participating in PROBIST, are:

• Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
• Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

Please kindly note that IFAE is not hosting any topic for this call.

PROBIST applicants will have complete research freedom. Applicants may subscribe to one or several generic research topics published with the calls. Once pre-selected they may design their research project proposal with a research group of their choice in the participating BIST centres. Successful candidates will be hosted by the selected research group. They will have full access to facilities, seminars and training programmes of the BIST centres. Networking activities shall facilitate inter-centre and inter-disciplinary exchange and collaborations. PROBIST will offer fellows the opportunity to opt for secondments from a pool of international institutions with which BIST centres have institutional agreements or collaborations.

The fellowships are granted for 3 years including:

• An annual gross salary of 36.252,82€ plus a single payment of 1504,89€ relocation support (Spanish tax and social security deductions apply),
• Close mentoring and supervision through prestigious Senior Researchers,
• A personalized career development plan,
• A training program for scientific and transferable skills.

PROBIST fellows will receive training in entrepreneurial skills and technology transfer issues, such as industrial and intellectual property, industrial collaborations, spin-off development, and other related subjects. BIST offers “Science to Business” courses with the goal to raise awareness of business opportunities and also to accelerate the transfer of technologies developed in BIST centres to the market.

PROBIST counts with an important number of active collaboration R&D with local and international companies and research institutions. Several BIST centres are also closely associated with major research hospitals in the Barcelona area. BIST has also established extensive collaboration agreements with major technology centres in Catalonia. PROBIST fellows will be encouraged to undertake visits and short-term stays and secondments with these partners whenever relevant to their field of research.

Each BIST centre offers an internationally renowned, attractive research environment, complemented by a range of training activities that will help highly qualified young scientists to develop the skills necessary for a successful career. The high interdisciplinary nature of BIST makes it an excellent setting for fellows to access an extensive offer of scientific seminars, courses and workshops.

PROBIST fellows will be able to participate in a number of existing programmes, including:

• Seminar programmes of the BIST centres
• Researcher exchange and networking programmes with key academic partners and including international conferences and workshops organised by BIST centres.

In its effort to establish an outstanding long-term training programme, BIST is planning a variety of training initiatives for postdocs, to support them in the different stages of their career development, by exploring the different options for becoming successful leading scientist. Along this process, fellows should acquire responsibility in conducting their own research project in a highly competitive environment (effective research, leadership skills, strategic thinking, ethical research responsibility, technical workshops), and awareness and responsibility for their own career progression.

BIST is aware that for training the scientific leaders of the future, involves providing them with tools and aptitudes on transferable skills which will allow them to excel in both, the academic and industrial worlds. The European Charter for Researchers requires that “all researchers … are given the opportunity for professional development and for improving their employability through access to measures for the continuing development of skills and competencies”. In this regard, PROBIST will offer courses and seminars specifically designed to foster these abilities.

The actions included in the programme are focused on:
1) training in leadership skills;
2) offering opportunities to assume responsibility;
3) offering tools to be active in own career progression plan.

One of the main objectives of PROBIST is to provide high quality supervision offering:

• Targeted mentoring and access to a wide variety of scientific activities, services, and networks.
• Have close mentoring: The PROBIST research project chosen and performed by the fellow will be under the supervision of the group leader, who at the same time will be shaping, together with the fellow, a personalized career development plan (PCDP). The goal of this plan will be to develop and foster the individual competences of the fellow.

Calls Structure

The calls for candidatures will be open to everybody but special eligibility criteria and a multistep evaluation procedure will apply. There are no restrictions on gender, age, ethnic groups, national or social origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, language, disability, political opinion, and social or economic conditions. BIST and its associated centres are committed to pro-active policies on equal opportunities and gender issues.

Please review the eligibility and evaluation criteria and carefully read the instructions on how to submit an application before applying.

Applications will exclusively be accepted through the on-line application platform. You will be informed on the state of your application at all stages. The main means of communication during the formal process will be by e-mail. The entire selection process will be managed under strict control of privacy rules.

Call schedule:
Call 2: 20 February 2018 – Deadline: 20 April 2018
Interviews: from 9 to 13 July 2018 (exact days to be confirmed)
Incorporation foreseen from 08 to 09/2018 (*)

 

(*) the exact date of incorporation will be agreed with the host centre once the award is granted. The indicated entry dates are tentative and may be negotiated with the corresponding host centre.

Please check back in the coming days for updated information and dates.

Research Topics

Please, kindly note that you can select up to 3 topics (from the same or different host centres) but you will only be evaluated by the review panel related to the centre hosting the topic you select as 1st choice.

From the vantage point of molecular science, ICIQ aims to lead cross-strategies to answer major social and economic challenges related to sustainability, energy and health. In this regard, it conducts research of excellence in Catalysis and Renewable Energies.

ICIQ_C2-07

Group Leader: Jose Ramon Galan-Mascaros
Keywords: Photoelectronics / multifunctionality / Energy harvesting / Photovoltaics

Description: Preparation and characterization of smart multifunctional materials from inorganic/organic hybrids for their implementation into (photo)-electronic devices. The final aim will be the validation of novel materials and device architectures to facilitate energy transformations of interest in renewable energy schemes, for solar or thermal energy harvesting.

ICIQ_C2-08: Discovery of sustainable synthetic amination methodology based on chiral aryliodine(I/III) catalysis

Group Leader: Kilian Muñiz
Keywords: Aromatics, Synthetic organic chemistry, Catalysis, Chirality, Hypervalent iodine, Enantioselective functionalisation, Chemical reactions: catalysis, mechanisms, dynamics and kinetics, Molecular architecture and structure, Oxidation, Synthesis and structure of natural products.

Description: The proposed research centres on the development of innovative oxidative C-N bond formation at arene cores promoted by chiral aryliodine(I/III) catalysis. It aims for a pronounced impact on the enantioselective synthesis of pharmaceutically and medicinally relevant molecules. Work tasks include the de novo catalyst design, development of suitable oxidants including photocatalysis, advanced mechanistic understanding and the application of such reactions for the exploratory synthesis of small biomolecules and biologically active natural products.

ICIQ_C2-09: Photocatalysis for asymmetric amino acid synthesis

Group Leader: Arjan W. Kleij
Keywords: Photocatalysis, amino acids, asymmetric synthesis, carbon dioxide, metal catalysis

Description: The research program aims to combine visible-light driven photocatalysis with CO2-valorisation methods to provide an atom-efficient synthetic route for α-amino acids (AAs). The key strategy will involve the photoactivation of CO2 and development of a sustainable route to these important building blocks useful in biological and synthetic applications.

ICIQ_C2-10: In situ and operando spectroscopy of catalytic materials and interfaces

Group Leader: Atsushi Urakawa
Keywords: Heterogeneous catalysis, in situ and operando spectroscopy, environmental catalysis, CO2 conversion

ICIQ_C2-11: Photochemical Enantioselective Organic Catalysis: Making Biologically Relevant Chiral Molecules with Light

Group Leader: Melchiorre Group
Keywords: Photochemistry – enantioselective catalysis – organocatalysis – complex molecule synthesis – medicinal chemistry – radical chemistry

Description: The project aims to develop conceptually innovative catalytic methods that allow rapid and stereocontrolled access to biologically relevant chiral scaffolds. We will pursue the proposed research by combining the potential of metal-free enantioselective organocatalysis and visible light photocatalysis, two powerful strategies of modern chemical research with extraordinary potential for the sustainable preparation of organic molecules. This approach may offer a powerful synthetic platform for discovering new reactions to streamline the synthesis of compounds that may be relevant to human health.

ICIQ_C2-23: Design and development of allosterically regulated non-natural enantioselective catalysts for synthetically valuable metal-mediated transformations

Group Leader: Anton Vidal
Keywords: Enantioselective catalysts, Allosteric control, Regulable ligands, (Hetero)cycles, API precursors

Description: The project is related to an area of research in which cutting-edge chemistry combines concepts from supramolecular and physical organic chemistry with traditional approaches from enantioselective catalysis. Crucial aspects of this work include modular design of the catalysts; use of versatile synthetic procedures (organic and inorganic transformations, or supramolecular processes including understudied supramolecular interactions such as halogen bonding); incorporation of regulation mechanisms to optimize the geometry of the catalyst’s active-site; and computational study of their catalytic cycles (through collaborations). Research activities also endeavor to expand the scope of the developed catalysts to include the catalytic asymmetric synthesis of synthetic precursors of pharmaceutically active ingredients, and/or other biologically active compounds.

ICIQ_C2-24: Theoretical simulations (DFT) to understand new catalytic materials

Group Leader: Nuria Lopez
Keywords: Density Functional Theory; Heterogeneous Photo-electro-catalysis; Microkinetic Modeling

Description: Searching new catalytic materials with excellent activity, selectivity and stability performance is a main goal to achieve sustainable future and a circular economy. The topic of research is thus the use of theoretical simulations based on Density Functional Theory, to systematize, understand and engineer new materials with enhanced catalytic properties.

 

ICN2 has 17 research groups broadly categorised into five main fields of research: Theory and Simulation; NanoBioSensing Devices; Nanodevice Fabrication and Properties; Chemical Routes to Nanostructures; and Nanoscale Manipulation and Characterisation. These groups are supported by three specialised technical divisions (Nanoscience Instrument Development, Electron Microscopy, Nanomaterials Growth) and a general services division.

 

ICN2_C2-12: Development of photonic sensors using Metal-Organic Frameworks for Environmental monitoring

Group Leader: Laura M. Lechuga and Daniel Maspoch
Keywords: Photonic sensors, MOFs, gas/pollutant sensing, multiplexing sensing

Description: This project proposes a complete new direction for solving the unmet need of high sensitivity synthetic sensors. The new sensor will combine MOFs synthetized with the right functionality and morphology to act as specific receptor and photonic transducers specially designed to include the MOFs receptor while affording a high level of sensitivity. This novel phenomena combination will allow detecting small molecules for environmental monitoring. The first application will be in the environmental field for in-situ detection of air and water pollutants.

 

 

IRB Barcelona aims to answer fundamental questions in biomedicine and apply new knowledge to real issues in human health. Its current 24 groups are organised into five research programmes: Cell and Developmental Biology; Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; Molecular Medicine; Structural and Computational Biology; and Oncology.

IRB Barcelona_C2-15

Group Leader: Ferran Azorin
Keywords: CHROMATIN/EPIGENETICS/ 3D GENOME ORGANIZATION/HISTONE H1/ GENOME STABILITY/ R-LOOPS/ GERMLINE DEVELOPMENT

Description: Epigenetic regulation of chromatin functions: the role of linker histones H1 in 3D chromatin organization, their contribution to genome stability and functional analysis of germline specific H1s

IRB Barcelona_C2-16

Group Leader: Cayetano Gonzalez
Keywords: malignant growth, cancer testis antigens, Drosophila, l(3)mbt, cancer therapy, polarity, centrosome, neural stem cells

Description: The research project will be fully integrated into the main activities and interests of the laboratory. In our research group, we model cancer in flies to understand the cellular changes that drive malignant growth and to identify conserved mechanisms that might be relevant for human cancer therapy. We focus on the mechanisms of malignant transformation in larval brains. We have revealed that neuroblasts can originate tumours if the process of self-renewing asymmetric division is disrupted. We have discovered a fly model of human tumours characterized by the ectopic expression of Cancer Testis antigens and revealed a functional requirement for some of those genes for tumour growth. We have described a method to assay the tumourigenic potential of Drosophila mutant tissues. We also maintain a very active line of research to identify new centrosomal proteins and found some with human orthologs that are linked to human pathologies. We also work on the mechanisms that bring about genome instability in Drosophila tumours. For our research, we develop and make extensive use of cutting-edge microscopy techniques.

IRB Barcelona_C2-17

Group Leader: Xavier Salvatella
Keywords: Intrinsically disordered proteins, liquid liquid phase separation, nuclear magnetic resonance, fluorescence microscopy, transcription, protein dynamics, molecular simulations

Description: We are interested in studying how the structural properties of intrinsically disordered proteins relate to their functions. Our current focus is the study of the changes in conformation that occur in the transactivation domain of transcription factors at the activation of transcription. Our approach involves the use of experimental and computational biophysical tools to characterize these changes, mainly nuclear magnetic resonance in solution and molecular simulations, as well as the use of functional assays and fluorescence microscopy to validate our findings in cells. The project of the candidate joining our group will be in this area and the specifics will be decided by her/him and the PI depending on background, interests and motivations.

IRB Barcelona_C2-18: Revisiting the role of glycogen in exercise.

Group Leader: Joan J. Guinovart
Keywords: Glycogen, exercise, endurance

Description: It is widely accepted that muscle glycogen is a key factor in exercise. However, recent data from our lab have revealed that an increase in muscle glycogen may in fact lead to a decrease in exercise performance. Conversely, an increase in liver glycogen may exert a greater positive impact on performance. In order to further address this topic,
we have generated several new animal models with increased and decreased capacity to store glycogen in liver and muscle. The goal of the project is to re-evaluate the impact of these stores on exercise endurance and resistance.

IRB Barcelona_C2-19

Group Leader: Jens Luders
Keywords: Centrosome, microtubule, tubulin, spindle, nucleation, cytoskeleton, mitosis, neuron

Description: The goal of the project will be to develop novel tools to study how cells nucleate microtubules and how this contributes to the organization of the microtubule cytoskeleton in different cell cycle stages and in different cell types. Two main models will be used: dividing human cells and differentiating, post-mitotic mouse neurons.

IRB Barcelona_C2-20: Identification of tumor vulnerabilities from large cancer cohorts

Group Leader: Nuria Lopez-Bigas
Keywords: Cancer, cancer genome interpretation, personalized cancer medicine

Description: The interpretation of tumor genomes and transcriptomes in the clinic and in translational research is hindered by our relatively lack of knowledge on the relevance of their variants in sustaining their growth. To date, only few variants have been linked to the response –and the potential emergence of resistance– to anti-cancer drugs, as well as to metastasis. The role of variants that are currently of unknown significance for the tumor needs to be clarified in order to make the interpretation of newly sequenced cancer genomes straightforward. In this project, we propose to analyze thousands of cancer genomes which have been sequenced to date in order to reveal potential biomarkers of the vulnerabilities of tumors –ranging from their mutational processes to specific variants– that could aid in their interpretation. This knowledge will be incorporated into our Cancer Genome Interpreter (www.cancergenomeinterpreter) platform.

IRB Barcelona_C2-21: Chemical modifications of Nucleic Acids and human physiology

Group Leader: Lluís Ribas de Pouplana

Description: The roles of posttranscriptional modifications of RNA in the regulation of genetic programs is an emerging and exciting area of cell biology. We have shown that domain-specific anticodon modifications in tRNA were an important factor in the evolution of genome structure and codon composition in eukaryotic organisms. Our data indicates that such modifications are important for the translation of human extracellular matrix proteins with extremely biased amino acid compositions that probably contributed to the advent of multicellularity.
Our goal is to characterize the role/s of tRNA modifications on the evolution and physiology of the eukaryotic cell. In particular, we will focus on their contribution to the translation of mammalian-specific proteins, and to the process of cell reprogramming and differentiation. We are seeking highly motivated individuals with a combined interest in evolution, biomedicine, and ‘Omics’ data analysis techniques.

IRB Barcelona_C2-22

Group: Molecular Modelling and Bioinformatics
Keywords: Multiscale modelling, chromatin structure

Description: Genomics is probably the fastest evolving field in current science. A decade ago the main concern was to obtain the sequence (1D code) of the genome. Today the big challenges are to determine how genotype information is transferred into phenotype and how pathological phenotypic changes can be predicted from genome alterations.

Understanding how the genome is organized in space, and how this affects gene regulation, will be required to fully understand the time-dependent connection between genome and phenome. As technology has advanced, information of the folded state of chromatin has emerged, leading to the advent of a new branch of genomics (3D/4D genomics).

 

ICFO is devoted to the science and technologies of light with fundamental and applied research programmes that address issues such as health, renewable energies, information technologies, and security and industrial processes, among others. ICFO currently hosts more than 300 researchers organised into 23 research groups and 60 laboratories.

ICFO_C2-01: Biomedical Optics & Biophysics

Keywords: biomedical, optics, biophysics, microscopy, imaging, biology, physics, biomedicine, bionano, photonics, nanobiosensors, nanomaterials, diagnostics, clinical research, biological systems, nanoantennas, engineering

ICFO_C2-02: Optical Sensing, Optoelectronics & Photovoltaics

Keywords: optics, sensing, optoelectronics, photovoltaics, solar cells, materials, physics, engineering, chemistry, photonics, graphene, nanotechnology, 2D materials, quantum, nanoquantum, biological systems, engineering

ICFO_C2-03:  Nonlinear Optics, Ultrafast Optics & Attoscience

Keywords: nonlinear, optics, photonics, ultrafast, attophysics, attoscience, light-matter, solid state physics, laser science, laser physics, laser, physics

ICFO_C2-04: NanoPhotonics & NanoMechanics

Keywords: Nanophotonics, Nanotecnology, bionano, physics, biological systems, 2D materials, graphene, ultrafast, plasmonics, nanoscale photonics, nanotubes, resonators, light-matter, nanoantennas, engineering, photonics

ICFO_C2-05: Experimental Quantum Optics & Quantum Information

Keywords: quantum optics, quantum information, quantum engineering, quantum physics, quantum, physics, optics, photonics, solid state physics, quantum mechanics, cold atoms, ultracold atoms, quantum metrology

ICFO_C2-06: Theoretical Nanophotonics, Quantum Optics & Quantum Information

Keywords: quantum optics, quantum information, quantum engineering, quantum physics, quantum, physics, optics, photonics, theory, theoretical, attoscience, ultrafast, mathematics, graphene, materials, 2D materials, plasmonics, many-body, nanoquantum

Partner Institutions

The following partner institution are already available for undertaking secondments. The possibility of working with other partners can be explored during the fellowship.

ALBA Synchrotron Light Source
Cerdanyola de Vallès, ES (Barcelona)
www.albasynchrotron.es

BIOCAT
Barcelona, ES
www.biocat.cat

Cataloniabio
Barcelona, ES
www.cataloniabio.org

CRAC Career Development Organization
Cambridge, UK
www.crac.org.uk

Dark Energy Survey – University of Chicago
Chicago, USA
www.darkenergysurvey.org

Eurecat Technology Center
Barcelona, ES
www.eurecat.org

Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Nanoscale Science
Weizmann Institute of Science, Materials and Interfaces Department
Rehovot, IL
www.weizmann.ac.il/kimmel-nano/

Hokkaido University, Faculty of Advanced Life Science
Sapporo, JP
www.altair.sci.hokudai.ac.jp/advlfsci/en/

Imperial College London, research group for high energy particle physics
London, UK
www.hep.ph.ic.ac.uk/~wascko/

Innovació I Recerca Industrial I Sostenible – IRIS
Castelldefels (Barcelona), ES
www.iris.cat

Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute – IDIBAPS)
Barcelona, ES
www.idibaps.org

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia – IBEC
Barcelona, ES
www.ibecbarcelona.eu

Intelligent Pharma S.A.
Barcelona, ES
www.intelligentpharma.com

Iproteos S.L.
Barcelona, ES
www.iproteos.com

Laboratorios Dr. Esteve, S.A.U.
Barcelona, ES
www.esteve.com

Leitat Technology Center
Barcelona, ES
www.leitat.org

Michigan State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy
East Lansing, MI, USA
www.pa.msu.edu/

Mind the Byte, S.L.
Barcelona, ES
www.mindthebyte.com/

Mynoryx Therapeutics S.L.
Mataró (Barcelona), ES
www.mynoryx.com

Nanonica S.A.
Lugano, CH
www.nanonica.com

Radboud University Medical Center, Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
Nijmegen, NL
www.rimls.nl

Research Center of Vall d’Hebron – VHIR
Barcelona, ES
www.vhir.org

RMIT Europe
Barcelona,ES
www.rmit.edu.au

University of Toronto, Insitute of Particle Physics
Toronto, CA
www.physics.utoronto.ca

Eligibility Criteria

To be admitted to the review process, candidates must comply with the following eligibility criteria:

• Presenting complete applications including all requested compulsory information and documentation.

• Having not spent more than 12 months of the prior 36 months in Spain, at the time of the call deadline. You will be required to confirm your compliance through a self-declaration.

• Be in possession of a PhD degree at the time of the call deadline. Please provide evidence when you apply (e.g. scanned PhD-degree or documents that proof having read a successful PhD at the moment of the call deadline).

• Having not been awarded their PhD degree more than 5 years ago, at the time of the call deadline. Exceptions are made for documented periods of parental leave or serious illness. Other equivalent exceptions may be considered when properly documented and motivated by the applicant, e.g, in case of candidates from underdeveloped countries, minorities, and for applicants that pursued their studies under comparatively unfavourable conditions. Please provide evidence when you apply (for instance uploading additional documentation).

• Being main author in at least one publication in an internationally reputed journal at the time of the call deadline. Only accepted and published in print or online papers are eligible.

Evaluation & Selection

The evaluation of eligible candidates will be carried out by an external, independent selection panel. The evaluation will be objective, independent, free of conflicts of interest and the selection will be based on merits, equal opportunities and freedom of choice of research.

Please, kindly note that you can select up to 3 topics (from the same or different host centres) but you will only be evaluated by the review panel related to the centre hosting the topic you select as 1st choice.

The review procedure will be carried out in various steps:

  1. First review by the selection panel reviewing the documentation submitted with the application. General suitability for PROBIST will be evaluated (review 1).
  2. Invitation of pre-selected candidates to prepare a research proposal with the groups they want to be hosted at. A research proposal that is finally submitted needs to have the hosting commitment by the corresponding GL. Presenting a proposal is a requirement for being invited to the next step (interview).
  3. Second review by the selection panel: interviews and presentation of the research proposal (review 2).
  4. Decision on awardees, reserve list and rejected candidatures. Selected candidates (awardees) will be offered the grant. Rejected offers may be offered to candidates from the reserve list.

The evaluation criteria to be applied to review 1 are:

• Scientific achievements: results, previous research experience and skills, scientific results, awards, intersectoral and international links etc. (50%)
• References: referees’ evaluation, referees’ experience (25%)
• Motivation and potential impact on the candidate’s career (25%)

Only candidates with an initial evaluation of 50% or higher are considered “pre-selected” and shall pass to the next step.

The evaluation criteria to be applied to review 2 are:

• Scientific achievements (40%): assessed based on application material and panel interview: scientific results, references, previous research experience and skills, as well as fellowships and awards that had been obtained in the past.
• Scientific merit of the research proposal (30%): Scientific quality and originality of the proposal.
Impact on the candidate’s career development and prospective, as well as strategic relevance (30%): increased learning curve of the candidate; expose to new ideas and areas; interaction with different groups and centres, internationalization strategy, tech transfer (where applicable), etc.

Intended re-integration of scientists after a career break is encouraged. Equal opportunities is a principle for the selection process. BIST and the participating centres aim at equal gender balance and pay special attention to candidatures coming from unfavourable conditions.

Due to the large number of applications received in the previous call, only applicants passing to subsequent evaluation steps will be informed of the progress at all stages of the process. The candidates being interviewed will receive an evaluation report for their candidature should they request it. The default means for communication is e-mail through fellows@bist.eu

Submitting an Application

Preparing an application

The on-line submission platform for the first call will be open from 20 February 2017. The deadline for the submission of applications is 20 April 2017 end of the day (CET).

Please check the specific call parameters for detailed timelines and research topics.

Before start applying, please carefully read the below instructions.

Start your application now.

Applications checklist for the initial submission:
By the deadline, the following documentation and information needs to be presented to be eligible:

1. Application form on personal data (on-line form to be filled in)

• Basic personal data and contact information

2. Application form on background (on-line form to be filled in)

• Specific background information on PhD title, previous works, results, awards, etc.
• Upload of the PhD certificate or substituting document issued by the corresponding University
• Indication of the preferred research topics (one or several)
• Indication of reference persons who endorse your candidature
• Additional information relevant for the application and the eligibility, if applicable

3. Letter of motivation (document upload)

• The cover letter addresses research interests and motivation for the application, as well as the applicant’s background and suitability for the fellowship.

4. Curriculum Vitae (document upload)

• Applicants should indicate their scientific and professional trajectory and include information on publications, awards or other scientific merits. Candidates with career breaks or variations in the chronological sequence of their career steps are welcome to apply.

Applications cannot be updated after the submission. Only complete applications are eligible.

After the deadline, applicants will be checked for eligibility. Non-eligible applicants will be rejected. The eligible candidates will be reviewed by the selection panel. Suitable candidates will be invited to present a research proposal with the group(s) of their choice for the second review stage (pre-selected candidates).

Requirements for the second review stage

The pre-selected candidates will receive the group leader’s contact details of the research groups of their interest. They are given 2 weeks to prepare a 2 page research proposal with the group. Candidates whose research proposals pose ethical concerns must indicate this in their proposal. In any case an ‘Ethical Issues Form’ needs to be filled in and uploaded on the submission platform as part of the application. A research proposal that is finally submitted needs to have the hosting commitment of the corresponding group leader, in case of being finally selected. Presenting a proposal is a requirement for being invited to an interview.

The pre-selected candidates who have presented a valid research proposal will then be invited to an interview at the centre(s) where they have obtained a hosting commitment. The dates for the interview are published in the call information when the call is opened. Interviews should be on-site but can be remote if constraints exist. The focus will be on:

• The candidates’ presentations of an executive summary of their background and research experience so far,
• Their justification of motivation for applying to the fellowship, as well as the expected impact it would have on their career prospective,
• The candidates’ presentations of the research proposal.

As a tentative schedule, the interview will last 20 minutes plus 15 minutes of questions and answers.

Successful candidates will be awarded the fellowship or put onto a reserve list according to a shortlist created by the selection panel. Candidates not passing the 70% evaluation threshold will be rejected. Rejected candidates have the right to appeal in justified cases, like evidence of bias or conflict of interest by evaluators, evidence of failure to have reasonably followed the published evaluation procedure, factual errors by evaluators that have substantially altered the outcome of evaluation.

Awardees will be offered the fellowship that they would need to accept or reject within 1 week after the offer. Accepting the offer will start the incorporation process.

All personal data will be treated confidentially.

Start your application now.

After Application

Redress procedure
In case you consider it necessary to redress the evaluation result, please direct your request through our contact form on www.bist.eu/probist indicating the programme (PROBIST) and the call deadline. Please state clearly the reasons for your redress. Only justified requests that indicate serious doubts with complying the principles applicable to the evaluation and selection procedure can be taken into account and evaluated.

Incorporation 
Accepting the offer of the grant will start the incorporation process.

Requirements for starting your fellowship, in case of being selected:
• You will have to take care of obtaining Visa, work permit and the Spanish Social Security number. You will also need to register residency in Spain in order to obtain the necessary tax number. Your future host organization will provide support and orientation where possible.
• Sign a work contract with the host centre. The place of work will be at the host centre. The usual working conditions of the host apply to your fellowship.

Living and working in Barcelona
An exhaustive description on work and life in Catalonia can be found here.

Post award requirements
The fellows will participate in the generation of the scientific and review reports for the European Commission wherever this is necessary. The European Commission or BIST may require to give feedback on the program and the personal experience of the fellow in it. Both can be necessary during and after the fellowship. In particular, the PROBIST Fellows will need to prepare a final report after the completion of their fellowship. This report should arrive the BIST project manager no later than eight weeks after the end of the fellowship.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the calls for the PROBIST postdoctoral fellowship program be?

Call 1: 01/09/2017, deadline 01/11/2017 end of the day CET, selection 01/2018, incorporation foreseen for 03 to 04/2018 (*)

Call 2: 01/02/2018, deadline 01/04/2018 end of the day CEST, selection 06/2018, incorporation foreseen for 08 to 09/2018 (*)

Call 3: 10/06/2018, deadline 15/09/2018 end of the day CEST, selection 11/2018, incorporation foreseen for 01 to 02/2019 (*)

Call 4: 01/12/2018, deadline 01/02/2019 end of the day CET, selection 04/2019, incorporation foreseen for 06/2019 (*)

(*) the exact date of incorporation will be agreed with the host centre once the award is granted. The indicated entry dates are tentative and may be negotiated with the corresponding host centre in justified cases.

How many PROBIST fellowships are available?

The program will fund 61 fellowships of 3 years duration, distributed in 4 calls until the end of 2018.

How do I apply?

Applications need to be presented through the BIST online submission platform. Please read with attention the “Submitting an application” section before you apply to make sure you can meet the call’s requirements.

Which research projects are offered for the fellowships?

Applicants freely choose the research thematic area, research topic and hosting group they want to apply for. After a first review step for general suitability for the PROBIST program, pre-selected candidates will be given the contacts of PROBIST participating group leaders at the BIST centres. They then shall present a 2 page research proposal with their group(s) of interest. Only research proposals that have the hosting commitment of a BIST centre research group can be submitted to the second stage review, where they will have to defend their proposal in an interview.

Which are the participating centres hosting the fellowships?

• The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)
• Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)
• Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)
• Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE)
• Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)

How can I contact the Scientists willing to host a fellowship I am interested in?

After your application including general documentation like an application questionnaire, a cover letter, a CV and at least 2 referee contacts, a review of the presented documentation on general suitability for the PROBIST program will be carried out. Suitable pre-selected candidates will be given the contacts of PROBIST participating group leaders at the BIST centres and can freely contact the groups of their interest.

Where can I carry out the fellowship and what are the conditions?

PROBIST fellowships will be placed within the host group the successful candidate has chosen during the application process. The working contract will be between the host centre and the fellow. BIST itself will not contract fellows directly.

The specific working conditions of the host centre and the MSCA-COFUND program apply. All participating centres have obtained the “HR Excellence in Research” recognition or have corresponding action plans ongoing. Annual gross salary: 36.252,82€ plus a single allowance of 1504,89€ relocation support (Spanish tax and social security deductions apply).

The fellow will receive close mentoring and supervision through prestigious Senior Researchers, a personalized career development plan and a training program for scientific and transferable skills.

What will be my salary? How much is the fellowship worth?

Annual gross salary: 36.252,82€ plus a single allowance of 1504,89€ relocation support (Spanish tax and social security deductions apply).

We can’t indicate the precise net salary. It very much depends on your particular situation and additional incomes you might have. You can estimate it yourself through the following web:

http://www.calcularsueldoneto.com/csn-en-calculate-net-salary.php

The estimated net figures there are only informative, tentative and not binding for the final fellowship.

Can the PROBIST fellowship be prolonged?

The duration the fellowship is 36 months and usually cannot be prolonged.

What are the eligibility criteria?

The eligibility criteria can be found in the “Eligibility Criteria” section

Can I apply if I have lived or worked in Spain previously?

If you have worked in Spain for more than 12 months out of the last 36 months at the date of the call deadline, you are not eligible for PROBIST.

Can I apply if I do not have my PhD diploma yet?

To be eligible, candidates must have finalized their PhD at the date of the call deadline. Application may, instead of the PhD certificate, contain documental evidence that the PhD will be obtained by this date.

What kind of PhD do I have to hold?

Your scientific achievements should be relevant for the topics you are interested to work on. Otherwise you would have difficulties to obtain a sufficient score for a competitive candidature. Apart from this competitive factor and the general eligibility criteria there are no formal restrictions to your PhD.

I would like to do my PhD at a BIST centre. Is there also a pre-doctoral program?

Yes, please follow this link to the PREBIST pre-doctoral fellowship program.

How do I get access to the application platform?

After having checked the requirements for a successful application you can start the submission process on our website. The platform will guide you through the process. You will be asked to answer an application questionnaire and to upload documentation. You can save and complete your application any time until the call deadline. Only complete applications are eligible for further review.

The application platform will be open for submission from the official call opening date to the call deadline.

For pre-selected candidates the platform will be opened again after the deadline for presenting additional documentation (research proposal, ethical issues questionnaire).

What is the exact deadline?

Call 1: opens 01/09/2017, deadline 01/11/2017 end of the day CET.
Call 2: opens 01/02/2018, deadline 01/04/2018 end of the day CEST.
Call 3: opens 10/06/2018, deadline 15/09/2018 end of the day CEST.
Call 4: opens 01/12/2018, deadline 01/02/2019 end of the day CET.

Are referees mandatory and will they be contacted?

You will be asked to present the contact of at least two referees for your application. As the referees are important for the evaluation of your application, it is mandatory to provide sufficient contact details. The referees will be contacted by BIST after you have validated your application in the on‐line system. The referees will receive an e‐mail with a request to answer a questionnaire and to provide a recommendation letter before the call deadline via the online submission platform. It is the applicant’s responsibility that referees provide the necessary information and documentation before the call deadline. Once you have submitted your application you will be able to follow in the system if your referees have submitted a statement or letter. You can send them a reminder if necessary.

Not having presented two referees will be considered as incomplete applications. Not obtaining sufficient feedback from your referees may negatively impact on the evaluation of your candidature.

What are the structure and the formal requirements for the project description and the CV?

Any CV design is allowed but please make sure that key aspects of your career (trajectory, publications, awards, etc.) are easy to find and understand. The file format of all uploaded documents ideally should be pdf.

What are the different steps in the selection process?

The evaluation of eligible candidates will be carried out by an external, independent selection panel. The evaluation will be objective, independent, free of conflicts of interest and the selection will be based on merits, equal opportunities and freedom of choice of research.

The review procedure will be carried out in various steps:
• First review by the selection panel reviewing the documentation submitted with the application. General suitability for PROBIST will be evaluated.
• Invitation of pre-selected candidates to prepare a research proposal with the groups they want to be hosted at. A research proposal that is finally submitted needs to have the hosting commitment by the corresponding GL. Presenting a proposal is a requirement for being invited to the next step (interview).
• Second review by the selection panel: interviews and presentation of the research proposal.
• Decision on awardees, reserve list and rejected candidatures.
Selected candidates (awardees) will be offered the grant. Rejected offers may be offered to candidates from the reserve list.

What are the evaluation criteria?

The evaluation criteria to be applied to review 1 are:

• Scientific achievements: results, previous research experience and skills, scientific results, awards, intersectoral and international links etc. (50%)
• References: referees’ evaluation, referees’ experience (25%)
• Motivation and potential impact on the candidate’s career (25%)

The evaluation criteria to be applied to review 2 are:

• Scientific achievements (40%): assessed based on application material and panel interview: scientific results, references, previous research experience and skills, as well as fellowships and awards that had been obtained in the past.
• Scientific merit of the research proposal (30%): Scientific quality and originality of the proposal.
• Impact on the candidate’s career development and prospective, as well as strategic relevance (30%): increased learning curve of the candidate; expose to new ideas and areas; interaction between different groups and centres, internationalization strategy, tech transfer (where applicable), etc.

The panels will provide qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the candidates based on these criteria.

Intended re-integration of scientists after a career break is encouraged. Equal opportunities is a principle for the selection process. BIST and the participating centres aim at equal gendar balance and pay special attention to candidatures coming from unfavourable conditions.

Is it possible to update my application after the submission?

No, modifications will not be accepted after the call deadline. Pre-selected candidates, however, will be able to upload additional information and documents.

How do I know about the state of my application?

Applicants will be informed on the progress at all stages of the process. The candidates being assessed in the second review stage will receive an evaluation report for their candidature. E-mail is the main instrument for communication during the process.

When is the result communicated?

Candidates are informed approximately 2 to 3 months after the call deadline whether they will be granted fellowship. The result can be an offer by BIST, forming part of the reserve list, or a rejection.

Candidates being offered the grant should actively accept the offer within a week. Otherwise reserve list candidates may be contacted. Once you accepted the grant you will receive an appointment letter.

When should the fellowship start? When should be the incorporation to the host centre?

You can start immediately the preparation of formal issues (work permits, visa etc.) after you have received the appointment for the grant. It is expected you to start two months after having received the appointment letter. In any case, fellowships should not start later than 6 months after having received the appointment letter.

Where can I find practical information regarding living and working in Spain?

An excellent updated guide on all you have to know before you arrive can be found on the website of the Catalonian Government.

What languages do you speak?

English is the language required at least for working at the BIST centres. Sound command of English is a requirement for effective work in the fellowship.

For your information we state that in Catalonia dominate 2 official languages: Spanish and Catalan. Although you do not need to be able to speak Spanish or Catalan to begin your fellowship, for your own interest we strongly encourage to learn these languages.

Awardees

No fellowships have been granted yet.

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