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 Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Programme Description

PROBIST is a post-doctoral fellowship Programme led by the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology. Altogether, 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 programme 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)

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 36.000€ plus a single payment of 2000€ relocation support (Spanish tax and social security deductions apply),
• Close mentoring and supervision through prestigious senior researchers,
• A personalized career development plan,
• A training programme for scientific and transferable skills.

PROBIST fellows will receive training in leadership and 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 at the 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 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 online 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.

Next call schedule:

Call is open: March 26th– May 26th *(June 9th for IFAE project)
Writing research proposals for pre-selected candidates: June 10th – June  30th
Interview with candidates:  July 4th – July 12th
Notification finalists: July 22nd
Incorporation foreseen from**: September 1st

(*) note that the application deadline for the IFAE project “Advanced Optical Microscopy Bioimage Data Analysis” is June 9th, 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.

Research Topics

Please, kindly note that you can select up to 3 topics in preference order on the online application form (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.

Note that ICN2 is not hosting any projects for the current call. 

 

IFAE conducts experimental and theoretical research at the frontier of fundamental physics, namely in Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology. IFAE also works at the cutting edge of detector technology, applying its know-how to Medical Imaging, Data-Intensive Computing and projects in other research and engineering domains.

 

The Port d’Informació Científica (PIC) is a scientific-technological center maintained through a collaboration agreement between IFAE and CIEMAT, with the support of UAB. PIC uses distributed high throughput computing technologies including clusters, Grid, Cloud and Big Data, to provide services to manage large amounts of data to scientific collaborations whose researchers are spread all over the world.

Research Projects:

IFAE_C4_01: Advanced Optical Microscopy Bioimage Data Analysis
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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to June 9th, 2019

Group Leader: Dr. Gonzalo Merino

Keywords: microscopy, imaging, super-resolution, biology, data analysis, big data, machine learning, high performance computing

Description:

A world-class Advanced Optical Microscopy (AOM) hub exists within BIST, spearheaded by
facilities and research groups at CRG, IBEC, ICFO and IRB Barcelona, doing research and
development at the forefront of this field. To complete the picture, IFAE hosts one of the
most powerful computing centers for scientific data processing in Spain: PIC (Port
d’Informació Científica).

Purpose

The AOM strategic program at BIST seeks applications to fill a postdoctoral research position focused on the development and optimization of image analysis techniques for supporting experiments using super-resolution and 3D high-throughput Lightsheet live imaging data.
Single experiments are expected to reach the 10 to 100 TB scale. In order to effectively handle this unprecedented volume of microscopy data the team will have access to
distributed data processing and high performance computing facilities within BIST (PIC).
The final goal is to extract quantitative data from the images, by developing a common and innovative framework that facilitates the effective analysis of these large datasets in a distributed environment.

The successful candidate will work in a multi-institutional team environment, closely collaborating with scientific data processing and computing researchers at IFAE/PIC as well as with the teams at the microscopy groups/facilities at CRG (ALM Unit), IBEC (Nanoscopy for Nanomedicine Group), ICFO (SLN Research Facility and Single Molecule Biophotonics Group) and IRB Barcelona (ADM Core Facility).

Main duties
● Develop a framework to run bioimage pipelines for analyzing multi-terabyte
microscopy data samples.
● Develop novel computational tools to enable distributed research teams to share and
analyze bioimage data – e.g. multiple environment image analysis software,
distributed computing and machine/ deep learning.
● Develop advanced techniques for pattern recognition in noisy data and for the
identification and extraction of weak signals – e.g. single molecule localization,
particle tracking, 3D object segmentation.

Qualifications
● PhD in bioinformatics, computer science, mathematics or physics
● Experience with Bioimage (i.e. Optical Microscopy) image analysis packages (usage,
deployment and plugin development).
● Strong programming skills in Python, Java and/or c++.
● Experience with Matlab.
● Experience working in Linux computing environments.
● Experience in advanced optical microscopy experimentation will be a plus.
● Experience in machine learning, GPU programming, distributed data processing
systems or high performance computing will be a plus.
● Able to work independently as well as within a multidisciplinary team
● Fluent in English. Good communication skills.

 

 

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_C4_01: Total Synthesis of Alkaloids Using C-H Amination Reactions as the Key Step  

Group Leader:  Prof. Dr. Kilian Muñiz
Keywords: Alkaloids, Synthetic organic chemistry, Amination, Diamination, Catalysis, Chirality, Enantioselectivity, Oxidation, Synthesis and structure of natural products.

Description: The project aims to generate new entries into the synthesis of complex naturally occurring alkaloids. These entries should rely on the application of recent synthetic methodology for the direct oxidative C-H amination and alkene diamination, respectively, as they were developed by the Muñiz group over recent years. Based on these approaches, the total syntheses should enable strategies outside the common retrosynthetic analyses.

ICIQ_C4_02: Non-natural allosteric catalysts for enantioselective catalysis

Group Leader:  Prof. Dr. Anton Vidal
Keywords: Radical chemistry; photochemistry; asymmetric catalysis; flow chemistry; mechanistic studies; synthetic methods.

Description: The overarching topic of the project is to design and develop allosterically regulated non-natural enantioselective catalysts for synthetically valuable metal-mediated transformations. 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_C4_03: Photochemical Enantioselective Organic Catalysis: Making Biologically Relevant Chiral Molecules with Light

Group Leader: Prof. Dr. Paolo Melchiorre
Keywords: Radical chemistry; photochemistry; asymmetric catalysis; flow chemistry; mechanistic studies; synthetic methods.

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. The development of innovative photochemical strategies will proceed in concert with efforts toward a full process intensification so as to simplify scale-up and allow for higher production flexibility using continuous flow reactor methodology.

ICIQ_C4_04: Towards the understanding of the behavior of immobilized catalysts for increased sustainability

Group Leader: Prof. Miquel A. Pericàs
Keywords: Immobilized catalysts, flow chemistry

Description: Catalysis is key to the development of sustainable production schemes. Within this broad field, immobilized catalytic species combine the advantages of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, simultaneously allowing fine-tuning of catalytic properties through structural modification and easy recycling and reuse. The design of successful immobilized catalytic species beyond trial-and-error approaches largely depends on the understanding of the behavior of immobilized species in comparison with their homogeneous counterparts. The objective of this research is to develop a reduced set of rules that can guide the successful design and development of such immobilized species from three different perspectives:
a) optimal catalytic activity and stereoselectivity behavior,
b) minimized chemical deactivation, and
c) adaptability to continuous flow processing.

 

 

IRB Barcelona’s research purpose is to address fundamental biological questions in order to provide groundbreaking solutions to unmet medical needs. Our institute is organised around three major research challenges, namely Cancer Science, Aging and Metabolism, and Mechanisms of Disease, with the aim to decipher why diseases develop and find new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat them.

At IRB Barcelona, 400 outstanding scientists from diverse disciplines and technical support staff come together to develop knowledge that will ultimately allow society to overcome these challenges.

 

IRB_C4_01: Molecular mechanisms signal integration during tumorigenesis

Group Leader: Prof. Angel R. Nebreda
Keywords: protein kinase, signal transduction, cell regulation, tumor development, cancer cell homeostasis, tumor microenvironment, targeted cancer therapy

Description: Molecular mechanisms signal integration during tumorigenesis

IRB_C4_02: Cell Signaling Group

Group Leader: Prof. Eulàlia de Nadal & Prof. Francesc Posas
Keywords: Cell stress, Hog1 and p38 SAPK, signaling, gene expression, transcription, cell cycle control, cancer.

Description: We aim to unravel how cells detect and respond to environmental changes. We focus our studies on the characterisation of stress signal transduction pathways, especially those regulated by MAP kinases of the Hog1/p38 family, also known as the stress-activated MAP kinases (SAPKs). Proper adaptation to stress involves the modulation of several basic aspects of cell biology, among them the cell cycle and gene expression. Using S. cerevisiae budding yeast as a model organism, as well as higher eukaryotic cells, we are dissecting the molecular mechanisms underlying cell response to changes in the extracellular environment and characterising the adaptive responses required for cell survival.
Research lines:
SAPK targets: Using proteomics, biochemistry and genetics, our main goal is to identify new targets for SAPKs and thus widen our understanding of cellular adaptation to stress. This information is expected to facilitate the characterisation of the bases of adaptation in eukaryotes.
Cell cycle control: SAPKs act in several phases of the cell cycle to allow prompt response to extracellular stimuli and the maintenance of cell integrity. We are uncovering the mechanisms by which Hog1 and p38 SAPKs regulate the cell cycle.
Regulation of mRNA biogenesis: SAPKs control critical steps of mRNA biogenesis and are thus key regulators of stress-responsive gene expression. Our main aim is to determine the contribution of multiple factors to overall gene expression in response to stress. We are also using genome-wide CRISPR screening to identify essential genes for stress adaptation.

 

 

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. For detailed information about specific groups or projects within these topics, please consult: https://www.icfo.eu/lang/research/groups

 

ICFO_C4-01: Biomedical Optics & Biophysics

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

ICFO_C4-02: 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_C4-03: Nonlinear Optics, Ultrafast Optics & Attoscience

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

ICFO_C4-04: NanoPhotonics & NanoMechanics

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

ICFO_C4-05: 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_C4-06: 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:

Mobility: To have not spent more than 12 months of the prior 36 months in Spain, at the time of the call deadline (May 13th, 2019)

PhD date certificate: PhD certificate should be obtained before your incorporation at the research centre, at maximum September 1st 2019. If you have not obtained your PhD at the time to submit your application, please indicate the likely date and provide documental evidence that you will obtain it.

• Publication as first author: To have at least one publication as main author (either accepted or published) in an international reputed journal at the time of the deadline.

• Letters of reference: To have submitted two reference letters at the time of the deadline

PhD degree: Having not been awarded your PhD degree more than 5 years, at the time of recruitment. 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).

Evaluation & Selection

The evaluation of eligible candidates will be carried out by an external, independent selection panel. The evaluation will be objective, independent, and free of conflicts of interest. 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 in preference order on the online application form (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:

Review Step 1: The selection panel is reviewing the documentation submitted with the application. The general suitability for PROBIST will be evaluated (review step 1) and pre-selected candidates will be invited to prepare a research proposal with the groups they want to be hosted at. A research proposal that is submitted needs to have the hosting commitment by the corresponding Group Leader. Presenting a research proposal is a requirement for being invited to the next review step (interview).

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.

Review Step 2: The selection panel will review the research proposals and interview the pre-selected candidates. The selection panel will make the 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 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 amount of applications received in previous calls, only applicants passing to subsequent evaluation steps will be informed on 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 March 26th, 2019. The deadline for the submission of applications is May 26, 2019 at noon (CET) for all projects except the IFAE “Advanced Optical Microscopy Bioimage Data Analysis” project, whose deadline is June 9th, 2019.

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 (online form to be filled in)

• Basic personal data and contact information

2. Application form on background (online 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 or evidence on expected date for submission.
• Indication of the preferred research topics (up to 3 topic in preference order)
• Indication of 2 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 3 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.

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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: 20/02/2018, deadline 20/04/2018 end of the day CEST, interviews 07/2018, incorporation foreseen for 08 to 09/2018 (*)

Call 3: 02/10/2018, deadline 26/11/2018 noon, CET, interviews 02/2019, incorporation foreseen from 04/2019 (*)

Call 4 03/10/2019, deadline 26/05/2019 noon (IFAE project “Advanced Optical Microscopy Bioimage Data Analysis” deadline 09/06/2019), CET, interviews 07/2019, incorporation foreseen from 09/2019 (*)

(*) 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: 36.000€ plus a single allowance of 1500€ 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: 36.000€ plus a single allowance of 2000€ 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, PhD certificate should be obtained before your incorporation at the research centre, at maximum September 1st 2019. If you have not obtained your PhD at the time to submit your application, please indicate the likely date and provide documental evidence that you will obtain it.

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 20/02/2018, deadline 20/04/2018 end of the day CEST
Call 3: opens 02/10/2018, deadline 26/11/2018 noon, CET

Call 4: opens 26/03/201, deadline 26/05/2019 noon, CET (except IFAE project “Advanced Optical Microscopy Bioimage Data Analysis”, deadline 09/06/2019)

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.

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: 20/02/2018, deadline 20/04/2018 end of the day CEST, interviews 07/2018, incorporation foreseen for 08 to 09/2018 (*)

Call 3: 02/10/2018, deadline 26/11/2018 noon, CET, interviews 02/2019, incorporation foreseen from 04/2019 (*)

Call 4 03/10/2019, deadline 13/05/2019 noon, CET, interviews 07/2019, incorporation foreseen from 09/2019 (*)

(*) 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: 36.000€ plus a single allowance of 1500€ 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: 36.000€ plus a single allowance of 1500€ 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, PhD certificate should be obtained before your incorporation at the research centre, at maximum September 1st 2019. If you have not obtained your PhD at the time to submit your application, please indicate the likely date and provide documental evidence that you will obtain it.

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 20/02/2018, deadline 20/04/2018 end of the day CEST
Call 3: opens 02/10/2018, deadline 26/11/2018 noon, CET

Call 4: opens 26/03/201, deadline 13/05/2019 noon, 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

The following Postdoctoral Researchers have already successfully been awarded the PROBIST fellowship and have either started or will soon be starting their research at one of the BIST centres:

Nicola Orlando
Daniel Kerszberg
Pablo Sánchez
Malgorzata Siudek
Allan Johnson
Maurizio Reduzzi
Giulia de Rosi
Seyoon Kim
Hanan Herzig Sheinfux
Roshan Krishna Kumar
Bruno Paulillo
Samuele Grandi
Nicolau Molina Bom
Allegra Franchino
Jan Holub
Breogán Pato Doldán
Irene Sánchez
Kang Chen
Bart Limburg
Stefan Popescu Bogdan
Ying Liu
Maria Chiara Spadaro
Emily Ngugen
Marta Kovatcheva
Jurica Levatic
Radoslaw Pluta
Aleksandra Karolak
Ilaria Dutto
Juan Pablo Arcón
Srividiya Tamirisa
Sundaramoorthy Srinivasan

Institutional Members of the Board of Trustees