ICMAB Open Positions

Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme 2018, Junior Leader “la Caixa” at ICMAB

33 postdoctoral fellowships at Universities and Research Centres of Spain are offered through the Junior Leader Programme from “la Caixa”, which is aimed at hiring excellent researchers —of any nationality— who wish to continue their research career in the Spanish territory on any discipline. At ICMAB we will be happy to host postdoctoral researchers from this program. You can check about ICMAB research programs and groups at our website. Deadline: 26 September 2018 

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Sponsored by Obra Social ”la Caixa”, the objectives of this programme are to foster high-quality, innovative research in Spain and to support the best scientific talents by providing them with an attractive, competitive environment in which to conduct excellent research.The Junior Leader programme is divided into two different frames:

  • “la Caixa” Junior Leader – INCOMING22 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities. They will be offered a three-year employment contract to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction of excellence, Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria Carlos IIII and units evaluated as excellent and exceptional by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia of Portugal. For Spanish institutions, candidates must have resided in Spain less than 12 months in the last three years while for Portuguese institutions, candidates must have resided in Portugal less than 12 months in the last three years.
  • “la Caixa” Junior Leader – RETAINING11 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain or Portugal. For Spanish institutions, candidates must have resided in Spain more than 12 months in the last three years while for Portuguese institutions, candidates must have resided in Portugal more than 12 months in the last three years. By means of a complementary training programme, these fellowships are intended to consolidate research skills and to foster an independent scientific career as an option for the future.

Download complete information about the programme here.

Researchers in the Junior Leader “la Caixa” programme will have a three-year contract with a very competitive stipend and a complementary training and mentoring programme. By means of this programme, these fellowships are intended to consolidate research skills and to foster an independent scientific career as an option for the future.

For details of the grant, applications and selection criteria process, and other general questions, please visit the  Postdoctoral Fellowship Junior leader website.


12 July 2018. Starting date for the submission of applications.
26 September 2018 at 2 pm. Deadline for applications.
20 December 2018. Announcement of shortlisted candidates.
From 11 to 13 February 2019. Selection interviews in Barcelona.
26 February 2019. Publication of results of the selection process. 

About the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB)

The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) is an independent research institution located in the area of Barcelona (Spain) and devoted to leading-edge research in advanced and functional materials, with emphasis in nanomaterials, and in applications in the energy, electronics and biomedicine fields.ICMAB has been recognized with the “Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence” award from the Spanish Government, which acknowledges the Center’s cutting-edge research, scientific leadership and impact at global level, as well as its active collaboration in the social and business environment. The Institute counts with many European and national projects, with a high degree of internationalization and collaboration with other entities, and with outstanding production levels of excellent science.ICMAB welcomes applications from the best and brightest candidates with a degree in a field of science and engineering related to the ICMAB research activities, for a competitive and multidisciplinary training and research programme. The diversity of our students and the interdisciplinary research fields related to Materials Science ensure an enriching working environment to develop your professional career. Join us!

About “la Caixa” Banking Foundation

“la Caixa” Banking Foundation is a Spanish non-profit organisation whose mission is to contribute towards the progress of people and society. Its main lines of action are to provide opportunities for the most vulnerable groups; to support progress through educational, scientific and cultural activities; to contribute towards greater understanding and improvement of the environment; to promote research in the fields of life sciences, healthcare, social sciences and humanities; and to foster the dissemination of science and technology.Since 1982, "la Caixa” Banking Foundation has offered its fellowships programmes—through which more than 4,000 talented young people have received fellowships to take up postgraduate studies or begin their research careers in Spain and abroad. The "la Caixa” fellowship programmes enjoy great recognition thanks to their prestige, to the reliability and rigour of the selection processes, to the fellows’ excellent academic level and the impact that the fellowship has on their future academic or professional careers.

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