Postdoctoral fellowships in the Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona

Deadline extended to March 30th, 2012. 

Programme description

The INTERPOD program has been created to provide highly talented young postdocs with the opportunity to carry out interdisciplinary research at one of the first-class research centers in Europe, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG). The aim of the program is to nourish the potential of selected postdocs to become excellent and independent investigators, and to increase the connectivity between CRG groups by promoting interdisciplinary research projects that require the participation of two or more CRG labs.

The 4-year programme will offer a total of 10 fellowships. Three fellowships will be offered in the third international call (2012).

Eligibility criteria

a) Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates can be of any nationality, but must undertake trans-national mobility, which means that candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Furthermore, applicants working at CRG for more than 3 months before the deadline will not be considered
  • Candidates must hold a PhD degree at the start of the fellowship obtained not more than 4 years before the call deadline (exceptions for up to 3 years for maternity/paternity leaves and other documented career breaks)
  • Candidates must have at least one publication as first author (either in press or published) at the time of the deadline
  • Candidates will have to engage in an interdisciplinary research project
  • Candidates must provide at least two letters of references

b) Completeness of the proposal, i.e. the presence of all requested information (including reference letters)

c) Receipt of the proposal before the deadline

If you have any queries about your eligibility to apply, please contact before submitting an application.


The fellowship is awarded for a period 2 years. Candidates should start within 3 months of the acceptance of the fellowship.

Training and benefits

INTERPOD fellows will benefit from the CRG Research and Training Programme, which includes:

  • International scientific environment. CRG is located in Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), a cluster for biomedical research in southern Europe, which includes several other biomedical research institutions and more than 1000 researchers
  • Advanced research training (training-through research, specific scientific and technology courses and a variety of CRG seminars and CRG/PRBB conferences with international invited speakers)
  • Career development activities (INTERVALS Programme offered to PRBB residents)
  • Cutting- advanced core facilities
  • Other initiatives and activities organised by the PRBB and CRG

Fellows will be supported by competitive salaries, including travel and mobility allowance and research costs.

How to apply 

Applications for the INTERPOD programme are accepted exclusively online through our online application system.
The application deadline is the 30th of March 2012, 5:00 pm (local time).

The online application form includes all of the necessary information for the initial stages of the selection process (scientific CV, list of publications, meetings, research experience and interests, fellowships obtained under competitive calls, project the applicant wishes to perform, etc.) At least two reference letters must be provided, which will be automatically requested from the referees proposed by the candidate through the online system. Candidates must ensure that all information is included before the deadline, including the reference letters. Incomplete proposals will not be considered eligible.

Once the application is submitted, an acknowledgement of receipt will be automatically sent by e-mail to the applicant. A reference number will be assigned, which should be included in any further correspondence.

For any additional information, please contact Imma Falero at

Selection process

The selection of the fellows will be based on the candidates’ academic qualifications and research excellence in an open and transparent peer review selection proccess following the recommendations of the “European Charter for Researchers” and “Code of Conduct for Recruitement of Researchers” as described below:

  • Pre-selection: The pre-selection will be based on the candidate’s CV according to the number and relevance of publications, fellowships obtained under competitive calls, participation in international meetings, reference letters and other merits (teaching, patents, mobility etc).
  • Submission of proposals by candidates: Pre-selected candidates will be invited to contact their prospective group leaders and write a 3-page interdisciplinary project proposal (from a list of pre-designed projects available below on this page or proposed directly by the applicant) using the proposal template available below on this page.
  • Evaluation of projects: Projects will be evaluated by two external reviewers, selected for their competence in the scientific area of the proposal.
  • Oral interviews: Selected candidates will be invited present their projects in an oral interview.
  • Notification to candidates: The top candidates will be offered an INTERPOD fellowship and will be invited to sign an acceptance letter within two weeks of the selection date. Selected candidates should start their fellowships within 3 months of the acceptance at earliest on Oct, 1st.
More details are included in the Call Text.