Running from July to September 2018, the Maths4Life Programme is aimed at outstanding and highly motivated undergraduates and MSc students with a strong interest in mathematics and statistics.

IRB Barcelona is looking for young undergraduate and MSc students from the national and international community who wish to get involved in multidisciplinary research at the interface between mathematics, statistics, informatics, and biomedicine. The successful candidates will collaborate in developing cutting-edge statistical/computational methods to apply to biological and biomedical research topics. We encourage applications from statisticians, mathematicians, computational scientists, and bioinformaticians wishing to follow a career in the biosciences. The selected students will work individually with IRB Barcelona scientists on diverse topics addressed by the research groups at the institute. The students will be mentored by a senior researcher and will also have the opportunity to participate in the activities undertaken at IRB Barcelona during their stay.

We offer a total of four grants to carry out research with one of the following research groups:

A total of 250 h, to be distributed from July to September upon agreement with the IRB Barcelona supervisor.


Awardees will receive up to 1200€ for the training period.

The Maths4Life Summer Stays Programme has been designed to encourage and further the education of young emerging researchers in biomedical research topics.

  • Addressed to BSc students that have completed at least 120 ECTS of a BSc degree in Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Informatics and related areas by June 2018, and MSc students in the same fields.
  • Sound knowledge of statistics or programming for biology, chemistry or medicine backgrounds.
  • Good knowledge of English.

Students will be awarded a place on basis of academic records, motivation letter, as well as other criteria, such as internationalization, previous research experience, and letter of reference.


Before the deadline, candidates should send the documents listed below to indicating “Maths4Life candidacy” in the subject box.

  • CV
  • A scanned copy of the applicant’s certified Academic Record. These documents must show the grades attained in exam periods
  • Additional certificates, prizes, and recognitions
  • Motivation letter
  • A letter of reference from university lecturers or scientists with who the applicant has studied or worked. Only letters with an official letterhead and signature will be accepted.

Applicants should indicate in the e-mail up to two research groups in which they would like to work—in order of preference. Moreover, if interested in a particular research group, they should make reference to it in the motivation letter. More information on the research activities of each group can be found on the IRB Barcelona website.

Referees must send their letters directly to IRB Barcelona to the address: Only letters with an official letterhead and signature will be accepted. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that their referee sends the letter. Applications not accompanied by this letter will not be processed.

Applicants should submit information wherever possible in English (CV, motivation letter, summary of work experience). If the certified Academic Record is not in Catalan, Spanish, or English, applicants should also attach a translation into one of these languages.

  • 6 April 2018  - Call opening
  • 6 May 2018 - Call closes
  • 16 May 2018 - Call deadline extended
  • June 2018  - Notification to candidates

Start of stays from 1st July 2018.

At the end of the stay, each student must prepare a summary report that will be send to the IRB Barcelona Academic Office as well as the IRB supervisor.



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