“This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 945352”.
Funded within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) H2020 2019 call, IRB_DREAM is offering 5 four-year predoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2021-2022.
IRB Barcelona is a vibrant multidisciplinary institute where scientists address challenging and pressing biomedical problems in a collaborative fashion to provide groundbreaking solutions to unmet medical needs.
IRB_DREAM is aimed at talented young researchers wishing to undertake their PhD theses in one of its 27 state-of-the-art laboratories that tackle cutting-edge topics in cancer/metastasis, ageing and cell reprogramming, metabolism, cell differentiation, and genomics, among others. In the context of inter- and multi-disciplinary collaboration between groups, countries (more than 100 international collaborations) and sectors (academy, industry or hospitals), IRB_DREAM offers customized training and ample career development opportunities. This innovative training programme stands out for fostering much valued secondments and other initiatives aimed at strengthening the career prospects of predoctoral researchers.
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IRB_DREAM will recruit prospective early-stage researchers (ESRs) of any nationality, gender, culture, religion, sexual orientation or age to undertake a PhD in biomedicine. To be eligible for an IRB_DREAM fellowship, applicants must:
Candidates are selected exclusively on merit, on the basis of their curricula. The academic grades and curriculum vitae of each applicant are evaluated, as well as recommendation letters and a motivation letter. No selection criteria for positive or negative discrimination are applied.
Applicants should complete and submit the online form. More information regarding the application can be found in the “Useful Information” tab.
Those applying for more than one fellowship need only submit a single application, which will be considered by the different calls.
Applicants will be asked to upload the following documents: *Please note that all the documents provided should be in PDF format.
Students will be required to provide a brief summary of work experience and to request letters of recommendation from two scientists who are familiar with their academic work and who can judge their potential as a PhD student. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that referees submit these letters. Applications not supported by these letters will not be eligible.
Please indicate the Research Node(s) to which you wish to apply (up to 3).
More information on the research activities of each group can be found on the IRB Barcelona webpage.
Applicants should submit information in English (CV, motivation letter, summary of work experience). If the certified academic records are not in Catalan, Spanish or English applicants should also attach a translation in one of the above mentioned languages.
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An Evaluation Committee will appraise eligible applications both in the remote evaluation stage and in the interview stage. This committee will include external members and representatives of group leaders at IRB Barcelona. The evaluation will be independent, impartial, objective and free of conflicts of interest, and the selection will be open, efficient, transparent, fair, and merit-based. The PhD Advisory Committee will oversee the remote and interview stages of the selection process.
Applicants will receive continuous support from the Academic Office through the IRB_DREAM helpdesk (email, phone), which will notify them of the outcome of the preselection. The candidates with the highest scores will be invited to IRB Barcelona for an interview. Those who do not pass the threshold established will be excluded from further consideration. Candidates who do not pass this evaluation will be informed why and will be provided with the instructions to follow to start a redress procedure.
Short-listed candidates will receive an invitation to a two-day interview process held at IRB Barcelona. Offers of admission will be made to the successful candidates shortly after the interview period. Candidates positively evaluated but with an insufficient score to receive a fellowship will be put on a reserve list to cover possible renunciations and future positions.
The identification numbers of fellowship awardees and candidates on the reserve list will be published on the IRB_DREAM section of IRB Barcelona’s website. Awardees will receive a formal invitation letter from the IRB Barcelona Director to join IRB_DREAM.
Call opening: 27 Novembrer 2020
Deadline for candidacies: 29 January 2021
Deadline for referees: 2 February 2021
Eligibility check: 5 February 2021
Remote avaluation: 26 February 2021
Interviews at IRB: 19-20-21 April 2021
Notification to candidates: 30 April 2021
Start date of fellowships: 1 September 2021