This page describes IBEC’s career progression programmes for scientists at senior researcher level or beyond, or those who are planning to start their own group.For postdoc opportunities, visit the dedicated website. For opportunities for students and prior to postdoc level, see the For young scientists section of this website.
Researcher career path at a glance: Spain (click image to download)
A visual guide to the different career stages for researchers in Spain and the public and private grants that can be applied for at each stage to work in the public sector or industry. The document includes links to the programme calls where further information can be found. (Published by MINECO’s Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).)
Junior Group Leader programme: Tenure Track
To identify and incorporate new group leaders, as well as to support young researchers in establishing their own independent research lines, in 2011 IBEC set up a tenure track programme.
Applicants are expected to develop an ambitious project for their future group and to contribute to one or more of IBEC’s core applications areas. Apart from outstanding scientific output, candidates must prove that they are active in the application of competitive proposals as principal investigators. They must also have begun to establish their own research group by attracting and training new talent. Any mobility experience, e.g. a stay in another country/region will be considered as a valuable contribution.
Candidates will be evaluated by the IBEC International Scientific Committee (ISC) based on their scientific quality, the feasibility of the proposed scientific approach, the potential impact of their research, the added value to the current IBEC research programme and structure, and their ability to carry out efficient leadership and management.
Desirable competencies and skills are: Leadership; critical judgment in the identification and execution of research activities; strategic vision on the future of the research field; proven record in securing research funding / budgets / resources; team building and collaboration; excellent communication and networking skills.
Successful candidates will be appointed for an initial 4-year period with possibility of renewal. At the end of the fourth year, the Junior Group Leader will be evaluated by the ISC. A positive evaluation will allow the candidate to become a consolidated Group Leader.
Junior Group Leaders at IBEC are offered a start-up package and provided with suitable laboratory space and access to the state-of-the-art core facilities at IBEC. Moreover, they are assigned a research project manager to support them with the management of their projects and interaction with IBEC administrative staff.
Junior Group Leader positions are advertised on IBEC’s Jobs page.
Junior Group Leader programme: Non-Tenure Track
IBEC’s Junior Group Leader programme aims to identify and incorporate new group leaders, as well as to support young researchers in establishing their own independent research lines in a stimulating, interdisciplinary, collaborative and high quality international scientific environment.
Postdoctoral and senior researcher applicants are expected to develop an ambitious project for their future group and to contribute to one or more IBEC’s core applications areas.
Candidates will be evaluated by IBEC’s International Scientific Committee (ISC) based on their scientific quality, the feasibility of the proposed scientific approach, potential impact of their research, added value to the current IBEC research programme and structure, and their ability to carry out efficient leadership and management.
The successful candidate will be appointed for an initial 4-year period. At the end of the fourth year, the Junior Group Leader will be evaluated by the ISC. A positive evaluation will allow the candidate to extend their appointment for another 4 years.
Junior Group Leaders at IBEC are offered a start-up package and provided with suitable laboratory space, access to the state-of-the-art core facilities at IBEC and access to outstanding predoc students and postdoc researchers. Moreover, they are assigned a research project manager to support them with the management of their projects and interaction with IBEC’s friendly and researcher-oriented administrative staff. Emphasis is given to supporting their participation in competitive calls to start their own research line.
They also have the possibility to apply to IBEC calls for permanent group leaders.
Junior Group Leader positions are advertised on IBEC’s Jobs page.
ICREA Senior Call 2017
The Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) has opened 10 senior research positions for 2017 in the areas of Experimental Sciences & Mathematics and Engineering Sciences. IBEC encourage candidates to apply to this call and will support outstanding candidacies.
ICREA researchers are required to make substantial contributions to their own areas of research and to have a strong impact in the Catalan research system by becoming active members and leaders of the Catalan research community.
-A Ph.D. degree obtained preferably before 2013.
-At least four years of international exposure at pre-doctoral and/or post-doctoral level.
-Only very strong candidates with an outstanding research record and excellent leadership capabilities will be considered.
-Successful applicants will have a permanent contract with ICREA and will work at universities or research centres in Catalonia.
-Salaries will be in line with those at Catalan universities.
ICREA research professors will be subject to an evaluation of their research progress and general performance after a three-year period and subsequently every five years. The evaluations will be carried out by external evaluation committees that will assess scientific production as well as research activity.
Successful candidates are expected to join the host institution no later than September 2018.
Applications must be submitted electronically at ICREA via its website https://www.icrea.cat/en/calls before Tuesday, 21st March 2017. In order to apply, candidates need to have the support of the Catalan research institution where they will carry out their research activities.
Interested applicants to apply for an ICREA position at IBEC should send a letter of expression of interest and CV to email@example.com before 10/03/2017 (Reference: ICREA 2017). The selection committee formed by IBEC’s Director and the International Scientific Committee will evaluate all candidacies and decide which ones IBEC will support.
Severo Ochoa Sabbatical programme
IBEC will implement, starting February 2017, an annual call for its Sabbatical Programme for its group leaders, who are encouraged to take sabbatical leave at internationally recognized institutions where they can establish new collaborations and explore unconventional paths that boost their current research.
For more information, visit the Visitors and Sabbaticals section of this website.