CNIC International Incoming Fellowships for Young Group Leaders, Spain

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The CNIC International Incoming Fellowships for Young Group Leaders Programme aims to increase the mobility within Europe of experienced researchers in the cardiovascular research area. The programme has been designed to support transnational mobility of researchers and to broaden and deepen their individual competence, particularly in terms of acquisition of complementary skills needed to attain or strengthen a senior independent position in biomedical research.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Hold a PhD or MD degree.
  • Demonstrate a minimum of three years’ postdoctoral experience in centres of international reference preceding the deadline for submission of proposals.
  • Meet the following transnational mobility condition: candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately preceding the deadline for submission of proposals.

Number of fellowships
The programme offers fellowships for experienced researchers at two career stages depending on experience and profile: Starting Fellowships and Advanced Fellowships. In the present call a maximum of six fellowships will be awarded: four Starting Fellowships and two Advanced Fellowships.

All fellowships last three years. Fellowships will commence within two months of acceptance.

Living allowance
Selected fellows will be offered salaries on the internal salary scale at the CNIC.

Contribution to research and training
The CNIC will make annual contributions to research and training-related costs for selected fellows at the standard level received by other independent scientists at the Centre according to category. Quantities assigned will range from €30,000 to €200,000 in the first year, €30,000 to €200,000 in the second year and €30,000 to €60,000 in the third year, depending on the category of the fellowship.

Travel allowance
Each fellow will receive a travel allowance of €1500 per year.

Relocation allowance
The relocation allowance will include travel expenses, removal expenses and a compensation pack for general expenses.

Benefits at the CNIC include: full social security cover; a flexible salary package (a personalized remuneration system permitting significant tax savings); life insurance for death or permanent disability; civil liability insurance; a work and family life balance plan; assistance with nursery care; language training programme (English and Spanish).

Technical conditions and infrastructure
The CNIC is a new centre housed in a splendid building inaugurated in 2006. The building has a total floor space of 23,000 m2, has capacity to accommodate over 500 scientists, and is fitted with the latest generation of technological equipment.

The CNIC Technical Units are core support facilities providing key scientific services to the CNIC’s research groups. The expert staff in the Technical Units not only provide research services, but are also sources of instruction and training. Technical Units include proteomics, genomics, cellomics, dynamic and quantitative microscopy, gene targeting, viral vectors, transgenesis and cell culture suites. The CNIC is currently investing in the creation of a new facility, within the Epidemiology, Atherothrombosis and Imaging Department, devoted to the latest multimode cardiovascular imaging techniques for precise anatomic and functional cardiovascular studies.

General and administrative support
Each researcher is assigned laboratory and office space according to his/her category. In addition to general administrative and logistics support, selected fellows will have direct support within their Departments through specialized Department Research Assistants and Department Managers.

Moreover, selected fellows, like all CNIC researchers, will be supported by the Centre’s specialized scientific support services, which will facilitate their research and provide training. Scientific support services include a Projects Office, Technology Transfer Office, Scientific Training, Communication, Revision and Editing in English, Library and Scientific Documentation, and a Bio-security and Radiation Protection Department

Scientific-technical and complementary training
Recruited researchers will also have the possibility to participate in the large number of seminars and workshops that take place on a regular basis at the Centre, such as the weekly international seminar series, ad hoc scientific seminars, the CNIC internal seminar series, institutional retreats, and focused cardiovascular research workshops.

The CNIC makes major efforts to promote the development of researchers’ complementary skills. To this end, a series of internal workshops and presentations are organised on a regular basis. These series of workshops focus on different areas related to research ethics and bioethics, writing of proposals/grant applications, research project management and technology transfer/patent applications.

Applications must be submitted online at

Candidates will apply to one or more of the five CNIC Research Departments:

  • Cardiovascular Developmental and Repair Department (CDB)
  • Vascular Biology and Inflammation Department (VBI)
  • Epidemiology, Atherothrombosis and Imaging Department (EAI)
  • Translational Cardiovascular Research Department (CTR)

Further information about the CNIC’s Research Departments can be found in the Guide For Applicants published with this call and on our website ( The deadline for submission of applications is the 28 of June 2011 at 12.00 noon Madrid Spanish time (Central European Time). Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible. Once the application is submitted an acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to the applicant. The acknowledgment of receipt will include a reference number that should be included in any further correspondence.

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