The Spanish “Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Competitividad” has published the 2018 FPI call. This FPI program aims the incorporation of doctoral students (4-year contract) to research centers in Spain to carry out their Doctoral Thesis. The Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA), as Centre of Excellence Severo Ochoa (SO) offers 4 FPI research positions for young motivated scientists. The CBGP SO-PhD positions are associated to the following 2 research areas:



This research program aims to revolutionize plant and agricultural research by applying systems-level, multi-scale, information-driven and model-driven approaches to improving plant growth, enhancing productivity, and preventing disease. In order to do so we will integrate the knowledge gained from two key domains: Synthetic or Evolutionary Biology of microorganisms associated with plants. This position involves the utilization of molecular and computational biology approaches to decipher the biology of plant-microorgansms associations.

Principal Investigator: Contact Antonio Molina. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PlantDynamics laboratory at CBGP seeks the design principles behind the molecular mechanisms that control plant hormone signalling. In particular, we are interested in genetic circuits that control organogenesis and postembryonic patterning in plants. To address these mechanisms, we combine multilevel computer model simulations, synthetic biology and lab-on-chip microfluidics. This job post is directed to a talented PhD candidate that would develop both theoretical and experimental models of hormone signalling in plants using our in-house cutting-edge technologies.


  • Master in Microbiology/Plant Biology/Biotechnology or similar

  • Experience with gene cloning and various laboratory techniques such as PCR, qPCR, cell culturing, epifluorescent/confocal microscopy, microbe transformation methods

  • Excellent English communication skills (written and spoken)

  • Experience with statistical datasets analysis

  • Basic skills in computer programming (Python, Matlab) is a big plus

Principal Investigator: Krzysztof Wabnik



The project aims at developing novel tools and bioinformatic methods for large-scale phylogenomic and metagenomic analysis. This includes, but it is not limited to, improving orthology prediction methods for multi-domain proteins, developing novel functional annotation and profiling pipelines for metagenomic samples, and studying the emergence of novel functions across the tree of life (using an integrative pan-genomic and metagenomics view). The balance between resource development and data analysis could be adapted based on candidate's preferences. Related tools and bioinformatic resources: ETE Toolkit, eggNOG-mapper, eggNOG, meta-NG-profiler.

Principal Investigator: Jaime Huerta Cepas



Transition metals are essential cofactors for the enzymes involved in the conversion of atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia, a key process in nitrogen cycling.  These metallic nutrients have to be directed from a few membrane transporters to hundreds of possible metal acceptors, mediated by a network of protein-protein interactions in which metals are exchanged. The selected candidate will participate in the identification of these proteins.


  • A bachelor degree in Biology or related areas and a MSc in Cell and/or Molecular Biology are required

  • Previous experience in nucleic acids and proteins isolation, qPCR, plant physiology, Western blot methods, cloning, and microscopy will be taken into consideration

Principal Investigator: Manuel González Guerrero


What we offer:

Researchers enrolled under the frame of this FPI Program will be hired as Postdoctoral researchers at the CBGP (for period of 1 year) if they complete their PhD in three years. CBGP offers modern and fully equipped facilities to carry out state of the art research in plant molecular biology and agronomic science, and a unique environment to work.

Please send your CV and a motivation letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with indication of chosen research line and code in the title of the email.

The deadline for submission is at 16:00 on 25 October 2018.


More information about the FPI call.


About the CBGP: The mission of the CBGP (UPM-INIA) is to carry out fundamental and strategic research in plant science and in microorganisms interacting with plants. The research is focused in understanding important biological process such as plant development, the interaction of plants with the environment and the mechanisms of plant nutrition. In addition, the CBGP is interested in developing and using computational biology tools to achieve its goals. The acquired knowledge is used to tackle major problems of the agriculture and forestry, and to develop novel technological solutions. CBGP (UPM-INIA) also has an educational role and is a reference center for training scientists and Master's and Bachelor-level students, in plant biotechnology and genomics.



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