The Spanish “Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Competitividad” has announced the new edition of Ramon y Cajal (RyC) call. It is a 5 years tenure track contract to attract senior postdoctoral staff with outstanding R&D track record to Spanish research centers.

The Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA)offers RyC research positions for motivated scientists in the following areas:


CBGP Institutional RyC positions for the Computational/Systems Biology, and Genomics Program (CsBGP):



RyC positions associated with CBGP research lines:


  • PhD in Life Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or similar),
  • Experience in molecular biology, cell culture and mouse models. Also interesting, experience in nanoparticle production (VLPs) and design of immunological devices should be considered.



  • Plant innate immunity mediated by cell wall derived glycans Biochemical and structural characterization of cell walls of plants and associated microorganisms, including purification of specific cell wall structures (glycans) from fungi/oomycete (Molecular Associated Molecular Patterns, MAMPs) or plants (Damage Associated Molecular Patterns, DAMPs) modulating immune responses,
  • Plant recognition of cell wall derived DAMPs and MAMPs, activation of immune responses and resistance to pathogens; identification of plant receptors of MAMPs/DAMPs, and downstream components,
  • Biotechnological uses of cell walls derived DAMPs/MAMPs in sustainable agriculture.



  • Experience: Extensive experience in hormone biology, light perception and signaling, evolutionary biology and system biology. Practical experience working with various Brassicasseae species, including Arabidopsis thaliana and Cardamine hirsute,
  • Aim: Identification and characterization of interaction between two plant hormones auxins and brassinosteroids with external cues such as nitrogen availability. The aim of the project is to understand how nitrogen regulates plant growth by recruiting auxin and brassinosteroids --powerful growth promoting hormones.



  • Phd in Life Sciences, preferably in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Agronomy or related areas,
  • Experience in Molecular Phytopathology, as well as in Structural Biochemistry and Cell Biology applied to the study of the microorganism-plant interaction mechanisms. Experience in the study of virulence and adaptation mechanisms of bacterial and fungal pathogens in the host plant.



  • Viral Nanobiotechnology, a research area aiming to the exploitation of the fantastic potential of virus-related particles (virions and virus-like particles or VLPs) for their deployment in biotechnology and nanotechnology,
  • In the accommodating group the main activities for the upcoming years will focus on the goals of the already funded grants, mostly the development and deployment of new antimicrobial viral-based nanoparticles, and the viral-based theranostics of food allergens. Research activities will also continue in the area of the study of the impact of viral infections on plant development, a topic pioneered by the group.



  • PhD in Biochemistry, Biotechnology or similar areas,
  • Candidates with extensive experience in plant organelles, yeast molecular biology, and protein biochemistry will be given preference,
  • The research involves the transfer of nitrogenase genes to eukaryotic organisms with a final goal of generating nitrogen fixing plants. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence as judged by publication record, technology transfer, and awards. Demonstrated experience training and supervising students will be judged.



  • PhD in Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, or related areas.
  • The candidate should have published in the areas of mineral nutrition, protein biochemistry, and/or ion transport. Previous experience with biological nitrogen fixation or transition metal homeostasis will be valued,
  • The selected candidate will be expected to show potential synergies between the research line he/she will pursue and our research group’s interest in metal homeostasis, plant-microbe interactions, and biological nitrogen fixation.



  • Identification of related mechanism with microvirus presence into these fungal pathogens.
  • An extensive experience in Molecular Biology, Protein biochemistry and RNA metabolism of fungi, plants and yeast.

Researchers hired under the frame of the RyC Program will have a great opportunity to start its independent research activities at the CBGP. RyC researchers can be promoted, after external evaluation, to long-term contract positions (e.g. Assistant Professor) at the CBGP founder institutions (UPM:; and INIA:

CBGP offers modern and fully equipped facilities to carry out state of the art research in plant molecular biology and agronomic science, and a fantastic work environment (

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About 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. CBGP (UPM-INIA) has been recognized by the Spanish Research Agency as Centre of Excellence Severo Ochoa, the highest institutional recognition of scientific research excellence in Spain CBGP (UPM-INIA).

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