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The Spanish “Ministerio the Ciencia e Innovación” has announced the new edition of Ramon y Cajal (RyC) call 2020. It is a 5-year tenure track contract to attract senior postdoctoral researchers with an 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:



Contact person:  Antonio Molina 

Profile:Plants (crops) interacts with endophytic/epiphytic microorganisms (mutualist/symbiotic) from microbiota that provide beneficial effects. This position goal is the characterization of plants (crops) microbiomes, the molecular bases (genetic traits) of beneficial plants/microorganism’s signals/dialogue, and their impact on plants (crops) stresses adaptation, nutrition/growth, and development/yield.


Contact person:  Antonio Molina 

Profile:Characterization of the molecular and genetic mechanisms of plants (crops) adaptation to new climate conditions, in particular to abiotic stresses (drought, salinity and high temperatures), determination of plants (crops) responses to environmental multi-stresses, and identification of solutions (e.g. target traits for breeding) to mitigate crops yield losses caused by new climate conditions and multi-stresses


Contact person: Antonio Molina

Profile:Development of novel knowledge, tools and application of synthetic biology and gene editing (CRISPR-Cas) technologies to engineer plant (crops) genomes for improving plant adaptation to environmental changes, bioengineering plant nutrition and growth responses to biotic interactions. 


PI: Manuel González-Guerrero

Profile: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 UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID 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/or biological nitrogen fixation.

PI: Luis Gómez

Profile: PhD in biology, forestry or agronomy with a biotechnological focus, and experience in genetic transformation, in vitro and ex vitro culture, phenotypic analysis, analysis of proteins and secondary metabolites, Y2H methodology, and qRT-PCR analysis. Research profile: phenotypic characterization of commercial and transgenic lines (Populus, Arabidopsis) in relation with hormonal signaling, biomass production and abiotic stress tolerance, by applying molecular, biochemical and bioinformatics tools in the labs of Dr. L. Gomez and Dr. L. Oñate at CBGP (project PID2019-109154RB-I00, Spanish Government).

PI: Mar Castellano

Profile:PhD in Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology or related areas. The candidate needs to have a wide experience in plant molecular biology, plant response to abiotic stress and gene expression regulation. Experience in phytohormonal networks and in translational regulation will be also highly valuable.

PI: Antonio Molina

Profile: 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) that modulate plants (crops) immune responses and disease resistance. Identification of plant (crops) Pattern Recognition Receptors (PRRs) and downstream components involved in the perception of cell wall derived DAMPs/MAMPs, activation of immune responses and disease resistance.

PI: Luis Rubio

Profile: Synthetic Biology and protein engineering. 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, a topic of crucial agricultural importance. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence as judged by publication record, technology transfer, and awards. Demonstrated experience training and supervising students will be considered.

PI: Fernando García-Arenal

Profile:Ecology, evolution, and control of plant pathogens. Doctorate (PhD) in Agricultural Sciences, Biology, Ecology, or related areas. Experience in epidemiology and control of plant diseases and/or Modelisation in epidemiology and ecology, and/or Ecology of plant-pathogen interactions, and/or Population genetics.

PI: Joaquín Medina

Profile: Impact of nutritional factors in the yield and quality of seeds and fruits in sustainable agriculture. Genomic and systems biology analysis of responses to nutritional limitation in crops.

PI: Miguel Ángel Moreno-Risueño

Profile: The candidate is required to hold a Ph.D in Molecular biology, Biology or Biochemistry or one of the related disciplines within the area of Biosciences or Biotechnology. The candidate must be able to carry out cuttingedge research in the field of functional developmental biology or physiology adapted to developmental processes and which may be related to stress processes.


RyC Benefits: Researchers hired under the frame of the RyC Program will have a great opportunity to start their independent research activities at the CBGP (UPM-INIA). RyC researchers can be promoted, after external evaluation, to long-term (tenure) contract positions (e.g. Assistant Professor or Research Scientist) at the CBGP founder institutions (UPM:; and INIA:, respectively. Additionally, UPM will supplement the RyC call salary with 10.000€ per year. See details.

What we offer:CBGP offers a stimulating working environment where collaboration and commitment are essential. Moreover, access to state-of-the-art infrastructure, tools and fully equipped facilities to carry out research in plant molecular biology and agronomic science (

Interested candidates may contact PI´s directly or send an email to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.. More information about the Ramon y Cajal call.

About the Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA):

The Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP) is a joint research centre of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA) with the accreditation of Severo Ochoa. 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 on understanding important biological processes such as plant development, the interaction of plants with the environment and the mechanisms of plant nutrition. In addition, the CBGP (UPM-INIA) is interested in developing and using computational biology tools to achieve its goals.


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