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The CBGP (UPM-INIA) offers 7 PhD positions (FPI program) in different research areas


The Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA), a Centre of Excellence Severo Ochoa (SO), offers 7 PhD student positions for young, motivated scientists. These 7 PhD student positions are funded by the FPI program from the Spanish Research Agency and aim to incorporate talented doctoral students that will be supported by a 4-year contract.

What do we offer:

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, stimulating work environment. Researchers enrolled under the frame of this FPI Program will be hired as PhD student’s researchers at the CBGP and if they complete their Ph.D. in three years, they will be funded for a period of 1 year as Postdoctoral researchers.

Please send your CV and a motivation letter to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. with an indication of the chosen research topic and code in the title of the email.


The deadline for application submission is October 25th, 2021.


The 7 FPI positions are associated with following topics:

PLAN NUTRITION AND GROWTH MISSION (PlaNTGM) - CEX2020-000999-S-21-1 and CEX2020-000999-S-21-2

2 FPI positions

Project challenges: Agricultural soils and terrestrial ecosystems are essential for all life-sustaining processes on our planet (biodiversity, food and fibre production, etc.). Healthy soils are central for crop nutrition, yield, adaptability to different stresses, and long-term sustainability. However, current agricultural practices are rapidly depleting macro/micronutrients and altering soil microbial communities. PlaNTGM aims to contribute to the recently approved EU Mission “Caring for soil is caring for life” (ensure 75% of healthy soils by 2030 for healthy food, people, nature and climate) and aims to understand crop nutrition/development and to generate new tools/approaches for further enhancing crop yield and quality while increasing nutrient efficiency (e. g. improving plant uptake/nutrient assimilation). To achieve PlaNTGM challenges, we propose to develop additional tools from synthetic/cell biology, genomic data analyses, and integrative theoretical models, including gene regulatory/metabolic networks.

Profile: Candidate should hold a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology, biotechnology, microbiology, or related disciplines that allows them to be admitted to the PhD program.



2 FPI positions

Project challenges: Climate change has already impacted global yields and is predicted to further negatively affect food security. Moreover, models of worst-case climate change scenarios predict worldwide restrictions to crop production in highly productive regions worldwide mainly due to multi-stresses impact. High temperature severely affects plant nutrition, growth, and development (e.g., flowering and fruit set. There is an urgent need for new research programs to overcome the unknowns of biological mechanisms of tolerance to multiple stresses, and to select/breed elite varieties with increased tolerance. PlantADAPTM aims to study the effects of and interactions among multi-stresses, and to identify key regulatory elements in the plant response, to enhance plant resilience to adverse conditions.

Profile: Candidate should hold a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology, biotechnology, microbiology, or related disciplines that allows them to be admitted to the PhD program.




Project summary: Adaptation of plants to adverse environmental conditions requires the precise integration of developmental cues with stress responses. Chromatin remodeling processes represent the interphase that facilitates the alterations of gene expression patterns that drive the response of plants to environmental conditions. However, the chromatin-mediated mechanisms that contribute to the integration of stress responses and plant development remain essentially unexplored. In this collaborative initiative we aim at shedding light on the role that chromatin remodeling processes play in this integration for the optimal adaptation of plants to hostile environments by focusing on the characterization of the TINTIN submodule of the NuA4 histone acetyl transferase complex in Arabidopsis. Unfavorable environmental conditions cause severe losses in crop yield, and this proposal will facilitate the development of biotechnological strategies for improving the adaptive capabilities of crops to challenging environments, urgently needed in the current scenario of climate change.

Profile:Candidate should hold a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology, biotechnology, microbiology, or related disciplines that allows them to be admitted to the PhD program.

Principal Investigator: Jose Antonio Jarillo, Manuel Angel Piñeiro

Web:  Molecular bases of plant developmental phase transitions



1 FPI position

Project summary:In the next coming decades, we must face new challenges in crop production and food security. The increasing population, the ongoing rise in fertilizers price, and the unpredictable climate change will negatively hit crop growth and productivity. Therefore, we must develop more sustainable, environmental-friendly, and cost-efficient agriculture to increase crop production proportionally with the population demands. Besides, climate change has emerged as a new challenge that will negatively impact productivity, by strengthening the detrimental effect of abiotic stresses, such as extreme temperatures among others. In this project, we want to study the effect of combined phosphate deficiency and heat stresses on plant nutrition and production. Previous works have analyzed the effect of heat without considering the soil-root environment temperature, which in nature is buffered by the soil thermal-geodynamics. To solve this, we have engineered a device that generates a soil-gradient temperature to mimic the conditions found in the natural soil, while increasing the aerial temperature. Using this approach, we will identify new genes involved in the response to heat and Pi starvation as well as microorganisms that might enhance plant growth and production under adverse conditions.

Profile:Candidate should hold a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology, biotechnology, microbiology, or related disciplines that allows them to be admitted to the PhD program.

Principal Investigator:Juan Carlos del Pozo

Web: Regulation of lateral root development during nutrient deficiencies




1 FPI position

Project summary: The MULTI-SYSBIO project aims at designing and implementing the physical organisation of synthetic microbial consortia to allow for robust and reliable bio-computations. On the theoretical side, the project will establish a set of design principles to allow for the engineering of consortia architectures into which genetic programs can be implemented. To that end, we will design social interactions between cells to build balanced, general-purpose architectures. On the experimental side, we will implement multicellular systems by building synthetic consortia where cellular strains (of the same or different species) will be connected by using quorum sensing systems and indirectly through competition for resources.

Profile: Candidate should have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology, biotechnology, microbiology, or related disciplines. Experience in molecular biology, microbiology, and gene editing. Experimental experience in the manipulation of bacteria. Knowledge of synthetic and systems biology, as well as experience in computational analysis of experimental data, will be valued. The candidate will carry out the design and implementation of synthetic metabolic and regulatory networks in bacteria as well as experiments with genetic editing and characterization.

Principal Investigator: Angel Goñi Moreno

Web:Biocomputing with synthetic biological systems


About Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA/CSIC)

The Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA/CSIC) is a joint research centre of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), recently integrated as National Centre in the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). Since 2017 CBGP is a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence and has been recently awarded a new SO accreditation for the period 2022-2025. The strategic objectives of CBGP are the generation of fundamental knowledge on the genetic and molecular bases of key biological and physiological processes in plants and plant-interacting organisms, and on genomics of plants and plant-interacting organisms. The Centre also aims to develop new Computational Biology technologies for the functional analysis of plants/microorganisms. CBGP has attracted many talented scientists since its foundation, including tenure-track positions, ERC Starting Grants, as well as CM Atracción de Talento, Beatriz Galindo and Ramon y Cajalresearchers.



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