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CBGP (UPM-INIA) offers 10 doctoral projects funded by La Caixa INPhINIT Incoming Programme

”La Caixa” Banking Foundation, which firmly believes that scientific progress, research, mobility and professional qualification are key to the development of society, is launching the doctoral fellowship program INPhINIT Incoming"



La Caixa INPhINIT Incoming Fellowships are dedicated and offered to early-stage researchers of any nationality to pursue their PhD studies in research centers accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence Severo Ochoa, María de Maeztu or Health Institute Carlos III and Portuguese units participating in the program.

  • 3 years contract

  • Candidates cannot have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for application.

  • Program includes a training programme on transversal skills aiming in widening the chances for personal development, not only in academia, but also in industry.

  • Candidates must be in the first four years of their research career and must not have previously obtained a PhD degree or be in a position to apply for one

  • Candidates must accredit an advanced level of English (B2 or higher)

  • Competitive salary with additional amount for research costs and a €7500 prize for fellows who deposit the thesis within 6 months after the third year of the fellowship has ended


The deadline for the application is 27 January 2022 at 2:00 p.m. (mainland Spain time). 


The CBGP (UPM-INIA), accredited Centre of Excellence Severo Ochoa offers 10 possible doctoral projects. Click on the project title to read the full description.


Project title: Controlling pathogen virulence: chromatin-based regulation of effector genes in fungal plant pathogens

PI: Dr. Andrea Sánchez Vallet


Project title: Deciphering novel plant responses to heat stress and nutrition scarcity using integrated transcriptomic and root-associated microbiome studies

PI: Dr. Juan Carlos del Pozo


Project title: Deciphering the role of zinc in plant immunity

PI: Dr. Manuel González-Guerrero


Project title: Elucidating the signal perception and integration mechanisms that orchestrate plant growth repression in plants under abiotic stress

PI: Prof. Stephan Pollmann


Project title: Embedding FAIR Data Principles into researchers' daily activities

PI: Dr. Mark D Wilkinson


Project title: Engineering nitrogenase in plants

PI: Prof. Luis Manuel Rubio


Project title: Root clock based traits for more yield and resilience under stress: towards a sustainable agriculture/ Ph.D student on Root Clock traits upon stress

PI: Dr. Miguel Moreno-Risueno


Project title: Study of the role of a family of scaffold proteins in plant adaptation to environmental stresses and their use as biotechnological tools to enhance plant tolerance to climate change

PI: Dr. M. Mar Castellano


Project title: SWEETMUNITY: Structural and molecular bases of glycans perception by the innate immune systems of plants and mammals: from glycans recognition to applications for specific modulation of immune responses

PIProf. Antonio Molina


Project title: Unravelling the potential of epigenetics in the adaptation to warmer temperature of crop yield-related traits

PI: Prof. José Jarillo and Prof. Manuel Piñeiro

How to apply?

Candidates must apply using the online application platform available in the “Fellowships” section on the ”la Caixa” Foundation website by selecting “CBGP-UPM-INIA - Centro de Biología y Genómica de Plantas” in the research centre field and choosing one of the CBGP projects.

It is highly advisable to contact first the PI of the desired project.

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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 Cajal researchers.

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