CBGP (UPM-INIA/CSIC) 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.


Fellowship highlights

  1. 3 years contract
  2. 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.
  3. Program includes a training programme on transversal skills aiming in widening the chances for personal development, not only in academia, but also in industry.
  4. 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
  5. Candidates must accredit an advanced level of English (B2 or higher) with a certificate accepted by La Caixa Foundation.
  6. 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 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: A new generation of phytohormone biosensing systems for sustainable agriculture and microbial biotechnology
PI: Dr. Krzysztof Wabnik

Project title: Application of machine learning tools in breeding for quality traits in wheat
PI: Dr. Julio Isidro Sánchez

Project title: Effect of wild introgressions in the tomato genome
PI: Dr. José M Jiménez-Gómez

Project title: Following the signs to become a root vascular pathogen
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Project title: Integrative analysis of the mode of action of fungal endophytes in crops
PI: Dr. Soledad Sacristán

Project title: Interplay of evolutionary and ecological processes in the microbiome
PI: Dr. Jaime Iranzo Sanz

Project title: Mechanisms involved in the interaction of plant pathogenic viruses, mycoviruses and plant pathogenic fungi and their implications in plant diseases control
PI: Prof. María A. Ayllón

Project title: Optimized rhizosphere microbial communities for enhanced plant productivity and stress resilience
PI: Prof. Stephan Pollmann

Project title: Towards reducing the impact of nutritional stress in crops
PI: Prof. Luis Oñate-Sánchez

Project title: Unveiling the potential of epigenetics in the adaptation to warming temperatures of crop yield-related traits
PI: Prof. José Antonio Jarillo Quiroga/Prof. Manuel A. Piñeiro Galvin

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.