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Postdoctoral opportunities at the Institute of Space Sciences Barcelona

Jan 24, 2023

Postdoctoral opportunities at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC & IEEC) in Barcelona. You can find detailed descriptions of each of them below.

  1. Ramón y Cajal Fellowships of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (RyC).
  2. Juan de la Cierva Fellowships of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (JdC).
  3. Beatriu de Pinós Fellowships from the Catalan Agency for Research (BdP).

The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) is part of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and is affiliated with the Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC). Officially created in 2008, ICE engages in theoretical and observational research across disciplines, including fundamental physics, astrophysics, planetary and Earth sciences. The institute also develops theoretical models, as well as instrumentation and technology for space and ground-based missions and experiments. ICE has about 120 members, two departments (Astrophysics & Planetary Sciences, and Cosmology & Fundamental Physics) and an Advanced Engineering Unit running 7 laboratories. The Institute has obtained the María de Maeztu seal of excellence, awarded by the Spanish State Research Agency for the period 2022 – 2025.

ICE has significant involvement in more than a dozen space missions, in particular in LISA Pathfinder, LISA, Euclid, as well as ground-based experiments like CTA, DES, DESI, ET.

ICE is located in a modern building on the Campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Bellaterra, just outside Barcelona.


1) Ramón y Cajal Fellowships of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (RyC)

The RyC Fellowships have a duration of five years. They come with a grant of 50,000 Euros to cover expenses from the research activities. In the case of "attraction of talent" positions, the grant will be of 120,000 Euros.

There will be 494 fellowships, 477 in the general (the rest are subject to certain conditions). From the 477 positions, 80 are devoted to the attraction of talent, to encourage the incorporation of researchers who have been developing their professional activity outside Spain.

The DEADLINE for submitting applications is from January 19 to February 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm (CET).

The Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in possession of the degree of doctor. The date of obtaining the doctoral degree must be between the 1st January 2012 and December 31, 2020 (there are exceptions).
  • In the case of researchers applying through the "attraction of talent" program, they must have postdoctoral experience in an institution outside Spain since at least January 1, 2020  and up to the date of start of the application submission period (uninterruptedly).
  • Not having been a beneficiary of a grant from the previous calls of the Ramon y Cajal program.
  • Not be a beneficiary of the Juan de la Cierva program, except for those who have been in the program for at least least one year.

We welcome applicants working in any of the aspects of the LISA mission, from Instrumentation to Theory, including Data Analysis. If you are interested, please contact either Carlos F. Sopuerta <carlos.f.sopuerta(at)csic.es> or Miquel Nofrarias <nofrarias(at)ieec.cat>.


2) Juan de la Cierva Fellowships of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (JdC).

The purpose of the Juan de la Cierva fellowships is to promote the incorporation of young people, in possession of a doctoral degree, to complete their postdoctoral research training in Spanish R&D centers.  There will be 480 fellowships

The DEADLINE for submitting applications is from January 24 to February 7, 2023 at 2:00 pm (CET).

The Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Participants must meet the requirement of holding a doctoral degree and having obtained it between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022.
  • To join an Spanish R&D center other than the one where they completed their PhD studies.
  • Not having submitted an application to participate in the Ramón y Cajal call (see above).
  • Not having been a beneficiary of a Juan de la Cierva fellowship from the previous calls.

We welcome applicants working in any of the aspects of the LISA mission, from Instrumentation to Theory, including Data Analysis. If you are interested, please contact either Carlos F. Sopuerta <carlos.f.sopuerta(at)csic.es> or Miquel Nofrarias <nofrarias(at)ieec.cat>.


3) Beatriu de Pinós Fellowships from the Catalan Agency for Research (BdP).

The Beatriu de Pinós fellowships directly contribute to the implementation of European research, encouraging international mobility, intersectorality, multidisciplinarity and the recruitment of research staff with the potential to stand out as leaders in their field of research. The aim of the programme is also to bring this potential to institutional-based research groups in Catalonia in order to strengthen the country's critical mass in research in any scientific field.

The fellowships awarded are for a period of three years.

The DEADLINE to apply will be announced soon.

The Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Participants must meet the requirement of holding a doctoral degree and having obtained it between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2020 (approx).
  • Have, at the time of joining the receiving institution, a minimum of two years of post-doctoral experience outside Spain.
  • Not to have resided or worked in Spain for more than 12 months in the last three years prior to the end date of the deadline for submitting applications.

We welcome applicants working in any of the aspects of the LISA mission, from Instrumentation to Theory, including Data Analysis. If you are interested, please contact either Carlos F. Sopuerta <carlos.f.sopuerta(at)csic.es> or Miquel Nofrarias <nofrarias(at)ieec.cat>.