Ten early-stage researchers have the opportunity of starting a top scientific career in ISGlobal under the “la Caixa” Doctoral INPhINIT Incoming Fellowship programme, and boost the chances of obtaining an independent research position worldwide. Promoted by the “la Caixa” Foundation, this doctoral fellowship programme offers 35 PhD fellowships to support the best scientific talent and foster innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal, in the fields of life sciences and health, experimental sciences, physics, chemistry and mathematics.
The call for applications is intended for the pursuit of doctoral studies at centres accredited with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction of excellence, any centre of the Carlos III Health Institute, and units considered as “excellent and exceptional” by the Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia (Foundation for Science and Technology) in Portugal.
ISGlobal, being a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence and member of the CERCA programme of the Generalitat de Catalunya, is included among the eligible centers for this year's programme. Our institution offers ten PhD positions in the following research projects:
- 5G exposure and neuropsychological effects in children and adolescents (Elisabeth Cardis, Radiation Programme)
- Advancing understanding of the role of environmental and occupational exposures on cardiometabolic health in Europe (Cathryn Tonne, Air Pollution and Urban Environment Programme)
- Climate change and air pollution effects on air microbiota: Real-time identification and role in human health (Xavier Rodó, Climate & Health Programme)
- Combating antimicrobial resistance with gold (Sara M Soto, Antimicrobial Resistance initiative)
- Genomics, metabolomics and work load control in the monitoring of fatigue and injury prevention: an approach from sportomics, digital health and machine learning applied to FC Barcelona data (Juan Ramón Gonzalez, Bioinformatic Research Group in Epidemiology)
- Identifying molecular features of potent antibody and memory B-cell responses associated with malaria vaccine efficacy (Gemma Moncunill, Malaria Programme)
- Improving Tuberculosis diagnosis among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa (Alberto Garcia-Basteiro, Viral and Bacterial Infections Programme)
- The relevance of socio-economic interventions to fight mining-related malaria in South America (Elisa Sicuri, Implementation Science Hub)
- Unravelling the developmental origins of metabolic disease through early-life exposomic data (Martine Vrijheid, Childhood and Environment Programme)
- Women’s mental health: a biological and psycho-social integrative approach (Léa Maitre, Exposome Hub)
In addition to financial support —the programme offers a 3-year employment contract at the research centre—, the fellowship includes a training programme on cross-cutting skills such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.
The selection process is ensured by the “la Caixa” Foundation, and candidates should apply before January 25, 2023. The selected fellows, as well as the candidates on the reserve list, when applicable, will be published on the “la Caixa” Foundation website on June 8, 2023.