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La Caixa's postdoctoral fellowship

Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC)
Fecha inicio solicitud: 
Mié, 28/07/2021
Fecha límite solicitud: 
Jue, 07/10/2021


Are you looking for a great postdoctoral opportunity?

The “la Caixa” Foundation Postdoctoral Junior Leader Fellowships programme (Incoming) is offering 25 three-year postdoctoral fellowships to support the best scientific talents to conduct excellent and innovative research. The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC, in Barcelona, Spain) is one of the host institutions for applicants to these fellowships, as it has recently received the 'María de Maeztu' seal of excellence.


The candidates should be outstanding experienced researchers in terms of the originality and significance of their contributions in their scientific discipline, as well as having the leadership skills to head their own research group.

  • - Applicants should have earned their doctoral degree two to seven years prior to the deadline of the call for applications.
  • - Candidates must not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately preceding the closing date of the call.

More information

Deadline for applications for the Junior Leader Incoming Fellowships is October 7, 2021 at 2pm (Madrid time, GMT+2). Details can be found on La Caixa's website.

  • - Apply now: "La Caixa" fellowship application website

About the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC)

The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) pertains to 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 90 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, as the Spanish State Research Agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación, or AEI), dependent on the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN), provisionally resolved last week, for the period 2022 – 2025.

ICE has significant leadership in more than a dozen space missions, such as PAZ, LISA Pathfinder, LISA, Euclid, eXTP, Ariel, Athena and PLATO, as well as ground-based experiments like CTA, DES, DESI, PAU and CARMENES. We have two active ERC grants (one studying the impact of magnetic neutron stars in the explosive and transient Universe and one to study magnetic fields on exoplanets). ICE leads ‘PHAROS: The multi-messenger physics and astrophysics of neutron stars, a COST action comprising 400 scientists from 30 different countries that started in 2017, and SONET (Sustainable Offworld Network), a community of professionals in the academic and private sectors in EU and beyond, dedicated to the development of sustainable human settlements on other worlds, especially on the Moon and Mars.

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About La Caixa's Junior Leader Incoming Fellowships

La Caixa's postdoctoral fellowship programme is aimed at hiring excellent researchers—of any nationality—who are willing to continue their research career in the STEM area (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), in Spanish or Portuguese territory, at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or Maria de Maeztu excellence award, Institutos de Salud Carlos III and units evaluated as excellent by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia of Portugal.