Doctoral INPhINIT Fellowships Call 2022: Your
doctorate, your story
(at ICMol)

The ‘La Caixa’ Foundation is launching a fellowship programme for young researchers of any nationality to carry out a doctorate in the fields of health, and life sciences, technology, physics, engineering and mathematics in Spain and Portugal at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or Maria de Maeztu distinction of excellence. The Institute on Molecular Science offers 10 positions available in Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry or Chemical Engineering.

The call for applications is intended for the pursuit of a doctoral degree in the fields of technology, engineering, physics, mathematics, life and health sciences and is aimed at individuals who fulfil the requirements to be admitted into a doctoral programme, provided that they also fulfil the mobility requirements and that they have not previously enrolled in the doctoral studies applied for..

The research centres have published the predoctoral fellowship positions they have available. ICMol offers 10 positions in several investigation fields. These can be viewed on the “la Caixa” Foundation website or in ICMol’s website. The fellowship is made effective when the selected candidates and the host institutions reach an agreement regarding their admission.

Areas of research offered by the Molecular Science Institute (ICMol)
Perovskite tandem solar cells
Dr. Hendrik Jan Bolink

Ferroic orders and non-reciprocity in the 2D limit
Dr. Efrén Navarro-Moratalla

Molecular Spins for Quantum Computing
Dr. Alejandro Gaita

Memristive devices based on Molecular Materials
Dr. Salvador Cardona

Interfacing 2D materials with smart magnetic molecules for the design of new hybrid electronic devices
Prof. Eugenio Coronado

Multifunctional spintronic devices based on stimuli-responsive magnetic molecules
Prof. Eugenio Coronado

Electrical control of probabilistic bits in chiral molecules
Dr. Alejandro Gaita

Earth Abundant 2D Materials for Green Hydrogen Production
Dr. Gonzalo Abellán

Two-dimensional post-graphene nanomaterials for energy applications
Dr. Gonzalo Abellán
Perovskite tandem solar cells
Dr. Hendrik Jan Bolink

Ferroic orders and non-reciprocity in the 2D limit
Dr. Efrén Navarro-Moratalla

Molecular Spins for Quantum Computing
Dr. Alejandro Gaita

Memristive devices based on Molecular Materials
Dr. Salvador Cardona

Interfacing 2D materials with smart magnetic molecules for the design of new hybrid electronic devices
Prof. Eugenio Coronado

Multifunctional spintronic devices based on stimuli-responsive magnetic molecules
Prof. Eugenio Coronado

Electrical control of probabilistic bits in chiral molecules
Dr. Alejandro Gaita

Earth Abundant 2D Materials for Green Hydrogen Production
Dr. Gonzalo Abellán

Two-dimensional post-graphene nanomaterials for energy applications
Dr. Gonzalo Abellán

Once you have chosen the project, and you are sure to fulfill all the eligibility criteria, click here to create your personal account and fill in the on-line “la Caixa” application form to apply for the fellowship.

If you have any further questions please contact estrella.vives@uv.es
Amount

The maximum total payment amount will be €122,592, as broken down below:

- Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow.

- €3,564 per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, research stays, consumables, equipment, charges for the use of intellectual property, etc. This additional amount will be managed by the centre for the benefit of the fellow and must be justified separately.

- The ”la Caixa” Foundation will award a prize of €7,500, which will be paid in the fourth year, should the fellow be able to deposit their thesis within 6 months after the third year of their fellowship has ended.
Selection procedure
The selection process consists of three consecutive phases:

PHASE 1 - ELEGIBILITY:

All applications are reviewed to check the accomplishment of the eligibility criteria published in the rules for participation.

PHASE 2 – PRE-SELECTION:

Each eligible application are assessed remotely for at least two evaluators with relevant experience in the same discipline. The criteria governing the evaluation in this phase are as follows:

Academic record and curriculum (50 %): the academic record and/or professional résumé are evaluated in relation to the candidate's career stage.

Motivation and statement of purpose (30 %): the originality, innovation and potential impact of the proposed statement are evaluated, as well as the choice of the host institution and/or the line of research.

Recommendation letters (20 %): recommendations letters are assessed taking into account the specificity of the content in relation to the candidate application, as well as the profile of the persons signing them.

PHASE 3 – PERSONAL INTERVIEWS:

Preselected candidates are invited to a personal interview before a multidisciplinary committee, which evaluates them according to the criteria listed below:

Candidate's potential (40 %): experts pay attention to soft skills, such as, clear, consistent discourse and articulation of ideas, ability to present complex reasoning, team working; and capabilities such as independent reasoning, originality, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Motivation and impact (30 %): innovation, viability and impact of the project for the candidate and for the society in the broad sense are assessed.

Academic and professional background (30 %): the academic and professional background of the candidate is evaluated in relation to the stage of the career they are and the studies to pursue.

The research carried out in the framework of the INPhINIT programme must comply with ethical principles and relevant national, EU and international legislation, such as the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Applications that may involve ethical issues will be sent to the Ethics Committee to verify that the proposals do not contravene fundamental ethics principals or relevant security procedures. Check the Ethics Principles & Assessment Form.

Incoming:
Research experience: 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.

Academic records: Applicants must hold a higher education degree that makes them eligible to enrol in a doctoral programme in Spain/Portugal when starting at their host institutions. The verification of the level of studies equivalent to those mentioned above will be carried out by the host university during the admission procedure.

Mobility: Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain/Portugal for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.

Level of English: Candidates must accredit an advanced level of English (B2 or higher).

Retaining:
Research experience: 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.

Academic records: Applicants must hold a higher education degree that makes them eligible to enrol in a doctoral programme in Spain/Portugal when starting at their host institutions. The verification of the level of studies equivalent to those mentioned above will be carried out by the host university during the admission procedure.

Mobility: Candidates must have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain/Portugal for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications. In addition, candidates who are finally awarded a fellowship must carry out the PhD at a university that is different from where they took up their bachelor's studies.

Level of English: Candidates must accredit an advanced level of English (B2 or higher).

If you have any further questions, or if there are particular issues you’d like to discuss regarding your potential PhD project, please contact msalas@icmab.es. For details of the grant, applications and selection criteria process, and other general questions, please visit the INPhINIT programme website.

Useful dates
No projects or additional documentation can be presented outside the deadlines established in the rules of the call for applications.

Incoming:
27 January 2022
Deadline for submitting applications.

10 February 2022
Deadline for submitting the language certificate.

11 April 2022
Notification of the shortlist results and arrangement of interviews.

24, 25 and 26 May 2022
Face-to-face interviews in Barcelona.

8 June 2022
Communication of the final results.

From 8 to 30 June 2022
Matching host institution - fellow.

Retaining:
16 February 2022
Deadline for submitting applications.

2 March 2022
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- To design and synthesize molecules and molecular assemblies exhibiting useful physical or chemical properties.
- To investigate these properties through both experimental and theoretical approaches.