3 Postdoctoral fellowships available in Agricultural Sciences

The MSCA-COFUND project AGenT (Agricultural Genomics Transversal) postdoctoral programme is advertising three two-year postdoctoral positions in its second 2022 call, the third call of the programme.

AGenT is an international, interdisciplinary, and intersectoral programme that combines the four scientific programmes at CRAG (Plant Development and Signal Transduction; Plant Responses to Stress; Plant Metabolism and Metabolic Engineering; and Plant and Animal Genomics) with three priority lines that are specifically supported by the three different types of partner organizations of the AGenT programme. These are:

  • Collaborative international projects of research excellence

  • Application of frontier technologies to plant science research and development

  • From research to products

The programme is focused on:

  • training both in specific research areas and in transferable and transversal skills

  • secondments and research collaborations

  • networking activities in both the academic and the industrial sectors

all in order to enrich the training of the fellows and enhance their professional development while conducting projects of research excellence.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria must be fulfilled at the time of the call deadline. If it becomes clear before, during or after the evaluation phase that one or more of the eligibility criteria have not been fulfilled, the proposal will be declared ineligible and it will be withdrawn:

  • Applicants must be Recognised Researchers (R2), based on the research profile descriptors of the European Commission, i.e. researchers who hold a doctorate degree (PhD) but have not yet established a significant level of independence. Recognised Researchers must be in possession of a PhD or have accumulated at least 4 years of full-time equivalent postgraduate research experience prior to the call deadline.

  • Applicants are eligible for a period of 5 years following successful completion of their PhD at the date of the call deadline. Exceptions to the 5-year rule are allowed for applicants whose academic career has been interrupted for parental leave, for industrial job experience, or other special circumstances such as mandatory military service or illness. These circumstances will be indicated in the application form in the field “Additional Notes” and must be documented. Extensions will be up to one year per child in case of parental leave and up to two years for industrial breaks. The extension in the case of illness or mandatory military service will depend on its duration.

  • Applicants must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, will not be considered. Exceptions to the mobility rule will be considered in duly justified cases, like for researchers undergoing a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

  • Researchers from any nationality may apply.

Application Process

Applications should be submitted through CRAGjobs (it requires generating a password-protected user account). The application must be complete and include all obligatory information and documents.

As applicant you will have to provide the following information via CRAGjobs (templates for some of the documents requested are available at Call Documents & Templates):

  1. Cover letter, introducing yourself and highlighting the most relevant aspects of your CV
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. PhD certificate or official notification of the award (if applicable)
  4. Documents accrediting research activities counting towards the total full-time postgraduate research experience (if applicable)
  5. Statement of Research interests, including a short proposal of a prospective research project to be carried out at CRAG in collaboration with a Partner Organization. You have to indicate the Host group of your interest and the corresponding Principal Investigator (as applicant you are required to include elements of interdisciplinarity, cross-sectoral and/or international mobility in their research proposal)
  6. Mobility Declaration
  7. Ethics Declaration, indicating any ethical issue related to their project

In addition, as applicant you must ensure the submission of at least two reference letters from scientists with whom you have studied or worked. Letters should be sent directly by the referees to agent@cragenomica.es, and should also be received by the application deadline. Instructions about how to write a letter of reference to support a candidate is available at Call Documents & Templates. The letters must be as informative as possible and should refer clearly and objectively to the professional, technical and academic abilities of the candidate.

Guide for Applicants

Apply here

Application Deadline: 16/09/2022 21:00 - Europe/Athens

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