"la Caixa” Doctoral INPhINIT Fellowships at the IFT - Madrid

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    Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    04/02/2020 14:00 - Europe/Athens
    Spain › Madrid

The Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT) in Madrid is offering 6 PhD positions for talented Early Stage Researchers within the framework of the "la Caixa" doctoral INPhINIT fellowships, in the fields of Particle Physics, Astroparticles and Cosmology.

The doctoral INPhINIT Fellowship programme aims to support the best scientific talent —of any nationality— and foster innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international researchers and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

These are 3 year PhD positions at the top scientific research centers in Spain, accredited with the Severo Ochoa excellence award. Candidates are expected to have completed their Master by October 2020, to start the PhD studies. The international character of the program requires candidates to have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.

On top of a competitive salary, the position offers a dedicated budget for short scientific visits to other research centers. In addition the IFT offers additional funds to attend schools or international workshops related to the PhD research topics.

The IFT is offering 6 projects within this Call:

  • Strongly interacting quantum matter via holography (Prof. Karl Landsteiner)
  • String Theory, Quantum Gravity and High Energy Physics (Prof. Luis Enrique Ibañez Santiago)
  • Higgs physics at future collider experiments (Dr. José Miguel No Redondo)
  • Heavy axions and ALPs (Prof. Belén Gavela)
  • Dynamical evolution of primordial black hole clusters and their observational signatures (Prof. Juan García-Bellido Capdevila)
  • Dark matter particle candidates and astrophysical dark matter searches (Prof. Carlos Muñoz López )

For more information about the description of the projects, please follow this link and select IFT - Institute for Theoretical Physics, Madrid, in the list of research centres.

IFT and La Caixa Foundation are equal opportunity institutions. Applications by female scientists are specially encouraged.

Eligibility criteria

All individuals who hold a higher education degree at the time of starting at the host institutions, which allows them to enrol in an official doctoral programme in accordance with the regulations in force, are eligible to apply for the fellowship. This official university degree may be conferred by a university in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) or a non- adapted EHEA one. In the latter case, studies taken up should make the individuals eligible to take up doctoral studies in the country where they earned their degree.

Under no circumstances may candidates have previously enrolled in the doctoral studies for which they are applying for the fellowship


Selection process

The evaluation and selection of applications will be carried out by "la Caixa" Foundation taking into consideration the European Science Foundation’s recommendations published in the Peer Review Guide and are awarded on a competitive basis. The members of the shortlisting and selection committees choose the candidates who, in their opinion, accredit superior merits and capabilities.


  • Deadline for submitting applications - 4 February 2020
  • Deadline for submitting the language certificate - 18 February 2020
  • Notification of the shortlist results - 16 April 2020
  • Face-to-face interviews in Barcelona - 27 and 28 May 2020
  • Publication of the final list of selected candidates - 2 June 2020
  • Matching research centre – fellow - From 2 to 30 June 2020

Additional comments

Candidates should apply using the online application platform available on the ”la Caixa” Foundation website.

On this platform, the different pages of the application form clearly specify all information and documentation that must be provided to complete an application to this fellowship programme.

The application must be completed entirely in English.

Additional instructions can be found here.

Offer Requirements

    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good

Specific Requirements


Young researchers of any nationality are eligible to apply for the doctoral INPhINIT fellowship – Incoming programme.

Research experience

On the deadline for applications, applicants must still be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree, or being in a position to apply for it.


Candidates who wish to join a Spanish centre or university cannot have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.

Language proficiency

Applicants have to accredit their proficiency in the English language (level B2 or higher).

Work location(s)
6 position(s) available at
Instituto de Fisica Teorica UAM-CSIC
Nicolás Cabrera 13/15, Campus de Cantoblanco

EURAXESS offer ID: 467207


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