19/01/2021

20 long-term Postdoctoral Fellowships available through the Ikerbasque Research Fellows call


Ikerbasque - the Basque Foundation for Science, has launched a new call offering 20 positions for postdoctoral researchers. These positions are financed by the Basque Government, the European Commission and the host institution where the researcher will develop his/her research: therefore the acceptance letter of the host institution is mandatory. 

These five year Fellowships are directed to promising young researchers; they are intended to offer a track towards a PI role and independent research. The selected Fellows should be able to acquire the necessary skills for a research leader role. Ikerbasque is committed to offer a long-term career to the research community: Fellows in their 5th year can be assessed for a permanent position. 

The applicants must have their PhD completed between 01/01/2010 and 31/12/2018

Applications from women are especially welcomed. The eligibility period will be extended under special circumstances such as maternity.

Deadline: 10 March 2021, 13:00 CET

Benefits

  • 5 year employment contract including full social security.
  • 40,000 € gross annual salary. There is also a moving allowance up to 4,000 € for researchers that come from a foreign research institution.
  • 10,000 € start-up funding for the research costs.
  • After the 5 year period the Research Fellow can obtain a permanent position as a Research Associate.
  • Applications from women are especially welcomed. The eligibility period will be extended under special circumstances such as maternity.

Salary and Funding

  • The gross annual salary of the Fellowship is 40,000 €. The corresponding annual net income after taxes, social security and medical coverage would be approximately 30,000 €.
  • The researcher will also receive 10,000 € start-up funding for their research project costs.
  • There is also a moving allowance for those researchers that come from a research institution outside the Basque Country:
    • 4,000 € gross for researchers coming from a foreign research institution.
    • 2,000 € gross for researchers coming from a Spanish research institution outside the Basque Country.

Candidates

  • Promising young researchers with a solid research track and international experience.
  • The applicants must have their PhD completed between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2018. This eligibility period might be extended under special circumstances such as maternity (18 months for each child) or long-term illness (documented amount of leave actually taken).
  • Researchers with a permanent position in the Basque Country are not eligible under this call.
  • Ikerbasque is committed to improve the gender balance equality in science. Therefore, it is intended that at least 40% of the positions will be awarded to female researchers.
  • This call provides competitive opportunities to Basque researchers who want to develop long-term careers in the Basque Country. It is intended that at least 30% of the positions will be awarded to candidates who meet one or more of these requirements:
    • The researcher obtained her/his PhD at a Basque university.
    • The researcher graduated from a Basque university.
    • The researcher has lived in the Basque Country for 10 or more years during her/his lifetime.

Application Procedure

  • Candidates can apply online before March 10, 2021, 13:00 CET at calls.ikerbasque.net.
  • At least two reference letters are mandatory, and additional letters are strongly recommended. Candidates are responsible for contacting their referees so the letters are uploaded by the given deadline.
  • An acceptance letter from the Vice-rectorate or Director of the host institution is mandatory. Please note the letter from the host institution will also be assessed by the evaluation committee, so this letter should ideally describe the reasons for the institution to support the candidate, in addition to an explicit commitment to host the researcher in case he/she is selected.
  • An updated CV and the proposed research project must be uploaded in the application. This research project should ideally cover the 5 year period (5 pages maximun, with 2 Mb maximun).

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