The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary centre with more than 70 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers (55% international) and PhD students (30%international) offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.
 
As part of the University of Barcelona, it is a recipient of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) Award, which recognises, among other achievements, respect for equal opportunities and the capacity to attract talent in a positive working environment that promotes the pursuit of successful research careers. The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection.
 
The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2021: one with near-perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colourful neighbourhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.
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The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona is a research centre accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence María de Maeztu in 2020, the perfect place to carry out your PhD project through an INPhINIT Incoming fellowship. The Institute is offering ten different projects:

Employment conditions

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

  • Three annual payments of €34,800 each to the institution to cover the Fellow’s contract, who will receive a gross annual income of €27.724,67. This amount might vary if there are modifications in the legal framework.
  •  €3,564 per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, research stays, consumables, equipment, charges for the use of intellectual property, etc.
  • The ”la Caixa” Foundation will award a prize of €7,500, which will be paid to the  fellows who deposit their thesis within 6 months after the third year of their fellowship has ended.

In addition to financial support, the fellowship includes a training programme on transversal skills, which has been specially designed by leading international institutions in the sector.

This programme includes aspects such as technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialisation of innovation, intellectual property, leadership, creativity, communication skills, teamwork, personal development, planning, assertiveness and networking.

For more information on the employment conditions, please refer to this document.

Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the Institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

As part of the University of Barcelona, the ICCUB is a recipient of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) Award, which recognises, among other achievements, respect for equal opportunities and the capacity to attract talent in a positive working environment that promotes the pursuit of successful research careers. The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.

The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2021: one with near-perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colourful neighbourhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.

Requirements

In order to be accepted, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: At the call deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree or be in a position to apply for one.
  • Studies pursued: Applicants must hold a higher education degree that makes them eligible to enrol in a doctoral programme before starting at their host institutions.

The host university will verify, upon starting the admission process to the doctoral programme, that the studies taken up by the selected candidates make them eligible to enrol in an official doctoral programme in accordance with the regulations in force in Spain or Portugal. Should they be found not eligible after verification, the fellowship will be withdrawn.

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

  • Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.
  • Level of English: Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).

For more information on the candidates requirements, please refer to this document.

Application Procedure

All applications must be submitted online through the following link in English. For more information on the application procedure, please refer to this document.

Inquiries about the application submission can be directed to fellowships@fundacionlacaixa.org.

Deadline

Please submit your applications by January 27th 2022. 

Selection process

The process is comprised of three parts:

  • Eligibility screening: all applications received are reviewed to check the accomplishment of the eligibility criteria published in the rules for participation
  • Pre-selection: each of the eligible application is assessed remotely for at least two evaluators with relevant experience in the same discipline.
  • Personal interviews: preselected candidates are invited to a personal interview before a multidisciplinary committee.

The rating criteria that govern the selection process can be found in the Application assessment section of the ”la Caixa” Fellowship Programme website.

For more information on the selection process, please refer to this document.

Contact: fellowships@fundacionlacaixa.org

Funding:This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No713673.

The co-funded part of the programme runs from 01/10/2016 to 30/09/2021 and finances the researchers recruited under Call 2017 and 2018.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) invites applications for a PhD studentship in galaxy formation in the new research group of Dr. Chervin Laporte. The main goal of the PhD is to study the early accretion history of the Milky Way through the development of numerical simulations of the stellar halo in a cosmological context using current available observational constraints. The aim of the project is to shed light on the dynamical structure and chemical properties of the most ancient galaxies (and their satellites) which were accreted and making testable predictions which can be investigated with current and upcoming large spectroscopic surveys of the Galaxy. These surveys will not only provide a six dimensional phase-space view of the stellar halo, but also unleash a whole array of complementary information through the measurement of different chemical abundances. The over-arching question/theme of the PhD is what can we learn about galaxy formation in the high-redshift Universe (as well as our own Galaxy) using the stellar halo of the Milky Way as a time machine? In this project, the student will develop skills in computational astrophysics further extending the versatility of existing N-body codes coupled with predictive models of galaxy formation in chemical abundance space. Some experience with coding (e.g. in C, C++, IDL or Python) would be very useful.

 

In this project, the student will also have the chance to be involved in the scientific exploitation of the Gaia mission, WEAVE, SDSS-V, as well as participating in international collaborative networks in computational astrophysics in the Northern American (US, Canada), Europe and Chile. The ICCUB offers a stimulating environment with scientific staff working on a variety of topics from cosmology, extragalactic and Galactic astronomy to star formation and gravitational wave detection. The term of employment is for 3 years. The position is funded by an ERC starting grant. The candidate should hold a Masters degree in mathematics, physics or astrophysics

The position is expected to begin around 1st September 2022, but this is negotiable. Applicants should send a single PDF including a CV, a cover letter motivating your application (indicating why you are applying), a research statement detailing your personal research interests and prior research experience in any field of physics/astrophysics/mathematics (2 pages max.), University transcripts (up to the moment of application in case you do not hold a Masters degree yet) via email: secretaria@icc.ub.edu with the subject: "offer ID: 21252". They should also ask two referees for a letter of reference, who should send it directly to secretaria@icc.ub.edu with the subject: "reference letter: 21252". Applications received by 30th January 2022 will receive full consideration, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

ICCUB offers and promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation (for additional information please see the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission). Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should  email secretaria@icc.ub.edu with their request.

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary centre with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics. The Institute is situated in Barcelona, which offers an outstanding scientific and cultural environment, entertainment and sports as well as great food and music.

The call for the recruitment program for predoctoral researchers at the University of Barcelona (PREDOCS-UB), 2021 will be open from January 17 until February 11, 2022.

The aim of this call is to select trainee predoctoral research staff and regulate the procedure for the renewal of these grants, with the aim of promoting research in UB departments and training qualified predoctoral staff in university research and teaching. This University of Barcelona (UB) programme joins other public calls for application for the purpose of strengthening and increasing the prevalence of predoctoral staff at the UB. 

Employment conditions

A maximum of a four year contract, subject to an annual assessment. Please read this document for more details.

The gross salary compensation will be 1.188,49€ per month in the first two years, 1.273,38€ per month in the third year and 1.591,73€ per month in the fourth year (these amounts have been calculated in December 2021, and they can change according to the Law). For more information, please refer to this document.

Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements prior to the deadline:

  • The candidate must be enrolled or accepted on a doctoral programme of the UB. Another possibility is that they will be able to be enrolled on the doctoral programme at the time of signing the contract.
  • Not in possession of a doctoral degree, and they have not defended a doctoral thesis
  • An average grade of 6.5 or above in the academic transcript, between the bachelor's degree and master's degree
  • Applicant must be supported by a researcher at the UB, who will be the thesis supervisor.
  • The thesis supervisor must fulfil the following requirements:
    • has an ORCID identifier entered into the GREC CV
    • be part of a Catalan research group (SGR) and a competitive ongoing research project

Application Procedure

1. Those interested must fill in the application, attach the corresponding documentation and confirm the submission of the form, which can be accessed through the following website.

In addition, the form published on the Banco Santander platform must be filled in: http://app.becas-santander.com/program/becas-santander-investigacion-convocatoria-predocsub-2021 Students who have applied for the grant but have not completed the Banco Santander form will be excluded from the call. Likewise, those who only fill in the application through Banco Santander will be excluded.

Deadline

Please submit your applications by February 11th 2022. Remember that you must submit your application to Banco Santander's website and the UB's website.

Working at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

Moreover, the ICCUB participates in many key international scientific consortia and projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Gaia astrometric space mission, the MAGIC / CTA high-energy astrophysics telescopes, and the Virgo gravitational wave detector, among others. Additional information about the Institute and the University of Barcelona can be found here.

You will be encouraged to contribute and interact with other researchers in the vibrant and international research environment as well as to participate in our outreach initiatives, more information at serviAstro and serviParticules.

As part of the University of Barcelona, the ICCUB is a recipient of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) Award, which recognises, among other achievements, respect for equal opportunities and the capacity to attract talent in a positive working environment that promotes the pursuit of successful research careers. The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities in physical sciences to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.

The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2021: one with near-perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colourful neighbourhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.

The person hired will join the Technological Unit of the Institute of Cosmos Science of the University of Barcelona. We are currently looking for a highly motivated candidate that will work in the development of firmware and software for high-energy physics, astrophysics and medical imaging projects. The candidate will develop systems for validating, controlling and acquiring data from ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) designed by the UB. This position requires skills in FPGA design techniques, low-level programming in C++ and also knowledge in Python programming. The candidate must be capable of working on several projects simultaneously.

The position is for one year, renewable upon mutual agreement and availability of funds for one more year.

Requirements:

The candidate must hold a Bachelor or Master's in Electronics or Telecommunications, applicants with a Doctorate will also be considered.

Essencials:

  • C++ and Phyton
  • VHDL or Verilog
  • TCL scripting language
  • OS: Linux and Windows
  • Bus protocols: GPIB, SPI & I2C
  • Fluent in English

Following knowledge will be a plus:

  • Sockets & Threads
  • Development of GUI panels
  • Laboratory instrumentation control via SCPI commands
  • Experience in control and data acquisition systems
  • Intel Quartus design tool
  • PCB design
  • Writing technical documentation
  • Reporting progress and issues

Application process:

Applicants must email Dr. Joan Mauricio (jmauricio@fqa.ub.edu) with the Curriculum Vitae (CV) in free format and a motivation letter.

Review of applications will begin March 15th and will continue until the position is filled. The eligibility period will be extended under special circumstances such as maternity or paternity, among others.

Selection process:

The selection process, according to the number of applicants, will consist of curricular pre-selection and a candidate interview.

a) Curriculum vitae of the applicant. It is important to provide detail concerning tasks, technologies and tools used in previous jobs. Up to 60 points.
b) Candidate interview. In this interview, the candidate has to demonstrate problem-solving skills and technical skills, up to 40 points.
The applicant must score at least 80 points to pass the assessment.
 


About the Institute of Cosmos Sciences

The ICCUB is an interdisciplinary center with more than 60 long term scientists, 20 engineers and 80 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students offering an international and multicultural environment. The ICCUB also hosts a vibrant fundamental research program in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, with a strong technology unit supporting our participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

As part of the University of Barcelona, it is a recipient of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) Award, which recognises, among other achievements, respect for equal opportunities and the capacity to attract talent in a positive working environment that promotes the pursuit of successful research careers. The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection.

The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2021: one with near-perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colourful neighbourhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.