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PhD candidates to work on a project co-supervised by Juana Díez and Mar Albà

We are looking for a candidate to apply to a PhD position to study the control of gene expression by SARS CoV-2. Supervised by Juana Díez (UPF) and Mar Albà (ICREA, IMIM, UPF) at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park.

RNA viruses such as SARS CoV-2 continue to threaten human health. A global understanding of the virus manipulation of the host cell transcriptome, translatome and RNA epi-transcriptome is essential to identify novel nodes for antiviral intervention. In this project we will address this fundamental issue by analysing and integrating massive sequencing data obtained for SARS-CoV-2 and the infected cell.

The two groups are integrated into the Biomedical Research Park of Barcelona (PRBB), one of the largest hubs of biomedical research in southern Europe. For more information visit the websites below: and

The selected candidate will enrol in the International PhD Program in Biomedicine of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (Mention of Excellence).

Candidate Requirements And Application:

Candidates are required:

• to have completed a master in Bioinformatics, Genomics or a related subject.
• to have a good knowledge of Python and R
• to be a European citizen or to have the NIE card (residence card).

Interested candidates please send a cover motivation letter and CV (the CV SHOULD INCLUDE the score of the graduated and master studies, contact details of 2 referees and 2 letters of reference) to Juana Díez ( or Mar Albà ( with subject “PhD position Diez/Alba”.

Other calls

We are accepting informal applications from outstanding predoctoral and postdoctoral candidates to pursue research on comparative genomics and evolution. Postdoctoral candidates should have a proven research record, with at least one published paper as first author. To be eligible for open PhD fellowship calls (see below) it is often a pre-requisite to have an excellent academic record (average grade 2.5 or higher, corresponding to second first or first class). We offer a highly stimulating research environment in a well-established international research centre (PRBB).

There are a number of regular calls to apply for grants/fellowships:

  • Postdoctoral contracts “Beatriu Pinos Programme” from the Catalan Government:
    Beatriu Pinos

  • Postdoctoral contracts “Juan de la Cierva Programme” from the Spanish Ministry of Science:
    Juan de la Cierva

  • Postdoctoral contracts “Marie Curie” from the European Commission:
    Marie Curie

  • PhD fellowships Spanish Government (FPU):

  • PhD fellowships Catalan Government: