Science and Innovation Training

Training of young researchers at CIC bioGUNE has the aim of promoting excellence in skills development, building inclusive, effective and efficient higher education systems, and ensuring that our institutions contribute through innovation to have impact into society.

Every student engaging in a CIC bioGUNE PhD thesis is assigned with a thesis advisory committee that aims to increase excellence of study development during the training period and ensure a fast career development track. Senior researchers of the center are key in our training mission and may be part of the thesis advisory committee and develop their own skill set of leader of the future.

Leading-edge Science

  • Scientific Talks Series give the researchers the possibility to participate in regular conferences with top international distinguished speakers. These sessions are focus on the most remarkable topics and include time for discussion enhancing communication and interactions over research networks.
  • Technology seminars allow junior and senior researchers to stay up-to-date of different discipline in the scientific landscape. The seminars are provided by internal and external experts of selected area of interest to teach new evolution of science, future development and use of specific R&D tools, and provide a platform to increase skill exchange within the CIC bioGUNE community.
  • Junior Scientists Seminar Series give the PhD student and junior post-doc the opportunity to practice written and oral communication skills, giving talks to a scientific audience of the center, get familiar with event organization, delegate introduction and hosting a session.
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The aim of the transversal training program in innovation and entrepreneurship is to reduce distance and bridging the gap between academic research and the stakeholders of industry. Pitfalls in the translation of academic discoveries toward a societal impact are attributed to the lack of knowledge of translational options, scarce exposure of investigators to the entrepreneurial sectors, and lack of common language and platform to exchange expertise.

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  • Innovation Training for Scientist and Researchers is a series of talks and conferences organized at CIC bioGUNE with the aim of giving an introduction of business terminology and foster lab to market transition of scientific breakthrough and achieving greater impact with scientific innovation.
  • Business Pitching. Tutored by our qualified and experience business development personnel this program facilitate the introduction of our scientific talent into the activity of business development of the center.

The Center has promoted the creation of the Observatory for Equal opportunities to provide all candidates (undergraduates, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral) with an equal opportunity to fully demonstrate their competencies by identifying and eliminating their blocking factors, possible biases and risks of discrimination independently of gender, race and ethnic origin, religious belief, disability, age and sexual orientation. We believe that including unbiased selection procedure helps improving the scientific quality and societal relevance of the produced knowledge, technology and/or innovation

Pre-Doctoral Programme

At CICbioGUNE we educate graduate students in their career think scientifically, design and execute a research project under the supervision and mentoring of a CIC bioGUNE Principal investigator. The programme targets highly qualified and talented graduate students with an enthusiastic interest in Life Science. Students make the most of an excellent staff of researchers and highly specialized technicians that assist and guide the student during their stay.

We offer opportunities for short stays in partner international research institutions. We also offer Advance Science Training and weekly seminars by leading scientists at the forefront of Life Science Research, to provide students with the knowledge to develop their career including an includes seminars on state-of-the-art scientific trends, advance scientific technology and instrumentation.

We also developed an Innovation Training for Scientists (link to InnoBerrIkasi) designed to provide our staff with the skilled needed to succeed in and outside academia, including legal issues, IP management, entrepreneurship, Marketing, knowledge and technology transfer and communication skills.

The programme ultimately leads to obtaining a PhD degree, in partnership with the University of Pais Vasco (UPV/EPH). Students interested in joining our pre-doctoral programme are encouraged to apply for any of our fellowship opportunities listed below or for individual open positions in our groups.

INPhINIT “La Caixa” Fellowship program

INPhINIT is promoted by the “la Caixa” Foundation with the aim of supporting the best scientific talent to the top Spanish research centers and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

INPhINIT Incoming recruits 35 PhD Early-Stage Researchers of any nationality, who enjoy a 3-year employment contract at the accredited Research Centre with the Spanish Seal of Excellence Severo ochoa, María de Maeztu or Health Institutes Carlos III and Portuguese research units accredited as “excellent” or “exceptional”.

Programa Inphinit de La Caixa

In addition, researchers establish a personal career development plan including transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility opportunities, and attend a full range of complementary training courses and workshops.

INPhINIT relies on the European Commission's support through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – COFUND programme to recruit a larger number of researchers and achieve a broader impact, as well as to further pursue the highest standards for research training.

The INPhINIT “la Caixa” fellowships Programme offers:

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  • 3-year contract
  • €34,800 gross annual salary + €3,564 annual additional funding
  • Award of €7,500 for the PhD fellow in case he/she presented the thesis within a period of 3.5 years
  • Additional training in transferable skills

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Bio-Bridge Program

BioBridge Program is an innovative program developed partnership with Technological Center in the Region and in in collaboration with Deusto Business School in Bilbao. The program provides PhD and MBA students a vehicle toward entrepreneurship through learn-by-doing methodology, at the intersection of Life Science, Engineering and Business.

Grants become available during the year (check Job Offers section) and PhD student selected for this program will be immersed in the scientific discovery and validation of the technology to make it ready for translation to the society.

Excelencia Severo Ochoa

A strict collaboration with MBA students during the enrollment of the program allows PhD and MBA students to develop their leadership potential, analyzed technical and market feasibility of their idea, develop group management and strategic thinking skills, and transform their scientific idea in an impactful innovation.

Gobierno Vasco

Regional Fellowship

The Basque Government´s program aims to promote the scientific training of graduates who wish to guide their professional research activity, boosting their acquisition of skills and abilities related to high quality scientific research.

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Pre-doctoral industrial partnership

The Berrikertu program aims to support the incorporation of research talent in the companies and agents of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network, through non-refundable grants for the hiring of research staff for their dedication to the projects of R&D carried out by the beneficiary entities.

Gobierno Vasco

Post-Doctoral Programme

CIC bioGUNE aims to attract highly talented scientists seeking career development opportunities in a competitive and international environment. Post-doctoral researchers at CIC bioGUNE have an outstanding opportunity to develop their research career in one of the most prestigious transversal Life Science international research centres in Spain impinged in the Technology Park of Biskai.

Postdoctoral researchers at CIC bioGUNE have the opportunity to lead research projects under the mentoring of an internationally renowned Principal Investigator in a stimulating and multidisciplinary scientific environment. We believe in providing postdoctoral researchers with the skill needed to reach their independence.

Postdoctoral positions are offered through different postdoctoral programmes open calls or through CIC bioGUNE research groups open positions.

Gobierno Vasco

Regional Research Grant

The Basque Government´s program aims to improve the career of researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. The program will be developed within the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network. Outgoing 2-years mobility period to a center located abroad is promoted.

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Juan de la Cierva

This program is aimed at hiring young doctors, paying special attention to the group of researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate degrees, so that they can join research teams to strengthen them.

Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades

Researchers must also meet certain mobility requirements that are specified in the call resolution and in the corresponding section of the guide.

The requests for participation are presented by the R & D Center and they will include the candidate researchers for their incorporation into the research teams. The aid granted is to co-finance the hiring, for a period of two years, of doctors in all areas of knowledge, by the Spanish R & D Centers.

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Undergraduates

Internship

The objective of this program is to offer second cycle university students the opportunity to gain experience in a competitive laboratory and help define their professional orientation. To this end, two types of activities are organized annually:

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For more information about the two types of activities are annually Summer practices and Academic course internships please contact the group of interest of check our Job Offer section.

Talent Support and Integration

CIC bioGUNE foster Excellent Science promoting mobility and career development of researchers.

Thanks to our close partnership with Bizkaia Talent, we offer relocation support to facilitating professional and social integration of researchers and their families.

Bizkaia Talent is a local contact point of the mobility network, EURAXESS, of the European Commission and a Career Development Center. It provides customized support for:

Guidance & Information:

  • Administrative matters: Taxation, Legislation (visas/permits), Legal Procedures, Vehicle Registration and Driving Licenses, Foreigners’ ID Number-NIE, Census Registration, Civil Register, etc...
  • Accommodation: General information, real estate contacts, BILBAO BBK TALENT HOME–apartments for research personnel.
  • Family Support in Issues such as health, education, schooling, leisure, culture...
  • Family Reunification helpdesk
Talent Support and Integration

Sociocultural Integration

Recreational Experiences and Meetings in order to foster interpersonal relationships between its users.

Be Basque Dual Career Centre

It is the first of its kind present in Spain to analyses and assist researchers’ partners concerning labour & sociocultural integration, providing help in hiring opportunities, training, entrepreneurship, voluntarism and networking.

Be Basque Talent Network
Bizkaia Talent
Euraxess