Predoctoral Program

PhD Researchers
Predoctoral Program


The PREDOCTORAL Program provides a common framework for all researchers at the CNIC who are working towards a doctoral degree. All predoctoral researchers are signed up to this program, independently of their funding source.

The aims of the program are as follows:

  • To ensure uniform quality of predoctoral training at the CNIC
  • To ensure fair and equal access of predoctoral researchers to training opportunities


This program provides funding for the following aspects of postgraduate training, if and when these are not covered by the external funding award:

  • Cost of the University fees related to the Predoctoral Program and the printing of the thesis.
  • Accident insurance.
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Ofertas contratos Predoctorales

Doctorate INPhINIT Incoming Severo Ochoa Program

We are seeking highly motivated candidates who want to start a scientific career by completing a PhD in STEM disciplines: life and health sciences, experimental sciences, physics, and mathematics.

Candidates are invited to apply to the La Caixa foundation Incoming INPhINIT 2023 Doctoral Fellowships call. The CNIC offers 10 PhD positions in the context of collaborative projects led by diverse research groups affiliated to the Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence Program.


This call is open to applicants of any nationality
Master’s degree in a discipline related to biomedical science and excellent academic record (grade average >8.5/10)
Advanced level of English (B2 or higher)
Previous research experience during your undergraduate period will be valued very positively
Authorship of publications in indexed journals will valued positively
For these call candidates must NOT have resided in Spain for more than twelve months within the past three years

Do you think you can fulfil this role?

Please send your motivation letter, CV, and contact information for 3 referees to, indicating CNICLaCaixaPhD in the subject, no later than 9th January 2024


Interested candidates will also need to apply through the predoctoral program official web application but first must send a CV so that we can evaluate which CNIC PhD offer is best suited to the candidate.

Key dates:

Call deadline 24 January 2024, at 2 pm Peninsular Spain
Shortlisting results and call for interviews 15 April 2024
Selection interviews 27, 28 and 29 May 2024
Final results 7 June 2024
Host organisation-fellow agreement from 7 to 30 June 2024
Start date of fellowships
 Sept-Nov 2023

Available PhD Offers:

Novel mechanisms of aterosclerosis Program
Microbiota-derived metabolites as new biomarkers and targets in atherosclerosis - David Sancho
Pathophysiological effects and dynamics of age-related clonal hematopoiesis - José Javier Fuster
Mechanisms integrating blood flow sensing and arterial wall remodeling in atherosclerosis - Miguel Ángel del Pozo

Myocardial homeostasis & cardiac injury Program
Investigator to perform a PhD thesis in the field of myocardial damage in the context to cancer treatment - Borja Ibáñez
Investigator to perform a PhD thesis in the field of inherited cardiomyopathies - Enrique Lara-Pezzi

Novel arrhythmogenic mechanisms Program
Ventricular Fibrillation Dynamics in congenital and acquired heart diseases and its Relationship with the Underlying functional and anatomical substrate - David Filgueiras

Cardiovascular risk factors & brain function Program
Neuroinflammation and cognitive dysfunction - Pilar Martín

Cardiovascular regeneration Program

Enhance - Stimulating cardiomyocyte engraftment after transplantation - Florian Weinberger
Identification of cardiac regenerative molecules using Medaka - Nadia Mercader/Miguel Torres
Multispectral and RNA barcoding to decode the development of single cell lineages during cardiovascular homeostasis and disease - Rui Benedito

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