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Amigos/as del CNIO

La iniciativa “Amigos del CNIO” se puso en marcha a finales de 2014 para fomentar la filantropía como fuente de financiación para el centro; y para facilitar un mayor acercamiento del CNIO a la sociedad.

Gracias a estos fondos se ha puesto en marcha un Programa de Contratos Postdoctorales que ofrece a doctores de cualquier nacionalidad la oportunidad de realizar una estancia postdoctoral en el CNIO.

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The “CNIO Friends” initiative enables the CNIO to hire outstanding research talent from around the world. All philanthropic donations to the CNIO support our Post-Doctoral Research Contract Programme that offers doctors, of all nationalities, the opportunity to carry out a postdoctoral research project at the CNIO.

The call offers EIGHT postdoctoral contracts, for a duration of 2 years.

Among them there is one fully-financed by the Fundación Domingo Martinez, in honour of their 50th Anniversary. This contract is specifically offered to outstanding applicants who wish to develop a research project of excellence in the field of cancer and tumour microenvironment. More info here.

Another position will be offered to outstanding applicants who wish to develop a research project of excellence in the field of alternative methods to animal experimentation.

The other six positions are open to all areas of cancer research.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree, obtained after January 2013.

Candidates must have at least one first-author paper, either published or accepted before the application deadline, in a leading international peer-reviewed journal in the Medicine & Life Sciences field.

Benefits of working at the CNIO

CNIO offers an exciting work environment in a global Centre of Excellence and will provide a full-time employment contract, for the duration of 2 years, according to the provisions of the Spanish Law, with entitlement to all the benefits available to CNIO employees.

Remuneration will be commensurate with the CNIO salary tables, and will be determined on the basis of the intervening years between the date of completion of the doctorate and the intended start date.

The contract does not imply any obligation on the part of the CNIO after the 2-year contract has been terminated.

At the end of the 1st and 2nd years of their contract, the enrolled «CNIO Friends» Fellow shall submit a report that summarises his/her activities and scientific achievements.

Application Review and Selection Process

Candidates will be evaluated by the CNIO Evaluation Committee. The selection process will be based on the candidate´s CV and previous research experience according to the following criteria: number and relevance of the publications, previously obtained scholarships, participation in international conferences, recommendation letters and other merits (patents, awards, previous positions in centres of research, etc.).

Non-discrimination and equal access policy

The CNIO actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so that no candidate can be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right, on basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, economic situation, education, social origin or condition, genetic heritage, reduced working capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological convictions, and trade union membership. The CNIO has special policies in place to promote work/life balance in the career development of the employees.

Application deadline for the call

30th June 2021

Preferred start date


How to apply

The application can be found here:

Application Form
Scientific Productivity

The application must be completed online in English and must provide the following documents:

  • A CV, not exceeding 5 pages. In case of stays in other institutions, the period, place and name of the principal investigator must be stated, and the candidate´s position during that period.
  • 2 reference letters
  • A letter of motivation
  • The completed scientific productivity file
  • A 1-minute video in English to outline your research interests, your skills and the reasons why you would like to do a postdoc stay at CNIO.

The applicant is responsible for the veracity, accuracy and completeness of the data provided in the online application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only one application per candidate will be accepted. If more than one application is received from the same candidate, only the last one will be considered as valid.

For any additional information, please contact:

Helena Zamora
Helena Zamora Education & Training Programmes
Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)

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Candidatos seleccionados:

  • Nombre: Rubén Julio Martínez Torres
    Universidad de origen: University College London, Reino Unido
    Grupo del CNIO (Programa): Grupo de Quinasas, Fosforilación de Proteínas y Cáncer
  • Nombre: María Moreno Morcillo
    Universidad de origen: Université de Bordeaux , Francia
    Grupo del CNIO (Programa): Grupo de Integridad Genómica y Biología Estructural
  • Nombre: Neibla Priego
    Universidad de origen: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España
    Grupo del CNIO (Programa): Grupo de Metástasis Cerebral
  • Nombre: Sarita Saraswati
    Universidad de origen: University of Delhi, India
    Grupo del CNIO (Programa): Grupo de Telómeros y Telomerasa

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Candidatos seleccionados:

  • Nombre: Carolina Maestre
    Universidad de origen: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
    Grupo del CNIO (Programa): Grupo de División Celular y Cáncer (OM)
  • Nombre: Sebastian Thompson
    Universidad de origen: City University of New York (CUNY)
    Grupo del CNIO (Programa): Grupo de Factores de Crecimiento, Nutrientes y Cáncer (BCC)

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Candidatos seleccionados:

  • Nombre: Paulina Gómez
    Universidad de origen : Universidad de Arizona, EE.UU.
    Grupo del CNIO (Programa) : Epidemiología Genética y Molecular (GCH)
  • Nombre: Vera Pancaldi
    Universidad de origen: Imperial College London, R.U.
    Grupo del CNIO (Programa): Biología Computacional Estructural (BEB)

Para cualquier información adicional puede ponerse en contacto con el área de Educación y Programas de Formación a través de la siguiente dirección de correo electrónico: