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CNIO Friends

The “CNIO Friends” initiative, launched at the end of 2014, was designed to promote philanthropy as a source of funds for the Centre, as well as to bring the CNIO closer to society.

Thanks to these funds, we have created a Post-Doctoral Contract Programme that offers doctors, of all nationalities, the opportunity to carry out a postdoctoral stay at the CNIO.

2021 Call Abrir Cerrar

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)

Past calls: 2018 Abrir Cerrar

Successful candidates:

  • Name: Rubén Julio Martínez Torres
    PhD obtained from: University College London, UK
    CNIO Group (Programme): Kinases, Protein Phosphorylation and Cancer Group
  • Name: María Moreno Morcillo
    PhD obtained from: University of Bordeaux, France
    CNIO Group (Programme): Genome Integrity and Structural Biology Group
  • Name: Neibla Priego
    PhD obtained from: Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
    CNIO Group (Programme): Brain Metastasis Group
  • Name: Sarita Saraswati
    PhD obtained from: University of Delhi, India
    CNIO Group (Programme): Telomeres and Telomerase Group

Past calls: 2017 Abrir Cerrar

Successful candidates:

  • Name: Carolina Maestre
    PhD obtained from: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
    CNIO Group (Programme): Cell Division and Cancer Group (OM)
  • Name: Sebastian Thompson
    PhD obtained from: City University of New York (CUNY)
    CNIO Group (Programme): Growth Factors, Nutrients and Cancer Group (CCB))

Past calls: 2016 Abrir Cerrar

Successful candidates:

  • Name : Paulina Gómez
    PhD obtained from : University of Arizona, USA
    CNIO Group (Programme): Genetic & Molecular Epidemiology (HCG)
  • Name: Vera Pancaldi
    PhD obtained from : Imperial College London, UK
    CNIO Group (Programme): Structural Computational Biology (SBB)

For further information on the programme, please contact our Education and Training Programmes Office at postdoc@cnio.es