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The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, created in 2000 and counts today about 500 employees. CRG is considered at the top 5 position worldwide according to the Mapping Science Excellence ranking 2018 ('Best journal rate' indicator).

The mission of the CRG is to discover and advance knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity.

The CRG believes that the medicine of the future depends on the groundbreaking science of today. This requires an interdisciplinary scientific team focused on understanding the complexity of life from the genome to the cell to a whole organism and its interaction with the environment, offering an integrated view of genetic diseases.

The CRG is committed to reconciling the best practices of working conditions for their employees. To comply with that the CRG is offering an opportunity to apply for teleworking and flexi programmes, is constantly implementing actions for work-life balance and gender equality, and provides extended vacation period and a splendid seafront location next to the city centre of Barcelona.

The EMERALD fellows that join CRG will receive a working contract for 42 months, with a highly competitive minimum yearly gross salary of 26,414.92 EUR.

The CRG aims to ensure that appropriate working conditions for researchers are provided and that they suit individual needs; training and skills development; safety and well-being at the workplace; offering social benefits, adequate earnings and prospects; and paying attention to working time and work-life balance. Check CRG’s additional benefits.

CRG research is divided into four major research programmes and two additional transversal programmes including 31 top research groups (17 ERC Grantees) that work in a creative and collaborative environment to nurture excellence.

Research programmes:

Transversal programmes:

CRG researchers benefit from a culture of excellence and collaborations, but also from the latest scientific technologies and infrastructure, supported by 7 Core Facilities and 2 Technological Platforms that offer scientific services to the research community:

  • Proteomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Screening/protein technologies
  • Tissue engineering
  • Advanced light microscopy
  • Flow cytometry

In addition to the Core Facilities, CRG researchers benefit from the catalogue of High-throughput Sequencing services offered by CNAG-CRG, which is the second largest European centre in sequencing capacity and offers expertise to projects in genome sequencing and analysis.

The CRG is part of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), which is physically connected to the Hospital del Mar. The CRG is strongly committed to collaborations with hospitals and clinical research centres to bridge fundamental with translational research. Have a look at our institutional collaboration partners.

All the PhD students that join CRG are also beneficiaries of the CRG International PhD Programme, which combines dedicated mentoring and scientific training to support early independence and creativity. The programme offers committed supervision by the academic and training staff, along with training in science and transferable skills, seminars, retreats, symposia and social activities. The PhD committee supervises the implementation of the PhD course, it is chaired by two PIs and includes PIs and PhD representatives from each programme and the academic and training coordinators.

The programme has been running for 15 years and is highly competitive, receiving around 400 applications from over 50 different countries and admitting 20-30 students every year.

By becoming a CRG alumnus, you will gain not only expertise and know-how, but also independence and an important set of complementary skills that will accompany you through life.

The CRG is part of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), one of the best scientific parks in the city.
The PRBB groups together different institutions, including the Department of Medicine and Life Sciences (MELIS) of Pompeu Fabra University, the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE), and one of the sites of European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL Barcelona), creating a critical mass of biomedical research.
The building is on the seafront of the Barceloneta beach, next to the Olympic Harbour and beside the Hospital del Mar, in a modern city district with a high-standing recreational and cultural setting.
As part of The PRBB Community, CRG researchers have access also to the training and scientific sessions led by The PRBB. An example is the PRBB Intervals Programme, which is an innovative training initiative that aims to break down disciplinary barriers and bridge learning gaps by means of offering a range of educational and training opportunities in areas that complement the scientists’ disciplinary expertise.

CRG is one of the most international research centres in the South of Europe, having about 60% of international researchers of 41 different nationalities. Due to this, CRG supports the relocation to Barcelona and developed guidelines to facilitate the process.

This guideline includes, among other information, an explanation of welcome services, welcome guides of the Barcelona city, guidelines for the management of the mobility of the foreign researcher in Spain, spouse support, information about schools, a checklist of procedures before entering Spain, planning accommodation, steps to take before arriving in Spain and after arrival, and networks and events for the international community.

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