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INPhINIT. “La Caixa” Doctoral Fellowship Programme

The program

The doctoral fellowship program INPhINIT "la Caixa" is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers - of any nationality- who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. NanoGUNE, the Basque Nanoscience Research Center, is a host organization of INPhINIT and offers up to 9 stimulating research projects to be carried out in a multidisciplinary and international research team, in the fantastic city of San Sebastian. 

Sponsored by "la Caixa" Foundation, INPhINIT is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

This program is divided into two different frames: 

  • Doctorate INPhinit Incoming: 35 PhD fellowships. Candidates must have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for less than 12 months in the last 3 years. 
  • Doctorate INPhINIT Retaining: 30 PhD fellowships. Candidates must have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain more than 12 months in the last 3 years.


The doctoral INPhINIT fellowships offer a highly competitive salary and complementary opportunities for training on transferrable skills (in annual training sessions), temporary stays in industry, incentives upon completion of the thesis, among other elements that make these fellowships some of the most attractive and complete in Europe.

The center: CIC nanoGUNE

NanoGUNE is the Basque Nanoscience Cooperative Research Center, a top research institution accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence Maria de Maeztu, which recognizes excellence at the highest international level in terms of research, training, human resources, outreach and technology transfer. Located in Donostia - San Sebastian, Basque Country (Spain), its mission is to perform world-class nanoscience research for the competitive growth of the Basque Country.

NanoGUNE was launched in 2006, thanks to the support of the Basque Government and other public institutions, as a non-profit making association. The official inauguration of the Center took place in 2009. Since the opening, we have been working hard with the aim of building up a research center and infrastructure that combine state-of-the-art research with a focus to industry.

We have an international team of 100 scientists (coming from more than 25 different countries) that are continuously making outstanding contributions to the fields of nanomagnetism, nanooptics, self-assembly, nanobiomechanics, nanodevices, electron microscopy, theory, nanomaterials, nanoimaging, and nanoengineering.

We have also founded 5 start-up companies: Graphenea (graphene production), Simune (atomistic simulations), Ctech-nano (thin-film coatings), Evolgene (enzyme design and production), and Prospero Biosciences (high-mass spectroscopy).

World-class nanoscience research, in close collaboration with other research laboratories and with industry, and a commitment to the society define the way we understand our activity.

Information about the center and life at nanoGUNE is accesible in these links.

What do we offer: 9 Stimulating PhD research projects

  1. Nano-scale engineering of novel magneitc materials (Andreas Berger - Nanomagnetism group)
  2. Nanoscale water and ice in San Sebastián (Alexander Bittner - Self-Assembly group)
  3. Resurrection of ancestral CRISPR-Cas9 systems: evolution towards genome editing (Raul Perez-Jimenez - Nanobiomechanics Group)
  4. Transmission Electron microscopy in liquids (Andrey Chuvilin - Electron Microscopy group)
  5. Simulation of nano-confined water: flow and the effect of soft confinement (Emilio Artacho - Theory group)
  6. Hybrid 2D Catalysts for Water Splitting (Mato Knez - Nanomaterials group)
  7. Inducing magnetism in atomically precise graphene nanostructures (Nacho Pascual - Nanoimaging group)
  8. Non-conventional superconductivity induced by atomic-scale nanostructures (Nacho Pascual - Nanoimaging group)
  9. Plasmonic detection of exosomes as liquid biopsy for early detection of Multiple Sclerosis (Andreas Seifert - Nanoengineering group)

Further information on each research project can be found at the INPhINIT website. For any questions on the research projects, please, feel free to contact our group leaders.

If you have any further questions, or if there are particular issues you’d like to discuss regarding your potential PhD project, please contact us at jobs@nanogune.eu.

What does INPhINIT offer: eligibility and application

The INPhINIT program is open to Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) of all nationalities. In order to be eligible, candidates must meet some requirements specified in the call.

For more details of the grant, applications and selection criteria process, and other general questions, please visit the INPhINIT program website.

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