Open PhD Fellowships at the DTIC, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain 2019 – INPhINIT “la Caixa” Fellowships Programme

The DTIC as a “Maria de Maeztu Centre of Excellence” is a hosting institution within the INPhINIT “La Caixa” incoming Fellowships Programme  proposing 18 project proposals at the different research areas of DTIC.

INPhINIT will recruit 35 PhD Early-stage researchers of any nationality to carry out their PhD projects in accredited centres with the Spanish Seal of Excellence Severo Ochoa, María de Maeztu or Health Institutes Carlos III and Portuguese research units accredited as “excellent” or “exceptional” according to the evaluation of the Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia. In addition, researchers establish a personal career development plan including transnational, intersectorial and interdisciplinary mobility opportunities, and attend a full range of complementary training courses and workshops.

INPhINIT is focused on life sciences and health, technologies, physics, engineering and mathematics.

“La Caixa” Foundation will select the candidates who, subsequently,  will propose the Research Centre and the pre-doctoral position in which he/she would like to do the research project. If there is agreement between the Centre, the supervisor,  and the candidate, the fellowship will be awarded to the candidate.

Fellowship provisions

  • 3-years contract

  • Recruitment date: September/November 2019.

  • Funding per fellow: 115.092 euros

  • 104.400 euros (34.800 euros per year) including salary, employee social security contribution, income taxes and all compulsory employers’ contributions.

  • 10.692 euros (3.564 euros per year) for research costs such as conferences and workshops attendance, short-stays, consumables and intellectual property costs, among others.

  • PhD Award of 7.500 euros will be granted to researchers that submit their thesis within 6 months after the end of the fellowship.

  • Complementary training programme.


Eligibility requirements

  • At the call deadline, candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

    • To have completed the studies that lead to an official Spanish (or from another country of the European Higher Education Area) university degree awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

    • To have completed a degree in a non-Spanish university not adapted to the European Higher Education Area that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.

  • Mobility Rule: For doing their research at Spanish institutions, candidates must have resided in Spain for less than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior the call deadline. Short stays such as holidays will not be taken into account when calculating the mobility requirement.

  • Demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).


DTIC PhD program admission:

  • Accredited undergraduate degree (Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution).

  • Accredited graduate/master’s degree (equivalent to a Spanish Master Universitario/Oficial, Master’s of Research…. ) which enables them to access a Phd programme in their home country.

  • Total of 300 ECTS credits, 60 of those have to correspond to an official graduate, research oriented, master’s programme.


Important dates

  • Website is open for applications.

  • Application deadline: 6th February 2019.


How to apply

Applications are managed through the La Caixa InPhINIT program website.

More information about the procedure:
For additional information on the PhD program and proposed topics within DTIC please check this following page


The UPF DTIC PhD program offers advanced training in a broad range of topics in the field of Information and Communication Technologies.

This is an innovative program, unique in Catalonia and Spain in terms of its content, which aims to provide a bridge between various disciplines in this field. The DTIC PhD program has been growing steadily and currently hosts about 130 PhD students and 40 faculty and tenure-track professors who can supervise a PhD thesis. The program received a Mention of Excellence award from the Ministry of Science and Innovation in 2011.

The DTIC department consistently ranks among the top computer science departments in Spain (e.g. the only computer science department from an Spanish university that has even been included in the top 100 of the Shanghai Ranking). The DTIC’s research activities are organized around 15 groups pursuing a wide range of topics that include networking, wireless communications, multimedia, image and music processing, medical imaging, interactive technologies, artificial intelligence, data mining, and computational neuroscience, among others.

The UPF university was awarded in 2010 the distinction of International Excellence Campus by the Spanish Ministry of Education and it is widely considered to be one of the best universities in Spain (e.g. is the top Spanish university according to 2013 Times Higher Education Ranking).

The UPF is located in Barcelona. Its excellent location on the shores of the Mediterranean, its gentle climate, its open, cosmopolitan character, its gastronomy and architecture make Barcelona an extraordinary place to live. The DTIC is sited in UPF’s Communication Campus, which was opened in 2009 and is located within the vibrant 22@ technological district of Barcelona.

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