The Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) aims to fill a Junior Group Leader Tenure Track position in Human Genetics. We encourage applications from exceptional scientists in this field, especially those with a strong focus on translational genetics and genomics. Candidates should be clearly able to synergize with the research groups of the Department, and with our clinical partner institutions.

Successful candidates will be highly accomplished young scientists with a strong capacity for interdisciplinary research, about to establish their first research group or within the first five years of independence. They will be expected to attract research funds, and also to actively engage in teaching human genetics in undergraduate and MSc programmes as well as training of PhD students. Therefore, a clear motivation towards teaching will be valued for this position. 


The Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at UPF

The DCEXS ( is an internationally renowned biomedical research centre in Barcelona, Spain. The DCEXS is located at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB, with six other research institutes, including the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). With a staff of more than 300 scientists, the DCEXS combines the creation and transfer of knowledge through the seamless integration of research and teaching, well in line with the vision and values of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (, which holds top-level positions in national and international rankings for teaching quality and scientific productivity (first Spanish university and 58th European university according to the Times Higher Education Ranking 2019). The DCEXS trajectory of research excellence and innovation in education has been recognized with the “María de Maeztu” Unit of Excellence award by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.


Research at the DCEXS

Understanding complex biological systems, particularly human biology and disease, requires interdisciplinary approaches integrating experimental biology, computation and engineering. The scientific focus of the DCEXS for the next five years is to strengthen and expand our research horizons under the broad overall scope of molecular biomedicine covered by our Research Programmes. The DCEXS is organized in seven Research Programmes (, and its research groups are supported by cutting-edge core facilities in flow cytometry, proteomics, genomics, microscopy, and scientific IT (

The DCEXS promotes diversity in an inclusive environment that welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Women are especially encouraged to apply.

Further information regarding the DCEXS and the group leader recruitment & selection process can be found at


The Offer

  • 5-year tenure track position that can be consolidated to a permanent faculty position depending on external peer-review.
  • Startup package covering the salary of one PhD student, consumables and laboratory equipment.
  • Laboratory space for 5-7 people.
  • Envisaged start date: from April 2020.


Application Procedure

Applications must be addressed to [email protected], with email title “Junior Group Leader Position in Human Genetics”. They should include:

  1. Motivation letter, describing explicitly how your research goals fit with those of DCEXS.
  2. Curriculum vitae, including the information listed in the guidelines below.
  3. List of 5 selected publications, with a brief description of each of them.
  4. Brief proposal of your future research plans at DCEXS (max. 2 pages).
    Please include an estimation of the equipment and facilities needed for your research
  5. Contact details of 3 references.


Application deadline: applications should be submitted by October 20, 2019, 20h CET.

Interviews: Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview to be held in January 2020 at the DCEXS in Barcelona.

Contact: Dr. Regina Lopez ([email protected])


CV guidelines

Please make sure that your CV includes the following information (although you do not need to follow this exact format, and feel free to include further information if relevant).

Maximum length: 15 pages.

  1. Brief summary of academic and scientific background
  2. Education/training
  3. Professional academic positions
  4. Publications

Specify if publications are original research articles, reviews, book chapters, or books. Provide evidence of impact (e.g. number of citations according to any citation indexing service). Please do not include conference abstracts.

  1. Grants and funding

Include only grants in which you are/were the Principal Investigator. Please specify title, year, funding agency and amount granted (in US$ or €).

  1. Teaching experience

Include the course type (i.e. conventional lectures, practical courses, online courses, MOOC, graduate or undergraduate level), name of the course, approximate number of students attending, hours per course, and whether the candidate was course coordinator or participant teacher.

  1. Invited conferences and talks

Include only invited talks given personally by you

  1. Technology transfer
  2. Other merits (courses, honours and awards, project management experience, etc)