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Innovation Facilitator

Innovation Facilitator

The Institute

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, with more than 400 scientists from 44 countries. The CRG is composed by an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team, supported both by a flexible and efficient administration and by high-end and innovative technologies.
In November 2013, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the 'HR Excellence in Research' Award from the European Commission. This is a recognition of the Institute's commitment to developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, designed to bring the practices and procedures in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code).

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The role

The mission of the Innovation Facilitator will be to support the CRG research groups and management Offices (TBDO and Grants) in fostering the collaboration of the CRG research community with innovation stakeholders in new projects oriented to innovation, and increase the funding for innovation from the new Horizon Europe framework programme for research and innovation. The selected candidate will be in charge of:

• Organising ideation sessions with the CRG scientific community, identifying new innovation project proposals and contributing to mapping and disseminating relevant funding opportunities.

• Elaborating and maintaining a map of CRG’s Innovation project pipeline and promotional material to foster dissemination and visibility of the scientific and technological expertise of the CRG scientific community. Support follow-up activities.

• Organising and creating periodic forums to bring together scientific leadership from CRG with  external innovation partners (Industry, company founders, investors, consultants...) to effectively create ” eureka ” moments and generate  impactful collaborations.

• Contributing to identify relevant expertise and networks oriented to the implementation of CRG’s Innovation project portfolio seeking engagement of the CRG scientific community.

• Contributing to define the vision and road map of projects to value creation, business opportunity and socio-economics impact in innovation grant proposals and supporting the execution of the correspondent activities during the implementation of funded projects.

• Assisting in the development of new public-private collaborations with stakeholders of the pharma, biotech, medtech sectors in the framework of European or other sponsored opportunities for innovation activities.

• Support the Grants and TBDO Offices to achieve the goals of the call ‘Europa Redes y Gestores’ and manage the activities and teams contributing to it.

Overall, the candidate will represent a critical hub for cooperation across CRG departments, mostly the Technology and Business Development, Grants and International and Scientific Affairs teams.

About the team

The Innovation Facilitator will be part of the Grants and the Technology and Business Development teams. The mission of the Technology and Business Development Office (TBDO) at CRG is to facilitate the exploitation of the institution’s research results for the public good, and to help the economic growth of the life sciences sector in our region. Our will is that scientific results generated at CRG will develop into novel therapeutic, diagnostic and other type of products that will contribute to the wellness of our society.
The mission of the Grants Office is to proactively support the CRG community in securing competitive funds for research and institute-related activities, as well as to manage the principal investigators’ core and external funding, in compliance with the terms and conditions of the funding agencies, and to offer individualized professional support throughout the life cycle of each funded project (https://www.crg.eu/en/content/about-us/grants-office).
You will find more detaisl about TBDO office here: https://tbdo.crg.eu/about-us.

Whom would we like to hire?

Professional experience

Must Have

• You have research experience at the level of a PhD thesis in one of the research areas of CRG
• You have innovation, science application and business skills, experience and/or training

Desirable but not required/ Nice to have

• You have experience in the identification of funding opportunities and management of grant proposals for FP7/H2020 projects
• You have post-doc experience

Education and training

• You hold a University Graduate or PhD degree in biology, life sciences or related disciplines


• You are proficient in English
• Spanish and/or Catalan are desirable

Technical skills

• You have advanced skills on MS Office
• You know and you are ready to practice innovation and ideation techniques


• You have highly developed organization skills
• You have a proactive attitude
• You have project management skills
• You have good communication skills
• You have a passion for innovation
• You are creative and able to facilitate connections with and amongst people
• You are able to work at  various levels in an organization
• You are goal oriented and ready to assess before intervene
• You like to lead and coordinate processes and people and facilitate collaborations across expertise

The Offer – Working Conditions

Contract duration: Full-time position, until Dec. 31st, 2022.
Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
Target start date: As soon as possible.

We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities. To check out our training and development portfolio, please visit our website in the training section.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The CRG is committed to reconcile a work and family life of its employees and are offering extended vacation period and the possibility to benefit from flexible working hours.

Application Procedure

All applications must include:

1. A motivation letter addressed to Anabel Sanz and Gabriele Picarella.
2. A complete CV including contact details.
3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Anabel Sanz and be submitted online through the "Apply" button below. 

Selection Process

Pre-selection: The pre-selection process will be based on qualifications and expertise reflected on the candidates CVS. It will be merit-based.

Interview: Preselected candidates will be interviewed by the Hiring Manager of the position and a selection panel if required.

Offer Letter: Once the successful candidate is identified the Human Resources department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details.

Deadline: Please submit your application by April 7th, 2021.

Suggestions: The CRG believes in ongoing improvement and promotes a culture of feedback. This is one of the reasons we have in place, at your disposal as a candidate, a mechanism to gather your suggestions/complaints concerning your candidate experience in our recruitment processes. Your feedback really matters to us in our aim at creating a positive candidate journey. You can make a difference and help us improve by letting us know your suggestions through the following form.

The position is funded by the grant with ref. ECT2020-000709, under the call ‘Europa Redes y Gestores – Europa Centros Tecnològicos 2020’, by the Agencia Estatal de Investigación, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación.

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