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PhD student in the Oocyte Biology & Cellular Dormancy Lab

PhD student in the Oocyte Biology & Cellular Dormancy Lab

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 shares principles of an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team that is supported by high-end and innovative technologies and a flexible and efficient administration.

In November 2013, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo 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).

Please, check out our Recruitment Policy

The role 

The successful candidate will join the Oocyte Biology & Cellular Dormancy Group on a project led by Dr. Elvan Böke. The candidate will investigate cellular mechanisms involved in establishing oocyte dormancy.

About the lab 

The Oocyte Biology & Cellular Dormancy Group studies early stage oocytes, with an interest in how they remain dormant for several decades in the female body. The group uses oocytes from mouse, Xenopus laevis frogs, and humans in collaboration with a fertility clinic in Barcelona.

Elvan joined the CRG as a group leader in February 2017, continuing her work on mechanisms of membrane-less organelle formation via amyloid-like self-assembly started at Harvard Medical School (Boke et al., 2016, Cell). Her group works to clarify the organisation and function of organelles in oocytes and the regulation of physiological amyloid-like structures. More generally, the primary focus of the group is to discover new avenues into the mechanisms that protect organelles from ageing and understand how oocytes stay dormant for many decades.

Whom would we like to hire? 

Professional experience 

Must Have

  • You have a background in life sciences

Desirable but not required/ Nice to have

  • You have experience with techniques of proteomics, molecular biology, cloning, light and confocal microscopy, and quantitative image analysis

Education and training

  • You hold a University Degree in biomedical sciences
  • You hold a Masters Degree in a relevant life science disciplines within the European Higher Education System or equivalent


  • You are proficient in English


  • You have highly developed organization skills
  • You have dedication, motivation, and rigor in scientific pursuits
  • You have ability to pay attention to detail

The Offer – Working Conditions

  • Contract duration: 4 years PhD position
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
  • Target start date: October, 2020

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, race, religion or sexual orientation.

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 Dr Elvan Boke
  2. A complete CV including contact details.
  3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Dr. Elvan Boke 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 11th August 2020.

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