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Research Funding Assistant

Research Funding Assistant

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 which is supported both by a flexible and efficient administration and by high-end and innovative technologies. 

In April 2021, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the renewal of 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). 

The role  

We are looking for a motivated candidate to join to the CRG Strategy and Funding (SaF) department to cover a period of paternity leave. He/She will be working closely with the wider team, the faculty and the other departments involved in grant management to ensure suitable support throughout the stages of grant proposal preparation process and award arrangements. Therefore, he/she will be a point of contact for general and technical enquiries, for producing key information and documentation related to calls for proposals and for channelling the communication among different stakeholders within and outside the centre. 

The extent of the duties will include but are not limited to:  

  • Assisting the faculty and the grants specialists team in preparing competitive applications for research and innovation projects (administrative support, budgeting, grant proposal documentation and submission through funders' portal) 

  • Identifying and disseminating funding opportunities and funders’ updates and news 

  • Monitoring notices of funders, carrying out the grant review during the award acceptance process and assisting with the preparation of the necessary arrangements with all involved stakeholders 

  • Supporting the team members in the clearance process of internal and external requirements, in view of the start of projects 

  • Updating internal trackers and preparing internal summaries and reports, as needed 

Professional experience 

Must Have 

  • Previous experience of 1-2 years in the areas related to the vacancy 

Desirable but not required/ Nice to have 

  • You have previous experience in a life-science environment 

  • You have knowledge of public and private research funding systems (Spanish and European) and experience in preparing and assembling proposals to competitive calls of Spanish and Catalan public and/or private funders

Education and training 

  • You hold a university degree (preferably).   


  • You are fluent in Spanish and have a good command of English 

  • Knowledge of Catalan would be a plus 

Technical skills 

  • You are an advanced user of MS Office (MS Word, Excel and Power Point) 

  • Familiarity with other relevant project and data management tools will be a plus 


  • Initiative: Proactive and results-oriented 

  • Accuracy: Focus to work with accuracy and attention to detail 

  • Communications: Ability to interact with a diverse audience, also in written 

  • Planning & Prioritization: Ability to work to tight deadlines 

  • Teamwork: Ability to work independently as well as being a team player 

  • Interpersonal relations: Able to build and maintain good relationships with internal and  external colleagues at all levels 

The Offer – Working Conditions 

  • Contract duration: temporary contract to cover paternity leave and holidays (estimated until 12/2024) 

  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with the qualifications of the candidates and the senior profile of the position and is consistent with our pay scales 

  • Target start date: As soon as possibl


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 Natalia Dave explaining your interest in this position and why you believe you are a strong fit (please avoid general or generic motivation letters) 

  1. A complete CV including contact details. 

  1. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be submitted online on the CRG Career site - http://www.crg.eu/en/content/careers/job-opportunities  

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 People department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details.  

Deadline: Please submit your application by April 11, 2024. 

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