Full Call for Application Resolution of the Call

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The call is made under the provisions of Law 20/2021, of December 28, the Order of July 26, 2022 of the Ministry of Economy, Employment and Finance of the Community of Madrid and the Resoluction of October 18, 2017 of the Presidency of the Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) (Ramón y Cajal program).

A selective process is called for the coverage of a permanent position of Head of the Laboratory for Research on Age-Related Diseases: Metabolic Syndrome in the Thematic Area of Biomedicine within the Research Program. Precision Nutrition and Age of the IMDEA Food Foundation, with the profile and characteristics established in Annex l of the official Call.

Job description

Basic and applied research on the relationships between metabolism, aging and cancer, focused on the potential of nutritional interventions against metabolic syndrome and aging.

Research aimed at studying two complementary aspects of fasting as a nutritional intervention:

- Study of the mechanisms and applications of fasting. Study of the potential of fasting as an enhancer of chemotherapy treatments against cancer. Identification, characterization and development of fasting mimetic products.

- Identification of new bioactive products with applications in metabolic syndrome and bioactive compounds against aging and associated diseases.

- High-throughput screening to identify and characterize effective bioactive products against obesity and diabetes

- Sirtuins in cancer: study of the molecular mechanisms by which two enzymes that respond to fasting, Sirt1 and Sirt3, affect cancer development.

  • Functions Research profile.

- Management and execution of the research activities above described.

- Management and promotion of clinical and nutritional trials in humans related to the research area.

- Coordination of research projects and the work of the researchers involved.

- Obtaining funding for research.

- Research staff training

- Transmission of knowledge nationally and internationally. Generation of relevant scientific publications, participation in forums and congresses.

- Design and implementation of dissemination activities.

- Evaluation of the personnel in charge

- Establishment of collaborative relationships with other research centers and groups.

- Watch of scientific advances.


Education required:

-PhD degree in Biomedicine Area.

Other specific requirements:

- Have a postdoctoral experience with a  postdoctoral contract, not less than 10 years in public or private R&D&i centers or Spanish or foreign universities, related to the correspondig research Area.

- Compliance with the quality requirements of production and scientific-technological activity that imply an outstanding research career, in accordance with the provisions of Annex II of the Resolution of July 20, 2005 of the Secretary of State for Universities and Research, which establishes the evaluation criteria in the Incentive Program for the Incorporation and Intensification of Activity Researcher (I3 Program), or other criteria that replace them in the event that this resolution is repealed.

- Minimum h index of 26.

Curricular merits of the candidate, to evaluate:

  • Relevance and contribution in scientific contributions

- Co-author of prestigious scientific publications (indexed in international databases), especially as "corresponding author", books or chapters of scientific and technical books.

- Co-author of communications to scientific conferences, especially oral presentations.

- Presentations by invitation at conferences, congresses and specialized courses.

- Development of activities that lead to obtaining patents. Co-inventor of patents and other technology transfer actions.

- Participation in national and international R+D+i activities with direct involvement in programs, projects or contracts, as actions the ERC, other competitive programs of the European Union R&D PM or other Agencies´s or Companies and other entities.

- International movility (long-stays in foreign research centers)

- Other Curricular merits:

- Scientific dissemination activities, academic teaching activity (national and international), participation in scientific management activities

Other merits: Candidate's ability to lead the research line (Research Laboratory): Independence in their career, relevance of scientific and professional experience and leadership.

  • Management of research work:

- Coordination of research works.

- Tutoring and/or supervision of research staff, national and international

- Principal investigator "corresponding-author", in scientific publications and research works,

- Supervision of doctoral or master's theses, as well as theses.

  • Relevance and knowledge of the line of research:

- Invitation and participation in international conferences, plenary speaker and specialized courses.

- Recognition awards, mentions and distinctions.

  • Capacity to obtain resources:

- Funding obtained as principal investigator in projects from competitive calls, contracts, agreements, etc.

  • Leadership of research groups:

- Direction or scientific coordination of groups,

- Management of master's and postgraduate courses or specialization courses,

- Participation in programs of excellence in international leadership,

- Links with organizations of recognized national/international prestige related to the area of ​​the position.

- High level of English: demonstrable spoken and written.


- Leadership, direction and management of teams, motivation, negotiation skills.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be selected based on the profiles described in Annex 1 as appropriately outlined in their CV by a Selection Committee composed by scientist staff of IMDEA Food Institute. Ad-hoc experts could be participating in the process. The best-qualified applicants can be invited locally for an interview by the Selection Committee.

The personal interview will consist of conducting a face-to-face or videoconference interview that will deal only with the merits declared by the candidates in the competition phase and will be aimed at assessing the candidate's suitability for the position. The interview will have a maximum duration of 45 minutes.

Selection criteria:

I. Curricular merits: 0-50*

II. Other merits: 0-20*

III. Interview: 0-30


Type of contract: permanet full-time employment contract with trial period established by law.

Dedication: full-time, 37.5 hours per week, from Monday to Friday.

Duratio: permanent

Incorporación: immediately after the selection process.


Headquarter of the IMDEA Food Insitute, Madrid (SPAIN)



Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal opportunities are guaranteed in the selection process, without any forms of discrimination. 

IMDEA Food commitment is to guarantee equality in measures to balance personal, family and working life and to promote gender equality.