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ICN2 PhD Programme

ICN2 PhD Programme

The ICN2 offers a competitive PhD Programme to talented students who wish to develop a research career at one of the top European institutions in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Selected students will have the opportunity to develop their PhD thesis in a topic at the cutting-edge of nanoresearch in a stimulating environment with access to outstanding research infrastructure.

Research areas and groups:

Selected candidates will carry out their research in cross-disciplinary research areas and/or application areas such as the ones listed below:

Cross-Disciplinary Research

  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanofabrication
  • Nanocharacterisation
  • Modelling and simulation

Application Areas of Research

  • Health
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Information, communication and quantum

Candidates can review the research lines here.

During the application process, candidates will be asked to select the ICN2 research group(s) they would like to join. Please visit the profiles of our groups here.


Candidates must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Have obtained a Master or equivalent degree in a field of science related to ICN2 research activities or group they would like to join by the date of incorporation.
  • Have an excellent academic record and strong commitment to scientific research. Previous research experience is highly regarded.
  • High level of English.
  • Specific additional eligibility requirements may apply depending on the funding schemes available.

Summary of conditions

The candidates pre-selected for this programme will need to apply for competitive fellowships in order to secure the funding required to formalise their contract. The ICN2 will provide full support to these candidates for the preparation of their fellowship applications. Candidates who are successful in their applications will be admitted to the ICN2 PhD Programme, and will benefit from:

  • Full-time working contract as a PhD researcher. Contracts include medical care under the Spanish public healthcare system and workplace accident insurance.
  • Relocation support.
  • ICN2 social benefits: life insurance, flexible timetable, flexible compensation package.
  • Training and monitoring programme: Students admitted to the ICN2 PhD Programme will have full access to the scientific, technical and transferable skills training and relevant monitoring activities organised each year.

How to apply

All applications must be made via the ICN2 careers website (general call):

Or specific calls:

Include the following:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. A full CV including contact details.
  3. 2 reference letters.
  4. Academic records (if the transcripts are not in English, Catalan or Spanish, applicants should also attach a translation in one of the mentioned languages). Important: Include the final marks on the application form using the equivalence marks link:
  5. Applicants should indicate in the application form 3 ICN2 groups they would like to work in.
What Who When
Call opening
16 June 2021
Deadline for applications
5 September 2021*
Committee evaluation ICN2 Recruitment Committee
September/October 2021
Notification to candidates Human Resources
October/November 2021

Equal opportunities

The ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and the inclusion of people with disabilities.