Guide to applicants

Our recruitment process follows the principles of the European Strategy for Researchers and the Open, Transparent, Merit-based Recruitment directives (HRS4R and OTM-R) .

The way to join our centre are based on competitive calls for contracting researchers, where ACHUCARRO can be a host institution (see Recruitment programmes below). In the cases where applicants need a reference or support letter, we request a Research Statement with specific details of future research plans and objectives. Together with the CV or resume of the candidate, we use both to assess the alignment of the applicant with the Research Strategy of ACHUCARRO.

If our selection panels decide to support an application, the mutually agreed Research Statement is considered as a contract between the researcher and ACHUCARRO, in terms of the career development and follow-up of each person.


If you would be considering exploring the possibility to join us, using any of the schemes below, we encourage you to contact some weeks/months before each call is opened, so we can properly assess your profile and plans.

Researchers with a solid research record in the neurobiology of neuron-glia interactions can submit their applications using this form.


Recruitment Programmes

IKERBASQUE - Basque Foundation for Science

Achucarro is an eligible host institutions for the Ikerbasque position holders:

Ikerbasque Research Fellows
Tenure-track style 5 year contract, for post-doctoral profile researchers
Call usually opens in the first quarter of each year (Jan-Mar)

Ikerbasque Group Leader or Research Professor calls
Permanent contracts for Senior Researchers, more than 4 years international research experience required.
Call usually opens in the second/third quarter of each year (May-Sep)

Marie Skłodowska Curie Action - European Commission

Achucarro is an eligible host institutions for the MSCA calls of the European Commission:

Individual Fellowships (IF)
12 to 24 months duration, for post-doctoral profile researchers
Call usually opens in the second/third quarter of each year (Apr-Sep)

Spanish Government - R&D State Secretariat

Achucarro is an eligible host institutions for the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness calls:

Juan de la Cierva
Postdoctoral contracts for different early career stage researchers.
Call usually opens in the fourth quarter of each year (Nov-Dec)

Ramon y Cajal
Tenure-track style 5 year contract, for post-doctoral profile researchers.
Call usually opens in the fourth quarter of each year (Dec-Jan)