En el CICA (Centro de investigaciones Científicas Avanzadas https://cica.udc.gal/), de la Universidade da Coruña (UDC) queremos incorporar a nuestra oficina de gestión un/a Técnico/a de proyectos, innovación y captación de talento.
Buscamos una persona con:
- Titulación de grado, licenciatura o equivalente, preferiblemente en titulaciones de ciencias de la salud, científicas o técnicas.
- Idealmente con grado de doctor/a, pero no imprescindible.
- Experiencia como investigador/a en la universidad y/o centros de investigación.
- Se valora experiencia laboral en uno o varios de estos campos:
+ Búsqueda de oportunidades de financiación, revisión de solicitudes y gestión de proyectos de I+D+i, principalmente europeos.
+ Captación de talento investigador: búsqueda y revisión de CV, apoyo en la preparación de solicitudes de ayudas de recursos humanos y ciencia excelente (ERC, MSCA, Ramón y Cajal...).
- Disponibilidad para viajar a ferias, eventos de presentación de convocatorias de proyectos europeos, reuniones de proyectos...
- Dinamización de la participación en proyectos de la UE e internacionales de los grupos del CICA, así como la revisión de propuestas de proyectos de I+D+i y ayuda en la búsqueda de socios para los mismos.
- Participación en la redacción de solicitud de propuestas y gestión de proyectos europeos propios del CICA (Interreg, Erasmus+...), además de asistencia a reuniones del consorcio.
- Identificación de convocatorias y oportunidades de captación de financiación pública y privada.
- Captación de talento: búsqueda de investigadores/as y revisión de CV. Así como apoyo para la participación de investigadores/as en los programas de ciencia excelente europeos (ERC, MSCA...), y en convocatorias nacionales y autonómicas de atracción y retención de talento.
- Apoyo en las labores de transferencia y colaboración con empresas (valorización de tecnologías, patentes, contratos artículo 83 con empresas, licencias, acuerdos de confidencialidad…).
- Promoción de capacidades y de la oferta tecnológica de los grupos del CICA en eventos y reuniones. Participación en jornadas de contacto con empresas de los sectores de interés para el CICA.
- Actualizar el portfolio de capacidades de I+D y la oferta tecnológica del centro.
- Asistencia a eventos nacionales e internacionales de interés para el CICA.
- Remuneración según valía, entre 25.800€ y 28.000€ brutos/año.
- Posibilidad de realizar cursos de formación relacionados con el puesto.
- Incorporación a un centro de investigación de reciente creación, pero que está en período de crecimiento.
Indicar en el asunto "CV Técnico proyectos y el nombre de la persona candidata".
On the 14th of July the exhibition "Galicia Futura" opened at the Gaiás Museum in Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela. In this one, not only we have the presence of Déborah Bello as curator of the project and Moisés Canle in the scientific council, but one of the exhibited pieces belongs to the researchers QUIMOLMAT of CICA-UDC, who wanted to share the particularities of a material of their own synthesis: the perovskiña.
In this interview for Radio Galega, two of the authors, who are also the artistic directors of the piece of art, Juan Bermúdez and Socorro Castro, invite all listeners to spend a pleasant morning at the exhibition and try out the "barocaloric scale" that they have installed there as a sample of the properties of perovskiña. They explain that it is a material that is capable of absorbing temperature when pressed. The researcher stresses that the applications of this newly synthesised material are promising, for example, it could replace the toxic gases used in refrigeration machines.
During the interview they discuss other topics: the status quo of research in Galicia, the lack of resources for science in Spain and the importance of scientific dissemination as a tool for transferring knowledge to society.
A second piece by the same group can be seen in "Galicia Futura". It is a porcelain sculpture built with a 3D printer in collaboration with the sculptor Antoine Desjardins.
The complete interview on Radio Galega, 19/07/2021
More information about “Galicia Futura” in this link.
The Xunta de Galicia has awarded a grant of 115 thousand euros to Ana Rey in the last call for grants for the consolidation and structuring of competitive research units and other promotion actions. This aid represents one third of the total funding granted to the UDC in modality C "Research personnel with excellent track record".
With this grant, which will be divided into five annual payments, the Ramón y Cajal researcher underlines the excellence of her research, which brought her to CICA in 2018 thanks to an InTalent grant.
On the other hand, the AQUATERRA, BIOENGIN and BIOCOST groups, formed by CICA and UDC research staff, have added a total of 690 thousand euros in modalities A and B (competitive reference groups and groups with growth potential) of the same call.
The Regional Ministry of Culture, Education and University has made public in recent weeks the resolution of the three categories of grants for SUG universities, Galician public research organizations and other entities of the Galician R+D+i system. Each of these is aimed at a different research stage: new predoctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers and researchers who need to extend their postdoctoral period.
Adding the three categories together, CICA has obtained a total of 6 grants distributed as follows:
In the predoctoral category, of the thirteen grants awarded to the UDC, two were obtained by Charlene María Harriswangler and Inés Obregón from the REACT! and QUIMOLMAT groups. These grants finance the training of researchers to obtain the title of doctor and the acquisition of skills and abilities related to research.
In the postdoctoral category we have obtained 2 of the seven UDC grants. Since July 1 we have the researchers, Arturo Blanco and María Cristina Piñeiro, respectively in the groups QUIMOLMAT and BIOCOST. These grants are aimed at hiring recently graduated doctors to broaden their training, as well as to improve their skills by carrying out stays abroad.
Finally, we have obtained 2 grants to complete the postdoctoral stage of the 3 obtained by the UDC. The awarded researchers are Juan Manuel Bermúdez from QUIMOLMAT and Juan Fafián from TCMR. The aim of these grants is to help researchers to complete their postdoctoral project and to facilitate the establishment of their own line of research in order to consolidate their career in the future.
Since 2018, Christian Kennes, the researcher of BIOENGIN group, has been one of the associate editors-in-chief of the open access journal “Fermentation”. Thanks to the metrics achieved since its inauguration in 2015, the journal has just received its first impact index with a JCR of 3.975, placing it in the second quartile.
"Fermentation” publishes quarterly articles, reviews and short communications in the field of fermentation, with a special focus on emerging new products, processes and technologies, including drug development.
All the topics covered by the journal can be consulted at this link.
Since May, 3 Galician researchers from the Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (CICA) of the University of A Coruña (UDC) have been funded by the most prestigious contracting programme of the Ministry of Science and Innovation: the Ramón y Cajal contract grants.
The aim of these grants is to promote, on the one hand, the incorporation of national and foreign researchers with an outstanding track record in R&D centres and, on the other hand, the creation of permanent jobs for their consolidation. The winners will also receive 40,000 euros for project expenses. In this way, Elena Pazos, Jesús Mosquera and José Luis Pardo are guaranteed the next five years of contracts at the CICA, which already has half of the active Ramón y Cajal contracts at the UDC.
What do these scientists research?
Elena Pazos holds a PhD in chemistry and has been leading her own group at CICA since 2017. Her scientific excellence led her to obtain an ERC Starting Grant last year, one of the most competitive grants awarded by the European Commission. Now, thanks to the Ramón y Cajal contract, she will develop new smart materials with biomedical applications based on small proteins. For the manufacture of these materials, the researcher is inspired by the tiny fibres that shape the cells of our body (the cytoskeleton), which are capable of transforming and responding to external stimuli to adapt to the surrounding conditions.
Jesús Mosquera also holds a PhD in chemistry and has been doing research at CICA since 2020. He had previously obtained a talent recruitment grant from the Xunta de Galicia as a distinguished researcher. Over the next few years, he will develop artificial molecules capable of carrying out certain functions of proteins using a technique called molecular self-assembly. The researcher defines it as <<shaking the box of pieces of a 3D puzzle and obtaining the structure of the photo>>. The resulting molecules promise to be useful biomedical tools, almost an improved version of proteins, as they will be much more stable and will be able to function in non-physiological conditions (outside cells).
José Luis Pardo holds a PhD in behavioural neuroscience, i.e. he studies the relationship between the brain and behaviour. In 2018 he came to CICA to establish a new line of research for which he now has five years ahead of him. The researcher starts from a hypothesis, and that is that our cognitive functions, such as decision-making, have been affected by the change that we have experienced since we were hunters until today, when food is abundant and is obtained with little effort. To test this hypothesis, he will modify feeding patterns in rodents to see how their brain activity and performance of certain tasks changes.
But these are not the only Ramón y Cajal contracts active at CICA, as Ana Rey, PhD in Pharmacy and InTalent researcher, was awarded one last year. Her project focuses on the search for a treatment that regenerates cartilage in damaged joints using gene therapy. To do this, she uses non-viral transporters to introduce tissue-repairing DNA fragments into mesenchymal cells, a very specific type of stem cell.
In this call for proposals, for 2019, the government has invested 80 million euros in 200 contracts, almost 30% more than in the previous call for proposals, to which it allocated 62 million euros. This investment is expected to be even greater in the as yet unresolved 2020 call thanks to the science and innovation shock plan, which recognises the role of scientific and technological research as a solution to the health crisis and a key factor in economic recovery.
Photo from left to right: Ana Rey, Elena Pazos, Jesús Mosquera and José Luis Pardo
Last Friday, June 25, the jury of the Galician Technology Transfer Awards 2021, an award that the Royal Galician Academy of Sciences (RAGC) and the Axencia Galega de Investigación (Axencia GAIN) give to the best works of applied research and transfer, was made public.
In this seventh edition, the researchers Jaime Rodríguez, Carlos Jiménez, Katherine Valderrama and Antón Vila from CICA and three other researchers from the Aquaculture Institute of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) have been awarded with the Francisco Guitián Ojea Prize, for their applied research on the development of a technology whose applications promote the socioeconomic growth of Galicia.
The reason for this award is the development of a vaccine, not yet commercialized, derived from the membrane proteins of the bacterium that causes photobacteriosis in aquaculture fish, a very prevalent infectious disease that causes great losses in the aquaculture industry.
The prize of 6,000 euros will be awarded on Tuesday, June 29 along with the other two categories at the Pazo de San Roque in Santiago de Compostela.
Full article in RAGC novas, 25/06/2021
Image by RAGC
The researcher from the University of Seville, Andrés Aguilera, director of the Andalusian Center for Molecular Biology and Regenerative Medicine (CABIMER) and member of our External Commission, has just received the National Genetics Award in the category of applied research, granted by the Spanish Society of Genetics (SEG).
According to the organization, the researcher has been awarded <<for having created a school and being an international reference in the investigation of the causes and consequences of genomic instability, who introduced the concept of transcription-associated recombination and discovered the connection between RNA metabolism and genome stability>>.
On the other hand, the National Prize in the basic research category was awarded to Armando Caballero, a researcher at the University of Vigo.
The award ceremony, which took place on June 18 during the XLII SEG Congress, can be seen at this link.
The original announcement in SEG, 18/06/2021
Photo by University of Seville
Related article in ElPais
On Monday 14 June, Luis Liz Marzán, Ikerbasque researcher, scientific director of CIC biomaGUNE and member of our Scientific Advisory Board, received the Lilly Foundation Preclinical Biomedical Research Award from the hands of the Minister of Science and Innovation, Pedro Duque.
The jury's decision took place on 17 March, and it was agreed to recognise Liz Marzán's career and contribution to biomedicine with his research in the field of nanoscience.
The Clinical Biomedical Research prize was awarded to Carlos Simón Vallés, coordinator of the Reproductive Medicine Research Group at INCLIVA in Valencia.
The award ceremony and the round table with the winners and the president of the CSIC, Rosa Menéndez, can be seen on a recorded version at this link: https://youtu.be/7IzrFB6w20o
Related article in CIBER-bbn ISCIII, 22/03/2021
Image by CIC biomaGUNE
Mónica Folgueira, researcher of the NEUROVER group, has been invited to edit the issue "Teleostean Forebrain Organization and Evolution: Links to Behaviour and Ecological Niche" of the journal "Frontiers in Neuroanatomy".
Teleost fish show a great diversity in brain morphology and organisation that explains the variety of behaviours among species. This diversity is especially observed in the forebrain, and although studies so far have managed to explain some particularities of this region, there are still many unanswered questions that need to be addressed.
"Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, with a 3.292 impact index, invites all researchers who contribute to a better understanding of the functioning of the forebrain to submit their abstracts until 24 July 2021.
Full information about the special issue of the journal and the call for papers can be found HERE.