Grants Specialist

Centre / Institution:
Center for Genomic Regulation
Bioinformatics expertise:

Job description

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 shares principles of an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team that is supported by high-end and innovative technologies and a flexible and efficient administration.

CRG has been conferred with a badge of 'HR Excellence in Research' by the European Commission, in recognition to its progress in implementing the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers, that among others consists of transparent, merit-based recruitment procedures and attractive work-life balance working conditions.

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The role

We are looking for an enthusiastic Grants Specialist to join the team of the Grants Office.

Reporting to the Head of Grants Office, the Grants Specialist proactively assists the CRG community in securing competitive funds for research and other activities related to the institute's strategic goals, following CRG internal policies and terms and conditions of the funding bodies.

This position is focused on the pre-award management of EC and NIH calls, although the post holder might seldom provide support for other types proposals as the need arises, working in liaison with the other administrative departments (i.e. HR, Legal, ISA, Finance).

The main responsibilities include:

  • Identifying suitable funding sources and opportunities for internal dissemination to the CRG community, whilst providing proactive and tailored advice in securing competitive funding for their R&D&I activities,
  • Providing professional guidance and support in preparing R&D&I to competitive calls from relevant funders (European Commission, National Institutes of Health),
  • Coordinating the acceptance process, including the administrative, financial and legal internal review in liaison with the relevant departments and the hand-over of grants to the Funds Managers.

Occasional travelling is required locally and abroad.

About the department

The mission of the Grants Office is to proactively support the CRG community in securing competitive funds for research and institute-related activities, as well as to manage the principal investigators' core and external funding, with an individualized professional support throughout the project life cycle.

The services offered by the Grants Office are:


  • to act as a liaison between the CRG community on the one side and the funding agencies or sponsors/donors on the other side,
  • to identify and effectively disseminate the most suitable funding opportunities for the CRG community,
  • to provide comprehensive support in the preparation and submission of proposals and in grant acceptance,
  • to fulfil administrative and reporting requirements of the funding agencies or sponsors/donors for active grants,
  • to manage budgets and control competitive and external funds in compliance with the applicable regulations and CRG policies.

Desired skills and expertise

Who would we like to hire?

  • You hold a University degree. A relevant scientific or management degree may be an advantage;
  • You have a minimum of three-year experience in a similar position;
  • You have proven experience in managing applications to the major competitive calls from the EC as well as other international funding bodies. Demonstrated experience in financial management and reporting of national and international awards may be an advantage;
  • You are analytical and are an advanced user of MS Office (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint);
  • You speak fluent English and Spanish. Catalan would be an advantage.


  • Initiative: Proactive, multi-tasking and results-oriented.
  • Communications: Strong communication skills; written and verbal. Ability to interact with a diverse audience. Organizes workshops and project meetings.
  • Planning & Prioritization: Ability to work under tight deadlines.
  • Teamwork: Ability to work independently as well as being a team player.
  • Collaboration: Can work collaboratively under standard and established procedures.
  • Interpersonal relations: Able to build and maintain good relationships with internal and external colleagues at all levels.

Desirable but not required

  • Previous experience in a life-science environment.

Contract duration and other benefits

The Offer

  • Contract duration: 3-year full-time position
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with CRG's pay scales.
  • Target start date: As soon as possible

We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.

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.

Required information and contact

Application Procedure
All applications must include:

  1. A motivation letter addressed to Gabriele Picarella.
  2. A complete CV including contact details.

  3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Gabriele Picarella and be submitted online on the CRG Career site -

Deadline: Please submit your application by the 24th February 2019