PhD Scolarship 2020-2024: expression of interest is now OPEN

We have been awarded a scholarship for a PhD student to develop her/his PhD with us on the topics of the research project entitled “OUTONOMY: fleshing out autonomy beyond the individual”. We are searching for a dedicated, smart, philosophically minded, technically skilled and collaborative person willing to start a research career with us. Deadline to submit your expression of interest is October 10th!

It is an FPI doctoral scholarship for Research project OUTONOMY, at IAS-Research Center for Life, Mind, and Society, UPV/EHU (University of the Basque Country). It would cover a 4 year salary to complete a PhD thesis on the contents of the project starting late 2020. You can know more about the research project OUTONOMY on our blog post, or by reading the project description document.

If you are interested on this scholarship, please follow the link bellow:

Please help us sharing and promoting this scholarship call. Many brilliant and enthusiastic students are searching for funding opportunities, we are searching for brilliant and ethusiastic students.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is not the final nor the official call or application, but an expression of interest. The final form will be announced to all selected participants in this pre-call, open to anyone (independently of this expression of interes), and officially managed by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. The official call will be open sometime between mid October and November (you can check here last years call to be ready for the paperwork). The goal of this form is to encourage students to move forward towards the final application and for us to know some of the candidates in advance. It is highly recommended that you fill this form if you are planning to submit for the official application (which is run in a less friendly and massive procedure within the public administration). We want to know you better first.

Open call for a PhD position on ‘minimal metabolism’ (European Innovative Training Network)

Open call for a PhD position on ‘minimal metabolism’

[DEADLINE TO APPLY: extended to Feb 15, 2019]

A. Under the supervision of Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo – University of the Basque Country (Spain)

[Co-supervision: Christoph Flamm – University of Vienna (Austria)]

B. Within the European (Marie Curie) ITN Project ‘ProtoMet’

[Protometabolic pathways: exploring the chemical roots of systems biology]

NOTE: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and  innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813873.

C. Great opportunity for Early Stage Researchers (‘ESR’s – see below) highly motivated to investigate a deep scientific question, the origins of metabolism, working across several disciplines (physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, philosophy of science) but accurately and methodically, in close collaboration with other colleagues from academia and industry.

D. Training includes internships, secondments and a variety of technical courses/modules.

E. Transversal and transferable capacities to be developed: communication and team-work skills, among others.

F. Funding guaranteed for 36 months (salary & research support).



All candidates must possess a Master’s degree or equivalent by the deadline for application (alternatively, a total of 240 ECTS — combining the B.Sc. and/or M.Sc. degrees), which allow them to enter a Spanish PhD program in Sciences or Humanities at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

The applicant must be proficient in English, both written and spoken. Computer skills will also be valued (good command of python and C++, in particular).

Eligibility according to the Marie Curie Training Program

  • Researcher status: Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) are young researchers who, at the date of recruitment (the starting date indicated in the contract), are in the first four years (fulltime equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Nationality: Applicant ESRs can be of any nationality.
  • Mobility requirements: Applicant ESRs must not have lived or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary (University of the Basque Country) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment (compulsory national service, short stays or holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention will not be taken into account).



Interested applicants should contact Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo by e-mail (, before February 15 (2019), and provide him with the following documents/information:

  • A detailed CV
  • A copy of the Bachelor’s and Master’s certificates and the respective Transcript of Records
  • Summary of the Master’s degree thesis
  • A letter of motivation, including a declaration of whether s/he is applying to some other ESR in the ProtoMet network and, in that case, in which order of preference.
  • Email contact of two names of referees to be contacted for recommendation letter


More info

For some additional information, you can download the following pdf.


Call for a one-year post-doctoral position


URGENT! Call for a one-year contract for a Post-doctoral position within the IAS Research group in Donostia/San Sebastián

Applications are welcome from researchers holding a PhD degree interested in this contract, which is associated with the Research Project IT590-13 (coord.: Alvaro Moreno) developed by the IAS Research Center. The candidate is asked to have an specialization in Philosophy of Biology and familiarity with the issues and the approach of the research lines specified in the aforementioned funded Project (see below an extract) will be valued.

Along with his CV, the candidates are also asked to submit a brief research proposal (around 1000 words) according to those research lines. The grant consists in a 1-year research contract to be held at the University of the Basque Country. The holder of the contract will be expected to develop research in the specified lines. The call for this contract is issued by University of the Basque Country and details about how to apply are already published here in this link (in Spanish and Basque only).  Further inquiries should be sent to Alvaro Moreno ( or Arantza Etxeberria ( The deadline is tight, just from the 17th to the 25th of September.

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PhD fellowship to work with usBeca predoctoral para trabajar con nosotros

Call for a 4 year FPI (PhD) fellowship associated with the research project “Autonomy and Levels of Organization” (FFI2011-25665) in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Deadline: 23th of February 2012

Se convoca una beca predoctoral FPI de 4 años asociada al proyecto: ”AUTONOMIA Y NIVELES DE ORGANIZACIÓN” (FFI2011-25665), Departamento de Lógica y Filosofía de la Ciencia, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)

Plazo: 23 de febrero

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PostDoc and Doctoral Scholarships

Postdoc and Doctoral Scholarships at the Leo Apostel Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

The annual call for applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship or a Doctoral Scholarship at the Leo Apostel Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (Brussels Free University, Belgium) has been released. It offers a broad range of research fields including constructivism. More information can be found on

Application deadline is 7 January 2012.