CarrerasLeaders: 2nd call open to find the future leaders in the fight against blood cancers

The CarrerasLeaders programme is excited to announce Call 2, after successfully selecting 5 fellows in the first Call. The programme is inviting applications from exceptional postdoctoral researchers to participate in a transformative 3-year journey. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to join 40 Research groups and 8 Scientific platforms at the Josep Carreras Institute, as well as to engage in international secondments across academic and non-academic institutions.

CarrerasLeaders: 2nd call open to find the future leaders in the fight against blood cancers
CarrerasLeaders: 2nd call open to find the future leaders in the fight against blood cancers

CarrerasLeaders is an innovative global postdoctoral initiative created by the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute (IJC). This unparalleled programme is dedicated to advancing research and innovation in the field of blood cancers, spanning from fundamental disease biology to the development and implementation of groundbreaking solutions in the clinical setting. CarrerasLeaders is made possible through the support of the European Commission Horizon Europe Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND Programme, with the invaluable collaboration of the Josep Carreras Foundation and the scientific coordination led by Dr Marcus Buschbeck.

Now, CarrerasLeaders opens its 2nd call in their quest for exceptional postdoctoral researchers who wish to pursue research within the broad realm of blood cancers, fostering creativity and exploration. The application window is open from 6 November 2023, to 31 January, 2024, offering 11 postdoctoral fellows a unique opportunity to enhance their careers, develop leadership skills, gain independence, and achieve professional consolidation. The key components of the programme are as follows:

  • Scientific Focus: blood cancers

  • Collaborative projects ideally with international and intersectoral secondments (between 3-11 months)

  • High-level scientific training-through-research and vocational training in transferable skills

Eligible candidates should have up to 7 years of postdoctoral experience and must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline.

The selection process for fellows will be identical to Call 1, involving three stages of evaluation: an administrative eligibility check, external evaluation conducted by the Catalan Government Research Evaluation Agency (AGAUR), and a comprehensive interview assessment. Successful candidates can anticipate joining the programme from May-June 2024 onwards. For detailed information and application guidelines, please visit the programme’s official website and explore the supporting documents, Guides for the Applicants, and Evaluators. The call is also listed on the EURAXESS Website for added visibility.

For any inquiries or assistance, please reach out to the Programme Management Office via email at, or stay updated by following CarrerasLeaders on social media:

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An informative session tailored for potential candidates will be announced soon on the CarrerasLeaders website.

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