Aug 22, 2022

The Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG) is one of the largest Genome Sequencing Centers in Europe. CNAG-CRG researchers participate in major International Genomic Initiatives such as the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC), the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC), the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) and the European Infrastructure for life-science information (ELIXIR), as well as in several EU-funded projects.

It is integrated with the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, with more than 400 scientists from 44 countries. The CRG is composed by an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team which is supported both by a flexible and efficient administration and by high-end and innovative technologies.

In April 2021, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the renewal of the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo from the European Commission. This is a recognition of the Institute's commitment to developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, designed to bring the practices and procedures in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code).

Please, check out the CRG's Recruitment Policy

The role

We are looking for an enthusiastic Senior Post-Award Grants Officer to strengthen the team of the Grants Office.

The Post-Award Grants Officer’s mission is to proactively offer individualized and professional support to CRG and CNAG-CRG Group Leaders and grant holders in effectively managing their external funds, following internal policies and terms & conditions of the funding bodies.

The post holder will be reporting to the Head of the Department and be closely working with the other members of the team and the other relevant areas of administration (e.g. HR, Controlling, Accounting, Purchasing, Secretaries).

The main duties of this position will include:

• Support CNAG-CRG Group Leaders and grant holders with the economic and administrative management of their funds

• Monitoring budget and expenditure levels on the assigned projects to provide project holders with regular follow-up in connection with expenditure control, budget deviations and budget forecasts

• Keeping funds and grants accounting records updated in the ERP and provide assistance to keep up-to-date data for the year-end and monthly closing process

• Acting as financial control point for approval of staff costs and equipment purchase (or their adjustment) and monitoring the time recording for EC-funded projects

• Elaborating projects financial statements and providing any other information needed to ensure adherence to the applicable regulations as well as compliance during financial audits and management of budget-recovery claims

• Liaising with funding bodies and project coordinators to solve administrative and financial issues

About the team

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 the grant acceptance arrangements

• 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

Whom would we like to hire?

Professional experience

Must Have

• You have a minimum three-year experience in a similar position in a scientific environment

• You have proven experience in managing applications to the major competitive calls for fellowships or research projects of national and international funding bodies

• You have proven experience in financial management and reporting of public and private competitive funding (e.g. Spanish and Catalan government, European Commission, private foundations)

• You have knowledge of Oracle/ SAP

Desirable but not required

• You have experience in managing applications to the major competitive calls for fellowships or research projects of national and international funding bodies (e.g. eligibility check, budget development, proposal submission, etc.)

Education and training

• You hold a Degree in Finance or Economics related disciplines


• You are fluent in English and Spanish

• Good knowledge of Catalan would be a plus

Technical skills

• You have strong skills with the office package (Word, Excel, Power Point)

• You have proven experience in using ERP/data management systems


• You are proactive, multi-tasking and results-oriented

• You have strong numerical skills and you are capable of performing high level analysis and convey key points to a variety of audiences

• You have the focus to work with precision and attention to detail

• You have strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interact with a diverse audience

• You have the ability to work to tight deadlines

• You can work collaboratively under standard and established procedures

• You are able to build and maintain good relationships with internal and external colleagues at all levels

The Offer – Working Conditions

• Contract duration: Permanent position subject to a 6 months probationary period.

• Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our 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. To check out our training and development portfolio, please visit the training section.

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

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.

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 recruitment portal in the following link:

Selection Process

₋ Pre-selection: The pre-selection process will be based on qualifications and expertise reflected on the candidates CVs. It will be merit-based

₋ Interview: Preselected candidates will be interviewed by the Hiring Manager of the position and a selection panel if required

₋ Offer Letter: Once the successful candidate is identified the Human Resources department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details

Deadline: Please submit your application by August 22nd, 2022.

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