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The Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), created in 2001 by the Government of Catalonia, celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday. In this time, ICREA has hired 266 researchers from around the world, through a process that values scientific leadership and excellence, and helped bring Catalan talent back to the area as well as incorporating international talent.

The event was presided over by President of the Government of Catalonia Artur Mas, with other participants including Catalan Minister for the Economy and Knowledge Andreu Mas-Colell and Director of ICREA Jaume Bertranpetit. “Ten years ago, Catalonia didn’t have the research structure it has now. We are an important capital on the research panorama in Europe and, in some aspects, in the world,” explained Mas, “We’re on the right path.”

ICREA’s tenth anniversary coincides with their call to fill 20 new senior research positions. To be eligible, candidates must hold a Ph.D. obtained before 2007, four years of international exposure at a pre-doctoral and/or post-doctoral level, and a proven record of research of excellence. Selected researchers would join the host institution no later than September 2012 through a permanent contract with ICREA. Salaries will be in line with those at Catalan universities.

Candidates must submit their application online through the ICREA website by 2 May 2011 at 2 pm.

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