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The Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM) is currently seeking a Junior Group Leader in Mathematical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence. We look for Junior researchers to start an independent research line at world-class standards.

Areas of interest will be the mathematical basis of machine learning, deep learning and other artificial intelligence techniques. Additional interest in contributing to the development to applications is most welcome.

Candidates will be evaluated based on their scientific quality, the creativity and feasibility of the proposed research line, the potential impact of their research, the added value to the 2022-2025 CRM research programme, and their ability to carry out efficient leadership and management. The evaluation will be carried out by an ad hoc selection committee with external members, and the support from the scientific advisory board of the Centre.



  • A strong track record in the aforementioned areas. Our main criterion is scientific excellence and potential for cutting-edge research. Research lines with a potential for high socio-economic impact will be favoured.
  • Experience since PhD: PhD obtained between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2018. Maternity leave, other full-time care duties or long-term sick leave will be considered6 to extend the earliest date. Proof must be provided.
  • International mobility: At least two years of postdoctoral experience outside Spain or a PhD obtained by a non-Spanish University.



  • 3 year fixed-term appointment as Junior Level Independent Researcher.

The researcher will be employed in compliance with Spanish legislation under a full-time contract for 3 years funded by the Unit of Excellence Maria de Maeztu Award (execution period 01.01.22-31.12.25). Employees receive the benefit of the Spanish Social Security system covering sickness, maternity/paternity leaves and injuries at work.

  • Salary range: 31000 euros – 34000 euros according to experience (CRM Salary Tables).
  • CRM is committed to provide the new group leaders with the best possible support to successfully develop their careers, such as the application to tenure-track schemes (such as Ramon y Cajal) and research grants (with a focus on ERC Starting/Consolidator Grants) as a principal investigator, as well as support for their growth as mentor and supervisor creating their own research group (Master/PhD Grants).



Applications should be submitted through CRM evaluations and selection online platform.

Applications must include an online form with the contact data for the candidate and the following documents, submitted as a single pdf file:

  • CV: Please provide ORCID number and peer-reviewed publication list. The CV should highlight and explain the five main scientific contributions of the applicant to date.
  • Motivation Letter (1 page)
  • Brief research plan for the next three years (4 pages maximum)
  • PhD Certificate (scanned)
  • Contact details for three referees.

The evaluation will comprise two stages: Stage 1: Evaluation of applications by senior external experts; Stage 2: Face-to-face seminar at the CRM followed by an interview with the selection committee chaired by the Director. The selection committee will be gender-diverse and will comprise both Faculty and external members.

Informal inquiries are welcome and should be addressed to the Director and/orExecutive Director through the address



New deadline for applications (period extension): 30th June 2022

Evaluation Stage 1: 1st – 10th July. The shortlisted candidates will be contacted during the third week of July.

Evaluation Stage 2: 14th July – 22nd July. Face-to-face presentations and interviews at CRM.

Position will be offered during the last week of July to the selected candidate.

Expected starting date:  January 2023.

NOTE: The initial funding for this position is finished on 31st December 2025.


CRM is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to providing a flexible, supportive and inclusive working environment. We are working to improve the present gender balance within the Centre, and particularly welcome applications from women.