Interview and job application skills: find your path in research

Aim:To learn how to prepare a good scientific CV and cover letter and improve the general interview skills.
Provider: Trainer: Roser Pinyol. Interviewers: TBC
For:Senior PhD students and junior postdocs

The course will help scientists prepare their CV and cover letter to apply for a scientific position, and prepare for a job interview by participating in mock interviews with principal investigators.

DAY 1: The workshop will start with a general introduction on how to write a successful CV and cover letter. Participants’ CVs and cover letters will then be discussed in plenum. In a third step, participants will discuss and try to improve their CVs and cover letters in groups.

DAY 2: Participants will be interviewed by PRBB principal investigators and they will receive feedback from the PI’s as well as the other course participants. Together with a round table discussion and a panel mock interview, this workshop will help participants approach their interviews with more confidence.

Study commitment:

Please note that this course requires some preparation and there will be also some homework between sessions:
- Before the course: Participants must submit their CV and a cover letter before the 28th October. Instructions on how to write the CV and the cover letter will be sent out by early October.
- Between sessions: Following day 1, participants are required to submit a revised CV before the 18th November. Participants who do not fulfill this requirement will not be eligible to take part in the mock interviews (day 2).


Roser Pinyol is research scientist at IDIBAPS & entrepreneur at BIOcomuniCA’T.

"Very very useful, especially the mock interview and the feedback they provided" Edition 2018.
"I got very useful tips to prepare a good CV and cover letter and very useful training to prepare a good interview." Edition 2017.

Dates: Place/time: Capacity: State:  
8th & 29th November 2019 8th Nov: Rita Levi room; 29th Nov: Charles Darwin room
9:30 - 13:30
12 Registration open   Register here!

Participants should bring a laptop.

For any questions or comments please email

Finished editions:

21st November & 12th December 2018
17th November & 1st December 2017
4th & 18th November 2016
1st & 15th December 2015
7th & 21st November 2014
20th and 27th November 2013
26th September & 5th October
23rd November and 14th December 2011
Tuesday 14th December 2010