If you have good grades or CV, the best way you can undertake a PhD. thesis or a post-doc here is by applying to a public competitive grant. The most common institutions hosting open calls for grants suitable for our institution are these:
Spanish Gvmt. - Science Department. Largest convocatorias (calls) for PhD candidates are named Becas FPI, FPU, and I3. Postdoc contracts are internationally competitive, look for the Juan de la Cierva and the Ramón y Cajal (2012 is now open).
CSIC grant bourse. Includes the JAE-predoc and JAE-doc grants. PhD profiles currently offered are here. Applications (a project included) must be sent to the CSIC and require good graduation qualifications above ~1.7.
Suggestions for a hotel/residence near our institute?
There is the Residencia Penyafort, about 200 m walk from ICTJA. Booking with >1 month advance is essential. A single room with private bathroom costs about 60 €/night. From 8 nights on they apply 10 % discount. Reservations: tel. 93 216 27 08 or firstname.lastname@example.org