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Unique identifier: 5d7e2a50-5747-42f4-8b70-dd97c322dc79

1. Descrição do cargo/posição/bolsa
1. Job description

Notice for International Call to hire a PhD Researcher

Job/Fellowship Reference: PTDC/BTM-MAT/31470/2017 - #NOVAID09

Main research field: Engineering

Sub research field: Biomedical engineering

Job summary:

By decision of the Board of Directors, NOVA.id.FCT - Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT opens an international call (reference “#NOVAID09) to hire a PhD Researcher, under a non-fixed-term employment contract financed by “Programa Operacional Regional de Lisboa, na componente FEDER” and by “Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P.”. to conduct research activities in the field of Tissue Engineering/Regenerative Medicine in the scope of the iSkin2: improving skin regeneration through an improved Skin2 biosynthetic skin substitute,

Job description:

  1. Type of contract and applicable legislation

The hiring of the PhD Researcher shall be made by means of an Unfixed Term Employment Contract entered into in accordance with the Portuguese Labour Code approved by the Law no. 7/2009 of February 12th, as amended. The contract should have a forecasted duration of 30 months, and should not be extended further than the project duration. The contract should begin on the 1st January 2019.

The present hiring procedure is further governed inter alia by Decree-law no. 57/2016 of July 19th, as amended by the Law no. 57/2017 of August 29thand Regulatory decree no. 11-A/2017 of November 29th.


2.   Main attributions and activities and exclusivity

The PhD Researcher will participate in research activities within the iSkin2 project. These include the production of nanofibre membranes obtained by electrospinning and the physical (morphology, porosity, pore size, mechanical properties, among others) chemical (degree of crosslinking, degradation rate), biological (cytotoxicity, adhesion, proliferation and migration of fibroblasts and keratinocyte, macrophage activation) and microbiological (antibacterial and antifungal activity) of these membranes. Other activities include, but are not limited to: extraction and phenotyping of primary cells obtained from biopsies; study of cell adhesion and metabolism as affected by macromolecular crowding; Skin2 skin substitute in vivo assays; supervision of masters and doctoral students; co-ordination and maintenance of the laboratory infrastructure.

The PhD Researcher shall fully devote the whole of his/her professional activity to NOVA.id.FCT, on an exclusive basis.


3.   Place of work

The PhD Researcher’s working place shall be at the premises of Faculty of Science and Technology located in Monte de Caparica, Almada, and he/she shall travel, in Portugal or abroad, as required by his/her attributions or as necessary for his/her activity.


4.       Monthly remuneration

The PhD Researcher shall earn a monthly remuneration in the gross amount of € 2.128,34 by reference to the 1st grade of the salary scale, pursuant to number 2 of Article 15 of Decree-Law no. 57/2016 of 19 July, as amended by Law no. 57/2017 of 29 August, and Regulatory Decree no. 11-A / 2017, of December 29.


5.       Admission Requirements

Applicants to this call may be national, foreign or stateless candidates holding a PhD degree in the field of Tissue Engineering, or an equivalent field and complying with the following specific requirements:

a.    Knowledge and experience in the processing of biomaterials for tissue engineering applications, namely in the production of non-woven membranes using electrospinning;

b.    Knowledge and experience in the culture of animal cells, including metabolic tests and immunocytochemical staining;

c.    Experience in writing and oral presentation of scientific results;

d.    Knowledge of the English language at least at the ILR 3/CEFR C1 level.


6.       Evaluation of the Applications and Composition of the Jury


Applications shall be subject to evaluation by a jury that shall follow the procedure established in articles 13 and 14 (by virtue of article 19) of Decree-Law no. 57/2016 of 19 July, as amended by Law no. 57/2017 of 29 August.

Pursuant to Article 13 of Decree-Law no. 57/2016 the jury is composed of the following members:

- Presidente/Chair: Jorge Alexandre Monteiro de Carvalho e Silva;

- Vogal/Member: Célia Maria Reis Henriques;

- Vogal/Member: João Paulo Ribeiro Miranda Borges;

- Vogal Suplente/Substitute Member: Isabel Maria Godinho de Sá Nogueira;

- Vogal Suplente/Substitute Member: Paula Alexandra Quintela Videira.


7.       Selection criteria

The selection of the successful candidate will be carried out through the evaluation of the scientific and curricular achievements as established by Decree-Law no. 57/2016 of 19 July, as amended by Law no. 57/2017 of 29 August and the selection criteria and their respective weighting shall be as follows:

a)    Motivation letter (20%);

b)    Curriculum Vitae, namely the relevance of the academic degrees, professional experience and quality and impact of the publications regarding the work to be performed (50%);

c)    Critical essay on the state of the art of skin Tissue Engineering (20%).

d)    Interview aimed at clarifying aspects related to research results, for which the 3 best candidates, according to the previous criteria, will be called, provided they achieved a rating above 60% in the above-mentioned criteria (10%).


8.       Final Decision

The final deliberation of the jury shall be homologated by the ultimate governing body of NOVA.id.FCT that is also responsible for the decision of hiring.

The list of admitted and excluded candidates and the final list of classification will be publicised on the website of NOVA.id.FCT (www.novaidfct.pt) and sent by electronic mail with receipt of delivery to all candidates.


9.   Submission of Applications


Applications must be submitted between the 29th October 2018 and the 23rd November 2018, by email, addressed to Jorge Carvalho Silva, jcs@fct.unl.pt, and containing the following documents written in English and in pdf format:

-      Motivation Letter

-      Curriculum Vitae

-      Essay (two A4 pages maximum) on the state of the art of skin tissue engineering;

-      PhD certificate.


10.Non-discrimination and equal access policy


NOVA.id.FCT actively promotes a non-discrimination and equal access policy, reason for which no candidate can be benefited, prejudiced or deprived of any duty, namely due to age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, religion or political beliefs.

Vacant posts: 1

Type of contract: Information not available

Job country: Portugal

Job city: Caparica

Job company/institute: NOVA.id.FCT - Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT

Application deadline: 23 Novembro 2018
(The Application's deadline must be confirmed on the Job Description)

2. Dados de contactos da organização
2. Organization contact data

Organization/institute: NOVA.ID.FCT - Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT

Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Campus de Caparica
Caparica - 2829-516

Email: coord@novaidfct.pt

Website: http://www.novaid.fct.unl.pt/

3. Habilitações académicas
3. Required education Level

4. Línguas exigidas
4. Required languages

5. Experiência exigida em investigação
5. Required research experience