By decision of the Board of Directors, NOVA.id.FCT - Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT (“NOVA.id.FCT”) opens an international call to hire a PhD Researcher, with the internal reference “#NOVAID27”, under a unfixed term employment contract to conduct research activities in the field of Marine Science, within the scope of the Project “WorMALL - Marine invertebrates as source of novel biotoxins: Investigating function and application through Polychaeta venomics” - PTDC/BTA-BTA/28650/2017, financed by “Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P.”.
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 in February 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 December 29th.
2. Main attributions and activities and exclusivity
The PhD Researcher will participate in all of the project’s main tasks, specifically: specimen collection, rearing and isolation of toxins; determination of toxicology and ecological role of toxins; venomics; biotoxin cloning, and annotation, compilation and diffusion of data. The Researcher will be called to participate in science publications, hinge between the different tasks and supervise the work of trainees.
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 UCIBIO’s SeaTox Lab, located in the Deparment of Life Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of NOVA University of Lisbon 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 Biology, Marine Biology or equivalent, legally valid and/or recognized in Portugal and complying with the following specific requirements:
a. Ph.D. completed no more than one year before the application deadline;
b. Having at least fifteen scientific papers in international journals pertaining to the Science Citation Index, eight of which as first author;
c. Having presented at least three oral communication in international meetings;
d. Training and accreditation in (aquatic) laboratory animal science;
e. Broad expertise on field work (coastal environments) and laboratory practices with marine vertebrates and invertebrates.
The project has strong emphasis on molecular biology, marine ecology, toxicology and physiology. As such, preference will be given to candidates with expertise in these areas. Preference will also be given to candidates with proven experience in statistics/computational biology, plus science writing and communication.
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:
- Chairman: Pedro M. Costa- PI of project WormALL
- Member: Pedro V. Baptista
- Member: Ana Rita Grosso;
- Substitute Member: Alexandra Fernandes;
- Substitute Member: Mário S. Diniz.
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) Scientific productivity (50%);
b) Technical expertise of relevance to the project (30%);
c) Presentation/motivation letter (10%);
d) Quality of the Interview (10%).
The interview will be done only to the candidates with classification higher than 75% in the first two criteria.
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 27/11/2018 and 10/12/2018, by email, addressed to email@example.com and containing a single PDF file with the following documents, in English:
• Presentation/motivation letter;
• Full CV with DOI links when applicable;
• Ph.D. 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 age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, religion or political beliefs.