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

Project Manager

Job/Fellowship Reference: H2020-MSCA-ITN Syn2Psy - Project Manager/2

Main research field: Neurosciences

Sub research field:

Job summary:

H2020-MSCA-ITN Syn2Psy - Project Manager/2


LOCATION: Portugal

TYPE OF CONTRACT: One year, renewable for up to a total of 37 months

RESEARCHER PROFILE: PhD-holder or equivalent (R2)

JOB STATUS: Full-time job



EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME: H2020 ETN / Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions



The Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC, Portugal) is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated Project Manager for the H2020 European Training Network (ETN) Syn2Psy “Synaptic Dysfunction in Neuropsychiatric Disorders”, which is granted for 4 years starting in March 2019. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary research team that will train 14 early stage researchers (ESRs) in the field of neuroscience, ranging from molecular and cellular studies to neurophysiology, neuronal circuits, neural dynamics and behaviour. The ETN Syn2Psy leverages on 6 top-level Research Institutions and Universities (Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, Brain and Mind Institute at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience and Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Imperial College London, UK), the industrial partners Lundbeck (Denmark), ZEISS (Germany) and CTI (Portugal/USA), the Coimbra University Hospital (CHUC, Portugal), the Portuguese Institution for Child Development (PIN, Portugal) and the theatre company Marionet (Portugal).


Project Website


Job description:


-30 000 – 35 000 € / year gross income; Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications;

-Opportunity to join a prominent international consortium in both the academic and non-academic sectors;

-Base of work at the Centre for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, a top-tier research center, affiliated with the University of Coimbra, a public higher education institution with over 725 years of history, located at a World Heritage site.


Eligibility criteria

1) Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, or related fields, be highly motivated, self-driven and able to work in a multidisciplinary and multinational consortium.

2) The applicants will preferentially have a master in project management however candidacy of PhD or equivalent in neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, or related fields, will be considered.


Documentation to be submitted

-Curriculum Vitæ;

-Motivation letter;

-Two signed recommendation letters;

-Photocopy of all the accrediting titles/degrees (the originals may be requested from candidates at any time during the selection process; failure to present them may lead to exclusion of the candidate from the process).


How to apply

Applications should be addressed to Prof Ana Luísa Carvalho, alc@ci.uc.pt. The closing date for the submission of applications is January 17th 2020. Interviews of pre-selected candidates are expected to be held soon after the closing date.


Offer Requirements

Duties of the Project Manager:

-Managing the day-to-day operational aspects of the Syn2Psy project;

-Having a clear picture of the Syn2Psy’ deliverables and timelines, to ensure coordination among partners and their timely delivery;

-Ensuring completion of project documentation, keeping it updated and correctly filed;

-Keeping track of the project’s budget / expenditure (total budget about 3.9 M€);

-Ensuring communication between all beneficiaries of the project and associated members;

-Organizing project meetings, training sessions, and secondments for the 14 ESRs;

-Supporting project communication as needed: generating and/or ensuring the production of content for the Syn2Psy’ communication platforms and targeting different audiences, including the web site, research notes, success stories, reports to media and social media;

-Editing /or tailoring written materials produced by the project;

-Management of Syn2Psy project will be achieved in close relation with the Project Coordinator.


Specific Requirements

-The candidate is expected to be fluent in speaking and writing in English;

-Good organizational and analytical skills and ability to meet strict deadlines;

-Experience in research project management is a plus;

-Experience about finance management, IPR concerns and ethics issues is valued;

-Knowledge of the H2020 environment will be appreciated;

-The candidate must be able to summarize meeting reports and to sort tasks by level of importance in order to ensure the delivery of reports in due course;

-Enthusiasm, dynamism and capacity for teamwork;

-Proactive, flexible and problem-solving attitude


Selection process

-A preliminary selection will be done from CVs and Motivation letters.

-At least two signed recommendation letters will be requested in order to validate the pre-selection.

-Preselected candidates will then be interviewed.


Evaluation criteria

1 – Consistency and quality of the CV – 20%,

Evaluation based on an integrated perspective of the path and scientific and curricular merit of the candidate, considering the diversity of scientific indicators relevant for the position.


2 – Science Management and leadership - 40%,

Evaluated by the previous experience of the candidate in science/project management.


3 – Participation in activities of dissemination and exploration of knowledge – 10%,

Including the organization and active participation in courses and scientific meetings, activities of science communication, scientific supervision of students.


4 - Interview – 30%


The jury shall deliberate by means of a nominal vote based on the selection criteria adopted and published, and abstentions shall not be allowed. The panel meetings will be documented in written minutes, containing a summary of what has taken place, as well as the votes cast by each of the members and their reasons, being provided to the candidates whenever requested. After applying the selection criteria, the panel will prepare a sorted list of approved candidates with their classification. The final decision of the jury is approved by the leader of the institution that is also in charge of deciding about hiring.

The present tender is exclusively aimed at filling the vacancy indicated, may be terminated until the homologation of the final ranking list of candidates, and expires with the respective occupation of the job on offer. 


Non-discrimination and equal access policy: The CNC actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so that no candidate can be privileged, beneficiary, disadvantaged or private of any right or exemption from any duty owing, in particular, to ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family situation, economic situation, education, social origin or condition, genetic heritage, reduced working capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and trade union membership.

Applicable legislation and regulations: This competition is exclusively intended to fill the vacancy indicated, and may be terminated until the approval of the final ranking list of candidates and expiring with the respective occupation of the job offered. 

The CNC actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so no candidate may be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right or exempt from any duty on grounds of , including descent, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family situation, economic status, education, origin or social status, genetic background, reduced working ability, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and union membership.

Pursuant to Decree-Law No. 29/2001 of February 3, the disabled candidate has a preference in equal classification, which prevails over any other legal preference. Applicants must declare on the application form, on honor, their degree of disability, the type of disability and the means of communication / expression to be used in the selection process, in accordance with the above mentioned diploma.


In accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (RGPD) and Law no. 58/2019 of 8 August, the person responsible for the processing of the personal data of the candidates collected under this tender procedure is the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC). The CNC ensures that personal data collected on a physical or digital medium, whatever its nature, is handled responsibly for recruitment purposes only through appropriate policies and measures to prevent access and misuse or possible intrusions, minimizing risks and contributing to their security. The CNC does not provide or allow access to personal data by third parties except for the purpose of fulfilling duly justified legal obligations. The personal data collected will be kept for a maximum of 6 months, counting from the end of the legal retention period provided for the procedure. At any time, the interested party may contact the CNC at dpo_cnc@cnc.uc.pt to request information about the processing of personal data or to exercise the legally established rights.


Published: 17/12/2019

Vacant posts: 1

Type of contract: Other

Job country: Portugal

Job city: Coimbra

Job company/institute: Centro de Neurociencias e Biologia Celular

Application deadline: 17 Janeiro 2020
(The Application's deadline must be confirmed on the Job Description)

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

Organization/institute: Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular

Rua larga, FMUC, 1ºPiso
Coimbra - 3004-504

Email: alc@ci.uc.pt

Website: http://www.cnbc.pt/

3. Habilitações académicas
3. Required education Level

Degree: Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, or related fields, be highly motivated, self-driven and able to work in a multidisciplinary and multinational consortium
Degree field: Neurosciences
4. Línguas exigidas
4. Required languages

Language: English
Priority: High
Reading: Excelent
Writing: Excelent
Comprehension: Excelent
Conversation: Excelent
5. Experiência exigida em investigação
5. Required research experience