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Unique identifier: 1f4688e1-cf8a-4f5d-8a9c-046fd5c112e6

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

INV JR 2020.60 Nº 29451


Main research field: Biological sciences

Sub research field:

Job summary:

Opening of a tender for contacting of 1 PhD position to carry out research activities in the area of Biological Sciences (Neuroscience)

General scientific area: Biological Sciences

Specific scientific areas: Neuroscience

1. The Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology opens an international call for 1 doctoral position for the exercise of scientific research activities in the scientific area of Biological Sciences, under an employment contract with uncertain term under the Labor Code, for the purpose of carrying out investigative functions within the project PTDC/BIA-CEL/29451/2017“Alternate SNAPs in neurotransmitter release: from molecular function to neurocognitive dysfunction “. The present uncertain term work contract is made under the provisions of paragraph g) of number 2 in article 140th of the Work Code, along with number 4 of article 148th of the Work Code, is destined to satisfy the temporary needs of the contractor and will last for the time necessary for the execution the project that justifies it, as duly stated in the contract, but for a period never superior to 12 months. The selected candidate will have proven experience as a scientist, sustained by scientific publications in the areas of synaptic transmission and synaptic plasticity using electrophysiology techniques.

Job description:

2. Applicable Legislation Decree No. 57/2016, of 29th of August, which approved a regime of hiring of doctorates to stimulate scientific and technological employment in all areas of knowledge (RJEC). Labor Code, approved Law no. 7/2009, of February 12, under its current version.

Funded exclusively under the State Budget in accordance with the provisions of article 18 of the Regulation of Projects Funded Exclusively by National Funds, published in Diário da República, n.º 999/2016, of October 31 (later RPOE), which establishes the conditions of access and rules of support for projects financed exclusively by national funds through FCT, IP to develop work within the project nº PTDC/BIA-CEL/29451/2017

3. The selection panel shall be composed by: Chairman of the Jury: João Ramalho-Santos (Presidente CNC); Juri Members: Paulo César da Silva Pinheiro and Ana Luísa Monteiro de Carvalho; alternate members: Carlos Jorge Bandeira Duarte e João Miguel Peça Lima Novo Silvestre

4. Place of work: Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, FMUC building, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.

5. The monthly salary is set in accordance with the provisions set in RJEC, article 15, no. 1, corresponding to level 33 of the single salary scale approved by Decree no. 1553-C/2008 of the 31st December, at 2,134.73 Euros gross.

6. Applicants may be Nationals, Foreign and Stateless candidates who hold a doctorate degree in Biosciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Biochemistry, or related fields. Applicant should hold a scientific and professional curriculum that reveals a profile appropriate to the activity to be developed. If the doctorate degree has been granted by a foreign higher education institution, its recognition as a doctorate in Portugal is mandatory, in compliance with the provisions of the applicable law (vide (DL n. º 66/2018, August 16th) that approves the legal frame for recognition of academic degrees and diplomas of higher education attributed by foreign higher education establishments that came into force on January 1st 2019. Portaria n. 33/2019 of January 25, that came into force on the day following its publication and seeks to regulate the abovementioned Law Decree, which regulates the procedures leading to the recognition of academic degrees and diplomas attributed by foreign higher education establishments, and any formalities established therein must be fulfilled in due time and until the deadline of this call.


7. General admission requirements:

- PhD Degree in Biological Sciences or related fields.


8. The selection is made through the evaluation of the scientific and curricular path of the candidates.


9. The selection of the PhD holder to be contracted will be carried out through assessing the academic and curricular vitae of the candidates for the Position in the tender. In general terms, this evaluation will concern relevance, quality and state of the art of the scientific production considered more relevant by the candidate.


10. This position is designed to carry out a plan of research activities which include the identification and characterization of the molecular and synaptic functions of alternate SNAP proteins in synaptic transmission and neurotransmitter release, as well as the behavioural characterization of novel transgenic mouse lines. Taking into consideration the specific aims of the project, preference will be given to candidates with proven experience in electrophysiological recordings from mouse brain slices and in the behavioural analysis of this animal model.


11. The scientific and curricular career are target of evaluation criteria. The evaluation of the CV of the candidates, in particular the content of the scientific publications, the scientific merit and research capacity in the project area will be made according to the following criteria:

11.1. Integrated assessment of the curriculum trajectory of the candidate, based on an overview of his/her scientific and communication merits - 100% in total. The following items will be herein evaluated:

1) Consistency and quality of CV – 65 %;

2) Content quality and relevance for the project of the scientific production published by the candidate in international journals in his/her the area of expertise – 35% (decomposed as: Number of publications; number of citations, and accumulated impact factor).


12. The final classification system for candidates is expressed on a scale of 0 to 100.

13. The jury shall deliberate by means of a nominal vote based on the selection criteria adopted and published, and abstentions shall not be allowed.

14. 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.

15. After applying the selection criteria, the panel will prepare a sorted list of approved candidates with their classification.

16. The final decision of the jury is approved by the leader of the institution that is also in charge of deciding about hiring.

17. Formalization of the applications:

17.1. Applications are formalized by sending a letter addressed to the President of the Jury, stating this announcement identification, full name, number and date of identity card, Citizen Card, or civil identification number and date, taxpayer ID number, date and place of birth, occupation, residence and contact address, including e-mail address and telephone contact.

17.2. Applicant must clearly state to which position they are applying to.

17.3. The application shall include all supported documents encompassed by section 6 and 7 for admission to this competition, namely: a) Copy of certificate or diploma (the  recognition of the PhD degree is requested under the Article 9 of the Regulation of Scientific Employment) ; b) Detailed curriculum vitae, structured in accordance with items 10 and 11; c) Other documents relevant for the evaluation of the qualification in related scientific area; d) Brief description of the most relevant scientific activities of the last 5 years (max. 1 page), according to item 11 of this announcement.

17.4. Applicants should send their applications by post, to the address Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Departamento de Recursos Humanos, Rua Larga, FMUC, 1º Piso, Universidade de Coimbra, 3004-504 Coimbra, Portugal. The mail must be registered, with notice of receipt, issued until the last day of the deadline for the tender, which is set at 13/08/2020.

18. All candidates who formalize their applications in an improper way or fail to prove the requirements imposed by this tender are excluded from admission. In case of doubt, the panel is entitled to request any candidate to present further documentation supporting their statements.

19. False statements by candidates shall be punished by law.

20. The list of admitted and excluded candidates as well as the final classification list are posted in CNC’s webpage at http://www.cnbc.pt/, and the applicants will be notified by email with receipt of delivery of the notification.

21. Preliminary Hearing and deadline for Final Decision: After notification of the results, the candidates have 10 working days to complain. In the next 2 working days, counted from the deadline for submitting complaints, the final decisions of the jury shall be published on the CNC's website: http://www.cnbc.pt/. The jury’s decisions will be announced no more than 90 days after the deadline for application submissions.

22. The present tender is exclusively destined to fill 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.

23. 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. 

24. Under the terms of D.L. No. 29/2001, of February 3, a candidate with disability has a preference in case of equal classification, which prevails over any other legal preference. Candidates must declare their respective degree of disability, the type of disability and the means of communication / expression to be used in the selection process, under the terms of the aforementioned diploma, on the application form.

25. 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 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, and whatever its nature, is handled responsibly for recruitment purposes only, through appropriate policies and measures to prevent access and misuse or misuse. 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.



Vacant posts: 1

Type of contract: Temporary

Job country: Portugal

Job city: Coimbra

Job company/institute: Centro de Neurociencias e Biologia Celular

Application deadline: 13 Agosto 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 - 3004-517

Email: silvia@cnc.uc.pt

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

3. Habilitações académicas
3. Required education Level

Degree: - PhD Degree in Biological Sciences or related fields.
Degree field: Biological sciences
4. Línguas exigidas
4. Required languages

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