The present call was opened on 14 July 2020 by order of the Rector of the University of Aveiro, following the proposal of the Scientific Council.
The call is ruled by the provisions of the Regulation on the Private Researcher Career Personnel Regime in Private Rule of Law at the University of Aveiro and respective contract, hereinafter referred to as Regulation, published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, No. 174, on 7th of September of 2015, and other applicable laws and regulations.
1 — Scientific area
1.1 — The scientific area of this call is Chemistry.
2 — Admission requirements:
a) — The auxiliary researcher of the same or another institution, the scientific contest area or even those who, although in a different area, have a relevant scientific curriculum in these areas, and that in any case, have a minimum of three years of effective service in that category or have been approved in a public examination for habilitation or “agregação”.
b) The principal researchers of another institution, in the scientific area of this call or of a scientific area considered by the scientific council to be similar to that for which the call is open, or even those that, although from a different area,, have a relevant scientific curriculum in these areas.
c) Applicants who have a doctoral degree in the scientific area of this call, or of a scientific area considered by the scientific council to be similar to that for which the call is open, or even those who, although having a doctoral degree in another area, have a relevant scientific curriculum in the call areas and that, in any case, have a minimum of three years of professional experience in the call areas after obtaining a doctorate or have been approved in a public examination for habilitation or “agregação”.
Candidate(s) of the contest holding qualifications obtained abroad must prove the recognition, equivalence or registration of the doctor degree, in accordance with the applicable legislation. This formality must be fulfilled up to the date of conclusion of the contract.
2.2 – Other requirements
Applicants who are principal researchers of project(s) obtained in a competitive funding program, with individual funding, in total, of more than two million euros.
3 — Formalisation of the applications:
The applications are addressed to the Rector of the University of Aveiro as follows:
3.1 — The application should include, among others, the following elements:
a) Call identification;
b) Applicant’s identification: full name, birth date, nationality, mailing address and email;
c) Identification of the institution where the applicant is presently working and his/her position there, when applicable;
d) Identification of degrees held by the applicant;
e) Statement by the applicant declaring that the elements or facts contained in the application are correct and accurate.
3.2 — The application should include the following documents:
a) Applicant’s curriculum vitae;
b) Copies of papers, no more than five, selected by the applicant as the most representative of his/her curriculum vitae. This selection must be accompanied by a brief summary of the work and justification of the choice;
c) Scientific Project: Document that allows to sustain a future mission letter and that must include an activitie’s proposal that the candidate intends to develop during the first five years of his/her activity as Principal Investigator, explaining how he/she can contribute to the progress and development of the scientific area of the call addressing the scientific and cooperation with society aspects;
d) Document that objectively highlights the number of citations of publications listed in the curriculum and describing the method used to count the citations with enough detail for the jury to be able to reproduce the procedure. The applicant should provide the bibliometrics search key used;
e) Any other elements that the applicant deems relevant.
3.3 — The curriculum vitae should contain:
a) Full identification;
b) Contacts: address, telephone number and email;
c) Copy of the certificate with the respective mark or grade or other document that is legally recognised for the same purpose;
d) All pertinent information for assessing the application considering the selection and ranking criteria of the present call, organized according to the sub-items of the assessment set forth in Section 6 below;
e) A report of the developed scientific activities developed in various areas of the candidate’s intervention.
3.4 — The applicants from the University of Aveiro are not required to present proof of their individual process.
3.5 — Submission of the application:
3.5.1 — The application may be submitted in Portuguese or in English, via email, to the Human Resources Department of the University of Aveiro (firstname.lastname@example.org) until the deadline stipulated in this Notice.
3.5.2 — The applicants are required to present a “message sent” confirmation as proof of the application submission.
3.5.3 — Instructions for the submission of applications, in digital format, are available in the area of Recruitment and Job area Human Resources at https://www.ua.pt/pt/sgrh/pessoal-investigador-novos-concursos-e-ofertas .
3.6 — Failure to comply with the deadline set will result in the exclusion of the application.
The exclusion decision is communicated to candidates by e-mail for the purpose of their hearing.
4 — Call Jury:
4.1 — The Call jury has the following composition:
President: Doctor Paulo Jorge dos Santos Gonçalves Ferreira, Rector of the University of Aveiro.
Doctor Carlos Frederico Gusmão Campos Geraldes, Jubilated Full Professor, of Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra;
Doctor Victor Armando Pereira Freitas, Full Professor of Faculty of Sciences of University of Porto;
Doctor Verónica Corte´s de Zea Bermudez, Full Professor, Department of Chemistry of School of Life and Environmental Sciences of University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro;
Doctor João Carlos Matias Celestino Gomes da Rocha, Full Professor of Department of Chemistry of University of Aveiro;
Doctor Luís António Ferreira Martins Dias Carlos, Full Professor of Department of Physics of University of Aveiro.
4.2 — The deliberations are held by roll-call vote requiring the absolute majority of the votes of the members of the jury present at the meeting, abstentions are not allowed.
5 - Admission and exclusion of applications
5.1 — The jury accepts the candidates on absolute merit on the basis of the merit of their overall curriculum in the subject area of the call, taking also into account the following requisite:
5.1.1 — The applicant is the author or co-author of at least 80 articles in the subject area in which the Competition is open, indexed in the ISI Science Citation Index Expanded of the Web of Science where document type = article or document type = review or in the SCI Verse Scopus with the same characteristics;
5.1.2 - Have obtained a total of at least 2000 citations (excluding self citations) for scientific works produced in the disciplinary area for which the competition is open;
5.1.3 - Have an h index, according to SCOPUS or Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science, of at least 25 regarding the scientific works produced in the disciplinary area for which the competition is open.
5.2 - Candidates must provide proof of the compliance with the requirements expressed above (5.1.1 to 5.1.3), indicating the key to be used in the Web of Science or SCOPUS search to prove it, or including in their CV a list of the same database to confirm it.
6 —Selection Methods:
6.1 —The selection method is the curriculum evaluation.
6.2 – For the curriculum evaluation the following criteria will be considered and weighed, in accordance with the requirements of the functions corresponding to the category of the present research position:
a) The scientific performance of the applicant in the subject area of the call;
b) Knowledge transfer;
c) Participation in management entities;
d) Scientific project
6.2.1 — In the assessments of the criteria referred to in a), b) and c) of point 6.2, consideration should be given to the extension of the candidates' scientific curriculum and particular emphasis must be given to the activity developed in the last 5 (five) years, which will represent 80% of the assessment in each of these criteria.
6.2.2 — In the evaluation of the criteria referred in a), b), c) and d) of point 6.2, the activity developed in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy will also be especially weighted, applying a weighting factor of 2.
7- Curriculum evaluation
In applying the criteria mentioned in the point 6.2 the following parameters are assessed and weighted accordingly:
7.1 — Criteria for the assessment of the Scientific Performance
a) — Scientific production. Quality and quantity of scientific production in the area of the call (books, articles in scientific journals, papers presented at conferences) expressed by the number and type of publications, and the recognition given by the scientific community (the quality of the location where it has been published and the references made by other authors).
b) — Participation in scientific projects. Quality and quantity of scientific projects in which the applicant participated within the subject area of the call; whether they are financed through public funds of national or international agencies or by companies. The assessment of the quality will take into account the level of funding obtained, the role played in the project (ex: principal investigator, guest consultant, participant), the degree of difficulty of the funding programme, the expert evaluation of the completed projects, in particular, if they led to the development of products or services.
c) — Intervention in scientific community. It will assess the candidate’s capacity to intervene in scientific community, particularly by organising events, being (co-)editor of journals, evaluation of projects and papers, invitation to deliver lectures, participation in academic juries and advisory activities as well as being recognised through awards or other distinctions and respective impact.
d) — Constitution of research teams and supervision of academic work of post-doctoral, doctoral and master students in the area and domain of the call.
7.2 - Criteria for the assessment of Knowledge Transfer
Patents, registration and ownership of rights, elaboration of technical regulation and legislation. Patent authorship and co-authorship, records of ownership of intellectual property rights regarding software, mathematical methods and rules of mental activity. Participation in standardization committees and in the drafting of legislative projects and technical regulation. The evaluation of this criterion should also take into account the resulting economic added-value of patents and intellectual property rights.
Consulting services, tests and measurements. Participation in consulting activities, tests and measurements involving private and/or public sector. Teaching vocational training courses or technological expertise directed at companies or the public sector. Participation as a trainer in vocational training or technological specialization courses aimed at companies or the public sector The evaluation of this criterion will also take into account the economic added-value of research results achieved, measured by the contracts of technology transfer and development that have resulted and contribution to the creation of spin-off companies.
Dissemination of science and technology. Participation in initiatives to disseminate scientific and technological knowledge in the scientific community (for example organisation of congresses and conferences) and addressed to varied audiences. Publications to disseminate science and technology. Presentation of lectures and seminars for the general public.
7.3 — Criteria for evaluation of Institutional management
a) — Applicant’s participation in scientific, pedagogical or institutional management activities and participation in academic juries outside his own institution.
7.4 - Criteria for evaluation of the Scientific project
The clarity of its structure and the quality of exposure. The scientific relevance of the content and the adequacy of the proposed program, considering the frontier of knowledge in the area and domain of the call. The degree of innovation introduced.
7.5— The weighing for the above-mentioned criteria are presented in the following table:
Table – Weights for the assessment criteria
Scientific production (C11)
Participation in and/or coordination scientific projects (C12))
Intervention in scientific community (C13)
Constitution of research teams (C14)
Knowledge transfer or industrial activities, and science dissemination or management activities, (C21)
Activities of Institutional Management (C31)
Scientific Project (C41)
8 – Candidate’s ranking and voting methodology:
8.1 — Each member of the jury applies a value, on the scale of 0-100, for each criteria or aspects regarding each applicant admitted in absolute merit.
8.2 — The result of applying the “curriculum evaluation” method is expressed on a numerical scale of 0-100 and it is calculated by weighing each criterion with the corresponding weight which provides each item with a score. Each item has its own weight which is used to calculate the final score.
Expressed as a formula, the final result (FR) is calculated as follows:
FR = P1*(C11*P11+C12*P12+C13*P13+C14*P14) +P2*(C21*P21)+ P3*(C31*P31)+P4*(C41*P41)
8.3 — The ranking of candidates should be founded on the assessment made based on the criteria and parameters of assessment and corresponding weighing factors listed in this Notice.
8.4 — Before voting, each member of the jury presents a written document, that will be attached to the minutes of the meeting, with the order of the applicants, duly founded, taking into consideration the previous paragraph.
8.5 — On the various votes, each jury member should respect the order presented, no abstentions are allowed.
8.6 — The jury will use the following voting method in order to obtain an absolute majority in the final ranking of candidates:
The first vote is intended to determine the applicant to be put in first place. If an applicant receives more than half the votes of the members of the jury present at the meeting, they will be placed in first place. If the applicant in first place is not determined, the voting will be repeated, but only among the candidates who received enough votes to be considered for first place, once the applicant least voted in the first round is removed. If there is more than one applicant in the position of least voted there will be another vote with only these applicants in order to determine who is to be eliminated. For this vote, the jurors vote for the applicant who has the lowest ranking, the applicant with the most votes is eliminated. If at this point there continues to be a tie among two or more applicants, the president of the jury will decide which of them is to be eliminated. Once this elimination is made, the jury returns their attention to the first vote, but only with the remaining candidates. The process is repeated until one applicant receives more than half the votes for first place. The process is repeated for second place and so on until an ordered list of all candidates is complete.
9 — Participation of interested parties and the decision:
9.1 — The final ranking is communicated to candidates by e-mail for their hearing.
9.2 — After the candidate’s hearing, the jury appreciates the arguments offered and approves the final ranking list of candidates.
10 – Deadline for final decisison
10.1 - Without disregarding the provisions of the following paragraph, the deadline for rendering the jury's final decision cannot exceed ninety consecutive days, counted from the deadline for the submission of applications.
10.2 - The deadline referred to in the previous paragraph may be extended when the high number of candidates and or the special complexity of the competition justifies it.
11 — Publication of Competition notice
The present notice is also published in:
a) The website of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., in Portuguese and English;
b) The website of the University of Aveiro, in Portuguese and English;
c) In a national newspaper.
12 — In compliance with paragraph h) of Article 9 of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, the Government, as the employing entity, actively promotes a policy of equal opportunities between men and women in access to employment and professional advancement, scrupulously taking measures to avoid any form of discrimination.
14 July 2020_ — The Rector, Professor Doutor Paulo Jorge dos Santos Gonçalves Ferreira.