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Unique identifier: 781d5a9f-668e-401f-ba13-83d00e25d1e8

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


Job/Fellowship Reference: INV JR 2020 Nº 029621

Main research field: Biological sciences

Sub research field:

Job summary:

Main research field: Medical sciences

Sub research field: Medical and Health Sciences and Technology

Job summary:

Opening of a tender for the hiring of ONE PhD holder position to carry out research activities in the areas of Life and Health Sciences.

General scientific area: Life and Health Sciences

Specific scientific areas: Cell and Molecular Biology, Mitochondrial biology, Mitochondrial metabolism and Exosomal analysis

1. The Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra (CNC), Portugal, opens an international call for a doctoral post for carrying out research activities in the areas of Life & Health Sciences, under an employment contract with uncertain term under the Labor Code, to carry out scientific research under the Strategic Research Program of CNC. The working contract is valid until the termination of the project.

Job description:

2. Applicable Legislation Decree Law No. 57/2016, of 29th of August, which approved a regime of hiring of PhD holders 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. This position is financed by the project “iPS cells-derived exosomes - impact on mitochondrial (dys)function in Huntington's disease and potential nanodelivery system for microRNA-based therapeutics”, reference POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029621, financed by national funds through the FCT/MCTES and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), namely under the following frameworks: “Projetos de Desenvolvimento e Implementação de Infraestruturas de Investigação inseridas no RNIE”; “Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização – POCI”, “Programa Operacional Centro2020”, and State Budget.

3. The Jury has the following composition: Luis Pereira de Almeida (President of CNC); Jury Members: Ana Cristina Carvalho Rego, Carla Lopes, Ricardo Rodrigues and Ana Isabel Duarte. 

4. Place of work: Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra-polo I, Coimbra, Portugal.

5. The monthly salary is set in accordance with the provisions 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 2134, 73 Euros gross.

6. Applicants may be Nationals, Foreign and Stateless candidates who hold a doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 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. In case of doctorate degrees awarded by a foreign higher education institution, the degree must comply with the provisions of Decree-Law no. 341/2007 of 12th of October, and all formalities established therein must be fulfilled by the deadline for application submission.

7. General admission requirements: Ph.D. Degree in Life Sciences, Biosciences, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Medical and Health Sciences, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related fields. Good knowledge of English (oral and written).

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

9. The selection of the PhD holder to be hired will be carried out by assessing the curriculum vitae of the candidates. In general terms, this evaluation will concern relevance and quality of the scientific and technological production of the candidate, as noted in the CV.

10. The position is open for carrying out experimental work delineated in tasks of the research project “iPS cells-derived exosomes - impact on mitochondrial (dys)function in Huntington's disease and potential nanodelivery system for microRNA-based therapeutics”, which are relevant to the research activities of ‘Mitochondria and Neurodegenerative Disorders' Group of the CNC, namely working with induced pluripotent stem cells, neural stem cells and exosome research.

11. Evaluation is based on the scientific career of candidates. The evaluation of candidate CVs will focus on the scientific publication record, the scientific merit and research capabilities in the areas required for the position. Experience in cell culture, as well as in cellular and molecular biology techniques, giving preference to candidates with prior experience in stem cells culture and differentiation, mitochondrial biology and exosomal research. 

11.1 Integrated assessment of the scientific trajectory of the candidate. The following items will be evaluated: 1) Consistency and quality of curriculum vitae (CV)– 40 %; including experience in the fields required for the position. 2) Quality of the candidate’s scientific production, namely communications, publications in international journals (PC)– 50%. Items such as number and quality of publications (Impact Factor and Quartile of journals) and communications, or citations and student supervisions will be also considered. 3) Interview (E)– 10%.

Final grade (CF) will be obtained using the following formula: CF = 0.4*CV + 0.5*PC +0.1*E


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 application:

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, occupation, residence and contact address, including e-mail address and telephone contact.

17.2 The application shall include all support documents mentioned in sections 6 and 7 for admission to this competition, namely: a) Copy of certificate or diploma; b) Detailed curriculum vitae, structured in accordance with items 10 and 11; c) Other documents relevant for the evaluation, if deemed necessary by the candidate; d) contact of two references.

17.3 Applicants should send their applications by post, to the following address: Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Human Resources Department, Rua Larga, FMUC, 1º Piso, University of Coimbra, 3004-504 Coimbra, Portugal. The mail must be registered, with notice of receipt, issued until the last day of the deadline for opening the tender, which is set at 30 working days after publication of this call (10/02/2021).

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 the CNC 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 respond. 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/. 

22. The present tender is exclusively destined to fill the vacancy indicated and 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 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: 10 Fevereiro 2021
(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: info@cnc.uc.pt

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

3. Habilitações académicas
3. Required education Level

Degree: Ph.D. Degree in Life Sciences, Biosciences, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Medical and Health Sciences, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related fields
Degree field: Biological sciences
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