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Unique identifier: 5dafa1d4-0572-4ff9-a19f-b0594ac3be43

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


Job/Fellowship Reference: PDBEB 2017

Main research field: Biological sciences

Sub research field:

Job summary:

The PhD Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine (PDBEB) run by the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC) at the University of Coimbra and supported by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT/MCTES) and the Social European Fund through Programa Operacional do Capital Humano is opening applications for four funded scholarships. Please note that this application is independent from University enrollment, which will take part subsequently, and only for selected applicants. The degree is conferred by The Institute for Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Coimbra (IIIUC).

Job description:

Interested candidates should have a master’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine, Pharmacy or related fields.

We are seeking motivated and ambitious candidates, with previous research experience. The duration of the scholarship is one year in length, renewable for up to a total of four years, and cannot be awarded for periods of less than three consecutive months.

The model of the fellowship contract and the final reports can be find in:


The monthly payment will be 980 Euros paid by wire transfer.


Work benefits includes the established in the “Regulamento de Bolsas de Investigação da FCT, I. P.”, and by the “Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação Científica”, in its present form.


Selected candidates will undergo intensive training in English (see http://beb.cnbc.pt/about.asp) and will be expected to carry out research projects exclusively in the context of the strategic partnership CNC.IBILI, and within its areas of intervention.


The courses are taught by leading CNC and invited scientists. The curriculum is designed to expose students to top research areas and to instigate the development of analytical, technical and communicative skills required to today's biologists.


Candidates should fill out an application form available at  http://beb.cnbc.pt/admission.asp and applications should be sent to Programme Secretary Susana Rocha (srocha@cnc.uc.pt) in the period between September 11th to October 6th, 2017. Candidates should also request that 2 Recommendation Letters (form available on the site) be addressed by Referees directly to the Programme. Copies of the university diplomas are mandatory, but candidates can submit a preliminary document to prove Masters completion, if the final certificate is not yet available. When available the document must be immediately sent to srocha@cnc.uc.pt.


Applications will be graded and ranked by the Evaluation Committee in terms of : Curricular Evaluation (EC):

Candidate CV (50%), Motivation Letter (20%) and Recommendation Letters (30%).

Only the 20 top candidates will be selected for interview, which will focus both on scientific maturity and interest/knowledge of CNC areas of intervention. The final rating of interviewed candidates will include EC (35%) and Interview (65%).


The jury composition is the following:

Prof. Dr. João Ramalho Santos, Ph.D.

Prof. Dr. Luís Pereira de Almeida, Ph.D.

Prof. Dr. Ana Luísa Carvalho, Ph.D.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Cavadas, Ph.D.

Prof. Dr. Paulo Oliveira, Ph.D.

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, at http://www.cnbc.pt/.

The results of this call will be published at CNC, in Coimbra, Portugal, within 90 working days after the deadline to submit applications. All applicants will be informed of the results by e-mail. If the decision is not favorable for the award of the scholarship, the applicant has a period of 10 working days, after receiving notice of the decision, to contest the decision in a preliminary hearing setting by the PDBEB Governing Board. Any appeal to the final decision referred above must be brought before the FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) within 15 working days after the notification.

The scholarships awarded under this contract will be financed by funds from the State Budget of the MCTES (Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior)/FCT and, when eligible, by funds from the European Social Fund through the Programas Operacionais during the period 2014-2020, from Portugal 2020, namely, the Programa Operacional Temático do Capital Humano, the Programa Operacional Regional do Norte, do Centro or do Alentejo, in accordance with the provisions of their specific regulations.

Vacant posts: 4

Type of contract: Other

Job country: Portugal

Job city: Coimbra

Job company/institute: Centro de Neurociencias e Biologia Celular

Application deadline: 06 Outubro 2017
(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: srocha@cnc.uc.pt

Website: http://beb.cnbc.pt/admission.asp

3. Habilitações académicas
3. Required education Level

Degree: Master’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine, Pharmacy 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