A Research Fellowship (BI) (Reference ICETA 2017-27) is now available in the area of conservation genetics, framed within the project PTDC/AAG-REC/6480/2014/ “ECOLIVES – Fostering sustainable management in Mediterranean olive farms: pest control services provided by wild species as incentives for biodiversity conservation” at ICETA-Instituto de Ciências e Tecnologias Agrárias e Agro-Alimentares, financed by national funds by FCT / MCTES and co-financed by Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional (FEDER) throughout COMPETE – Programa Operacional Factores de Competitividade (POFC), in institution ICETA.
Área científica/Scientific Area: Biological Sciences
Requisitos de admissão/Admission requirements:
Candidates should hold a MSc. degree in Biology or related fields and should have a solid experience in molecular biology and metabarcoding analysis.
The candidates should demonstrate experience in: (i) molecular biology techniques, including DNA extraction from non-invasive DNA samples and DNA sequencing (with both Sanger and Next Generation Sequencing techniques); (ii) metabarcoding analysis; and (iii) management of databases and biological collections. High motivation, communication and team work skills, as well as fluency in English (spoken and written) will be highly valued.
Plano de trabalhos/Work plan:
The work plan is included in a project which investigates the value of natural biological control of the Olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae) and the Olive fruit moth (Prays oleae) ?the two major pests in olive farms worldwide ?, in farms following distinct pest management strategies. The project will particularly focus on the role of flying vertebrates (including both bats and insectivorous birds) biocontrol agents and will be carried out throughout the region of Alentejo, one of the main olive production region in Europe.
The candidate will be involved in several tasks: (i) DNA extraction of tissue and non-invasive DNA samples; (ii) amplification and sequencing of several molecular markers using both Sanger sequencing and Next Generation Sequencing techniques; (iii) barcoding of parasitoids and other organism of small size; (v) screening of larvae for the presence of parasitoids (vi) management of databases and biological collections. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate in writing technical reports and scientific publications.
Legislação e regulamentação aplicável/Legislation and regulations:
The fellowship stipend will be €980/month, according to the regulations of the FCT Postdoctoral Fellowships in Portugal (http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores), the payment will be do monthly by bank transfer.
Local de trabalho/Workplace:
The work will be carried out at CIBIO - Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Vairão, Portugal, under the scientific supervision of Doutor Pedro Beja.
Duração da bolsa/Grant duration:
The fellowship will be awarded for a period of 12 months, potentially renewable for an additional period, up to a maximum duration of 24 months; expected to start in the 15th of September 2017.
Métodos de selecção/Selection methods:
The ranking of candidates will be performed by a global evaluation based on the CV (40%), previous experience of the applicant relevant to the project and work-plan (40%) and motivation letter (20%). If necessary, an interview with a shortlist of candidates may be performed. The jury may not award the fellowship if the expected quality and requirements of candidates are not fulfilled.
Composição do Júri de Selecção/Composition of the Selection Panel:
Dr. Pedro Beja (Chair), Dr. Simon Jarman (Vowel), Dr. Bastian Egeter (Vowel), Dr. Mafalda Galhardo (Substitute Vowel).
Forma de publicitação/notificação dos resultados / Form of advertising/notification of results:
The final evaluation results will be published and the winning candidate will be notified by e-mail or telephone.
Prazo de candidatura e forma de apresentação das candidaturas / Deadline for application and presentation of applications:
The application period will be from the 8 th August to 22th August 2017. Applications must be formalized by email to email@example.com together with the following documents:
i. Curriculum vitae;
ii. A motivation letter, including a brief description of the research experience and why the candidate is suitable for the position;
iii. Degree certificates and other documents considered relevant to the application.
Applications must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, containing in the subject the reference to which the candidate is applying (Reference ICETA 2017-27), under penalty of exclusion of the candidature.