A Master Fellowship (BI) (Reference ICETA 2017-31) in the exploratory project IF/00641/2014/CP1256/CT0008 “EVOLVING BIODIVERSITY – USING EVOLUTIONARY THEORY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT MAKES THE MEDITERRANEAN ONE OF THE WORLD’S RICHEST HOTSPOTS” is available at CIBIO/ICETA, Instituto de Ciências, Tecnologias e Agroambiente da Universidade do Porto, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., (FCT/MCTES).
Eligibility Requirements: Candidates must hold an MSc degree, but not a degree higher than MSc, in areas compatible with the work plan, i.e. Biological Sciences, and have experience in analyses of phylogenetic inference. We seek candidates with i) a solid background in procedures for phylogenetic inference and related software, including e.g. accessing public databases to download sequence data, sequence handling and alignment, evolutionary model comparison, phylogenetic inference in a ML and Bayesian framework, phylogeny dating; ii) experience with the model organisms, i.e. mainly reptiles, but also amphibians, preferably from the Mediterranean region; iii) good verbal and written communication skills in English; vi) good communication and teamwork skills. The candidate’s Curriculum Vitae must be compatible with the work plan. Candidates at the first stages of their academic career, with motivation for possibly following up on the research of the project in the future will be preferred.
Work plan: The project investigates the ecological and evolutionary processes involved in shaping the Mediterranean Basin as one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots, using amphibians and reptiles as a model system. This will be done by combining phenotypic data to phylogenetic hypotheses about each group of interest to test hypotheses on the evolutionary processes driving diversification of circum-Mediterranean herp taxa. The work of the fellowship holder will be to infer phylogenies for various groups of amphibians and reptiles based on published sequence data. For this purpose, the grant holder will need to conduct a bibliographic search on available publications, access public databases to download the necessary data, and conduct all analyses of phylogenetic inference. The grant-holder must be available for travelling to the MNCN, Madrid, Spain, in order to discuss the analyses with a member of the project team (Dr. Martíne-Solano).
Applicable Legislation: a bolsa é atribuída ao abrigo da Lei nº40/2004, de 18 de Agosto (Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação Científica) e Regulamento de Bolsas e Investigação da Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia em vigor http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/docs/RegulamentoBolsasFCT2015.pdf.
Workplace: The work will be conducted at CIBIOInBIO, UP – Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 7, 4485-661 Vairão.
Duration of the fellowship: The fellowship will have a duration of 3 months, potentially renewable for an additional period of 3 months, starting on October 1st 2017.
Monthly stipend: Monthly stipend is €980 according to the stipends established by FCT, I.P. in Portugal (http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores). Payment will be made by bank transfer on a monthly basis. The successful candidate will also be entitled to the reimbursement of Social Security payments (Seguro Social Voluntário) and work insurance.
Selection criteria: Evaluation of applications will be done according to the required competences and will be based on:
a) specific past experience in tasks described in the work plan (40%);
b) the quality of the scientific and academic curriculum vitae (30%);
c) motivation letter, including motivation for following up on the project (30%).
The jury may not award the fellowship if the quality of the candidates is less than desired.
Jury composition: Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou (Chair), Fernando Martínez-Freiría (vowel), Iñigo Martínez-Solano (vowel) and Ana Perera (substitute vowel).
Publicity and communication of results: The ranking of applications will be published at a visible and public area of ICETA facilities, and all candidates will be informed by email about the result of their application.
Application: The call for applications is open between 17 August 2017 and 3 September 2017 (24:00 GMT).
Applications should be submitted in Portuguese or English by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the fellowship reference in the subject area, and the following documents attached:
a) Curriculum vitae (including academic training and professional career, a publication list, other relevant information in the context of the project research goals, email address and copies of certificates of academic degrees);
b) Motivation letter (including a brief description of research experience, why the candidate is suitable for the announced position, and whether he/she might be interested in continuing to work on this project in the future);
c) Degree certificates and other documents considered relevant to the application.