07/03/2019
European Research Council

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT N. º 11/2019 - Vacancy for 1 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Geography
    History
    Sociology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/03/2019 23:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    Portugal › Lisboa
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    02/05/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    ERC-SRT-760090

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa) invites candidates to apply for one Post-Doctoral Research position in the project Rescuing seeds´ heritage: engaging in a new framework of agriculture and innovation since the 18th century (ReSEED), coordinated by Dr. Dulce Freire and funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

Project’s aims and description:

The project ReSeed aims to examine how farmers, scientists, state agents and other stakeholders have managed productive challenges set by changing edible seeds over two centuries, from 1750 to 1950. Based on innovative interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methodologies, it allows building robust historical research on the case of Iberian Peninsula in connection to the global circulation of crops and food products. The main objectives are as follows: 1) To map geographical changes in local crop distribution, paying attention to the new seeds made available since the 15th century. 2) To outline which were the social networks supporting the dissemination and cultivation of edible seed varieties, and at later date, checking how they articulated with state services. 3) To identify human factors that contribute to reducing, increasing, maintaining or restoring regional agro-biodiversity. 4) To assess the impacts of national and international decisions on local management of the triangle formed by seeds, environment and human action. 5) To re-examine the long-term dynamics behind various European agricultural modernization itineraries. By deepening the links between historical, environmental and biological knowledge, ReSeed is designed to improve the explanations on current issues such as food security, sustainable agriculture, agro-biodiversity, innovation and economic growth.

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Benefits

Relevant legislation: Portuguese Law 40/2004, of 18 August, and DL Nr. 202/2012, of 27 August, the fellowship regulations of the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and the regulations of the University of Lisbon.

Duration of scholarship: Trial period of 3 months, followed by expanded periods defined by common agreement, up to October 2023.

Scholarship monthly value and payment method: The monthly amount will be of 1.509,80 €, according to the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) Research Grants pay scale (http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.pt). It includes the payment of personal accident insurance and voluntary social insurance. Please note that this grant is not taxable.

Host institution and workplace: Institute for Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Avenida Professor Anibal de Bettencourt, 9 – 1600-189 Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Eligibility criteria

Admission requirements

a) A completed PhD in History, Geography, Sociology or other fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences;

b) Record of independent and creative thinking;

c) Availability for frequent travels;

d) Ability and willingness to work as part of a research team;

e) Experience with qualitative methodologies, including fieldwork (ethnographies, interviews, etc.) research will be valued;

f) Experience in historical archival research will be valued;

g) Familiarity with quantitative methods will be valued;

h) Familiarity with Geographical Information Systems will be valued;

i) Experience in disseminating results to multiple audiences will be valued;

j) Experience with innovative media will be valued;

k) Proficiency in English and Portuguese or Spanish;

l) Immediate availability.

 

Also desirable:

a) Previous experience in team work in international projects or organizations;

b) Interest in the themes of the project;

c) Public relations skills and ability to communicate with civil society partners and research associates.

Selection process

Public announcement and deadline for applications: This advertisement and the further particulars relating to this post will be posted on the website of the ICS-ULisboa, according to Art. 11, p. 2 of the Regulamento de Bolsas of the ICS-ULisboa, as well as on the Eracareers portal and in the EURAXESS portal. Applications should be sent by 31st March 2019.

Application: All applications must include a Curriculum Vitae; a copy of all academic degree certificates; a copy (or number, place and date of emission or the validity) of the passport/identity card and NIF (fiscal identification number); a cover letter (max. 1 page) explaining the applicant’s motivation for applying, interest for the research project, and expected personal contribution to the Project; two journal articles, book chapters and/or chapters of the PhD dissertation authored by the candidate; and three references with name, institution and contact number.

Evaluation and Selection: The evaluation and selection procedure will be carried out by a jury of ICS-ULisboa researchers and staff members (PI Dulce Freire, Dr. Amélia Branco, Dr. Jaime Reis). The evaluation and selection panel will produce a classification order according to the following criteria:

  • CV: 40%
  • Motivation letter:  20%
  • Interview: 40%

The selection jury may however decide not to proceed to the interview stage. In that case, the CV evaluation will account for 65% of the final score, and the motivation letter for the remaining 35%.

Additional comments

Submission of applications: Formal applications should be submitted electronically to concursos.bolsas@ics.ulisboa.pt  quoting reference: “Concurso de Bolsas de Investigação n.º 11/2019. The required documentation should be annexed to the application digitally, as either .pdf, .doc or .docx. Alternately, paper applications can be sent to Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, Avenida Professor Aníbal de Bettencourt, 9 – 1600-189 Lisboa, Portugal, quoting the reference above on the envelope.

Prior hearing and notification of interested parties: Upon completion of the evaluation, the panel will prepare the draft decision, which will be notified to the interested parties by electronic mail, and the prior hearing must be made in writing, within ten working days of notification. For this purpose, candidates may request the sending of the minutes by e-mail or make the face-to-face consultation of the documents of the procedure at the Institute, during office hours.

Informal inquiries about the position can be made to the PI Dulce Freire dulce.freire@ics.ulisboa.pt

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    History: PhD or equivalent
    Geography: PhD or equivalent
    Sociology: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    PORTUGUESE: Excellent
    SPANISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Post-Doctoral Researchers interested in joining the ReSEED project shall combine independent thinking, creativity, willingness and ability to engage on an ambitious project and commitment to complete a cycle of research with several components. Positions are open to researchers on early career stages and also to more experienced researchers, combining a degree in Humanities and Social Sciences with particular interest in fields related to historical research (such as Economic and Social History, History of Science, Historical Biology, Rural History, Agrarian History, Environmental History).

 

Admission requirements

a) A completed PhD in History, Geography, Sociology or other fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences;

b) Record of independent and creative thinking;

c) Availability for frequent travels;

d) Ability and willingness to work as part of a research team;

e) Experience with qualitative methodologies, including fieldwork (ethnographies, interviews, etc.) research will be valued;

f) Experience in historical archival research will be valued;

g) Familiarity with quantitative methods will be valued;

h) Familiarity with Geographical Information Systems will be valued;

i) Experience in disseminating results to multiple audiences will be valued;

j) Experience with innovative media will be valued;

k) Proficiency in English and Portuguese or Spanish;

l) Immediate availability.

 

Also desirable:

a) Previous experience in team work in international projects or organizations;

b) Interest in the themes of the project;

c) Public relations skills and ability to communicate with civil society partners and research associates.

Specific Requirements

General work plan: The involvement in the ReSEED project involves providing support in all stages of the research and in all the tasks detailed in the project application, as well as contributing to any other activities falling within the overall project objectives, under the direct supervision of the PI, including:

a) Critical review of relevant literature and documental analysis of relevant materials;

b) Conducting archival research and fieldwork in the Iberian Peninsula countries;

c) Producing, processing and analysing qualitative data;

d) Administrative support and support with networking and scientific partners;

e) Information management and communication strategy;

f) Participation in international conferences and seminars, with presentation of scientific papers resulting from the project;

g) Participation and support in the management of project meetings;

h) Participation in the project’s publishing strategy, including reports, journal articles, book chapters, etc.

i) Preparation of project deliverables and contacts with stakeholders;

j) Any other task that may reasonably arise, related to the full implementation of the ReSEED project, and defined by the project coordinator.

Postdoctoral researcher will work under the supervision of Dr. Dulce Freire.

 

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa
Portugal
Lisboa
1600-189
Rua Prof. Anibal Bettencourt, n.º 9

EURAXESS offer ID: 386368

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