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    Universidade de Coimbra
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    28/09/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › Coimbra




University of Coimbra opens a call for 1 (one) research fellowship, in the framework of the R&D project “MED4Youth - Dieta Mediterrânica Enriquecida para combater a Obesidade dos Jovens” (reference: PRIMA/0004/2018), financed by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P./MCTES through national funds (PIDDAC), in the following conditions:


Scientific area: Life or Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry or other related areas.


Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements: Master degree in Life or Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry or other related areas. Applicants must be registered as PhD students in health sciences, biomedicine or pharmaceutical sciences or registered in non-degree courses in health sciences or biomedicine.


“Courses not conferring an academic degree” must be related to the research fellowship’s activity type. “Courses not conferring an academic degree” are the courses referred to in paragraph e) of number 3 of article 4 of Decree-Law no. 74/2006, of 24 March, in the current wording, provided that they are developed in association or cooperation between the higher education institution and one or more R&D units, in accordance with the provisions of paragraph e) of article 3 of the Regulation for Research Fellowships of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.


Although the recipients must be enrolled in a cycle of studies leading to the attribution of an academic degree or in a course not conferring an academic degree, at the time of application it is not necessary for the candidate to have made such an enrollment, and proof of enrollment must be presented until the fellowship is contractualized. Candidates are only required to meet the requirements to enroll in the training offer. If there are candidates already enrolled (including attending a course), they compete on an equal footing with those who are not enrolled.


Work plan/ Objectives: Advanced scientific research and training, develop research work based on a relationship between basic research and clinical research concerning the positive impact that the Mediterranean diet can have on the control of obesity and cardiovascular disease risk factors in adolescence.

Execution of project activities in basic research, data analysis and scientific communication. Participation in scientific and team meetings, elaboration of reports related to the project .


Regime: The attribution of the fellowship does not generate or entitle a relation of a legal-labour nature, and the fellowship is undertaken in an exclusive dedication regime. The fellowship holder is awarded the Fellowship Statute of the UC, in its current wording, according to the Research Fellowship Holder Statute , and according to the Regulation for Research Fellowships of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., both in their current wording.


Location: Institute of Biophysics - Faculty of Medicine at the University of Coimbra.


Duration: 6 (six) months.


Renewal: Eventually renewable.


Scientific orientation: Professora Doutora Maria Filomena Rabaça Roque Botelho e Professor Doutor Paulo Nuno Centeio Matafome.


Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 1.104,64 corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table (https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en), plus social security (Seguro Social Voluntário, first level contributions) and personal accidents insurance. The payment will be made by bank transfer. This amount will not be increased during the entire period of the fellowship duration.


Selection methods: Curriculum Vitae Evaluation (50%) and Interview (50%).


Selection criteria:

In the Curriculum Vitae Evaluation (50%) the following criteria will be considered:

a) Master's final average (50%);

b) Previous knowledge in cell culture techniques, cytotoxicity assays, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence, analysis of cell survival curves, cell and molecular biology techniques, processing of human biological samples and in animal experimentation (35%) will be valued;

c) Number of scientific publications within the scope of prior knowledge required (15%).


In the Interview (50%), the following criteria will be considered:

a) Motivation and interest (25%);

b) Availability demonstrated (25%);

c) English language domain (50%).


Expertise (eg. Publications) in in vitro models of oncology/obesity/metabolic diseases, including cell cultures and molecular and cell biology techniques. Expertise in clinical studies with the processing of human samples.


Jury responsible for selection: Professora Doutora Maria Filomena Rabaça Roque Botelho, Professor Doutor Paulo Nuno Centeio Matafome e Professora Doutora Ana Margarida Coelho Abrantes.


Formalization of application:

Requested documents for the application:

a) Motivation letter;

b) Curriculum Vitae with academic background;

c) Copy of Certificate(s) of qualifications;

d) The intention or proof of registration in the PhD Program (or the intention or copy of proof of registration in the non-professing course degree in health sciences or biomedicine).


Declaration on the honor of the candidate(s) with the indication of the fellowship(s) of the typology to which the contest was held and the respective duration(s).


Applicants with academic degrees obtained abroad will be required to present a Certificate of Recognition in accordance with applicable law. This document is mandatory only in the contractualization phase.


Applications submission: Applications must be sent by email to acaridade@fmed.uc.pt, attaching all requested documents and indicating the reference of this notice in subject: “MED4Youth_757871”.


Submission of applications: Between 15/09/2021 and 28/09/2021.


Submission deadline date: 28/09/2021.


Additional information: The evaluation results will be announced within 90 working days after the end of the applications submission deadline, by notifying the applicants via email. After the announcement of the results, candidates are considered automatically notified to, if they wish to do so, comment on the results on a preliminary hearing period within 10 days after that date. After this, the selected candidates will have to declare in writing their acceptance. Unless a justification worthy of consideration is presented, if the declaration is not submitted within the referred period, it is considered that the candidate waivers the fellowship. In case of resignation or withdrawal of the selected candidate, the next candidate with the highest evaluation score will be notified immediately.

Once the selection process is completed, the fellowship contract will be drawn up in accordance with the draft contract provided by the FCT.

After the contracted period, the fellowship holder and supervisor must prepare the final report in accordance with the respective assessment criteria that were established.


Selection reserve list: A selection reserve list will be created for a period of 6 months

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EURAXESS offer ID: 683648


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