PhD Scientific Researcher Recruitment (Initial Stage Researcher)

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    Biological sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    12/02/2022 00:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › Lisboa
    #3826; FCiências.ID/2021/MARE/1



Public Notice - International Selection Procedure

PhD Scientific Researcher Recruitment (Initial Stage Researcher)



FCiências.ID - Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências, through its Chairman of the Board of Directors, hereby announces the opening of an international call for the recruitment of a scientific researcher with a PhD degree, within the scope of the project EDNA-SARAMUGO: Monitoring of the population status of Saramugo based on eDNA sampling (Ref. CPS 14/2021), 100% financed by own funds of public entities (ICNF, I.P.), in the form of an indefinite duration fixed-term employment contract, according to the Portuguese Labour Code and complementary legislation.


I. Admission Requirements

Portuguese nationals, foreign and stateless persons may submit applications to this selection procedure, provided they hold a doctoral degree1 in Biological Sciences or similar areas, have specialised skills and/or expertise in the field of Molecular Biology and/or Population Genetics (or associated fields), and fully comply with the following requirements:

  • a) The PhD must have been granted at least 3 years ago;
  • b) Demonstrated scientific and/or professional experience in molecular genetics laboratory techniques, including DNA extraction, PCR optimization, development and validation of quantitative PCR assays;
  • c) The candidate must also have proved experience in genetic data analysis (analysis of nucleotide sequences, phylogenetics and population genetics).

1 Please note that Degrees obtained in foreign countries need a Portuguese Recognition issued by a Portuguese high degree Institution, according to the Decree-Law nr. 66/2018, of August 16th and the Ministerial Order nr. 33/2019, of January 25th. The presentation of such Recognition is mandatory for contract signature. More information can be obtained in: https://www.dges.gov.pt/en/pagina/degree-and-diploma-recognition.


II. Preferential Requirements

  • a) R&D activity in Molecular Biology and/or Molecular Genetics;
  • b) Experience in participation in national and/or international scientific projects in the scientific areas of this call for applications;
  • c) Scientific publications: scientific experience demonstrated in the areas listed in II.a), and at least 5 publications (at least 3 as 1st author) in international scientific journals with peer-review;
  • d) Other professional experience: student and/or technician supervision; teaching;
  • e) Proficiency in Portuguese and English (written and spoken).


III. Applicable Law

  1. Portuguese Labour Code, as approved by Law No. 7/2009, of February 12th, in its current version (CT);
  2. Administrative Procedure Code, as published in Decree-Law No. 4/2015, of January 7th, in its current version (CPA).


IV. Work Plan

The objectives of the work plan are to detect the endemic fish species Anaecypris hispanica using quantitative-PCR on eDNA from water samples. The candidate is expected to perform the following tasks:

  1. Development and validation of a species-specific quantitative PCR assay of Anaecypris hispanica, using a mitochondrial gene region. - Task 1 of the Project Workplan.
  2. Participation in fieldwork campaigns for the collection of water samples from tributaries in the Guadiana river drainage.
  3. Laboratory processing the water samples (including eDNA extraction and quantitative-PCR) - Tasks 2, 3 and 4 of the Project Workplan.
  4. Molecular data analysis obtained in IV. 3, and writing of the Intermediate and Final Project Reports.

The work plan is included in tasks 1 to 4 from the Contract N.º07/2021/ICNF/DRCNF ALENTEJO.


V. Composition of the Jury

In accordance to article 13 of the RCD, the members of the jury are:

  • President - Prof. Ricardo Melo;
  • 1st Member of the jury - Doutora Ana Cristina Pimenta Veríssimo;
  • 2nd Member of the jury - Doutor Manuel Curto;
  • 1st Alternate Member of the jury - Doutor Filipe Ribeiro;
  • 2nd Alternate Member of the jury - Doutora Maria Judite Alves.

VI. Place of work

Work will be developed at the facilities of the MARE-ULisboa – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre-ULisboa, in the Faculty of Sciences – University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, and also at the Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO-InBIO) - Vairão, Porto, Portugal.


VII. Contract Duration

The full-time indefinite duration fixed-term employment contract is expected to start on March 2022, and will last until the Work Plan referred to in section IV is completed. It will have an expected duration of 6 months, will not exceed the limits set in the CT, including an initial experimental trial period of 30 days.


VIII. Monthly Allowance

The gross monthly salary corresponds to 2.153,94 Euros, corresponding to level 33 of the Single Remuneratory Table, as approved by Government Order No. 1553-C/2008, of December 31st, updated by the decree-law nr. 10-B/2020, of March 20th, and by the decree-law nr. 109-A/2021, of December 7th, plus holiday and Christmas allowances, as well as food allowance in the amount and conditions set out for workers with a legal employment relationship under the Labour Code.


IX. Evaluation of applications

  1. Failure to comply with the Admission Requirements implies the non-admission of candidates in absolute merit.
  2. The final classification of candidates is given on a scale of 0 to 100%.
  3. Evaluation of the relative merit of candidates, will rely on the following criteria:
    • a) Participation in relevant scientific projects in the area of Biological Sciences and/or Molecular Biology – 40%;
    • b) Scientific publications in the area of Biological Sciences and/or Molecular Biology – 40%;
    • c) Pedagogical and outreaching activities, in particular in the context of promoting scientific practices, organization of courses, seminars and conferences, in the area of Biological Sciences and/or Molecular Biology – 5%;
    • d) Assessment of the reference letters provided by the candidate – 15%;
    • e) Interview, if deemed necessary by the jury – 10%.
  4. The jury may decide to interview the three best ranked candidates [in criteria a) to d) of paragraph 3)], for clarifications and improved explanations of curricular elements. If there is an interview, the sum of the classification obtained in the evaluation criteria a) to d) will correspond to 90% of the final classification and the interview will correspond to 10%.
  5. The jury shall deliberate by means of a roll-call vote based on the evaluation criteria.
  6. Minutes of the jury meetings are drawn up, summarizing all relevant elements considered by jury members, as well as their individual votes and justifications.
  7. After completion of the evaluation process, the jury will draw up a ranking of successful candidates with their classifications.
  8. Hiring will be decided by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of FCiências.ID, based on the final jury recommendation.
  9. The evaluation results will be published on the website of the FCiências.ID ("Concursos" tab). The candidates will be individually notified of the evaluation results by e-mail sent to the address indicated in the "Personal Data" section of the submitted form.
  10. With the notification referred to in paragraph 9, the hearing phase of interested parties referred to in Article 121 et seq. of the CPA will begin, and last for ten working days.
  11. The possible pronouncement of the candidate in a prior hearing must be addressed to the President of the jury and submitted in writing to concursos@fciencias-id.pt. The President of the jury will convene a jury’s meeting to produce the final decision, within thirty working days.
  12. Within five working days of the final jury decision, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of FCiências.ID will approve it and the candidates will be notified.
  13. The communication between FCiências.ID (concursos@fciencias-id.pt) and the candidates will be electronic and will comply with the following rules:
    • a) At the time of electronic submission of any document - namely in the case of paragraph no 11 - the candidates must generate proof of "sent message".
    • b) FCiências.ID will send an email message acknowledging documents received to the email address used by the candidates, within two working days.
    • c) In case of absence of a confirmation receipt by FCiências.ID – showing the possibility of technical problems that should neither be the responsibility of the candidate nor FCiências.ID - the candidates should contact FCiências.ID, with the proof referred to in point (a), to ensure delivery and proper receipt of the documents concerned.


X. Compliance with public policies

  1. FCiências.ID actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so that no candidate can be privileged, benefited, disadvantaged or deprived of any right or exempt from any duty due to, inter alia, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, economic situation, education, social origin or condition, genetic heritage, reduced working capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and trade union membership.
  2. Under the terms of D.L. No. 29/2001, of February 3, a disabled candidate has a preference in equal classification, which prevails over any other legal preference. Candidates must declare their respective degree of disability, the type of disability and the means of communication / expression to be used in the selection process, under the terms of the above-mentioned diploma.


XI. Submission of Applications

  1. The present call will be open from 31st January to 11th February 2022.
  2. The application and all the required documents may be submitted in Portuguese or English.
  3. Applications will be submitted online, through the electronic platform of FCiências.ID (http://concursos.fciencias-id.pt).
  4. On the electronic platform, applicants will complete a mandatory section on Personal Data [name, address, date of birth, contact email, nationality and scientific identifiers] and upload files with the documents listed below:
    • i. Detailed curriculum vitae - mandatory - CV may be provided in PDF format or through the CIÊNCIAVITAE system;
    • ii. A motivation letter clearly demonstrating that the candidate has an adequate profile for the position and fully complies with the Admission Requirements - mandatory;
    • iii. Up to five publications relevant for the objectives of the Work Plan - mandatory;
    • iv. Digital copies of documents proving formal academic degrees (PhD) and/or other scientific and professional qualifications - original documents must be provided in case of actual recruitment - mandatory;
    • v. Two letters of reference - mandatory;
    • vi. Other documents that candidates consider relevant for the assessment of their scientific merit, or to declare the personal situation in the cases covered in section X-2 of this Notice - optional.
  5. By decision of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of FCiências.ID, candidates who do not submit the documents identified in paragraph 4 will not be admitted to the call. In case of doubts, the Chairman may also invite candidates to substantiate specific data or statements with official supporting documents, before accepting the candidates’ submission.


This Public Note was approved by the jury on 28th January 2022.

More Information


Monthly Allowance

The gross monthly salary corresponds to 2.153,94 Euros, corresponding to level 33 of the Single Remuneratory Table, as approved by Government Order No. 1553-C/2008, of December 31st, updated by the decree-law nr. 10-B/2020, of March 20th, and by the decree-law nr. 109-A/2021, of December 7th, plus holiday and Christmas allowances, as well as food allowance in the amount and conditions set out for workers with a legal employment relationship under the Labour Code.

Eligibility criteria

Selection process

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Offer Requirements

    Biological sciences: PhD or equivalent


Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
MARE-ULisboa – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre-ULisboa
Campus da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

EURAXESS offer ID: 736025


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