DOCTORATE RESEARCHER in Psychology or Educational Sciences

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    Universidade Católica Portuguesa
    Educational sciences
    Psychological sciencesPsychology
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    15/02/2022 17:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › Braga





1. Framework

The Rector of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Prof.ª Doutora Isabel Capeloa Gil deliberated the opening of an international selection tender for one vacancy of doctorate researcher to perform duties of scientific research, on an exclusivity basis, in the scientific field of PSYCHOLOGY OR EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES, to be carried out at Centro de Estudos Filosóficos e Humanísticos (CEFH) research unit, integrated at Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in Braga, under the R&D Project Plataforma Hello: Plataforma inteligente para o combate ao insucesso escolar with reference POCI-01-0247-FEDER-047004 funded by Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional (FEDER) though Programa Operacional Regional do Norte.


This contract aims to accomplish the following research goals and objectives:

a) Analysis and identification of school failure and dropout indicators;

b) Design and definition of the architecture of the platform, namely in the study of critical variables and definition of methodologies;

c) Carrying out validation tests and demonstration tests;

d) Presentation of papers in international scientific events;

e) Writing articles, for submission to international scientific journals with scientific arbitration, especially those indexed in Scopus or WoS;

f) Writing research activity reports.


2. Applicable Legislation

Decree-Law no. 57/2016 of 29 August, amended by Law no. 57/2017 of 19 July), which approved the doctorate hiring regime destined to stimulate scientific and technological employment for all knowledge areas (RJEC), without prejudice to the specific regulations applicable to the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.


3. Workplace

The workplace is located on the premises of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in Braga.


4. Remuneration

Gross monthly remuneration to be paid is 2 153,94 Euros in accordance with paragraph a) of paragraph 1 of Article 15 of Law No. 57/2017, of 19 July, corresponding to the update of level 33 of the table single remuneration, approved by Decree No. 1553-C/2008, December 31.


5. Admission requirements

Any national, foreign, and stateless candidate(s) who hold a doctorate degree in PSYCHOLOGY OR EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES or related scientific fields, and a scientific and professional curriculum whose profile is suited for the activities to be performed, can submit their applications. In the event the doctorate degree was awarded by a foreign higher education institution, said degree must comply with the provisions of Portuguese law on the recognition of foreign degrees. For those purposes, the requirements described in point no. 11 of this notice must be considered.

A high level of English (and Portuguese, for applicants whose native language is not Portuguese), as well as computer skills applied to data analysis (SPSS and AMOS) and to editing and publishing scientific papers are also required.

6. Selection Process

Pursuant to article 5 of RJEC, selection is to be made based on candidate scientific and curricular career evaluation.

7. Evaluation criteria

Assessment criteria: scientific production and its relevance, participation in scientific projects and congresses, student supervision, scientific dissemination actions, transfer of knowledge, other relevant activities and experiences in the intervention areas of the HELLO project. The evaluation process includes an interview with the candidates.

Candidate final classification system shall be given on a scale of 0 to 100. The value is calculated by weighing in each factor as follows, always taking into account that for each item only the activity relevant to the scientific field of the present tender will be considered:


Scientific and curricular background (PC)

a) Scientific production in the field of Psychology or Educational Sciences, with emphasis on designing and evaluating interventions in the scope of the HELLO project: 85%;

b) Applied or practice-based research activities: 10%;

c) Knowledge extension and dissemination activities: 5%.


Interview (I)


The candidates who rank in the first three positions will be interviewed (E), in order to clarify aspects related to the results of their research. Applicants will be asked to make a 10-minutes PowerPoint presentation, in which they demonstrate the contributions to this parameter.

Applicants who are interviewed will be assigned a new classification in addition to the initial one that will be based on the following formula:


Final classification = 90% PC + 10% I

8. Tender Selection Panel

Pursuant to article 13 of RJEC, the tender selection panel shall be formed by:

President of the Jury: Prof. Dr. José Manuel Lopes;

Other members: Prof.s Dr.s Carlos Estêvão, Paulo Dias, Ângela Azevedo e Íris Oliveira


9. Deliberation

The panel shall deliberate by means of roll-call vote justified under the adopted and disclosed selection criteria, with no abstentions allowed. Minutes of panel meetings shall be drafted and shall include a summary of all occurrences of said meeting, as well as of all votes cast by the members and respective reasoning. After selection criteria application, the panel shall prepare a sorted list of approved candidates and respective classification. The panel’s final decision shall be approved by the leader of the institution, who shall also approve the hiring of the selected candidate. The ranked list of approved candidates will be posted at the facilities of Universidade Católica Portuguesa at Braga, located at Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais, Praça da Faculdade, n.º 1, 4710-297 Braga and will be announced on the website https://ffcs.braga.ucp.pt. Candidates will be notified by email once this list is made available.


10. Preliminary Hearing and Final Decision Deadline

After being notified, all candidates have 10 working days to respond. The panel´s final decisions are pronounced within the next 5 working days, after the 10 work-day response period.


11. Application formalization

Applications are submitted by e-mail and sent to concursos.cefh@ucp.pt with the identification, in the subject line, “Doctoral Auxiliary Researcher - HELLO”.

Applications are submitted in Portuguese or English.


Applications shall include the following documents:

a) Curriculum vitae, highlighting the scientific and curricular course of the last five years considered most relevant by the candidate and with a clear indication of the scientific production distributed by various headings (articles in journals indexed in Scopus or WoS, other articles in international journals, other articles in national journals, books, book chapters, communications at international scientific events, communications at national scientific events);

b) PhD Certificate with date of admission to the degree;


If the Doctoral Degree has been awarded by a non-Portuguese higher education institution it must comply with the provisions of the Portuguese legislation on the recognition of foreign degrees, regulated by Decree-Law no. 66/2018 of August 16th. The signature of the contract is conditional on the presentation of the formal document.

Applicants are advised to check the website of the Directorate-General for Higher Education (DGES) for further information: https://www.dges.gov.pt/en/pagina/degree-and-diploma-recognition.


12. Application deadline

Candidates may submit their applications in the terms mentioned in the previous point, from February 1, 2022 to February 15, 2022 (until 5 pm Lisbon time).


Candidates who do not comply with the application’s prerequisites or who fail to prove the requirements imposed by this tender are excluded from admission. In case of doubt, the panel is entitled to request that candidates present further documentation supporting their statements. Failure to submit clarifications, information or documents that are requested, within 5 working days, determines the withdrawal of the application.

False statements provided by the candidates are punishable by law.


13. Privacy Policy

Universidade Católica Portuguesa is the controller responsible for the processing of Personal Data in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 – General Regulation on Data Protection.

The personal data submitted within the scope of this tender procedure is processed within the framework of said tender procedure only, and will be treated by Universidade Católica Portuguesa with the purpose of verifying the fulfillment, by the candidates, of the assumptions established in the applicable legislation for their contracting. Opposition to the processing of data by the candidates will make it impossible to accept the application and, therefore, to analyze and evaluate it.

The personal data of the Data Subject, if it be indispensable for the fulfillment of the obligations of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, may be conveyed to third parties, namely to the Financing Entities identified in this announcement.

The data retention period shall correspond to the legally defined period of five years.

The Data Subject is entitled to oppose to the collection and processing of data, has the right to verification, the right to rectification, the right to deletion, and the right to restriction of processing of the data collected. However, the exercise of such rights may be excluded when the personal data is used to protect public interest, namely in the detection and prevention of crimes or when subject to professional rules of confidentiality.

The Data Subject has the right of access and portability of the data.

Rights of Personal Data Subjects: https://www.ucp.pt/rights-data-subjects.

For purposes of exercising the respective rights, contact the University through the e-mail address compliance.rgpd@ucp.pt or by using the address found at the end of this announcement, through the means set out in "Contacts for clarification".

The Data Subject is always entitled to contact and file a complaint with the Comissão Nacional de Proteção de Dados (Portuguese Supervisory Authority for Personal Data).


14. Non-discrimination and equal access policy

The Universidade Católica Portuguesa actively promotes a non-discrimination and equal access policy, wherefore no candidate can be privileged, benefited, impaired or deprived of any rights whatsoever, or be exempt of any duties based on their ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, family and economic conditions, instruction, 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 convictions, and union membership.


15. Final remarks

This tender is exclusively destined to fill this specific vacancy and can be terminated at any time until approval of final candidate list, expiring with the respective occupation of said vacancy.

This invitation to tender and the contract concluded as a result of it will only take effect if FCT's financing conditions are fulfilled.

This tender procedure can be canceled when it is vacant; when any case of force majeure occurs; when reasons of a budgetary nature, occurring after the opening of the competition, determine it.

The selected candidate will be hired by Universidade Católica Portuguesa as an auxiliary researcher under a contract of indefinite duration (contrato a termo incerto), predicted to start on the on March 1, 2022 until June 30, 2023 (duration of the activities).


16. Contacts for clarification

Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais

A/C Paulo Dias

Praça da Faculdade, n.º 1

4710 – 297 BRAGA

Human Resources Department

E-mail: concursos.cefh@ucp.pt

Phone: 253 206100


More Information

Offer Requirements

    Psychological sciences: PhD or equivalent
    Educational sciences: PhD or equivalent

Specific Requirements

- Hold a doctorate degree in PSYCHOLOGY OR EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES or related scientific fields, and a scientific and professional curriculum whose profile is suited for the activities to be performed, can submit their applications

- Have a high level of English (and Portuguese, for applicants whose native language is not Portuguese), as well as computer skills applied to data analysis (SPSS and AMOS) and to editing and publishing scientific papers are also required.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Centro de Estudos Filosóficos e Humanísticos (CEFH)
Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais, Praça da Faculdade, nº 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 736369


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