PhD Scientific Researcher Recruitment (Assistant Researcher)

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    Biological sciencesBiodiversity
    Environmental scienceEcology
    Environmental scienceNatural resources management
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    30/08/2022 00:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › Lisboa
    #3972; FCiências.ID/2022/DL57/cE3c/10



Public Notice - International Selection Procedure

PhD Scientific Researcher Recruitment (Assistant Researcher)

FCiências.ID/2022/DL57/ cE3c/10


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, in the category of Assistant Researcher of the FCiências.ID Scientific Research Career, in the framework of the multiannual funding program contract of the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c), Programatic funding (Ref. UIDP/00329/2020), financed by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P./MCTES through national funds (PIDDAC), in the form of an indefinite duration fixed-term employment contract on an exclusive regime, according to the Portuguese Labour Code and Decree-Law No. 57/2016, of August 29th, as amended by Law No. 57/2017, of July 19th.


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 development of science in the topic of Urban Ecology focused on biodiversity and/or ecosystem services of Green & Blue Infrastructures, and fully comply with the following requirements:

  • a) The PhD must have been granted at least 3 years ago;
  • b) Scientific experience, demonstrated by the quality and amount of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, in the topics of this call;
  • c) Experience in the participation of national and/or international science projects in the scientific areas of this call;
  • d) Experience in dissemination activities in the scientific areas of this call;
  • e) Experience in supervision of graduate students in the scientific areas of this call;
  • f) The candidate must also have excellent proficiency in both Portuguese and English language (written and spoken), particularly in scientific writing – information provided on the CV;

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 the scientific area of the call;
  • b) Experience in participation in national and/or international scientific projects in the scientific areas of this call for applications;
  • c) Demonstrated experience in outreaching activities in the scientific area(s) of this call for applications;
  • d) Demonstrated experience in supervising postgraduate students in the scientific area(s) of this call for applications.


III. Applicable Law

  1. Decree-Law No. 57/2016, of August 29th (RCD), in the wording conferred on it by Law No. 57/2017, of July 19th (RCD);
  2. Portuguese Labour Code, as approved by Law No. 7/2009, of February 12th, in its current version (CT);
  3. Regulatory Decree No. 11-A/2017, of December 29th;
  4. Administrative Procedure Code, as published in Decree-Law No. 4/2015, of January 7th, in its current version (CPA).


IV. Work Plan

The work plan, proposed by the candidate, is based on the objectives and description of the activities included in the Thematic Line 4 (Green & Blue Infrastructures for Urban Sustainability) of the Research Program Contract for the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c) (UID/00329/2020).

This thematic line 4 is based on the United Nations and European Union Agendas that recognize green and blue infrastructure of cities as key to urban sustainability. This thematic line aims at understanding how to use biodiversity to create vibrant and healthy cities.

The specific objectives of the work plan are: i) Biodiversity as the key to support ecosystem services: using ecological indicators and functional traits to track the provision of ecosystem services by green and blue infrastructures; ii) Adapt cities to the future: combining biodiversity with socio-economic and climate change scenarios to support cities adaptation strategies; iii) Stakeholders engagement and support: communicating knowledge to authorities to promote the use of ecological approaches in urban management.


V. Composition of the Jury

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

  • President – Professora Doutora Cristina Branquinho;
  • 1st Member of the jury – Professora Doutora Patrícia Ventura Garcia;
  • 2nd Member of the jury – Doutor Tiago Capela Lourenço;
  • 1st Alternate Member of the jury – Professor Doutor Margarida Santos-Reis;
  • 2nd Alternate Member of the jury – Professor Doutor Rui Rebelo.


V. Place of work

Work will be developed at the facilities of Research Center cE3c – Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, located in the Campus of the Faculty of Sciences – University of Lisbon, Campo Grande, Lisbon, Portugal.


VI. Contract Duration

The full-time indefinite duration fixed-term employment contract is expected to start on September 2022, and will last until the Work Plan referred to in section IV is completed. It will have an expected duration until 31/12/2023, will not exceed the limits set in the RCD, including an initial experimental trial period of 30 days.


VIII. Monthly Allowance

The gross monthly salary corresponds to the position 1 of Assistant Researcher, being 3.230,21 Euros, on an exclusive regime, as stipulated in article 15 of the RCD, 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. According to article 5 of the RCD, the selection of the candidates approved in absolute merit will rely on the evaluation of their scientific and curricular achievements in the last five years, taking into consideration the quality and relevance of the scientific production, and the professional activity indicated as more relevant by the candidate, for the topic of the call.
  3. Based on the assessment of the candidates' scientific and curricular background in the last 5 years, each member of the jury presents a justified proposal for admission (final classification equal to or greater than 75%) or exclusion (final classification below 75%) for each candidate, according to the evaluation criteria referred to in paragraph 5.
  4. The final classification of candidates is given on a scale of 0 to 100%.
  5. Evaluation of the relative merit of candidates, will rely on the following criteria:
    • a) Scientific publications in the area of the call - 50%;
    • b) Participation in relevant scientific projects in the area of the call - 30%;
    • c) Pedagogical and outreaching activities, in particular in the context of promoting scientific practices, organization of courses, seminars and conferences, in the area of the call - 10%;
    • d) Written scientific project - 10%;
    • e) Interview, if deemed necessary by the jury - 10%.
  6. The jury may decide to interview the three best ranked candidates [in criteria a) to d) of paragraph 5)], 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%.
  7. The jury shall deliberate by means of a roll-call vote based on the evaluation criteria.
  8. Minutes of the jury meetings are drawn up, summarizing all relevant elements considered by jury members, as well as their individual votes and justifications.
  9. After completion of the evaluation process, the jury will draw up a ranking of successful candidates with their classifications.
  10. Hiring will be decided by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of FCiências.ID, based on the final jury recommendation.
  11. 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.
  12. With the notification referred to in paragraph 11, the hearing phase of interested parties referred to in Article 121 et seq. of the CPA will begin, and last for ten working days.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 12 - 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 1st August to 29th August 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. Scientific Project focused on the topic of the call and the objectives of the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c) with a maximum of 1000 words stating clearly the objectives, methods, expected results and innovation - mandatory;
    • iv. Up to five publications relevant for the objectives of the Work Plan - mandatory;
    • v. 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;
    • 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 12th July 2022.

More Information


Monthly Allowance

The gross monthly salary corresponds to the position 1 of Assistant Researcher, being 3.230,21 Euros, on an exclusive regime, as stipulated in article 15 of the RCD, 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

Web site for additional job details

Offer Requirements

    Biological sciences: PhD or equivalent
    Environmental science: PhD or equivalent


Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
cE3c – Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes
Campus da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

EURAXESS offer ID: 812506


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