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Research Studentship for PhD student - (BL68/2023-IST-ID)

10 Mar 2023

Job Information

Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento _IST-ID
Research Field
Engineering » Other
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
Type of Contract
Not Applicable
Job Status
Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Reference Number
2022.05284.PTDC - (BL68/2023-IST-ID)
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

Applications are open for one Research Studentship for PhD student, within the framework of project Origin of life: from hydrothermal vents to protocells (ORIGINS), (2022.05284.PTDC)/IST-ID, financed by national funds through FCT/MCTES (PIDDAC

Workplan: The objective of this research grant, leading to a doctoral dissertation, is to study the geochemical processes crucial to the origin and evolution of life on Earth, in particular in hydrothermal vents, and to apply this in the search for bio-signatures that could potentially be formed in hydrothermal vents on the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

Duration: The research fellowship will have the duration of 36 months. It’s expected to begin in May 2023. Contract is not renewable.

It is mandatory to formalize applications with the submission of the following documents: i) B1 Form – Fellowship application ( ); ii) Curriculum Vitae; iii)academic degree certificate; iv) motivation letter; v) letter of recommendation;

Applications must be submitted to the email:



Research Field
Engineering » Other
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

Admission Requirements: To be enrolled at a PhD (on the date of signature of the research studentship agreement).

Additional Information


Monthly maintenance allowance: According to the values for Research Fellowships awarded by FCT in Portugal (, the amount of the monthly maintenance allowance is €1144.64, being the payment method an option of the Fellow by Wire Transfer/Check. A personal accident insurance is also provided, as well as a voluntary social insurance (€142.21 monthly).

Eligibility criteria

Admission Requirements: To be enrolled at a PhD (on the date of signature of the research studentship agreement).

Selection process

Selection methods: The selection methods will be distributed in two phases. The first selection phase comprises: curriculum evaluation (65% weight) and motivation letter for the work to be performed (35% weight). The top three candidates, selected in the first phase, will be remotely interviewed, which will draw up the final ranking list. In this interview, the candidates' knowledge in the research area of ​​Astrobiology, sampling techniques, and methods of chemical analysis will be evaluated.

Composition of the selection Jury: Professor Zita Martins, Professor João Canário, and Professor Seán Jordan.

Announcement/ notification of the results: The final evaluation results will be communicated to all applicants by email.

Deadlines and procedures of complaint and appeal. A complaint may be lodged from the final decision within 15 working days, or an appeal to the Executive Board of IST-ID within 30 working days, both counted from the respective notification

Additional comments

Legislation and Regulations: Statute of Scientific Research Fellow, approved by Law nr. 40/2004, of August 18, as worded by Decree-Law nr. 123/2019, of August 28; FCT Regulation for Research Studentships and Fellowships, available on and .

Workplace: The work will be developed at Centro de Química Estrutural of Instituto Superior Técnico, Campus Alameda, under the scientific supervision of Professor Zita Martins.

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Av. Rovisco Pais
Postal Code
1049-001 Lisboa