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Junior Researcher | Biological Sciences

Reference: BIOPOLIS 2023-07
Job description:
Junior Researcher

Reference: BIOPOLIS 2023-07
Main research field: Biological Sciences

A contract for a PhD holder (Reference BIOPOLIS 2023-07 ANERIS), in the scope of the research project ANERIS (101094924) funded by international funds via the call HORIZON-INFRA-2022-TECH-01, is available at CIBIO/Associação BIOPOLIS, focused on the development the next generation of scientific instrumentation tools and methods for sensing marine-life.

Main research field: Biological Sciences.

Applicable Legislation
Decree-Law no. 57/2016 of August 29th, amended by Law 57/2017 and Regulatory Decree No. 11- A / 2017 which approved the doctorate hiring regime destined to stimulate scientific and technological employment for all knowledge areas (RJEC); Portuguese Labour Code, approved by Law 7/2009 of February 12, in its actual form.

Pursuant to article 13 of RJEC, the tender selection panel is formed by: Dr. Cátia Monteiro (Chair-CIBIO), having as effective members Dr. Fernando Lima (CIBIO) and Dr. Rui Seabra (CIBIO) and substitute member Dr. Nuno Queiroz (CIBIO).

The workplace shall be at Associação BIOPOLIS/CIBIO – Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Rua Padre Armando Quintas nº7 | 4485-661 Vairão, PORTUGAL. Visits to other collaborating labs may take place.

Monthly remuneration to be paid is that set by subheading a) nr.1 article 15 of RJEC and article nr 2 of the Regulatory Decree nr. 11-A/2017, corresponding to level 33 of the Tabela Remuneratória Única, approved by Order no. 1553-C/2008 of December 31st, i.e. 2206,05 Euros.

Admission requirements: Application can be submitted by any national, foreign and stateless candidate(s) holding a doctorate degree in in areas compatible with the work plan. In case the doctorate degree was awarded by a foreign higher education institution, it must comply with the provisions of Decree-Law no. 341/2007 of October 12th, and all formalities established therein must be complied with at the signature of work contract.

We seek candidates with (i) experience in sampling biodiversity of rocky shore communities; (ii) interest in and experience with citizen science activities and/or science communication activities; (iii) experience in fieldwork on rocky shores under harsh conditions and skills regarding the logistics involving fieldwork at continental scales (independence, resilience, self-reliance); (iv) excellent communication skills in English (verbal and written); (v) experience on the use of physiological and molecular indicators of thermal stress in organisms from the rocky intertidal; (vi) experience in participating in international research projects; (vii) experience in publishing research papers as a lead author (viii) solid work ethics and good teamwork skills and finally; (ix) driver’s license valid in Europe at the time of the start of the project and availability to work outside regular working hours (weekends and holidays). Preferably, the candidate should be able to demonstrate these abilities through their Curriculum Vitae.

Working plan: Within the scope of the project, the following tasks will be developed: (i) collection of qualitative and quantitative biodiversity data in the rocky shore using photo-quadrats and environmental DNA; (ii) sample processing and analysis of genomic data collected during the project; (iii) planning and coordinating activities of citizen science (iv) preparation and participation in meetings and workshops in the framework of the project and (v) preparation of manuscripts.

The evaluation of the CV of the candidates, in particular the scientific merit and research experience will take into consideration the elements presented for the last five years of activity falling within the scope of the specific areas of the tender (see admission requirements) and will be performed according to the following criteria:

1. Integrated assessment of the curriculum trajectory of the candidate, based on an overview of their scientific merits, namely:
I. Overall scientific coherence of the CV – 20%;
II. Diversity and quality of scientific indicators, including relevant published peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in the specific areas of the announcement (see admission requirements) – 20%;
III. Participation in international research projects – 10%.

2. Relevant experience, proved in CV, in:
i) experience in sampling biodiversity of rocky shore communities – 20%
(ii) interest in and experience with citizen science activities and/or science communication activities – 10%
(iii) experience on the use of physiological and molecular indicators of thermal stress in rocky intertidal organisms – 15%
(iv) experience in participating in international research projects – 5%

Candidate final classification system shall be given based on a scale 0 to 100.

The panel shall deliberate by means of roll-call vote justified under adopted and disclosed selection criteria, with no abstentions allowed.

Minutes of panel meetings shall be executed and include a summary of all occurrences of said meeting, as well as of all votes casted by the members and respective reasoning, and shall be provided to candidates whenever required.

After selection criteria application, the panel shall prepare a sorted list of approved candidates and respective classification.

Panel’s final decision shall be validated by the leader of the institution, who is also in charge of deciding about the hiring.

Application formalization:
The applications are formalized at the electronic address with following documents in a digital form, in PDF format:
i) Curriculum vitae
ii) Qualifications Certificate
iii) Other relevant documentation

The application period is from 31/1/2023 to 13/02/2023

Expect starting date: 1 March 2023

The contract is expected to start on 01/05/2023

All candidates who formalize their applications in an improper way or fail to prove the requirements imposed by this tender are excluded from admission. In case of doubt, the panel is entitled to request any candidate to present further documentation supporting their statements.

False statements provided by the candidates shall be punished by law.

Both admitted and excluded candidate list and final classification list shall be notified by email.

Preliminary Hearing and Final Decision Deadline: After notification, all candidates have 10 working days to respond. Panel’s final decisions are pronounced within a period of 90 working days, from response period deadline.

This tender is exclusively destined to fill this specify position and can be terminated at any time until approval of final candidate list, expiring with the respective occupation of said position.
Non-discrimination and equal access policy: Associação BIOPOLIS 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, sex, sexual preference, marital status, family and economic conditions, instruction, origin or social conditions, genetic heritage, reduced work capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, origin territory, language, religion, political or ideological convictions and union membership.

The panel has approved this announcement in meeting held on 19/01/2023.

According to Decree-Law no. 29/2001 of 3 February, disabled candidates shall be preferred in a situation of equal classification, and said preference supersedes any legal preferences. Candidates must declare, on their honour, their respective disability degree, type of disability and communication/expression means to be used during selection period on their application form, under the regulations above.

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