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PhD holder Researcher | Biological Sciences (Conservation Ecology)

Reference: BIOPOLIS 2023-03
Job description:
PhD holder Researcher

Reference: BIOPOLIS 2023-03
Research field: Biological Sciences
Sub research field: Conservation Ecology

1. The Board of Directors of Associação BIOPOLIS has decided to open an international call for a PhD holder Researcher, under a work contract for a non-fixed term. This announcement is intended to 1 (one) research position (Reference BIOPOLIS 2023-03) to pursue scientific research activities in the project BIOPOLIS – Enhancing the transference of scientific and technological knowledge through a new Center of Excellence in Environmental Biology, Ecosystems and AgroBiodiversity (NORTE-01-0246-FEDER-000063), in the area of Biological Sciences, aiming at the development of research in conservation ecology of wild communities and populations, particularly targeting syngnathids. Tasks in the work plan include coordinating a transnational systematic census of European syngnathid populations, generate up-to-date distribution maps, collaborate in measuring European syngnathid genetic diversity and population health, detect and quantify the impacts of interactions and synergies between economic activities and the conservation of syngnathids, and quantify the result of the involvement of citizens and stakeholders in surveying, protecting, and managing syngnathids and their habitats.

2. 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.

3. Pursuant to article 13 of RJEC, the contractor selection panel is formed by: Nuno Ferrand de Almeida (Scientific Coordinator of CIBIO-InBIO, Director of Associação BIOPOLIS and President of the Jury); Pedro Beja (Associate Director of Associação BIOPOLIS, vogal); and Albano Beja Pereira (Researcher at Associação BIOPOLIS, vogal).

4. The workplace shall be at Associação BIOPOLIS/CIBIO – Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, in Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas nº7, Vairão, Portugal and may involve travel in Portugal and abroad in service or representation of contract entity.

5. The gross monthly salary entitle is € 3294,81, corresponding to index 195 of the Scientific Research Career (Anexo I do Decreto-Lei nº 124/99, de 20 de Abril).

6. Application can be submitted by any national, foreign, and stateless candidate(s) holding a doctorate degree in biology or related area and a scientific and professional curriculum whose profile is suited for the activity described below (item 7). In case the doctorate degree was awarded by a foreign higher education institution, it must comply with the provisions of Decree-Law no. 66/2018 of August 16th, and all formalities established therein must be complied with at the signature of work contract.

7. The applicant admission general requirements are those defined in the previous point 6, and additional special requirements are:
• Strong scientific knowledge on syngnathid community and population ecology.
• Experience in mobilizing conservation action.
• Proven capacity to establish international research networks, preferably translated by international research projects.
• Fluency in English (spoken and written).

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

9. Scientific and curricular career evaluation focuses on relevance, quality, and up-to-datedness:
a) of scientific, technological, cultural, or artistic production in the last five years, considered most relevant by the candidate.
b) of research activities, fundamental or applied science, developed in the last five years, considered of higher impact by the candidate.
c) of knowledge extension and dissemination activities developed in the last five years, namely under the scope of the promotion of culture and scientific practices, deemed most relevant by the candidate.
d) of activities of science management, technology, and innovation programs, or of experience in observing and monitoring the scientific and technological system or higher education, in Portugal or abroad.

10. The five-year period mentioned before can be extended by the panel, if requested by the candidate, whenever the suspension of scientific activities is reasoned by socially protected grounds like paternity leave, long-term serious illness, and other legal situations of unavailability to work.

11. Evaluation criteria are the following: The evaluation of the CV of the candidates, specifically 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 Point 1) and will be performed according to the following criteria:
11.1 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 in the specific areas of announce (see point 1) – 20%
III. participation and coordination of research projects, teaching activities, and student supervision – 10%
11.2 Relevant experience, proved in CV, in:
I. integrative research, in particular on the interplay between syngnathid ecology, behaviour and population genetics – 30%
II. syngnathid conservation – 20%

12. In the case of admitted candidates whose evaluation does not differ more than 10% from that obtained by the best positioned candidate, the jury will interview these candidates. This will be aimed at obtaining clarifications and explanations about the curricular elements and additional information as well as to evaluate the attitude profile and motivation of the candidate. The final score of each jury member is obtained by the following assessment: 90% scientific and curricular career evaluation and 10% interview.

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

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

15. 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.

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

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

18. Application formalization:
18.1. The applications are formalized at the electronic address with following documents in a digital form, in PDF format:
i) Curriculum vitae
ii) Motivational Letter
iii) Qualifications Certificate
iv) Other relevant documentation
18.2. The application period is from 16/01/2023 a 27/01/2023.
The expected contract start date is March 1, 2023.

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

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

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

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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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