• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources



PhD Holder Position | Biological sciences
Reference: ICETA 2020-02

Link to the call





Main research field: Biological Sciences


Sub research field: Evolutionary Biology



Job description:

1. In a meeting held on the 24th July 2018, the Board of Directors of ICETA, has decided to open an international call for PhD holder Researchers, under a work contract for a non-fixed term. This announcement is intended to 1 (one) research position (Reference ICETA 2020-02). This announcement is intended to 1 (one) research position to pursue scientific research activities in the project “E-IMUNO: Applying elasmobranch immunogenetics to fisheries management and the study of vertebrate adaptive immunity” (PTDC/ASP-PES/28053/2017), funded by national funds through FCT/MCTES and by Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional – FEDER, through COMPETE – POCI – Programa Operacional Competividade e Internacionalização – POCI-01-0145-FEDER-028053, in the areas of Biology, Ecology and Evolution, or akin areas, under a work contract for a non-fixed term, aiming at studying the genetic diversity of genes associated with the innate and adaptive immunity in Elasmobranchs.


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 tender selection panel is formed by: Ana Veríssimo (Reseacher, CIBIO/InBIO, President of the selection panel by delegation of the Director of ICETA), Arnaud Gaigher (Reseacher at CIBIO/InBIO) and Pedro Esteves (Reseacher at CIBIO/InBIO.


4. The workplace shall be at CIBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Campus Agrário de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, Vairão, Portugal. There will be opportunities to interact with researchers at CIIMAR - Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Matosinhos, Portugal, and at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, U.S.A.


5. The gross monthly salary entitle is stipulated in clause 1 a) of article 15 of the Regulatory Decree No. 57/2016, of August 29th, amended by the law nº 57/2017 of July 29th, corresponding to level 33 of the Consolidated Table of Allowances, as approved by Government Order No. 1553-C/2008, of December 31st, being 2,128.34 Euros.


6. Application can be submitted by any national, foreign and stateless candidate(s) holding a doctorate degree in Molecular Genetics and related areas, 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 non-Portuguese higher education institution it must comply with the provisions of Decreto-Lei n.º 66/2018, de 16 de Agosto, and all formalities established therein must be complied with at the signature of work contract.


7.The tender admission general requirements are those defined in the previous point 6, and additional specific requirements are:

a) Demonstrated scientific and/or professional experience in the area of Immunogenetics, with a preference for genes of the innate and/or adaptive immunity.

b) Demonstrated scientific and/or professional experience in the area of Evolution, with a preference for studies on Comparative Immunogenetics.

c) Demonstrated scientific and/or professional experience genomic and/or transcriptomic data analysis.

d) Experience in molecular genetics laboratory methods (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, quantitative PCR, cloning, sequencing).


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 and/or technological 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.


10. The five-year period mentioned above 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, 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 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 – 15%

II. diversity and quality of scientific indicators, including relevant published peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in the specific areas of announcement (see point 1) - 25%

III. participation in research projects and students supervision - 10%

11.2 Relevant experience, proved in CV, in:

I. Studies on Vertebrate immunogenetics - 20%

II. Studies of the evolution of immunogenes and testing for natural selection effects in nucleotide sequences – 15%

III. Laboratorial skills in molecular genetic techniques, cloning e quantitative PCR – 15%


12. The evaluation process may include an interview of the best three admitted 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 http://www.cibio.pt 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 13/01/2020 to 31/01/2020.


19. 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.


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 published at the address of ICETA (Praça Coronel Pacheco nº 15-6º andar, Porto), in the website of the Institute and the selected candidate shall be notified by email.


22. Preliminary Hearing and Final Decision Deadline: After publication, 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 these specify positions and can be terminated at any time until approval of final candidates list, expiring with the respective occupation of said position.


24. Non-discrimination and equal access policy: ICETA 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. The panel has approved this announcement in meeting held on 20/12/2019.


26. 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.

Posted in 2020-01-13