Announcement For The Opening Of An International Selection Tender Procedure For Doctorate Hiring

Universities and Institutes of Portugal


December 10, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde da Universidade do Porto (i3S)
  • Research Field: Biological sciences › Biology
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1) Established Researcher (R3)
  • Application Deadline: 10/12/2021 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • Location: Portugal › Porto
  • Type Of Contract: Other
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Reference Number: Researcher/H2020/i3S/2511/2021
  • The Board of Directors of i3S deliberated the opening of an international selection tender for 1

    vacancy of doctorate to perform duties of scientific research in the scientific areas of Health and

    Life Sciences, under a work contract with fixed term under the Portuguese Labor Law, in the

    scope of the activities to be performed under the European project LIFESAVER -H2020-LC-GD-


    1. Project's summary

    The overall objective of the LIFESAVER project is to develop a digital clone for emulation of the

    pre-natal environment, and prediction of potentially harmful risk factors in pregnancy. At i3S,

    this project will require cell biology methodologies, including cell and tissue culture, histological

    and high-end microscopy analyses.

    2. Applicable Legislation

    Labour Code, Law no. 7/2009 of 12 February, on its current draft

    3. Tender selection panel

    President: João Bettencourt Relvas; Other members: Inês Pinto, Teresa Summavielle

    4. Workplace

    i3S, Rua de Alfredo Allen, 208, Porto, research group Glial Cell Biology.

    5. Monthly remuneration corresponds to level 33 of the Tabela Remuneratória Única, approved

    by Order no. 1553-C/2008 of December 31st , i.e. 2.134,73 Euros, with the category of Junior


    6. Any national, foreign and stateless candidate(s) holding a doctorate degree in Health and

    Life Sciences or related scientific area and a scientific and professional curriculum whose profile

    is suited for the activity to be performed can submit their applications. In the event the

    doctorate degree was awarded by a foreign higher education institution, said degree must

    comply with the provisions of Decree-Law no. 341/2007 of 12 October, and all formalities

    established therein must be complied with at the signature of contract.

    7. The tender admission specific requirements are:

     Highly motivated candidates with PhD in the Life Sciences, including Biology,

    Biochemistry, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine or Pharmaceutical Sciences and Post-

    Doc experience in pharmacology or related areas.

     Required “hands-on” experience in cell biology, including cell and tissue culture,

    histology and advanced microscopy. Some experience in transcriptomics and

    proteomics is desirable;

     Scientific CV with publications in peer-reviewed international journals;

     International experience;

     Good spoken and written English;

     Good teamwork and interpersonal skills;

     Immediate availability to start the contract, which will have the duration of 6 months

    with possibility of renewal for 6 more months.

    8. Selection is to be made based on candidate scientific and curricular career evaluation.

    Scientific and curricular career evaluation focuses on relevance, quality and in line with the

    current state-of-the-art:

    a) of scientific and technological production in the last five years, deemed most relevant by the


    b) of research activities, applied or based on practical work, developed in the last five years,

    deemed most impactful 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.

    9. The five years 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.

    10. Evaluation criteria are the following:

    a) Detailed Curricula (75%):

    - List of peer-reviewed publications (20%)

    - Experience working in international scientific environments (25%)

    - “Hands-on“ experience in methodologies relevant to the LIFESAVER project (30%)

    b) Motivation Letter (25%)

    - Interest and motivation for the research area framing the position to be hired

    11. With the purpose of further clarification regarding the curricular elements presented, the

    candidates can be selected for an interview. In this case, for the interviewed candidates, the

    first component of the evaluation will be valued in 60% (detailed Curricula 50% and motivation

    letter 10%) and the interview will be valued in 40%.

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

    13. The panel shall deliberate by means of roll-call vote justified under adopted and disclosed

    selection criteria, with no abstentions allowed.

    14. Minutes of panel meetings shall be executed and shall 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.

    15. After selection criteria application, the panel shall prepare a sorted list of approved

    candidates and respective classification.

    16. Panel's decision shall be validated by the leader of the institution, who is also in charge of

    deciding about the hiring.

    17. Applications shall include all supported documents encompassed by section 7 and 8 for

    tender admission, namely:

    a) Certificate or diploma copy;

    b) Curriculum vitae, detailed and structured pursuant to sections from 7 to 10;

    c) Other documentation relevant for the evaluation of qualifications in a related scientific area;

    d) Motivation Letter

    Candidates shall submit their application filing the required information and supporting

    documentation, in a digital form, in PDF format, from the 25 November to the 10 December

    2021, through the link:

    https: //

    18. 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


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

    20. Both admitted and excluded candidate list and the classification list shall be published in the

    website of the Institute and the selected candidate shall be notified by email.

    After publication of the results, candidates shall have 10 working days to comment. Within 90

    days following the deadline for the submission of applications, the final decisions of the jury

    shall be disclosed on the i3S website, www.

    The expected starting date is 16/01/2022.

    21. This tender is exclusively destined to fill this specify vacancy and can be terminated at any

    time until approval of final candidate list, expiring with the respective occupation of said


    22. Non-discrimination and equal access policy: i3S 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


    23. Pursuant 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.

    24. In the scope of the Commission Recommendation of 11 March 2005 on the European

    Charter for Researchers and on a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, i3S

    follows the principles of Open, Transparent and Merit-Based Recruitment of Researchers (OTMR),

    aiming to conduct fair and transparent recruitment processes, bringing equal opportunities

    for all candidates.

    25. The panel has approved this announcement in meeting held on the 15th November 2021.

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde da Universidade do Porto (i3S)
  • Organisation Type: Research Laboratory
  • Website: https:// www.
  • Country: Portugal
  • City: Porto
  • Postal Code: 4200-135
  • Street: Rua Alfredo Allen 208
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