Research Fellowship (Urbantb + Ptdc/Sau-Pub/31346/2017) Process 757459

Universities and Institutes of Portugal


October 15, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: Universidade de Coimbra
  • Research Field: Other
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 15/10/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
  • Location: Portugal › Coimbra
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Reference Number: Process 757459

    University of Coimbra opens a call for one research fellowship, in the framework of the project “UrbanTB” (reference: PTDC/SAU-PUB/31346/2017), financed by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P./MCTES, through national funds (PIDDAC) in the following conditions:

    Scientific area: Mathematics, Statistics, Biostatistics and/ou Health Sciences.

    Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements: Master's in Mathematics, Statistics, Biostatistics and/or Health Sciences until the date of submission of the application. The candidate must be enrolled in a doctoral program (cycle of studies higher than the current title) or in a course not conferring an academic degree.

    “Courses not conferring an academic degree” must be related to the research fellowship's activity type. “Courses not conferring an academic degree” are the courses referred to in paragraph e) of number 3 of article 4 of Decree- Law no. 74/2006, of 24 March, in the current wording, provided that they are developed in association or cooperation between the higher education institution and one or more R&D units, in accordance with the provisions of paragraph e) of article 3 of the Regulation for Research Fellowships of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.

    Although the recipients must be enrolled in a cycle of studies leading to the attribution of an academic degree or in a course not conferring an academic degree, at the time of application it is not necessary for the candidate to have made such an enrollment, and proof of enrollment must be presented until thefellowship is contractualized. Candidates are only required to meet the requirements to enroll in the training offer. If there are candidates already enrolled (including attending a course), they compete on an equal footing with those who are not enrolled.

    Work plan/ Objectives: The research fellow will participate essentially in Task 6 of the UrbanTB project entitled "Forecast various scenarios for the delay according to different interventions plans". The impact of different intervention plans on the outcome of the disease and the costs for the health systems of national services will be evaluated through a simulation study, allowing us to identify the critical points in the delay in diagnosis, thus optimizing the fight against tuberculosis. The simulation scenarios will be performed considering the class of structured additive distributional regression models. These models provide a unifying framework for regression models, overcoming some of the limitations of the common regression models, allowing to consider the complete conditional distribution of the response in terms of a variety of regression effects, such as nonlinear effects of continuous covariates, coefficients of variation, effects of different shapes, intercepts and random slopes. Additionally, the activities of the research fellow also include the collection and analysis of bibliography regarding the intended study, preparation of reports and scientific writing of results within the scope of writing scientific articles as a member of the team, supporting the various project activities, presentation of papers at national and international scientific events and support in writing possible application submissions for R&D projects.

    Regime: The attribution of the fellowship does not generate or entitle a relation of a legal-labour nature, and the fellowship is undertaken in an exclusive dedication regime. The fellowship holder is awarded the Fellowship Statute of the UC, in its current wording, according to the Research Fellowship Holder Statute , and according to the Regulation for Research Fellowships of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., both in their current wording.

    Location: Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Coimbra.

    Duration: 10 months.

    Renewal: Eventually renewable, conditional on project execution time and availability of funds.

    Scientific orientation: Professor Doutor Bruno Cecílio de Sousa.

    Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 1104,64 corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table (https: // www., plus social security (Seguro Social Voluntário, first level contributions) and personal accidents insurance. The payment will be made by bank transfer. This amount will not be increased during the entire period of the fellowship duration.

    Selection methods: Curriculum evaluation (50%) and Interview (50%) to the 3 best ranked candidates after the curricular evaluation.

    Selection criteria: In the Curriculum Evaluation (CE) the following criteria will be considered (on a scale from 0 to 100):

    A. Motivation letter written in English (30%)

    B. Master's final grade (10%)

    1. Less than 14 values - 50

    2. From 14 to 16 values - 70

    3. From 17 to 18 values - 90

    4. Above 19 values - 100

    C. Participation in scientific meetings (20%)

    1. 0 meetings - 0

    2. Between 1 to 5 meetings – 50

    3. Over 6 meetings - 100

    D. Scientific publications (authorship and co-authorship) (20%)

    1. 0 publications - 0

    2. Between 1 to 3 publications - 50

    3. Between 4 to 9 publications - 80

    4. More than 9 publications – 100

    E. Importance of published research for the project (10%)

    1. Not important - 0

    2. Not very important – 25

    3. Fairly important - 50

    4. Important - 75

    5. Very important - 100

    F. Use of statistical software (10%)

    6. No knowledge – 0

    7. Reasonable knowledge – 50

    8. Good knowledge – 70

    9. Consolidated knowledge – 100

    The 3 (three) best candidates with a curriculum assessment of at least 70% will then be selected for interview (INT).

    In the Interview (INT) the following criteria will be considered:

    G. Communication and verbal expression (25%)

    1. Weak – 20

    2. Fair - 50

    3. Good - 70

    4. Very good – 80

    5. Excellent - 100

    H. Analysis and critical sense (25%)

    1. Weak – 20

    2. Fair - 50

    3. Good - 70

    4. Very good – 80

    5. Excellent - 100

    I. Motivation and interest (25%)

    1. Weak – 20

    2. Fair - 50

    3. Good - 70

    4. Very good – 80

    5. Excellent - 100

    J. Scientific writing in English (25%)

    6. Weak – 20

    7. Fair - 50

    8. Good - 70

    9. Very good - 80

    10. Excellent - 100

    The Final Classification (FC) formula is as follows:

    FC = 0.5 x CE + 0.5 x INT,

    with FC = 0.3xA + 0.1xB + 0.2xC + 0.2xD + 0.1xE + 0.1xF and INT = 0.25xG + 0.25xH + 0.25xI + 0.25xJ.

    The minimum final classification that candidates must have for the granting of the Research Fellowship must be 70%.

    Jury responsible for selection: Professors Bruno de Sousa, Carla Nunes, and Dulce Gomes.

    Formalization of application: Applications must be formalized by sending the candidate's Curriculum Vitae with his/her academic records (including final grades from the different studies cycles), list of publications, copy of the Master's degree certificate, letter of motivation (in English) and name and contact of 2 (two) references.

    Declaration on the honor of the candidate(s) with the indication of the fellowship(s) of the typology to which the contest was held and the respective duration(s).

    Applicants with academic degrees obtained abroad will be required to present a Certificate of Recognition in accordance with applicable law. This document is mandatory only in the contractualization phase.

    Applications submission: Applications must be sent by email to and to, attaching all the requested documents and indicating the reference of this call in the subject.

    Submission of applications: Between 16/09/2021 and 15/10/2021.

    Submission deadline date: 15/10/2021.

    Additional information: The evaluation results will be announced within 90 working days after the end of the applications submission deadline, by notifying the applicants via email. After the announcement of the results, candidates are considered automatically notified to, if they wish to do so, comment on the results on a preliminary hearing period within 10 days after that date. After this, the selected candidates will have to declare in writing their acceptance. Unless a justification worthy of consideration is presented, if the declaration is not submitted within the referred period, it is considered that the candidate waivers the fellowship. In case of resignation or withdrawal of the selected candidate, the next candidate with the highest evaluation score will be notified immediately.

    Once the selection process is completed, the fellowship contract will be drawn up in accordance with the draft contract provided by the FCT.

    After the contracted period, the fellowship holder and supervisor must prepare the final report in accordance with the respective assessment criteria that were established.

    Selection reserve list: End of the project at September 30th, 2022.

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    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Universidade de Coimbra
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https:// www.
  • Country: Portugal
  • City: Coimbra
  • Postal Code: 3004-504 Coimbra
  • Street: Rua Larga