Research Grant

Universities and Institutes of Portugal


December 15, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: University of Aveiro
  • Research Field: Other
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 15/12/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
  • Location: Portugal › Aveiro
  • Offer Starting Date: 01/01/2022
  • A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação para Mestre“) is open under the scope of the R&D project PERANTIVIR - The interplay between viruses and peroxisomes: uncovering new targets for antiviral therapy (PTDC/BIA-CEL/31378/2017, POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031378), financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology/MCTES, through national funds, and by COMPETE2020 Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização, (FEDER) with the following conditions:

    Scientific area: Biomedicine, Virology, Cell Biology

    Admission requirements: Candidates must hold a BSc degree in the area of Life Sciences, namely, Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences or similar, with a minimum average of 15 points and an MSc degree in the same areas with a minimum average of 18 points. Candidates must be enrolled in (or meet the criteria to enroll) a doctoral program or in a non-degree course of the University of Aveiro. Candidates must also have advanced knowledge of English and possess a scientific and professional curriculum that reveals an adequate profile for the pursuit of the work to be developed. Preference is given to candidates with laboratory experience, namely in cell and molecular biology techniques (PCR and qRT-PCR, western blot, nucleic acid extraction, protein extraction, immunocytochemistry, etc.), virology (preferably with influenza virus or human cytomegalovirus), biochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, and animal cell culture. Experience in research with peroxisomes and other intracellular organelles will also be valued. Candidates must be motivated to work in an international environment as well as in a possible future application to obtain the degree of Doctor in Biomedicine.

    Only candidates that fulfil the requirements established by the Portuguese Decree-Law 123/2019, of August 28, and the Statute of Scientific Research Fellow of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT, IP), as established by the Regulation 950/2019, of December 19, are eligible.

    In the case of previous degrees from foreign institutions, the degrees must be recognized by a Portuguese higher education institution, as established by the Decree-Law 66/2018 of August 16, and the Decree-Law 60/2018, of August 03, until the date of the contract celebration.

    Workplan: The main objective of the project is the study of viral infection mechanisms, common to different viruses of high medical impact and economic relevance, and the peroxisome-dependent antiviral innate immunity- The results of this project may contribute to the discovery of new cellular targets, not only for the development of specific antiviral combat strategies but also for the potential development of antiviral therapies with a broad spectrum of action. The work to be carried out by the grantee within the scope of the project comprises the use of: molecular and cellular biology techniques; cell culture maintenance techniques; BSL-2 security level viral infection techniques; fluorescence microscopy techniques; biochemical and morphological techniques; data processing and analysis; preparation of reports, publications and other documents in Portuguese and English.

    Workplace: The research will be developed at iBiMED – Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Aveiro, under the scientific supervision of Dr Daniela Maria Oliveira Gandra Ribeiro.

    Duration: The fellowship will last for 6 months and is expected to start in January 2022.

    Monthly salary: €1 104,64, according to the table of grant amounts of FCT, IP for positions held in Portugal - Regulation 950/25019, annex I.

    Selection criteria : The selection methods to be used will focus on curriculum assessment, with particular emphasis on academic qualifications, training and professional experience in the areas and techniques in which the functions to be performed are included. Candidates without any knowledge in the scientific area of the application are considered excluded from the competition. If necessary, to prove the candidates' merit, an interview will be held with the 3 best candidates. In this case, the curriculum evaluation will count for 60% and the interview for 40% of the final grade.

    Jury :

    President: Dr Daniela Maria Oliveira Gandra Ribeiro, Assistant Researcher, University of Aveiro.

    Effective members: Dr Ana Raquel Santos Calhôa Mano Soares, Assistant Researcher, University of Aveiro and Dr Ana Margarida Domingos Tavares de Sousa, Assistant Professor, University of Aveiro.

    Substitute members: Dr Catarina Rodrigues de Almeida and Dr Rui Gonçalo Viegas Russo da Conceição Martinho, both Assistant Professors at the University of Aveiro.

    Deadline and formalization of applications: Only applications submitted between 29th November and 15th December 2021 will be considered.

    Applications are formalized by sending an email to, with the project reference PTDC/BIA-CEL/31378/2017 and the documents stated bellow:

  • Research grant application form, available at https:// www.
  • Updated CV;
  • Copy of the official academic degree certificate in the required education level including grades;
  • Cover and motivation letter explaining the interest in the position;
  • Other documents considered relevant by the candidate.
  • The candidate should indicate the email address to which he/she agrees to be notified of the results and all purposes under this procedure.

    Notification of results:

    The final results of the evaluation will be published as an ordered list on the University's website, within a maximum period of 90 working days after the final application submission date, and the approved candidate will be notified by e-mail. Within a period of 10 working days, provided for by the Administrative Procedure Code, candidates can submit a formal rebuttal. At the end of the period fixed for the hearing of interested parties and, in the absence of any response from them, the ranking list of candidates will become final. From the final decision, the candidates may lodge a complaint within 15 working days, or appeal to the maximum executive body of the financing entity within 30 working days after notification of the final decision, in accordance with the provisions of article 12 of the Regulation of Research Grants of the Foundation for Science and Technology.

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: University of Aveiro
  • Department: Department of Medical Sciences - Institute of Biomedicine
  • iBiMED
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https: // www.
  • E-Mail:
  • Country: Portugal
  • City: Aveiro
  • Postal Code: 3810 Aveiro
  • Street: Agra do Crasto
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