Applications until 18 of January
Research Grant available at CICECO Aveiro Institute of Materials
Applications are open for the allocation of 1 MScresearch fellowship, under the project “IgY Technology: A Purification Platform using Ionic-Liquid-Based Aqueous Biphasic Systems (IgYPurTech), from an European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, Grant agreement no.: 337753, at the Chemistry Department, CICECO (Aveiro Institute of Materials) in University of Aveiro.

Project: IgY Technology: A Purification Platform using Ionic-Liquid-Based Aqueous Biphasic Systems (IgYPurTech)


European Research Council, Grant agreement no.: 337753


Job summary: to investigate aqueous biphasic systems composed of ionic liquids for the purification of immunoglobulin Y (IgY) from egg yolk. Major goals include the optimization and scale-up of IgY purification systems, and the evaluation of the IgY stability after the purification step.


Scientific field:  Biochemistry


Requirements: (i) Degree (Licenciatura) and MSc in Biochemistry; (ii) Classification ≥ 17 (in a 0-20 scale) in the MSc degree; (iii) Confirmed experience in the field of aqueous biphasic systems, ionic liquids and purification of biopharmaceuticals; (iv) good English communication.



Regulation: The fellowship is in accordance with Law Nº. 40/2004, 18th  August  (Research Fellow Statute) and the Regulation of Scientific Research Grants from the University of Aveiro – Regulation n.º 341/2011, published in Diário da República, 2nd series, n.º 98, 20th May.


Place of work and Scientific Orientation: The work will be carried out at the Chemistry Department, CICECO, University of Aveiro, Portugal. All the research activities will be supervised by Dr. Mara G. Freire.


Duration of Activity: The fellowship has the duration of 11 months, scheduled to start in February 2018.


Components of the Fellowship: The value of the scholarship follows the Tables announced by FCT: 980 € per month ( The periodicity of the fellowship's payment is monthly and via bank transfer.


Criteria for evaluation of the candidates: Applications will be screened on the basis of a maximum of 10 points: (i) Classification of the Degree (Licenciatura) and MSc held by the applicant (2 points); (ii) Scientific Curriculum Vitae (4 points); (iii) Experience in the determination of phase diagrams, thermophysical properties, separation methods and proteins (2 points); (iii) If the jury considers indispensable, interviews with the 3 best candidates may be held (2 points).


Jury:  The panel responsible for selection will be composed of the following members: Mara G. Freire, João A. P. Coutinho and Isabel Boal-Palheiros.


Notification of results: The final evaluation results will be publicized through the ordered list by the final grade obtained, posted in a conspicuous and public place in CICECO and the candidate approved will be notified by email.


Opening date and deadline for applications: Applications must be submitted from January 5 to January 18, 2017.


Documents of application: The application must contain the following documents: (i) Motivation letter highlighting the interest on the project (including full contacts of the applicant); (ii) Detailed Curriculum Vitae; (iii) Copies of certificates or documents confirming the academic degrees/classifications; and (iv) Copies of published/submitted scientific manuscripts and presentations in scientific conferences.


Applications should be sent by e-mail under the subject “ERC PhD Research Position” to Dr. Mara G. Freire:

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