Job Opportunities
CDL-CTTRI-116-ARH/2018 (application until: 18-10-2018)
One position of Doctorate in the scientific area of Biology
An international public notice is opened for a position for a First Level Doctorate for the exercise of activities of scientific research in the scientific area of Biology, sub-area of Ecology and Biodiversity and area of expertise in Ecotoxicology.

Open by “Aviso 14150/2018 publicado no Diário da República, 2.ª série, n.º 191 — 3 de outubro de 2018”

Public notice Ref.ª CDL-CTTRI-116-ARH/2018 — Doctor Paulo Jorge dos Santos Gonçalves Ferreira, Full Professor and Rector of the University of Aveiro, hereby announces that for a period of 10 business days, starting on the first business day immediately after the publication of the present notice, an international public notice is opened for recruitment in the form of a Uncertain Term Work Contract, under the Portuguese Labour Code, a position for a First Level Doctorate for the exercise of activities of scientific research in the scientific area of Biology, sub-area of Ecology and Biodiversity and area of expertise in Ecotoxicology, within the framework of the research project "EMPHASIS - Effect of marine drugs on zebrafish and ZFL lineage (reference POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031180), supported by the budgets of the Competitiveness and Internationalization Operational Program (POCI), in its FEDER/FNR, and the Foundation for Science and Technology, in its State Budget component (OE). The candidate will be responsible for the following: maintenance of fish cultures; planning and development of laboratory work in accordance with the project tasks; data processing; preparation and writing of scientific articles; supervision of the activities of fellow project partners; participation in activities of extension and dissemination of knowledge; orientation of undergraduate and postgraduate students.


The present public notice was opened on 10 of September of 2018 by order of the Rector of the University of Aveiro, following the proposal of the Scientific Council.


The contest is governed by the provisions of Decree-Law 57/2016, August 29, that approves the rules for post-doctoral work contracts, designed to stimulate employment in science and technology in all areas of knowledge (RJEC) within the legal provisions of the Labor Code, Law on 7/2009, February 12, in its current wording and other applicable legislation and regulations. The monthly payment corresponds to 2128,34€ (gross salary). 

1 — Admission requirements: Any national, foreign and stateless candidate(s) who hold a doctorate degree in Biology and a scientific and professional curriculum whose profile is suited for the activity to be performed, can submit their applications.


2 — Formalisation of the applications: The applications are addressed to the Rector of the University of Aveiro as follows:

2.1 — The application should include, among others, the following elements:

a) Call identification;

b) Applicant’s identification: full name, birth date, nationality, mailing address and email;

c) Identification of the institution where the applicant is presently working and his/her position there, when applicable;

d) Identification of degrees held by the applicant;

e) Statement by the applicant declaring that the elements or facts contained in the application are correct and accurate.

2.2 — The application should include the following documents:

a) Copy of detailed and structured curriculum vitae according to items in point 5;

b) Any other documents that the applicant considers relevant, namely for the assessment of the information referred to in no. 2 of article 5 of the RJEC.

2.3 — The curriculum vitae should contain:

a) Full identification;

b) Contacts: address, telephone number and email;

c) Copy of the certificate with the respective mark or grade or other document that is legally recognised for the same purpose;

d) All pertinent information for assessing the application considering the selection and ranking criteria of the present call, organized according to the sub-items of the assessment set forth in Section 5 below;

2.4 — Submission of the application:

2.4.1 — The application may be submitted in Portuguese or in English, by email, to the Human Resources Department of the University of Aveiro ( until the deadline stipulated in this Notice.

2.4.2 — The applicants are required to present a “message sent” confirmation as proof of the application submission.

2.4.3 — Instructions for the submission of applications, in digital format, are available in the area of Competition and Job Offers of Human Resources area at

2.5 — Failure to comply with the deadline for submission of the application, as well as the incorrect formalization of the application, result in the exclusion of the application. The exclusion decision is communicated to candidates by e-mail for the purpose of their hearing.


3 — Call Jury:

3.1 — In accordance with article 13 of the RJEC the call jury has the following composition:

President: Doctor Amadeu Mortágua Velho da Maia Soares, Full Professor, University of Aveiro.

Jury members:

Doctor Susana Patrícia Mendes Loureiro, Assistant Professor with habilitation, and Doctor Rosa de Fátima Lopes de Freitas, Doctorate Researcher of level 2, both from the University of Aveiro;

Substitutes, to replace any of the above in case one of them is unable to participate in the jury meetings: Doctor Ulisses Manuel de Miranda Azeiteiro, and Doctor Carlos Manuel Martins Santos Fonseca, both Associate Professors with habilitation from the University of Aveiro.


4 — Jury operation rules:

4.1 — The deliberations are held by roll call voting requiring the absolute majority of votes of the members of the jury present at the meeting, not permitting abstentions.

4.2 — The jury deliberates approval on absolute merit, based on the merit of the overall curriculum of candidates with regards to the scientific area of the Competition and also taking into account, cumulatively, the compliance with at least one of the following requisites:

4.2.1 — The applicant is the author or co-author of at least 30 articles, in the scientific area of expertise that the Competition is open, indexed in the ISI Science Citation Index Expanded of the Web of Science where document type = article or document type = review, or in the SCI Verse Scopus with the same characteristics;


4.2.2 - Be the first author of at least five (5) articles involving invertebrate species, indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded by ISI Web of Science as document type = article, or in the SCI Verse of SCOPUS with the same characteristics;


4.2.3 —The applicant demonstrates to have at least 5 (five) years of experience in the scientific area for which the contest is open, with proven work on the toxic effects of mixtures and studies of toxicokinetics and bioaccumulation.

4.3 — The exclusion decision in absolute merit is communicated to candidates by e-mail for the purpose of their hearing.

4.4 — After the phase of approval in absolute merit, the jury will begin the process of appraisal of applications, taking into account the criteria set out in this notice.


5 — Evaluation and selection:

5.1 —The selection method is curricular evaluation.

5.2 — The evaluation of the scientific and curricular course focuses on the relevance, quality and timeliness of:

a) Scientific production in the last five years, deemed most relevant by the candidate;

b) Applied research activities, or based on practical work, developed in the last five years, deemed most impactful by the candidate;

c) Other relevant activities, for instance on knowledge extension and dissemination and on management of science.

5.3— 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 parental leave, long-term serious illness, and other legal situations of unavailability to work.


6 — Curricular Evaluation. This component of the evaluation is expressed on a numerical scale from 0 to 20 taking into account the following criteria:

6.1 — Curricular evaluation criteria are:

6.1.1 - Criteria for the evaluation of the Scientific Performance of the last five years considered more relevant by the candidate, such as the quality and quantity of scientific production in the area for which the competition is open (books, journal articles, presentation of papers in international congresses) expressed by the number and type of publications. Candidates must compile a list of the publications produced, together with the impact factor of each journal and the DOI. Particular emphasis will be given to articles with first authorship published in the area of ecology and ecotoxicology (7 points);

6.1.2 - Criteria for evaluating applied or practice-based research activities developed over the past five years, and considered of greater impact by the candidate. The proven experience in handling of aquatic organisms in the field and in the laboratory is valued, ecotoxicological assays with aquatic, freshwater and marine organisms, stressor combination assays, toxicokinetic and bioaccumulation studies and nanoparticle toxicity is valued (7 points).

6.1.3 - Other relevant activities, for example in the scope and spread of knowledge and management of science (6 points).

6.2 — The score obtained in the curricular evaluation method is expressed in numeric scale of 0 to 20, considering the valuation up to two decimal places.

6.3 — The jury deliberates by vote justified according to the criteria of evaluation, no abstentions are allowed.

6.4 — The classification of each candidate is obtained by averaging the scores of each of the elements of the jury.

In case of a tie, the decision of the tie-breaker shall be the responsibility of the chairman of the jury.

6.5 —Candidates who obtained a rating of less than 15 points are excluded from the public notice.


7 — Participation of the parties and decision:

7.1 — The final ordering project is communicated to candidates by e-mail for the purpose of their hearing.

7.2 — At the hearing of the interested parties, the jury appreciates the allegations offered and approves the final ordering list of candidates.


8 - Publication of Competition Notice: In addition to being publish in Series 2 of the Diário da República the present notice is also published in:

a) The website of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., in Portuguese and English;

b) The website of the University of Aveiro, in Portuguese and English;

c) In a national newspaper.


9 - 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 vacancy.


10 — In compliance with paragraph h) of Article 9 of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, the Government, as the employing entity, actively promotes a policy of equal opportunities between men and women in access to employment and professional advancement, scrupulously taking measures to avoid any form of discrimination.


10 of September of 2018 — The Rector, Professor Doutor Paulo Jorge dos Santos Gonçalves Ferreira.