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CDL-CTTRI-195-ARH/2018 (application deadline: 14-01-2019)
One position of Doctorate in the scientific area of Biology

Open by “Aviso 18677/2018 publicado no Diário da República, 2.ª série, n.º 240 — 13 de dezembro de 2018”

Public notice Ref.ª CDL-CTTRI-195-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 twenty 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 Doctorate equated to Assistant Researcher, to work in the scientific area of Biology – Sub-area of Ecology and Biodiversity; specialization in Conservation and Management of Biological Resources, in order to  develop research on environmental policies and conservation actions in the context of invasive species in the Associate Laboratory CESAM, supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, in its State Budget component (OE), and co-funded by  FEDER/FNR, within PT2020 partnership agreement. In addition to these tasks, the investigator to be hired will participate in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, and activities of outreach and knowledge dissemination.


The present public notice was opened on the 19th of November, 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 3191.82€. 

1 — Admission requirements:

Any national, foreign and stateless candidate(s) who hold a doctorate degree in Biology, specialization in Ecology 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 Ana Isabel Lillebø Batista, Principal Researcher, University of Aveiro.

Jury members:

Doctor Jesus Manuel Pedreira Dubert, Assistant Professor, University of Aveiro;

Doctor Valdemar Inocêncio Esteves, Assistant Professor, University of Aveiro;

Doctor Myriam Alexandra dos Santos Batalha Dias Nunes Lopes, Assistant Professor, 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, compliance with the following requisites, using Scopus as a reference base:

4.2.1 — The applicant is the author or co-author of at least 35 articles, in the scientific area that the Competition is open,


4.2.2 — Has obtained a total of at least 900 citations (excluding self-citations) to the scientific works produced in the area for which the contest is open,


4.2.3 — Has obtained an average of 20 citations per article to the scientific works produced in the area for which the contest is open,


4.2.4 — Has an h-index equal to or greater than 20.

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 methods are curricular evaluation and a public presentation session.

5.2 — The evaluation of the scientific and curricular performance focuses on the relevance, quality and contemporaneity:

a) Of scientific, technological, cultural or artistic production in the last five years, deemed most relevant by the candidate;

b) Of applied research activities, 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 increasing knowledge on invasive species, their management and regulation at the level of the European Union;

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, technological, cultural or artistic production of the last five years considered more relevant by the candidate (7 points);

Quality and quantity of scientific production in the area that the Competition is open (books, articles in scientific journals, papers presented in conferences) expressed by the number and type of publications, and the recognition given by the scientific community (the quality of the location where it has been published and the references made by other authors);

6.1.2 - Criteria for evaluating applied or practice-based research activities developed over the past five years, considered to be of greatest impact by the candidate (6 points);

Research projects, evaluating the presentation of approved and non-approved national and international applications and the execution of funded research projects;

6.1.3 - Criteria for evaluating the activities of extension and dissemination of knowledge developed in the last five years, in particular in the context of promoting culture and scientific practices considered by the candidate (7 points);

Patents, registration and ownership of rights, elaboration of technical regulation and legislation. Patent authorship and co-authorship, records of ownership of intellectual property rights regarding software, mathematical methods and rules of mental activity. Participation in standardization committees and in the drafting of legislative projects and technical regulation. The evaluation of this criterion should also take into account the resulting economic valuation of patents and intellectual property rights.

Participation in consulting activities, tests and measurements involving the private and/or the public sector. Participation as a former in vocational training courses or technological expertise directed at companies or the public sector. The evaluation of this criterion should also take into account the economic valorization of research results achieved, measured by the contracts of technology transfer and development that have resulted and contribution to the creation of spin-off companies.

Participation in initiatives to disseminate scientific and technological knowledge under the auspices of the scientific community (for example organization of congresses and conferences) and to various audiences. Publications to disseminate science and technology. Presentation of lectures and seminars for the general public.

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

6.5 — Once the Curricular Assessment is completed, the top 3 candidates are approved for the next evaluation method as indicated in point 5.1.

6.6 — Candidates below the 3rd position are excluded from competition and remaining selection process.


7 —Public Presentation Session:

This session, which can be applied to all or part of the candidates, is intended solely for clarification of aspects related to the results of the investigation.

7.1 — In this session the candidates make a public presentation of a topic chosen by them, relevant to the area and activities of the competition, with duration up to 30 minutes, which will be followed by a discussion that will have a maximum duration of 30 minutes.

7.2 — The Public Presentation Session evaluation is expressed on a numerical scale of 0 to 20, taking into account the candidate's scientific knowledge and ability to communicate, as well as the answers to the questions by the jury and their development perspectives in the unit for which the candidate is applying to.

7.3 — The jury deliberates by roll call voting, not permitting abstentions.

7.4 — The classification of each candidate is also obtained by the average of the scores of the members of the jury.


8 — Ordering of candidates

8.1 — The final score of each candidate is obtained through an weighted average, by assigning a weighting factor of 90% to the curricular review note and a weighting factor of 10% to the public presentation session.

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


9 — Participation of the parties and decision:

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

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


10 — 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.


11 — This tender is exclusively intended to fill this specific vacancy and can be terminated at any time until approval of final candidate list, expiring with the respective occupation of said vacancy.


12 — 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.


19 of november of 2018 — The Rector, Professor Doutor Paulo Jorge dos Santos Gonçalves Ferreira.

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