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CDL-CTTRI-40-ARH/2019 (application deadline: 19-03-2019)
One position of Doctorate in the scientific areas of Biology, subarea of Ecology and Biodiversity and specialization area in Ecotoxicology
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 areas of Biology, subarea of Ecology and Biodiversity and specialization area in Ecotoxicology.

Open by "Aviso n.º 3414/2019 publicado no Diário da República n.º 44, 2ª série, de 4 de março de 2019"

Public notice Ref.ª DL-CTTRI-40-ARH/2019 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 areas of Biology, subarea of Ecology and Biodiversity and specialization area in Ecotoxicology, to exercise the functions in the research project “ECO-R-pharmplast - Ecotoxicity of realistic combinations of human use pharmaceutical and microplastics in marine ecosystems (referência POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029203)” , supported by the Operational Program Competitivity and Internacionalization, in its FEDER component, and the Foundation for Science and Technology, in its State Budget component (OE).

The candidate will be responsible for: maintenance, acquisition, transportation and capture of organisms; planning and development of laboratorial work in line with project tasks; data handling; preparation and writing of scientific papers; supervision of the work of grant holders within the project; participation in extension and knowledge dissemination activities; supervision of undergraduate and graduate students; liaison with the activities of consultants within the project framework.

 

The present public notice was opened on 21 of December 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 2385.80€. 

1 — Admission requirements:

Any national, foreign and stateless candidate(s) who hold a doctorate degree in Biomedical Sciences 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 (concursosDL57-2016@ua.pt) 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 https://www.ua.pt/sgrhf/PageText.aspx?id=15052.

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: Professor Doutor Amadeu Mortágua Velho da Maia Soares, Full Professsor at Aveiro University.

Jury members: Professor Susana Patrícia Mendes Loureiro, Assistant Professor with Habilitation at Aveiro University;

Professor Ulisses Manuel de Miranda Azeiteiro, Associate Professor with Habilitation at Aveiro University.

Substitute members: Professor Carlos Manuel Martins Santos Fonseca, Associate Profressor with Habilitation at Aveiro University.

 

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 at least one of the following requisites:

4.2.1 — The applicant is the author or co-author of at least 60 (sixty) articles, in the scientific area 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;

or

4.2.2 — The applicant must have an h-index of at least 15, and obtained a total of at least 600 citations (without self-citations) to the scientific works mentioned under 4.2.1,

or

4.2.3 — The applicant must have demonstrated experience of at least 5 (five) years in the scientific area for which this notice was opened, with proven works in the ecotoxicological evaluation of pharmaceutical drugs in the environment, with the use of biomarkers in aquatic organisms,

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:

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) Other relevant activities, for instance, within extension and knowledge dissemination, and research management;

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 (8 points);

The quality and the amount of the scientific production will be evaluated, for the scientific area of this notice (books, articles in journals, presentations in international congresses) by their number and type of publications. Candidates must list their publications, along with the impact factor of each journal and their DOI Special emphasis will be attributed to articles in which candidates are the first authors, published in the area of ecology and ecotoxicology;

6.1.2 - Criteria for evaluating applied and practice based research activities developed over the past five years, considered to be of greatest impact by the candidate (8 points);

This evaluation will consider proven experience in: handling of aquatic organisms, in the field and in the laboratory; development, validation, and use of ecotoxicological assays with aquatic organisms, both freshwater and marine, based on biomarkers; assays for the evaluation of  the effects of pharmaceuticals and other personal care products, alone or in combination; development of assays with alternative species; assessment of the toxicity of pharmaceutical drugs combined with pesticides an biocides.

6.1.3 – Other relevant activities, for instance, in extension and dissemination of knowledge, and science management (4 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 10 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 Public Employment Pool (BEP);

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

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

d) 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.

 

21 of December of 2018 — The Rector, Professor Doutor Paulo Jorge dos Santos Gonçalves Ferreira.

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