Applications open from 18th of July to the 31st of July of 2019
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (BPD) - UNaLab - Ref.ª BPD/UNaLab_AIM/2019b
In the context of the project Urban Nature Labs (UNaLab; Grant Agreement No. 730052), financed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Topic SCC-2-2016-2017: Smart Cities and Communities Nature based solutions), please find open the concourse for award of a Postdoc Grant (BPD) at the Department of Environment and Planning (DAO) and at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), of the University of Aveiro (UAVR).

Position: Research Fellowship for candidates with a Ph.D. degree; Post-Doctoral grant (BPD).

Admission requirements: Ph.D. degree in Environmental Sciences/Engineering or equivalent experience/qualification.

Essential selection criteria:

- Experience with air quality modelling systems, in particular with WRF-CHEM.

- Experience with databases, data management, data examination and data representation.

- Knowledge of mathematical programming software (e.g. Python, MatLab or FORTRAN) and GIS applications (e.g. ArcGIS), and their application.

- Ability to work harmoniously in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

- Demonstrate enthusiasm, high personal professional standards, independence, motivation and commitment to the job.

- Very good written and spoken English. Fluency in Portuguese is desirable.

Job description: Within the overall objective of the UNaLab project, the key functions of the researcher include, for the different UNaLab cities: i) collate, analyse and manage atmospheric emissions inventories; (ii) simulate the urban air quality for the reference situation; (iii) validate the air quality modelling results; (iv) work with climate scenarios in order to simulate urban air quality under future climate; v) communicate the work with colleagues, stakeholders and clients by way of dialogue, public presentations, research reports and scientific papers; and vi) provide programming, data management and literature review support as required, and perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Legislation framework: A fellowship contract will be celebrated according to the Regulations for Research Grants of the Foundation for Science and Technology in force the UAVR Grants Regulation approved by FCT) (, and to the Status of Scientific Research Fellow (Lei nº 40/2004 de 18 de Agosto, and its successive amendments).

Working place and scientific supervision: The work will be carried out at the Department of Environment and Planning and Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, of the University of Aveiro, under the scientific supervision of Professor Ana Isabel Miranda.

Grant duration: The grant will be for a period of 12 months and may be renewed successively until a maximum period of 28 months. Expected starting date is September, 1st 2019. The attribution of the grant is undertaken under an exclusive dedication regime.

Monthly allowance: The monthly amount of the grant is 1.509,80 euros, and shall be rendered through a monthly bank transfer to an account held by the grantee. The fellowship holder will have a personal accident insurance and, if not covered by any social protection scheme, can ensure the right to social security through adherence to the voluntary social insurance scheme, pursuant to “Código dos Regimes Contributivos do Sistema Previdencial de Segurança Social”. The fellowship will be paid monthly by check, bank transfer, or another equivalent method.

Selection method: Candidates will be assessed based on research and project experience (40%), reports and publications (45%) and motivation letter (15%). The Selection Committee may decide on the need to have an interview (second stage of evaluation), in person or by tele-/videoconference. In that case, the final classification will be obtained by averaging the result of the first stage (50% weight) and second stage (50% weight) evaluations. The Selection Committee reserves the right not to select any candidate if none of the candidates possesses minimal requirements (final total classification higher than 50%).

Selection committee: Prof. Ana Isabel Miranda (Full Professor), Dr. Joana Ferreira (Assistant Researcher) and Dr. Peter Roebeling (Assistant Researcher).

Publication/notification of results: The final evaluation results will be publicized through an ordered list, and the candidates will be notified of the Jury decision by email 


Application procedure: Applications are formalised by sending an email to with Cc to, indicating the subject BPD/UNaLab_AIM/2019b and including the following documents:

- Application form, available online at: (mandatory)

- Cover letter addressed to Prof. Ana Isabel Miranda;

- Recent detailed and signed Curriculum Vitae;

- Copy of the doctoral letter/certificate*;

- The name and contact details (position, email, address) of two referees that are available to provide information about the candidate (to be contacted if considered necessary to clarify the information provided in the remaining documents).

*For candidates with degrees granted by foreign higher education institutions it is mandatory to have a degree or diploma recognition. For more information press here.


If you require any further information, please contact Prof. Ana Isabel Miranda (

Application Dates: The call is open for applications, from the 18th of July to the 31st of July of 2019.

Deadline for application: 31st of July of 2019

Publication Date: July, 10th, 2019