Applications must be submitted from 7th to 20th of January 2016
Post-Doctoral Fellowship are available at CICECO Aveiro Institute of Materials in Scientific field: Chemistry or Biochemistry
Applications are open for the allocation of 1 post-doctoral 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.

Job summary: to investigate aqueous two-phase systems composed of ionic liquids as an alternative platform for the purification of biopharmaceuticals, particularly immunoglobulin Y (IgY) from egg yolk. The major goal of this post-doctoral position comprises the understanding of the molecular-level phenomena responsible for the selective extraction of IgY (protein-ionic-liquid interactions) in selected systems by spectroscopic studies and additional theoretical approaches.

Scientific field: Chemistry or Biochemistry

Sub research fields: (Bio)Physical Chemistry

Requirements: (i) PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related fields; (ii) Degree (Licenciatura) and/or MSc in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related fields; and (iii) good English communication.

Facultative: Relevant scientific experience in the field of this application, namely on proteins, ionic liquids and/or on protein-ionic-liquid interactions in aqueous media.

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 12 months, renewable up to 24 months more, scheduled to start in January 2016.

Components of the Fellowship: The value of the scholarship follows the Tables announced by FCT: 1495 € 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: (i) Scientific Curriculum Vitae (40%); (ii) Previous and confirmed experience in the scientific field of this application (40%); (iii) If the jury considers necessary, interviews with the candidates may be held (20%).

Jury: The panel responsible for selection will be composed of the following members: Mara G. Freire, João A. P. Coutinho and Ana M. Fernandes.

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 7th to 20th of January 2016.

Documents of application: The application must contain the following documents: (i) Motivation letter focusing the candidate interest on this project (and with full contacts of the applicant); (ii) Copies of certificates or documents confirming the academic degrees/classifications; (iii) Detailed Curriculum Vitae; and (iv) Recommendation letters (facultative).

Applications should be sent by e-mail under the subject “ERC Post-doctoral Research Position (3)” to Dr. Mara G. Freire:

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