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Applications is open until 10th of January of 2019
MSc Research Grant in Chemistry or Physics within the framework of project BioPiezo
A research grant is available for scientists who currently hold a Master degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry/Physics/Biosphysics or related discipline within the framework of project BioPiezo - CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-031679 at CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, financed by national funds through FCT/MEC (PIDDAC) and, when applicable, co-financed by FEDER under the PT2020 Partnership Agreement, under the following conditions:

Research field: Chemistry, Physics

Admission requirements:

The applicant should have Master’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related biophysics field with hands-on experience in NMR spectroscopy preferably applied to peptides or soft materials.  Knowledge of other analytical techniques (e.g., FTIR, Raman, etc) as well as understanding of surface and materials chemistry, including intermolecular interactions is highly desirable. Demonstrated experience by publications in peer-reviewed journals is an advantage.

Activity Outline:

The project focus on studies of the temperature-dependent dynamics of confined water in self-assembled nanotubes based on diphenylalanine by different methods, including solid-state NMR. The assembled structure of diphenylalanine nanotubes consist of alternating dipeptide monomers and  water cores inside of extended hexagonal cavity. Water molecules play an important role in the formation of the self-assembled structure of the dipeptide, therefore, they have a direct effect on the crystal structure. However, the role of water molecules is not only in the formation of self-assembled structure of dipeptides. They directly determine their polar properties and nanoconfinement effect is known to significantly modify the water dynamics. Study of the water confined in dipeptide nanocavities is of great interest because it directly determines the functionality of proteins and amino acids in the human organisms. The present investigation of the water behavior in self-assembled dipeptides is of immense importance for the understanding of mechanisms governing the water interaction with amino acids, peptides and proteins.

Legislation and regulations: The fellowship is in accordance with Law Nº. 40/2004, 18th August (Research Fellow Statute) and regulations for Advanced Training of Human Resources of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) I.P. — no. 234/2012, no. 326/2013 and no. 339/2015 (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/regulamento.phtml.pt) 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 Maio.

Workplace: The work will be carried out at CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, under the scientific supervision of Dr. Svitlana Kopyl.

Duration and scope of activity: The fellowship will have a duration of 12 months on an exclusivity basis. The project is expected to begin in January, 2019. The fellowship is not to be renewed.

Value of monthly maintenance allowance: 980,00 Euros/month (tax free) according to the official table for Research Grants from FCT - http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores, to be paid monthly via bank transfer.

Evaluation Criteria and Process: The evaluation criteria are:

i) Experience in carrying out independent scientific work including knowledge in NMR spectroscopy and other characterization techniques (60-80%);

ii) The two candidates with better classification will be invited for an interview (20%).

iii) Analysis of publications if applicable (0-20%).

All eligible candidates will be ordered consecutively in terms of relative merit. The candidate rated highest in the relative merit list will be invited to fill the position. The candidates will be informed about the results by email.

Juri: The Jury responsible for the evaluation process is composed by Dr. Svitlana Kopyl, .Dr. Luís Mafra and Dr. Andrei Kholkin.

Documents Required: i) Motivation letter; ii) Curriculum Vitae, dated and signed, including a description of previous activities in scientific projects; iii) Photocopy (or scanned copy) of identity card or passport; iv) Master degree certificate.

Applications should be sent by email to: svitlanakopyl@ua.pt

Opening date and deadline for applications: 20 of December, 2018 to 10 of January, 2019.

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