Applications open 26th April to 10th of May
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (BPD) - UNaLab - Ref.ª BPD/UNaLab/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 Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) – Department of Environment and Planning (DAO) 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, Civil Engineering, Flooding Hydrology/Hydraulics or equivalent experience/qualification.

If the Doctoral Degree has been awarded by a non-Portuguese higher education institution it must comply with the provisions of the Portuguese legislation on the recognition of foreign degrees, regulated by Decree-Law no. 66/2018 of August 16th. The signature of the contract is conditional on the presentation of the formal document. Applicants are advised to check the website of the Directorate-General for Higher Education (DGES) for further information:

Essential selection criteria:

- In-depth knowledge and broad experience with hydrological and/or flood hazard modelling, preferably in urban areas and to assess the flood risk mitigation effectiveness of engineering as well as nature-based solutions;

- Experience with hydrological and/or flood risk modelling and mapping software packages;

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

- Experience with data analysis, literature reviewing and reporting;

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

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

- Excellent written and spoken English.

Job description: The ‘Flood risk modeller´ will have as overarching task to assess and map, using simulation models, the impacts of selected measures to reduce flood risk in three Demonstrator cities in Finland, The Netherlands and Italy under present-day and likely future conditions. The key responsibilities will be: (i) select, set-up, and calibrate the most appropriate hydrological and flood risk model(s) for the three Demonstrator cities; (ii) assess the effectiveness of proposed engineering and nature-based solutions to mitigate flooding in for the three Demonstrator cities under present-day and future climate conditions; (iii) communicate the obtained results to colleagues and stakeholders by way of dialogue, public presentations, research reports and scientific papers; and vi) provide data management, literature review and reporting support as required.

Regime: The attribution of the fellowship does not generate or entitle a relation of a legal-labour nature, and the fellowship is undertaken in an exclusive dedication regime. The fellow is granted under the Regulation of Scientific Research Grants of the UAVR, according to the Statute of the Scientific Research Fellow in their current wording.

Working place and scientific supervision: The work will be carried out at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) – Department of Environment and Planning (DAO) of the University of Aveiro (UAVR), under the scientific supervision of Dr. Jan Jacob Keizer and Dr. Peter Roebeling.

Grant duration: The grant will be for a period of 3 months and may be renewed with successive periods of 6 months until a maximum period of 21 months. Expected starting date at 1st June 2019. The attribution of the grant is undertaken under an exclusive dedication regime.

Financial conditions: The monthly amount of the grant is 1.495€ in accordance with the values stipulated by the UAVR’s Regulation of Scientific Research Grants, as approved on 20 May 2011. This amount is increased by the voluntary social security corresponding to the first level, in case the candidate elects this possibility, as well as personal accidents insurance. The monthly amount shall be rendered payable via bank transfer to an account held by the grantee or another equivalent method.

Selection method: Candidates will be assessed based on their CV, aptitude and motivation (first stage of evaluation), including the relevance of their previous modelling, research and project experience (50%), reports and publications (35%) and cover 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: Dr. Jan Jacob Keizer (Principal Researcher), Dr. Ana Isabel Miranda (Cathedratic Professor) and Dr. Peter Roebeling (Assistant Researcher).

Formalization of application: Applications must be formalized by sending the following documents by email: Application form, available online at:; Cover letter expressing the interest in this position, addressed to Dr. Jan Jacob; Recent detailed and signed Curriculum Vitae; Copy of the doctoral letter; and 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).

If you require any further information, please contact Dr. Jan Jacob Keizer

Submission of applications: Applications must be sent by e-mail to with Cc to, indicating in the subject the reference BPD/UNaLab/2019b.

Deadline for application: Between 26/04/2019 and 10/05/2019

Publication date: 24/04/2019

Submission deadline date: 10/05/2019

Additional information: The evaluation results will be announced within 90 days after the end of the applications submission deadline, by notifying the applicants via email. After the announcement of the results, candidates are considered automatically notified to, if they wish to do so, comment on the results on a preliminary hearing period within 10 days after that date. After this, the selected candidates will have to declare in writing their acceptance. Unless a justification worthy of consideration is presented, if the declaration is not submitted within the referred period, it is considered that the candidate waivers the grant. In case of resignation or withdrawal of the selected candidate, the next candidate with the highest evaluation score will be notified immediately.