CCMAR/BI/0002/2020 | - CCMAR -



Research Fellowship Advertisement – 1 vacancy

Within the project - SHELLWIN


Ref. ª: CCMAR/BI/0002/2020

The Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) in the Algarve, Portugal, opens a position for a MSc. Research fellowship (BI – Mestrado) under AQUA Research Group Own Revenues and under Fundo Azul: Biotecnologia Azul funded by National Funds (Ministério do Mar) under the research project “SHELLWIN - Novel microdiets for the early developmental stages of European lobster and purple sea urchin” - ref. FA_05_2017_005 under the following conditions:

Tasks to perform:
⦁    Sea urchin rearing.
⦁    Lab analysis.
⦁    Data Analysis.

Scientific orientation:
Dr. Sofia Engrola, project coordinator and researcher at Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR)

Work place:
The workplace is at CCMAR (Gambelas Campus of the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal).

1.    To hold a BSc. in Biology or related field.
2.    To be enrolled in a Master Degree in the Field of Aquaculture. 
3.    Availability to work on weekends.

Non-compliance with any of these requirements at the time of application invalidates the application. Provision of false documentation will be punished by law.

Evaluation criteria: 
1.    BSc. final score (30%)
2.    Confirmed experience in varied laboratory techniques for nutritional impacts. –15% 
3.    Confirmed experience in rearing aquaculture marine fish larvae. - 15%
4.    Confirmed experience in trophic chain production (microalgae, rotifers). – 20%
5.    Knowledge of informatics and statistical analysis. – 10%
6.    English knowledge assessed through the structure and content of the motivation letter (the motivation letter has to be written in English). – 10%

The selection jury reserves the right to contact or interview applicants should they require further information or clarification about their application.

In the event that no applicant has the necessary profile the jury reserves the right to close the call without any recruitment. If the applicant ranked first does not accept the position, or during the fellowship, in the event that the fellowship holder should resign, the jury reserves the right, upon convenience and opportunity, to assign the fellowship to the next applicant in accordance with the ranking position of the selection jury.

Application period: from 24th of February to March 11th 2020. 

Grant conditions: The grant will have an initial duration of 06 months, starting in March  2020, eventually renewed up to a maximum of 2 years. The fellowship must be undertaken exclusively (full time) according to the Portuguese law 40/2004, of 18 of August (Scientific Research Fellowship holder statutes) amended by the  Decree-Law 123/2019 of 28 of August, Fellowship Regulation of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology in force and the rules of CCMAR research grants, the latter provided that it does not conflict with the law in force.

Monthly maintenance allowance: A maintenance allowance of 798,00€/net (tax free) will be paid each month through inter-bank transfer in accordance with the grant amounts set by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology .

Application submission process: Only applications submitted through the CCMAR website will be considered: Applications are considered to be correctly submitted only after the candidate has received a confirmation e-mail from CCMAR. Applications (in English) should include:
a)    a Motivation Letter (in English) suggesting the correspondence between the impact of the current work plan in the master degree course;
b)     a detailed Curriculum Vitae; 
c)    copy of the candidates BSc. certificate.
d)     copy of the registration or enrolment in a Master Degree in the field of Aquaculture in a Higher Education Institution.

Results and Preliminary Hearing: The judgement of the selection committee will be communicated in writing (by email) within 90 working days after the application deadline. After notification, candidates have 10 working days to contest the preliminary decision sending an email to the selection committee.

Candidates holding degrees awarded by a foreign university should have their degree recognized in Portugal no later than 10 days after receiving the communication of selection for a position. Non-compliance justifies exclusion from the procedure. Information about the recognition procedures can be obtained at any Portuguese university or here. The board of directors reserves the right, upon request from the candidate, to extend the compliance period provided it does not impact negatively in the programmed activities.

Selection Committee: Dr. Sofia Engrola, project coordinator and researcher at CCMAR (president of the jury); Dr. Carmen Navarro, researcher at CCMAR (member) and Dr. Cláudia Aragão, researcher at CCMAR and University of Algarve (Member). 

Disabled candidates shall be preferred in a situation of equal classification, and said preference supersedes any legal preferences. Candidates must declare, on their honour, their respective disability degree, type of disability and communication / expression means to be used during selection period on their application form, under the regulations above.

CCMAR’s non-discrimination and equal access opportunities policy – No candidate can be privileged, benefited, jeopardised or be deprived of any right or exempt of any claim in regards to descendent, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, economic situation, origin, social economy, genetic heritage, disability, chronic disease, nationality, ethnicity, territory of origin, language, religion, politics, ideology or union membership.  

Faro, February the 4th 2020 

Research Assistant
24/02/2020 a 11/03/2020