Job: BI – Bolsa de Investigação
Job/Fellowship Reference: HR21-01077
Main research field: Biotechnology/Bioinformatics
Sub research field: Computational Biochemistry and Bioinformatics
Job summary: The Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC), University of Coimbra, opens a national call for 1 master (BI) for the purpose of carrying out research tasks within the “Potassium channel dysfunction in models of neurodevelopmental disorders”, LCF/PR/HP20/52300003, funded by Iniciativa Ibérica de Investigaçao e Inovaçao Biomédica, i4b, laCaixa Foundation/FCT.
Job description: The Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC), University of Coimbra, opens a national call for 1 master (BI) for the purpose of carrying out research tasks within the project “Potassium channel dysfunction in models of neurodevelopmental disorders”, LCF/PR/HP20/52300003. The selected candidate will comply with the following criteria:
Master (MSc) in Computational Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, Bioinformatics, or related fields.
Scientific area: Biotechnology Bioinformatics
Specific Scientific area: Computational Biochemistry and Bioinformatics
Number of fellowships: 1
The work to be developed will focus on studying N channel modulation by stargazin, and its dysfunction in animal models with human mutations in the stargazin encoding gene.
Admission requirements: Holders of a master’s degree in Computational Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, Bioinformatics, or related fields. Candidates must be enrolled in a PhD, aiming to consolidate their scientific training through the development of research work leading to the attainment of the respective academic degree.
Location: CNC, Universidade de Coimbra, Edifício FMUC, Rua Larga, 3004-504 Coimbra
Duration: 18 months
Scientific Orientation: Doctor Irina Moreira.
Financial conditions: The amount of the grant is € 1.144,64 corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table (www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores), plus social security (Seguro Social Voluntário, first level contributions) and personal accidents insurance. The payment will be made by bank transfer. This amount will not be increased during the entire period of the grant duration.
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 with the Fellow Statute of the UC, in its current wording, according to the Statute of the Scientific Research Fellow, and according to the Regulation of Research Grants of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., both in their current wording.
Jury responsible for selection:
Chairman of the Jury: Irina Moreira (PhD).
Jury members: Ana Luisa Carvalho (PhD) and Joana Mourão (PhD).
Selection Methods: Curricular evaluation (AC) 60% and interview (E) 40%.
The formula to evaluate the curricular evaluation (AC), in a 0-100 scale, will be:
In which CV = 0.60*A + 0.10*B + 0.30*C e AP = 0.30*D + 0.70*F
E = 0.5*G + 0.5*H
In the Curricular evaluation (AC), in a 0-100 scale, the following criteria will be assessed
(i) merit and adequacy of the candidate curriculum vitae (CV) - 70%;
(ii) suitability of the candidate's profile to the tasks to develop (AP) - 30%
In the CV criteria, the following parameters will be taken into account:
A) Master's grade (60%)
1. Under 17 – 50
2. Over 17 – 100
B) Participation in scientific meetings (10%)
1. 0 meetings – 0
2. Between 1 and 4 meetings – 50
3. Over 5 meetings - 100
C) Scientific publications in journals or book chapters (both as first author or co-authorship) (30%)
1. 0 papers – 0
2. Between 1 and 3 papers – 75
3. Over 4 papers – 100
In the AP criteria, the following parameters will be taken into account:
D) Structure and protein sequence (30%)
E) Molecular dynamics and molecular docking (70%)
with each of D e F subcriteria valued as:
1. No experience – 0
2. Reasonable experience – 50
3. Adequate experience – 70
4. Proficient experience – 100
In the Interview (E) criteria, the following parameters will be taken into account:
F) Linux experience. Experience in R. Knowledge of computational software for molecular docking and simulation.
G) Motivation and autonomy
Formalization of application: Applications must be formalized by sending the following elements: motivation letter, detailed CV with academic profile (including publications list). A master’s degree Certificate with the final average must also be submitted. Proof of enrollment in a doctoral/PhD course relevant for the R&D activities and other relevant documents must also be provided. Applicants with academic degrees obtained abroad will be required to present a Certificate of Recognition in accordance with applicable law.
Application submission: Applications must be submitted at https://cnc.uc.pt/pt/job-opportunities
Submission of applications: Between 06th to 19th October 2022
Additional information: The Selection Jury has the right to not select any candidate if they consider no applicant was suitable for the desired R&D vacancy. If the candidate selected first does not accept the fellowship, the jury has the right to not proceed to hiring the following candidates.
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.
Non-discrimination and equal access policy: The CNC actively promotes a non-discrimination and equal access policy, whereby no candidate may be privileged, benefited, prejudiced or deprived of any right or exempt from any duty on the grounds, namely, of ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family situation, economic situation, education, origin or social condition, genetic heritage, reduced work capacity, disability, illness chronicle, nationality, ethnic origin or race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological convictions and union membership.
Candidates who incorrectly formalize their application or who do not prove the requirements of this fellowship are excluded from admission. The jury has the power to require any candidate, in case of doubt, to present documents proving their statements.
False statements made by candidates will be punished under the law.
The list of admitted and excluded candidates as well as the final ranking list are advertised at the respective Institute, and the selected candidate will be notified by email with receipt of delivery of the notification.
Prior Hearing and Final Decision Deadline After publication of the results, candidates have 10 working days to comment. In the following 2 working days, counting from the deadline for submitting complaints, the final decisions of the jury are given, to be published on the CNC website: https://devcibb.cnc.uc.pt/en. Within a period not exceeding 90 days, counting from the deadline for submission of applications, the final decisions of the jury are given.
This competition is exclusively intended to fill the indicated vacancy and may be terminated until the approval of the final ranking list of candidates and lapsed with the respective occupation of the job on offer.
Under the terms of Decree-Law nº 29/2001, of February 3rd, the disabled candidate has preference in equal classification, which prevails over any other legal preference. Candidates must declare in the application form, under a commitment to honor, the respective degree of incapacity, the type of disability and the means of communication/expression to be used in the selection process, under the terms of the aforementioned diploma.
Pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and the free movement of such data (RGPD) and Law no. 58/2019 of 8 August, the person responsible for processing the personal data of the candidates collected, within the scope of this tender procedure, is the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC). The CNC guarantees that personal data collected in physical or digital support, whatever their nature, are treated responsibly, only for the purpose of recruitment, through appropriate policies and measures in order to prevent access and misuse or possible intrusions, minimizing risks and contributing to their safety. The CNC PPdoes not provide or allow access to personal data by third parties, except for the purpose of complying with duly justified legal obligations. The personal data collected will be kept for a maximum of 6 months, counting from the end of the legal period of conservation foreseen for the procedure. At any time, the interested party can contact the CNC through the email email@example.com to request information on the processing of personal data or to exercise the legally established rights.