Research Grant (MSc)

Job/Fellowship Reference: IPMA-2016-80-BI

The Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, I.P. (IPMA) opens a call, within 10 days from the date of publication of this announcement, to award one Research Grant for a person with a MSc degree in the frame of the project “Sistema Nacional de Monitorização de Moluscos bivalves – Algarve” SNMB – Algarve, funded by the MAR2020 programm.

Main research field: Biology

Sub research field: Marine Biology, Marine Biology and Fisheries, Biology or equivalent.

Admission requirements: The ideal candidate must have a MSc in Marine Biology, Marine Biology and Fisheries, Biology or equivalent, and must have obligatorily 10 years of experience on studies concerning benthic macrofauna.

Work plan: a) collection and treatment of benthic samples and bivalves onboard research and/or fishing vessels; b) Sort of benthic samples; c) Identification of benthic species; d) Determination of sediment granulometry, organic matter, water content and carbonates; e) Statistical analysis of data; f) Participation on the writing of interim reports and final report of the project.
Legislation and regulation applicable: Law No. 40/2004 of 18 August (Statute of the Scholarships for Scientific Research), as amended by Law No. 202/2012 of 27 August, Decree-Law No. 89/2013, of July 9, Decree-Law No. 233/2013 of 29 October, Law No. 12/2013 of 29 January, Regulation No 326/2013 of 27 August. Grants Regulation of the FCT, I. P., approved by Regulation No 234/2012 of 25 June, amended and republished by Regulation No 326/2013 of 27 August and amended by Regulation No 339/2015, June 17. Internal Regulations for Scholarships for Scientific Research of IPMA, IP, approved by FCT, by Order of 17 December 2012.
Value of monthly maintenance allowance: According to the table of research grants in force, according to the rules of FCT and IPMA (980€).

Workplace: The work will be developed at the DivRP, at the IPMA Olhão, under the supervision of Dr. Miguel Gaspar.

Duration of the grant: The scholarship will have duration of 6 months and is foreseen to begin on 1st January 2017, eventually renewable.

Academic education: MSc in Marine Biology, Marine Biology and Fisheries, Biology or equivalent.

Methods and selection criteria: Only candidates that have a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in projects related to benthic macrofauna will be admitted. The criteria that will be applied are the following: A – Experience in sampling benthic communities, namely sample sorting and identification of the species present in samples (30%) – 2 values by project up to 20 values; B – Ample knowledge on the bivalve species that occur along the Portuguese coast with participation on monitoring surveys with a minimum duration of 10 days (30%) – 4 values by project up to 20 values; C – Experience in the analysis of sediment namely in the determination of sediment granulometry, organic matter, water content and carbonates (30%) – 4 values by project up to 20 values; D – Scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals in the research field of the conquest (10%) – 2 values by scientific article up to 20 values. An interview will be carried to all candidates that will attain a CV classification higher than 15 values. The interview will have a weight of 50% and will be classified according to the following criteria: A – Expression and discourse ability (30%); B – Motivation, knowledge and personal interests (40%); C – Ability to work in a team and own initiative (30%). For each of the criteria defined for the interview the following score will be applied: Insufficient – 5 values; Sufficient – 10 values; Good – 13 values; Very Good – 17 values; Excellent – 20 values.

Applications: Applications must be formalized mandatorily under penalty of exclusion, by sending:

· Form available at:…/formulario_candidatura_cc_ipma_v1.2.pdfApplication Letter;

· Detailed CV and signed;

· Photocopies of the Certificate of Qualification/ Diplomas;

· Photocopies of the documents attesting the professional skills/experiences and letters of recommendation.

Note: During the recruitment process, the original of the requested documents may be required by the jury, as well the evidence of valid identification document, or residence permit for foreign nationals.

Submission of applications: Applications must be submitted by the deadline set in this notice, using one of the following means:

a) In electronic format to It is mandatory that the subject of the email message state the full reference of the call, otherwise the application could not be admitted;

b) By post mail to the following address: Rua C do Aeroporto, 1749-077 Lisboa, Portugal. The stamp date will be the date of the application to the call.

c) In person at IPMA facilities located in Rua C do Aeroporto, 1749-077 Lisboa, Portugal.

Jury members:

President: Dr. Miguel Gaspar
1st Effective Member: Dra. Domitilia Matias
2nd Effective Member: Dr. Paulo Vasconcelos
1st Substitute Member: Dr. Rui Coelho
2nd Substitute Member: Dra. Ana Moreno

Application deadline: this offer is available for 10 (ten) business days from its publication at the IPMA website.

Publication of results / notification: The final evaluation results will be publicized in a visible and public place through a list sorted by final score, and the candidates notified by email.

Important note:
· The opening announcement should be consulted on the IPMA website, available in

· Under exceptional situations and properly justified the jury of the contest may abdicate of the hearing of interested parties

· In case of any discrepancy between the announcement in Portuguese and in English, will prevail announcement in Portuguese.

· The jury reserves the right not to make an award if candidates of sufficient merit do not apply.
· The present offer does not give any rights to the candidates.
· The recruitment of candidates will depend on the settlement of revenue.
· For any further information or clarifications please contact

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