DammedFish - Doctorate via EURAXESS

University of Lisbon

Lisboa, Portugal 🇵🇹


University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA/ULisboa)

Notice of opening nº8070/2022, April 20, 2022.


1 – Following the proposal of the Science Council in the at a meeting of February 2, 2022, and after the approval by the President of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA), entitled by the Rector of the Universidade de Lisboa, as stated by Ordinance nr 11991/2021, dated December 6th 2021, an international competition procedure is open to hire one doctorate to develop research activities in the scientific field of Environmental and Earth Sciences for a public employment contract with term, regarding hydrographic network connectivity and interaction with fish biodiversity from a macroecological perspective, using statistical techniques of ecological modeling, connectivity quantification and geographic information systems, to carrying out tasks within the scope of the project entitled “Dammed Fish: Impact of structural and functional river network connectivity losses on fish biodiversity – optimizing management solutions”, with reference PTDC/CTA-AMB/4086/2021, approved within the scope of the IC&DT Projects Competition in All Scientific Domains and funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.


2 – Applicable laws:

a) Decree-law nr 57/2016 dated august 29, approving a PhD contract regime established to stimulate scientific and technologic employment in all areas of knowledge (RJEC), as worded by Law nr 57/2017 dated July 19, having also in consideration the Regulatory Decree nr 11-A/2017 dated December 29.

b) The general labour law for public employment (LTFP), approved by Law nr 35/2014, July 20, in its current wording and Ordinance 125-A/2019 dated April 30th.

c) Regulation nr 999/2016 dated October 31 – Regulation of Projects Funded Exclusively by National Funds.

3 – Under the terms of article 16 of Decree-Law nr 57/2016, dated August 29, the present competition procedure dismisses the authorization from the government members responsible for Finances and Public Administration areas, namely the ones mentioned on number 3 of article 7 of the LTFP; and is dismissed of obtaining previous favourable consent from government members responsible for Finances and Public Administration areas, as mentioned on the number 5 of article 30 of the LFTP, and of the recruitment procedure of workers in situations of requalification, as mentioned on the article 265 of the LFTP.

4 – In accordance with the article 13 of the RJEC, the jury for this competition has the following composition:

Doutor Paulo José de Lemos Branco Branco, Centro de Estudos Florestais do Instituto Superior de Agronomia da Universidade de Lisboa, Principal Investigator of the project (Jury president);

Prof.ª Doutora Maria Teresa Marques Ferreira, Centro de Estudos Florestais do Instituto Superior de Agronomia da Universidade de Lisboa;

Doutor José Maria Horta e Costa Silva Santos, Centro de Estudos Florestais do Instituto Superior de Agronomia da Universidade de Lisboa;

Doutor Gonçalo Filipe Fernandes Duarte, Centro de Estudos Florestais do Instituto Superior de Agronomia da Universidade de Lisboa (substitute);

Doutor Pedro Segurado, Centro de Estudos Florestais do Instituto Superior de Agronomia da Universidade de Lisboa (substitute).

5 – The work place will be located at Centro de Estudos Florestais from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia.

6 – The gross monthly remuneration is € 2.134,73, according to number 2 of article 3 of Regulatory Decree nr 10-B/2020, dated March 23, corresponding to the level 33 of the Standard Remuneration Table, approved by the Ordinance nr 1553-C/2008 dated December 31.

7 – The employment contract is the employment contract in public functions for a fixed term, for a period of three years, pursuant to the provisions of Decree-Law No. 57/2016 of August 29, in the wording given by Law No. 57/2017, July, 19.

8 – Will be considered national, foreign and stateless candidates holding a doctoral degree, in the knowledge field or speciality covering the Environmental and Earth Sciences scientific area or related, as well as those to whom, under the Decree-Law nr 341/2007 dated October 12, regulated by Ordinance nr 227/2017 of July 25, has been granted the whole rights of the title of Doctor, or to whom, under the terms of the Decree-Law nr 283/83 dated June 21, has been granted equivalence or the recognition of a doctoral degree, and are also holders of a scientific and professional curriculum revealing suited profile for the activities to be developed. The equivalence, degree recognition or registry of the doctoral degree must be obtained till the term of contract is signed in the case the candidate is ranked in an eligible position and has obtained the doctoral degree in a foreign country.

9 – The general admission requirements are defined by the article 17 of the LTFP and the special requirements by the previous item.

10 – Formalization of applications:

10.1 – Applications are formalized by means of an application form, available at https://www.isa.ulisboa.pt/go/nrhFormPhD, addressed to the President of ISA, stating the ref. of this notice, full name, identity card number and expiring date, or civil identification number, tax number, date and place of birth, profession, residence and contact address, e-mail address and telephonic contact.

10.2 – The candidate must give the consent for all communications and notifications regarding this competition procedure to be made by e-mail, to the address mentioned on the application form.

10.3 – The application must be accompanied by documentation supporting the conditions stipulated on items 8 and 9, in particular:

i) Certificate or diploma copy;

ii) PhD thesis or equivalent document determining the academic degree;

iii) Detailed C.V., structured in accordance with items 15 and 17, with remarks and attached copies of the works the candidate finds more relevant for both items 15 and 17;

iv) Other relevant documents for evaluating the qualification on related scientific area;

v) Other documents the candidate may find relevant for the analysis of the application.

10.4 – Candidates must send the documents mentioned on items 10.1 and 10.3 in PDF format to the e-mail address [email protected] until the last working day before the deadline for applications, which is set at 20 working days after the Publication of this notice on the Diário da República, on the Public Employment Pool, on the FCT, I.P. site and on the ISA site, in both Portuguese and English languages. The candidates may, on the grounds of the impossibility or technical difficulties regarding the e-mails containing any of the documents requested on items 10.1 and 10.3, deliver those in physical support, within the time limits mentioned above, by registered post with acknowledgement of receipt, to the postal address Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisboa, or by hand at the same address. If the candidate’s justification for not delivering the required documents electronically is not found reasonable, the President of the Jury allows a 5 working days period to the candidate to present them in digital support.

10.5 – The application form and the documents may be presented in Portuguese or English, notwithstanding the President of the Jury’s right if one of its members does not dominate the Portuguese language, to demand, on a reasonable timeline, that the candidate proceeds to translate to English any documents previously presented in Portuguese.

11 – By decision of the President of ISA, all candidates who do not include the documents mentioned on item 10 will not be admitted to the competition, being immediately excluded all candidates who have not presented the complete application form or all the documents mentioned on subparagraphs i) to iii) of item 10.3, or that present de documents in a non-legible form, filled incorrectly or considered invalid. The President of ISA may also demand any candidate to present documentary evidence regarding the declarations made, in case of doubt and for the purpose of the admission to the competition.

12 – False declarations given by candidates will be punished in the terms of the current Law.

13 – Approval on absolute merit:

13.1 – The Jury will deliberate on its approval or rejection on absolute merit voting by justified roll-call, where abstentions are not allowed.

13.2 – Will be considered approved on absolute merit the candidates that obtain a favourable vote from more than half of the members of the Jury.

13.3 – Will be approved on absolute merit the candidates with a scientific and curricular background considered relevant to the scientific area(s) of the competition, and taking into account their suitability for the additional criteria mentioned on item 17.5.

14 – According to article 5 of the RJEC, the selection will result from the evaluation of the scientific and curricular path of the candidates.

15 – The evaluation of the scientific and curricular path will focus on relevance, quality and timeliness of:

a) The scientific, technological, academic and cultural or artistic production from the last five years, and considered most relevant by the candidate.

16 – The five years period mentioned on the previous item may be increased by the Jury, upon the candidate’s request, for the suspension of the scientific activity by socially protected reasons, namely by parental leave, serious or protracted illness and other unavailability motifs legally protected, when substantiated and documented.

17 – The evaluation criteria contained in the present number are, and giving particular relevance to the curriculum vitae and the contributions considered most relevant by the candidate in the last 5 years:17.1 Quality of scientific, technological, cultural or artistic production, considered most relevant by the candidate, and relevant to the project to be developed, which was given a weighting factor of 100% considering (A):i) (AI) Scientific publications, with emphasis on peer-reviewed articles (50%).ii) (AII) Scientific and technological competences (50%), including:a) Experience working with large volumes of data and at a large spatial scale.b) Knowledge of fish ecology and inland waters.c) Experience in geographic information systems and spatial analysis.d) Experience in univariate and multivariate statistical treatment, including habitat suitability models.e) Experience in spatial connectivity models for rivers.f) Programming knowledge.h) Experience working with biodiversity data in hydrographic networks.

18 – The Jury may select up to ­­3 candidates approved on absolute merit, whom will be asked to make a presentation, with the sole purpose of clarifying aspects relating the results of their investigation and where the Jurors shall stimulate an open debate on its content and innovative character.

19 – The Jury, whenever finds required, may ask the candidate to present additional supporting documents to their statements, which may be relevant for the analysis and for the application classification.

20 – Assessment of the candidates:

20.1 – Each member of the jury assigned a classification to each of the candidates in each evaluation criterion, on a scale of 1 to 10 values, proceeding, proceeding to the ordering of the candidates according to their respective classification final classification by the sum of the partial classifications attributed in each evaluation criterion, and taking into account the weight attributed to each parameter and attributed by the following formula: A = 0.5AI + 0.5AII. The result of the presentation session and the final score will be formed by the following formula: C = 0.90A + 0.10B The final classification of each candidate is given by the arithmetic average of the classifications given by the members of the jury. In case of a tie, the President of the Jury will have the casting vote.

20.2 – Candidates are sorted through the successive voting method mentioned on number 3 and following, of the article 20 of the General Regulation of Calls from ULisboa, published by Ordinance nr 2307/2015, dated March 5.

20.3 – The Jury decides by absolute majority, and abstentions are not allowed.

20.4 – Each candidate’s final score matches its ranking position, resulting from the application of the method mentioned on item 20.2.

20.5 Candidate(s) who have obtained a rating lower than 5 values are considered not approved to the procedure;

21 – Every Jury meeting will be compiled in a minute report, with a summary of all that took place during the meeting, as well as the votes casted by each of the members including information to substantiate them, which will be given to any candidate, when requested.

22 – The Jury’s final deliberation will be approved by the President of ISA and the contract handling will be under the President of ISA responsibility, entitled by the Rector of the Universidade de Lisboa, as stated by Ordinance nr 208/2018, dated October 26.

23 – The list of admitted and excluded candidates, as well as the final ranking, will be posted at the ISA facilities, sited at Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisboa, online at the ISA website, being all candidates notified via e-mail with delivery receipt, without prejudice to articles 110 to 114 of the Administration Procedure Code.

24 – Previous hearing and final decision deadline: after being notified, the candidates have 10 working days to submit a formal rebuttal. The jury’s final decisions will be rendered within 30 days counted from the deadline for the presentation of applications.

25 – This competition addresses solely the specific vacancy filling, may cease until the candidates final list approval, and expires with the job vacancy occupation.

26 – Non-discrimination and equal access policies: ISA actively promotes a non-discrimination and equal access policy, under which no candidate can be favoured, befitted, hampered or deprived of any rights or exempt from duties based particularly on ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family circumstances, economic situation, education, origin or social condition, genetic heritage, reduced capacity for work, disabilities, chronic disease, nationality, ethnic origin or race, region of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and trade union membership.

27 – In accordance with the Decree-Law nr 29/2001, dated February 3, candidates with disabilities will have preferential rights when with the same score as other candidates, prevailing against any other legal preference. The candidates must state on the application form, on their honour, the level of incapacity, type of disability and the means of communication/expression to be used during the selection process, under the terms of the mentioned Decree-Law.

April 5, 2022. — The President of the Higher Institute of Agronomy, Prof. Doctor António Guerreiro de Brito

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