University of Coimbra opens a call for one research fellowship, in the framework of the REGENERAR project “REGENERAR - Improving the Effectiveness and Safety of Epigenetic Editing in Brain Regeneration” (reference: Grant Agreement n.º 101129812), financed by European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) under grant agreement N.º 101129812, in the following conditions:
Scientific area: Pharmacy, biomedical research, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, biology, biochemistry and similar areas.
Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements: Master, with academic studies in the scientific area of Pharmacy, biomedical research, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, biology, biochemistry and similar areas enrolled in a course not conferring an academic degree..
“Courses not conferring an academic degree” must be related to the research fellowship’s activity type. “Courses not conferring an academic degree” are the courses referred to in paragraph e) of number 3 of article 4 of Decree-Law no. 74/2006, of 24 March, in the current wording, provided that they are developed in association or cooperation between the higher education institution and one or more R&D units, in accordance with the provisions of paragraph e) of article 3 of the Regulation for Research Fellowships of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).
Although the recipients must be enrolled in a cycle of studies leading to the attribution of an academic degree or in a course not conferring an academic degree, at the time of application it is not necessary for the candidate to have made such an enrollment, and proof of enrollment must be presented until the fellowship is contractualized. Candidates are only required to meet the requirements to enroll in the training offer. If there are candidates already enrolled (including attending a course), they compete on an equal footing with those who are not enrolled.
According to the RBI in paragraph 5 of article 6, it only admits BI attributions to graduates and masters enrolled in cycles of study that do not confer an academic degree who have not exceeded two years to be fulfilled in different scholarship contracts.
Work plan/ Objectives: The project REGENERAR (project duration: 4 years; beginning: March 1st, 2024) aims to develop a non-viral delivery formulation up to TRL4 for the delivery of a gene editing formulation to reprogram cells. The formulation may be used to induce regeneration in tissues with limited capacity for self-repair. The consortium includes 6 partners from 3 EU Member states, including 2 academic institutions (UC, Portugal and Munich University, Germany), 1 research institute (Fraunhofer Institute, Germany), 1 biotech SME (ST, Sweden), 1 large company (Hovione, Portugal) and 1 project management company (SPI, Portugal).
The candidate will contribute for: (i) the preparation and characterization of a gene editing
formulation and (ii) evaluation of the editing process by spatial transcriptomics.
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 fellowship holder is awarded the Fellowship Statute of the UC, in its current wording, according to the Research Fellowship Holder Statute , and according to the Regulation for Research Fellowships of the Foundation for Science and Technology, both in their current wording.
Location: UC-Biotech, Cantanhede at the University of Coimbra.
Duration: 6 (six) months.
Scientific orientation: Lino da Silva Ferreira.
Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 1.199,64 (one thousand one hundred and ninety nine euros and sixty four cents) corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table (https://www.fct.pt/en/financiamento/programas-de
financiamento/bolsas/), 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 fellowship duration.
Selection methods: Curricular Evaluation (50%) and Interview (50%).
Selection criteria: The following criteria will be considered in curricular evaluation: - Adequacy of the candidate´s profile to the work plan to be developed (100%).
For the Interview, the following criteria will be considered: - Ability to express oneself and verbal fluency (40%); - Motivation and Interest (60%);
Only the 60 best candidates on the Curricular Evaluation will be considered for Interview.
The Selection Jury reserves the right not to select any candidate if it is verified that none has the appropriate profile to carry out the functions.
Jury responsible for selection:
President: Lino da Silva Ferreira
Effective Vowel: Luís Miguel Beicinha Branco Estronca
Effective Vowel: Susana Margarida Neto Simões
Substitute Vowel: Aji Alex Moothedathu Raynold
Substitute Vowel: Susana Carvalho Rosa.
Formalization of application: Applications must be formalized by sending the following
documents: - Motivation Letter; - References; - Curriculum Vitae, and - Declaration mentioned below.
Declaration on the honor of the candidate(s) with the indication of the fellowship(s) of the typology to which the contest was held and the respective duration(s).
Applicants with academic degrees obtained abroad will be required to present a Certificate of Recognition in accordance with applicable law. This document is mandatory only in the contractualization phase.
Applications submission: Applications must be submitted in https://apply.uc.pt.
Submission of applications: Between 02/02/2024 and 29/02/2024
Additional information: The evaluation results will be announced within 90 working 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 fellowship.
In case of resignation or withdrawal of the selected candidate, the next candidate with the highest evaluation score will be notified immediately.
Once the selection process is completed, the fellowship contract will be drawn up in accordance
with the draft contract provided by the FCT.
After the contracted period, the fellowship holder and supervisor must prepare the final report in accordance with the respective assessment criteria that were established.
Pursuant to subparagraph h) of Article 9 of the Portuguese Constitution, the University of Coimbra, as employer, actively promotes a policy of equal opportunities between men and women in access to employment and professional development, and acts to prevent each and every kind of discrimination.
Therefore, no one can be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right or immune from any duty on account of, in particular, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, family, economic situation, education, origin or social condition, genetic heritage, reduced work capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic or racial origin, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and trade union membership.
Selection reserve list: N.A..