The PhD programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine seeks highly qualified and motivated students interested in emerging knowledge in life and health sciences, in learning advanced technical skills, and aiming at carrying out cutting-edge research and developing biotechnology and translational applications.
Candidates should hold a Master's Degree (or Pre-Bologna Bachelor's Degree) in Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Genetics or in another scientific field relevant for Biology and Biomedicine (e.g. Mathematics, Statistics, Computational Sciences, Physics)
Candidates without a Master’s degree may be considered provided they hold a particularly relevant academic or scientific CV that is recognized, by the Scientific Council of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research of the University of Coimbra, as attesting capacity to carry out the PhD program.
Proficiency in English as a working language is required since this is an international program.
The research work should directly involve groups of CNC but the students are allowed and encouraged to spend some time abroad in laboratories collaborating with CNC groups.
Selection process and criteria
Candidates are first evaluated based on their CVs, motivation letter and reference letters. Pre-selected candidates will be invited to an interview (face to face, preferably).
The Selection Committee includes the PDBEB coordinator(s) and CNC group leaders.
1st criteria: quality of CV, plus motivation and reference letters (35%)
CV (weight: 60%): quality of the academic and scientific achievements of the candidate (final classifications of Bachelor and Master degrees, research experience, and publications authored/co-authored by the candidate).
Motivation letter (weight: 20%)
Reference letters (weight: 20%)
2nd criteria: Interview (weight: 65%)
The interview may address scientific knowledge, critical thinking, science and society issues, drive for the program, awareness of scientific challenges and other topics deemed important by the evaluators.
How to apply
Applications are submitted online at UC InforEstudante
- Academic degree certificate(s) with final grade (not required for UC graduates)
Candidates may submit their application conditionally if they do not yet have the certificate, or other mandatory documents, by the end of the application deadline, provided they will be able to hand the certificate at the time of the publication of the final ranking list. Please note: if the documents are necessary for the evaluation and ranking of the application, they must be submitted before the end of the seriation deadline.
Recognition of foreign academic degrees may be necessary
- Motivation letter (should address previous experience, motivation for science, reasons for choosing this particular PhD program, and career prospects)
- Reference letters (should be written on institutional headed paper and include the referee’s signature)
- National ID card or Passport
Specific conditions for applying to the program should be verified every year at the UC website.
Annual fee: 2750 €
Application deadlines for the 2022/2023 academic to be published when made available by UC.
Usually the 1st call is in April, the 2nd call in mid June/mid July, and the 3rd call in October.
Details of application deadlines for the 2022/2023 academic year are available here.
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