CALL FOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP | Sustainable Plastics | 905559

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Universidade de Coimbra

13 Jun 2023
Job Information

Universidade de Coimbra
Divisão de Projetos e Atividades (Bolsas)
Research Field
Engineering » Chemical engineering
Engineering » Biomedical engineering
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
28 Jun 2023 – 23:00 (Europe/Lisbon)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Hours Per Week
Offer Starting Date
15 Jun 2023
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Reference Number
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

University of Coimbra opens a call for one research fellowship, in the framework of the  project “Sustainable Plastics” (reference:7094), financed by PRR – Recovery and Resilience Plan and by the Next Generation EU European Funds, following NOTICE No. 02/C05-i01/2022, Component 5 – Capitalization and Business Innovation – Mobilizing Agendas for Business Innovation, in the following conditions:


Scientific area: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and similars.


Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements: Master’s Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and similars enrolled in non-academic degree courses integrated in the educational project of a higher education institution or enrolled in a PhD. Experience in the field of polymeric materials.

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 Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.


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 that have not exceeded two years to be fulfilled in different scholarship contracts.


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.


Work plan/Objectives: Development of PLA/Cellulose composites to replace machine components currently produced with polystyrene.


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: Department of Chemical Engineering  at the University of Coimbra.


Duration: 12 months.


Renewal: Eventually renewable



Scientific orientation: Arménio Coimbra Serra.


Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 1199,64  corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table ( ), plus social security (Seguro Social Voluntário, first level contributions) and  to this value is added the payment of the doctoral fee, in the maximum amount of €2,750.00, in the case of students enrolled in a doctoral course at the University of Coimbra, supported by its own income 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: Curriculum evaluation – 70% and Interview – 30%.


Selection criteria: The assessment of the curriculum evaluation will focus on the following parameters:

Absolute merit of the curriculum vitae – 70%

Adequacy of the candidate’s profile to the work plan to be developed – 30%.

The assessment of the interview will focus on the following parameters:

Motivation and interest – 40%

Knowledge and profile suitable for the functions to be developed – 30%

Expression capacity and verbal fluency – 30%..


Jury responsible for selection: Ana Clotilde Amaral Loureiro da Fonseca (President); Maria Goreti Ferreira Sales (1st Effective Member); Jorge Fernando Jordão Coelho (2nd Effective Member); Luísa Maria Rocha Durães (1st Alternate Member) e Maria Elisa da Silva Serra (2nd Alternate Member).


Formalization of application: Applications must be formalized by sending a Motivation Letter, Curriculum Vitae and Certificate of Qualifications.

The aforementioned Declaration must be formalized in a specific form on the platform.


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 through .


Submission of applications: Between 15/06/2023 and 28/06/2023.


Submission deadline date: 28/06/2023.


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: Yes, up to three months before the end of the project, as long as the maximum duration of the grant provided for in the applicable regulations is not exceeded

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