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International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme 2017

  1. Date: 7.12.2017
  2. Location: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisboa - Portugal
  3. Employer: Champalimaud Foundation and Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
  4. Job type: Full Time
  5. Position: Research Fellowship
  6. Application start: 11.12.2017             Application ends: 11.1.2018

  7. A Call for 8 Doctoral fellowships (Bolsa de Doutoramento) is open at the Champalimaud Foundation (Fundação D.Anna de Sommer Champalimaud e Dr.Carlos Montez Champalimaud) in the context of the project Programa de Doutoramento – PD/325/2012 – financed by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) / Ministério da Educação e Ciência (PIDDAC) under the International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme (INDP), for its 2017 edition, with classes starting in March 2018. The award of such grants is dependent on the receipt of the required documentation and the budgetary availability of the funding entity, the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) / Ministério da Educação e Ciência (PIDDAC).

    1. Scientific Area: Neuroscience

    2. Requirements for admission: Applicants must hold a Masters degree and/or a 4+ year undergraduate degree.
    Notwithstanding that established in the numbers below, applicants for the fellowships that are directly funded by FCT should comply with the following:
    a) Be Portuguese citizens, or citizens of other European Union member states;
    b) Be third-country nationals holders of valid residence permits or who have acquired long-term resident status, pursuant to Law no. 23/2007, of 4 July and amended by Law no. 29/2012 of 9 August;
    c) Be nationals of third-countries with which Portugal has signed reciprocity agreements.
    d) Be nationals of third-countries when, in the respective call for funding, an individual interview based selection method is foreseen. Only citizens who have permanent residence in Portugal may apply for fellowships for which the work programme is to be entirely or partially carried out in foreign institutions (after curricular year).

    3. Factors preferred: Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to tackle difficult intellectual challenges, to learn new skills and ways of thinking and to work passionately as part of a research team. Predoctoral training in quantitative disciplines (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science), biological sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, bioengineering) or related fields is important. Sound knowledge of English language is crucial for the applicant’s success.

    4. Work plan: Admitted students will complete one semester of intensive courses and will be able to perform rotations in CR laboratories (www.research.fchampalimaud.org). Courses are led by distinguished local and invited international scientists. The topics of instruction include among others sensory & motor systems, animal learning, social neuroscience, integrative physiology or data analysis. All courses have a practical component such as programming exercises, small projects, and experimental work in the INDP dedicated teaching laboratory.

    5. Legislation framework: A fellowship contract will be celebrated according to the regulations defined by FCT “Regulations for Advanced Training and Qualification of Human Resources”, in accordance with Law 40/2004, of 18 August, as amended and republished by Decree-Law No. 202/2012 of 27 August, and as amended by Decree-Law No. 233/2012 of 29 October and by Law No. 12/2013, of January 29, and Decree-Law No. 89/2013 of 9 July and also by the FCT, I.P. Fellowships Regulation (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/docs/RegulamentoBolsasFCT2015.pdf) and Champalimaud Foundations’ Fellowship Regulations.

    6. Place of work: The Programme is hosted at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, Portugal, a leading centre for research, technology and clinical care.

    7. Fellowship duration: Full tuition and stipend to perform courses and thesis work will be ensured for selected applicants for a period of up-to 4 years, renewable every 12 months in accordance with the Regulation of Research Fellowships from the Foundation for Science and Technology. Selected candidates must be in exclusivity regime with this fellowship.

    8. Monthly allowance: The fellowship amounts to € 980,00 in accordance with the values of the fellowships awarded directly by the FCT, IP. (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores).
    The fellowship will be paid monthly by bank transfer. The fellowship holder will have a personal accident insurance and, if not covered by any social protection scheme, can ensure the right to social security through adherence to the voluntary social insurance scheme.

    9. Selection method: Candidates will be assessed, at a first stage, on the quality of their CV, including degrees, marks and contents of curricular units completed, extracurricular activities, and professional experience (35%), letters of recommendation (35%) and motivation letter (30%). First stage marks will be from 1 to 5 (1 being the highest).
    The top ranked applicants (up to 30) will be invited to interview (via web or on site at CCU). During interviews candidates will be evaluated on their ability to present their previous research, to understand and articulate scientific questions, to think critically about experiments and to demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, the challenges of a PhD. Second stage marks will be from 1 to 5 (1 being the highest).
    Final marks will attributed by weighted average of first stage (60%) and second stage (40%) marks.

    10. Selection Committee: For the upcoming edition the Committee will be composed of Joseph Paton, Ph.D. (PI at Champalimaud Research and INDP Director), Eugenia Chiappe, Ph.D. (PI at Champalimaud Research), Christian Machens, Ph.D. (PI at Champalimaud Research) and Christa Rhiner, Ph.D. (PI at Champalimaud Research)

    11. Publication/notification of results: Evaluation results will be sent to all applicants by e-mail and the alphabetical ordered list of all applicants will be posted at the Champalimaud Research website (www.research.fchampalimaud.org). Those to whom the decision was unfavorable have a period of 10 working days, after receiving notice of the decision, to contest the decision in reply to the notification sent by email.

    12. Deadlines: This call for applications is open from December 11th, 2017 to January 11th, 2018.

    13. Application: ~ Motivation letter stating the applicant’s motivation to join the International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme and an outline of their academic trajectory. ~ Curriculum Vitae including, if available, a complete list of academic courses (University level) previously followed, and respective grades and diplomas; Two reference letters from two people who can speak to your potential as a PhD student ~ Supporting documents attesting that the applicant fulfills all the required conditions for the relevant type of fellowship, namely certificates of all the academic degrees obtained; If foreign proof of request of equivalence/recognition (http://www.dges.gov.pt/pt/pagina/equivalencia-reconhecimento?plid=374);

    Applications must be written in English and should be submitted through the form made available here

    Foreign candidates selected for interview must arrange for visa and diploma certification when applicable. INDP office will assist with such arrangements.
    Interviews are planned for January 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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