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International call for a PhD Holder position to pursue scientific research activities

  1. Date: 7.4.2021
  2. Location: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
  3. Employer: Champalimaud Foundation
  4. Job type: Full Time
  5. Position: Postdoctoral Positions
  6. Application start: 7.4.2021             Application ends: 16.5.2021

  7. Fundação D. Anna de Sommer Champalimaud e Dr. Carlos Montez Champalimaud (Champalimaud Foundation), a private, non-profit research institution, is opening a call for a post-doctoral researcher. Eligible candidates must hold a PhD or Doctorate degree and will be offered an employment contract with unknown term, within the scope of the research project entitled “Searching for the principles of collective motion and collective decisions: a new generation of experiments and models based on interpretable AI “, funded by Portuguese National Funds (PIDDAC).

    CALL reference: CPD P2055 Polavieja Apr2021

    The contract is to be entered into by and between the Champalimaud Foundation and the selected candidate in accordance with all applicable legislation, including Law-Decree 57/2016, of the 29th of August of 2016 in its current edition and the General Labour Code, as well as the internal rules and regulations of the Champalimaud Foundation, taking into account the conditions set out in the above mentioned Law-Decree for the recruitment of PhD Holders within the scope of research projects funded by public funds.

    The employment contract is with unknown term, starting within the 30 days after this call closing date. Notwithstanding, the parties may, at any time, wish to celebrate a permanent employment contract.

    The contract of employment resulting from this vacancy will expire due to the supervening, absolute and definitive impossibility of being given continuity if its respective funding is terminated without prejudice to the communication of its termination to the worker, in accordance with the provisions of article 345 of the Labor Code.

    Job description:


    The candidate will need to modify the tracking system idtracker.ai, perform experiments with fish collectives and perform analysis and modelling using state-of-the-art machine learning methods.


    Candidates should have a PhD in Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics, or similar fields.

    Minimum Requirements: Experience in mathematical modelling, machine learning and Python.

    Preferential Factors: Mathematical modelling.


    The monthly remuneration to be attributed is the 33rd level of the single remuneration table (TRU), approved by Portaria nº 1553-C/2008, of December 31st, and updated by DL nº 10/2021, of February 1 starting at a base salary of 2,134.73 Euros.


    The candidate’s selection will fully observe all applicable legislation and will consist in the evaluation of the scientific and curricular backgrounds of the candidates, with particular attention given to the relevance, quality, actuality and adequacy of the aforementioned backgrounds, to be weighed as follows:

    - motivation letter: 15%;

    - curriculum vitae: 70%.

    Evaluation scale: Each application shall be evaluated by the jury in a scale from 0% (not adequate) to 85% (excellent). Should there be a draw, candidates will be invited to interview (5%), reference letters shall be requested (5%) and it shall also by evaluated the potential contribution of the candidate to the ongoing Lab’s research (5%).

    Evaluation methodology: Final evaluation will be based on the above-mentioned criteria. In the event of equal score between the top candidates, the jury will interview each candidate, the result of such interview to serve as the sole tie-breaker. The interview will focus on the research output (co-)produced by the candidates, namely in terms of content, novelty and innovation.

    Based on the above, candidates will be ranked to reflect their global evaluation. A meeting minutes will record each jury meeting.


    The jury is composed by:

    Chair: Gonzalo G. de Polavieja
    Member: Francisco J. H. Heras
    Member: David Mendez
    Alternate member: Alfonso Renart
    Alternate member: Ruth Diez del Corral


    Applications will be accepted from 07th April to 16th May.

    Application materials

    Candidates must complete this application form and submit a single annexed .pdf document containing a motivation letter and the Curriculum Vitae, both written in English.

    Call reference is essential, please copy paste: CDP P2055 Polavieja Apr2021

    Proof of qualifications (certificates) will be required at a later date for formalization of the fellowship/contract agreement. Applicants must be willing to relocate to Lisbon, Portugal and start ~5 weeks after your interview date.

    All candidates who formalize their application incorrectly or who fail to provide the requirements imposed by this tender are excluded from admission. In case of doubt, the panel is entitled to request further documentation to support candidate statements.

    Notification of Results: The highest scoring candidate will be notified by email or telephone. All other candidates will be notified solely by email.

    Prior hearing and deadline for final decision: After being notified, candidates will have 10 work days to present a claim by email. If no claim is received by the Champalimaud Foundation, the jury’s decision will become definitive.

    The present call has the sole purpose of filling the indicated research position. This call may be cancelled at any time on or before the jury’s evaluation of all eligible candidates and the recruitment process shall be concluded on the day of the full execution of the employment contract between the Champalimaud Foundation and the selected candidate.

    Non-discrimination and equal access policy: The Champalimaud Foundation actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so that no candidate can be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right, on basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, economic situation, education, social origin or condition, genetic heritage, reduced working capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological convictions, and trade union membership.

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