Call for a fixed-term research contract: Call IMAR /research contract/2019

IMAR – Institute of Marine Research is opening a call for applications for a fixed-term research contract. The selected candidate will sign a temporary contract, according to the code of the Portuguese labour, article 140º, nº3, with the duration of 12 months, starting on May 2019.

Position description: The candidate will work and coordinate the research activities developed under projects currently ongoing at IMAR. Institute of Marine Research.In addition, the candidate will be required to contribute to achieving the strategic mission of the R&D Centre,  by overseeing and assisting all ongoing and future marine mammal research and monitoring initiatives, providing technical information and advice to the regional and national authorities and to international organizations on issues concerning marine mammals, and mentoring post-docs and students.

Work plan: The candidate will have the following coordination, research and advisory responsibilities:

1. Coordinate and participate in the collection of new mesopelagic and megafauna distribution and biomass/abundance data in the wider Azores region;

2. Coordinate and participate in the compilation of existing data and collection of new data to assess trophic links within the mesopelagic community and with megafauna in the North Atlantic;

3. Coordinate and develop state-of-the-art distribution and movement models of megafauna, and estimate spatial and temporal interactions between key mesopelagic species and their megafauna predators in the North Atlantic;

4. Coordinate and participate in the collection and analysis of passive acoustic and behavioural data of baleen whales in the Azores to estimate calling rates;

5. Develop methods for ranging and location of baleen whales using passive acoustic recorders;

6. Develop guidelines for density estimation of baleen whales from passive acoustic recorders;

7. Perform supervisory duties over project staff, including recruitment, assigning and reviewing work assignments, and mentor post-docs and students;

8. Coordinate and write project reports and scientific articles in the field of this call;

9. Provide support and information on issues related to marine mammals to regional, national and international authorities and organizations, including writing and reviewing report assessments for ICES, OSPAR, MSFD, and Habitats Directive;

10. Promote and coordinate new research initiatives (e.g. EU H2020, national and regional funding) and collaborations.

Admission requirements: Candidates must hold a PhD degree in marine ecology or biology, or a related field. Candidates must have at least 5 years of post-PhD experience as an independent researcher with relevant experience in the scientific field of research and demonstrating scientific independence. Scientific independence is demonstrated through scientific competence, originality and international recognition, by experience in supervising postdocs, PhD, MSc and undergraduate students, and by the research funds attracted at national or international level. Candidates should be able to demonstrate scientific leadership, a good publication record in the field of the call, a good knowledge of marine mammals in the Azores region, and an exemplary performance in oral and written communication in English. Candidates are also required to have:

1. Experience in advanced statistical analyses of animal distribution and movement data;

2. Experience in advanced modelling of capture-recapture data;

3. Experience in the analysis of passive acoustic monitoring data and of cetacean sounds;

4. Experience in the analysis of diet and trophic markers data;

5. Experience in fieldwork with cetaceans, including with photo-identification, biopsy sampling, deployment of satellite and suction-cup tags;

6. Strong project management skills and experience (including technical, administrative and financial aspects);

7. Knowledge of key EU Directives and legal instruments for marine nature conservation.

An important component of the position is advice to regional and national authorities and therefore preference will be given to candidates with advanced oral and written communication skills in Portuguese.

Applicable legislation: The contract is to address a temporary need of IMAR, during the period strictly necessary for this purpose, on an exclusive basis as mandated by IMAR-Institute do Mar contract regulations and Portuguese legislation, in particular the Portuguese Labour Code. The contract will remain active from the date of signature until the end of the project´s funding, or completion of the work. The contract expires when predicting the occurrence of the term, IMAR communicates this information to the Researcher, with at least seven, 30 or 60 days as the contract has lasted up to six months, six months to two years or longer period.

Working location: The work will be developed at IMAR- Instituto do MAR, based at the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of the Azores in Horta (Faial Island).

Contract duration: The contract will be valid for 12 months, renewable up to a maximum of 36 months within the timeframe of the funding projects, and according to the Portuguese law. Under no circumstances will the contract be in force beyond the period required for execution of the projects and may not exceed the legal limit of three years.

Compensation: The researcher will be paid according to the Portuguese regulations on public service under the category of Investigador Auxiliar (index 195) and all other benefits foreseen in the Portuguese legislation.

Selection criteria: The selection of candidates will be based on curriculum evaluation, taking into account the academic record and the demonstration of the capabilities listed in the admission requirements. Interviews may be conducted to better assess the capability of candidates.

Application submission: The call will be open from 13th March to 26th March 2019. Applications must be submitted by email, with the subject “Call – IMAR /research contract/2019” to imar.secretariado@gmail.comwiththe following documents: letter of motivation with justification of skills for the position, detailed Curriculum Vitae, and copy of university degrees and other certificates. Failure to submit the requested documents will be reason for exclusion of the application.

Evaluation committee: Dr. Mário Rui Pinho (President of the committee), Dr. João Gonçalves (vogal) and Dr. Pedro Afonso (vogal). The composition of the evaluation committee may be changed in case of eventual conflict of interests with competing candidates.

Notification of results: The final results will be presented in a list ranked by the candidates’ final scores, to be sent by e-mail to all applicants. The successful candidate will be notified via email. If the decision is unfavourable, the candidates have 10 working days to appeal. IMAR reserves the right to cancel this process and not select any candidate, if no candidate presents the required academic training, the qualifications and/or does not meet the conditions and/or profile deemed necessary for the efficient execution of activity.