Research Fellow for PhDs on Pelagic food-web interactions and modeling

IMAR – Institute of Marine Research is opening a call for one fellowship for PhDs  within the frame of three projects: SUMMER – Sustainable management of mesopelagic resources” (H2020-EU.3.2.3.1, GA 817806), MEESO –  Ecologically and economically sustainable mesopelagic fisheries” (H2020-EU.3.2.3.1, GA 817669), and MISTIC SEAS III – Developing a coordinated approach for assessing Descriptor 4 via its linkages with D1 and other relevant descriptors in the Macaronesian sub-region (GA 110661/2018/794676/SUB/ENV.C2).

The research fellow have a maximum duration of 36 months, starting date on March 2020, or as soon as the selection process is completed.

1-Position description: The successful candidate will work on the assessment of food-web interactions and on the development and application of an ecosystem model for the pelagic ecosystem of the Azores using the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) model.

2- Scientific area. Marine Biology, Marine ecology or related field

3–  Admission requirements: Candidates must meet the following requirements to apply for the position:

C1 – Hold a PhD in Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, or related field, whose degree has been obtained in the three years prior to the date of the submission of the application;  C2 – Document solid background and working experience in trophic ecology; C3 – Good communication skills in English (written and spoken); C4 – Ability to travel internationally for project meetings and workshops.

In addition, candidates should demonstrate the following skills and qualities:

C5 – Good skills in numerical ecology and modelling, preferably in ecosystem modelling using the EwE and Ecospace modelling system;

C6 – Published peer-reviewed articles and reports in the scientific field of this call;

C7 – Ability to work independently, in international and multidisciplinary teams and to meet deadlines;

C8 – Participation in scientific cruises, experience in data collection (sampling) of marine organisms, and experience in laboratory work.

4- Work plan: The successful candidate will have the following specific tasks:

  • Participate in scientific cruises to collect data and samples for the projects, organize samples and assist with taxonomic identification of marine organisms;
  • Prepare samples for DNA, stable isotope, fatty acid and gut content analyses;
  • Identify and quantify trophic links from DNA, stable isotopes, fatty acids and gut contents;
  • Collate and organize data relevant for the EwE model;
  • Develop/modify and parameterize an EwE model for the pelagic ecosystem of the Azores, including megafauna predators;
  • Write and contribute to peer-reviewed publications;
  • Support students and research assistants in data analysis and fieldwork;
  • Participate in project meetings, workshops and events;
  • Assist in producing reports, project deliverables and background documents for meetings, throughout the duration of projects in a timely manner;
  • Assist with project management.

5- Applicable legislation:  Law Decrete nº 40/2004 of August 18, that established the Statute of the Scientific Research Fellow , with all the changes introduced: (Law Decrete nº 202/2012  of August, 27, Law Decrete nº 89/2013 of 9 July, Law Decrete nº 233/2012 of  29 october , Law nº 12/2013 of 29 January, Law Decrete nº 123/2019 of August 28) Research Fellowship Regulations of the Foundation for Science and Technology I.P. in force; https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/regulamento.phtml.pt

6- Workplace: The work will be developed at IMAR – Institute of Marine Research, hosted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceanography of the University of the Azores (DOP-UAc) in Horta (Faial Island), under the coordination of Dra. Mónica Almeida e Silva, Dr. Pedro Afonso and Dr. Telmo Morato.

7- Duration of the scholarship: The fellowship will have the maximum duration of 36 months, starting on March 2020, or as soon as the selection process is completed.

8- Compensation: The research fellow will receive a monthly allowance of 1,600.00 €, in accordance to the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) official table of fellowships (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores). The fellow will be covered by a personal insurance and voluntarily contribution to the national social security system.

9-Selection criteria: The selection of candidates will be based on curriculum evaluation, taking into account the academic record and the demonstration of the skills listed in the admission requirements. Candidates who do not meet admission requirements in points C1 to C4 will be excluded. Admitted candidates will be classified on a scale of 1 to 5 on the following evaluation criteria and weighting scheme: C5 (40%), C6 (40%), C7 (10%), C8(10%). Interviews may be conducted to better assess the capability of candidates.

10- Application submission: The call will be open from 13the to 26the February (10 working days).Applications must be submitted by email with the subject “Call IMAR/Postdoc – Food-web interactions and modeling”) to Doutora Mónica Almeida e Silva (monica.ca.silva@uac.pt,) CC: Dra Sandra Silva (sandra.eg.silva@uac.pt) with the 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 result in the exclusion of the applicant.

11- Evaluation committee: Dra. Mónica Almeida e Silva (President of the jury), Dr Pedro Afonso (vogal), Dr. Telmo Morato (vogal). The composition of the evaluation committee may be changed in case of eventual conflict of interests with competing candidates.

12- 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. The jury reserves the right not to award the scholarship based on the adequateness of the applications.