Bolsa de Investigação: ARDITI-CQM/2017/004-STMG-SEM

Job: Science and Technology Management Grant (STMG);
Job/Fellowship Reference: ARDITI-CQM/2017/004-STMG-SEM;
Main research field: Chemistry;

Sub research field: Instrumental techniques;

Job summary

This call invites applications for one (1) Ph.D. researcher with experience in Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) under the scope of the project “M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000005 - Centro de Química da Madeira - CQM+” cofunded by PROGRAMA OPERACIONAL REGIONAL DA MADEIRA 2014-2020 (MADEIRA 14-20).

Job description

This call is under the scope of the project “M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000005 - Centro de Química da Madeira - CQM+” cofunded by PROGRAMA OPERACIONAL REGIONAL DA MADEIRA 2014-2020 (MADEIRA 14-20).

CQM+ is a project hosted by ARDITI - Regional Agency for the Development of Research, Technology and Innovation and has as direct beneficiary the CQM – Centro de Química da Madeira/Madeira Chemistry Research Centre. The aim of the operation is to strengthen the research and innovation potential of CQM, to increase its critical mass and to strengthen research and innovation in the thematic areas identified as priorities  by the Research and Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy of Madeira (RIS3-RAM): "Health and Well-being", "Agro-Food Quality", "Bio-Sustainability" and the "Marine Resources and Technologies".

CQM is a national R&D institution supported and internationally evaluated by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). The research center is hosted by the University of Madeira, which is located in Madeira Island, Portugal.  The research center performs world-class research in the fields of Natural Products and Materials and is currently reinforcing its research team with highly motivated and qualified researchers coming from all over the world. The recruited personnel will integrate a young, dynamic, and multicultural team focused on the development of new solutions for the improvement of human health, agro-food quality, and bio-sustainability (including the sustainable use of marine resources) aimed at improving scientific knowledge and the well-being of the Society.


This call invites applications for one (1) Ph.D. researcher with experience in Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).

Presently, 3 calls for Ph.D. researchers are open – 1 for a Ph.D. researcher with experience in Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), 1 for a Ph.D. researcher with expertise in Mass Spectrometry (MS) and 1 for a Ph.D. researcher with expertise in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). Interested candidates should only apply for one of these positions.

  • The selection process will be based on the principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, religion, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issue. Selection will be made only based on merit and following the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Commission Recommendation, Brussels, 11.3.2005, 2005/251/EC) and the recommendations from the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).
  • CQM is a recognized “refugee welcoming organization" by the European Commission, follows the European Charter for Researchers and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.
Admission Requirements

Candidates for this position (“Science and Technology Management Grants”) should have a Ph.D. degree and, at least, 3 years of recognized research experience using SEM. Candidates with shorter experience in the technique, but with an outstanding Curriculum Vitae in the area of application, may also be considered. Experience in equipment management and maintenance will be valued in the evaluation process.


The candidate will have the following main specific responsibilities:
  • Development of scientific research using Scanning Electron Microscopy, including in collaboration with other researchers at CQM in the field of natural products and nanomaterials;
  • Technical maintenance of the SEM equipment, as well as optimization, implementation, and updating of techniques and procedures;
  • Training of young researchers in the SEM technique;
  • Participation in general CQM activities, such as science spreading and conference/course organization.
Scientific guidance and workplace

The successful candidate will be integrated into the CQM team headed by Professor João Rodrigues and, their work will be supervised by a Senior member of CQM with expertise in the field.
Workplace will be at CQM - Madeira Chemistry Research Centre, Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal


The successful candidates are expected to join the CQM team by September 2017. The contract will be for 1 year, renewable up to 3 years.


€1995 (Science and Technology Management Grant) free of taxes; ARDITI postdoctoral stipend and regulations are determined by ‘FCT-Fundação para a Ciência Tecnologia’.

Evaluation criteria

Candidates will be evaluated and ranked based on their Curriculum Vitae/research activity (maximum 25 points), experience in SEM (maximum 40 points), and research proposal (maximum 25 points). The 3 best-ranked candidates will be invited for interviews (online interviews; maximum 10 points).

Selection panel

João Rodrigues (Ph.D.), Helena Tomás (Ph.D.), Nuno Nunes (Ph.D.), José Câmara (Ph.D.) (alternate member of the Jury).

Application contents

The applicants should submit:
  • the Curriculum Vitae with the ORCID number, RESEARCHID and SCOPUS AUTHOR ID;
  • summary of the scientific and curricular path, with a selection of the main activities and results achieved in the last three years;
  • qualification certificates in Portuguese or translated into English and certified;
  • a complete list of publications;
  • a detailed description of their experience in SEM;
  • a brief proposal (maximum 5000 characters) of a 3-year research project to be developed at CQM using SEM and taking into consideration the research areas to be developed under the scope of the project CQM+: "Health and Well-being", "Agro-Food Quality", "Bio-Sustainability" and the "Marine Resources and Technologies".;
  • the contact (email address, professional telephone number, and address) of 3 referees;
  • other supporting documents considered relevant for the evaluation of the application.
Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation.

Announcement of the results

An email message with the result of the recruitment process will be sent to each applicant.

Application submission and deadline

Applications should be submitted in English by email to the following address: Este endereço de email está protegido contra piratas. Necessita ativar o JavaScript para o visualizar.. The specific reference to the call must be indicated in the email subject.

Deadline for application: 02/06/2017, 17:00  (Lisbon/Madeira Island Time).
Note: The deadline for application may be extended at any time without previous notice having in mind the requirements for the positions under this call.



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