Bolseiro de Investigação

Publicado 16 Maio 2018

Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier ITQB NOVA

Outra Cidade (Educação / Formação)

Education: Candidates with a Master?s degree and education in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, or similar areas.

Other requirements:
We are looking for a young, highly motivated and creative researcher, to take part in a project that will advance the state-of-the art of membrane simulations.
Preference will be given to candidates that:
  • are eager to participate in an ambitious project involving different computation techniques;
  • look forward to learning and employing basic and advanced modeling techniques;
  • are proficient in English;
  • are motivated to progress as PhD students;
  • are available to start by July 2018.
A half-page motivation letter must be included stating the candidate?s expertise and how it blends into this project.

Work Plan:
This fellowship focuses on identifying of the limitations involved in membrane pore simulations with the Martini model. Advanced modeling techniques will be employed to force a system into porated states and visualizing elements that oppose this.

The fellow will develop work and gain expertise in:
  • The simulation of biologically relevant events;
  • The visualization of structural and dynamic data;
  • The use of advanced enhanced-sampling methods;
  • An applied use of open-source software and operating system.

More information about the mission of the MOSTMICRO unit is available at

Applicable Law and Regulations: Law 40/2004 of 18 August (?Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação Científica?), changed and republished by Ordinance 202/2013 of 27 August and changed by Ordinance 233/2012 of 29 October and by Law 12/2013 of 29 January and by Ordinance 89/2013 of 9 July; Fellowship Regulations of Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P. ? Law in force (; Fellowship Regulations of Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB).

Working place: The candidates will work at ITQB NOVA (Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica), Oeiras, at the Multiscale Modeling Lab, under the supervision of Doctor Manuel Nuno Melo.

Duration of the Fellowship: 6 months renewable up to 18 months. The start date is planned for July 2018. The scholarship will be awarded on an exclusive basis, as stated in Fellowship Regulations of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. ? 2013 and on Fellowship Regulations of Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB).

Monthly allowance: The grant amounts to ? 980, according to the table of values of grants awarded directly by the FCT, I.P. in the Country ( and payment will be made, monthly, through bank transfer.

Selection criteria: The selection method will be 100% based on curriculum evaluation with interview only in case of a tie. For these cases, the interview will have a weight of 25% and the curriculum evaluation 75%.

Jury: Applications will be evaluated by a jury composed of Doctor Manuel Nuno Melo, Professor Doctor Cláudio Soares, Doctor Diana Lousa, Doctor António Baptista (substitute), Doctor Tiago Cordeiro (substitute), and Doctor Alvaro Crevenna (substitute).

Documents for application: Applications must indicate the reference of the fellowship and include the following documents: the motivation letter with the elements described above, detailed CV, copy of the degree certificates and names and contacts of two references.

Formal notification of decision: All applicants will be notified of the outcome via e-mail.

Application period: The application period is open from May 30th to June 14th. Interviews, if deemed necessary, will be made shortly after the end of the application period and the results communicated immediately afterwards.

Applications must be submitted by e-mail to:
Doctor Manuel Nuno Melo
Announcement Ref. 038/BI/2018