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Public Notice - International Selection Procedure: PhD Scientific Researcher Recruitment

Ref: FCiÍncias.ID/2018/DL57/IA/1

FCiências.ID - Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências, through its Chairman of the Board of Directors, hereby announces the opening of an international call for the recruitment of a scientific researcher with a PhD degree, within the scope of Project “DarkRipple -Spacetime ripples in the dark gravitational Universe”, ref: PTDC/FIS-OUT/29048/2017, in the form of an employment contract with an uncertain term, according to the Portuguese Labour Code and Decree-Law No. 57/2016, of August 29th, as amended by Law No. 57/2017, of July 19th, and complementary legislation.

I - Admission Requirements
Portuguese nationals, foreign and stateless persons may submit applications to this selection procedure, provided they hold a doctoral degree(1) in Astrophysics or akin areas, have specialised skills and/or expertise in the field of General Relativity and Cosmology (or associated fields), and fully comply with the following requirements:

     a) The PhD must have been granted at least 2 years ago.
     b) Demonstrated scientific and/or professional experience in the area of General Relativity.
     c) The candidate must also have experience in Cosmology.

(1) Applicants with doctoral degrees obtained in foreign countries need, in accordance with Decree-Law No. 341/2007, of October 12th, as regulated by Government Order No. 227/2017, of July 25th, to be recognized as holders of a doctoral degree, with all inherent entitlements. Applicants to whom, under the terms of Decree-Law No. 283/83, of June 21th, equivalence or recognition of the degree of Doctor has been granted are valid. Equivalence, recognition and registration of the doctoral degree should be obtained by the application deadline.

II. Applicable Law

   1. Decree-Law No. 57/2016, of August 29th, in the wording conferred on it by Law No. 57/2017,
       of  July 19th (RJEC), taking also into account the provisions of Regulatory Decree No. 11-A/2017,
      of December 29th;
   2. Portuguese Labour Code, as approved by Law No. 7/2009, of February 12th, in its current
       version (CT);
   3. Administrative Procedure Code, as published in Decree-Law No. 4/2015, of January 7th,
       in its current version (CPA).

III. Work Plan
The objectives of the work plan are:

   1. The successful candidate will participate in the EFTCAMB code, which implements the Effective Field Theory formalism for Dark Energy and Modified Gravity in the Einstein-Boltzmann solver CAMB, creating a bridge between theory and observations. This will allow us to test the viability the models developed by the team members of the project against current data. This will be an extremely important task and will be given priority throughout the duration of the research project.

   2. In the context of gravitational waves (GWs), the successful candidate will also participate in the following: analyse the weak-field regime of the models developed; obtain polarization states of gravitational waves (GWs); verify the presence of tachyon instabilities and ghosts. Techniques are also to be developed to distinguish classes of gravitational theories, those with/without an anomalous deviation of the speed of gravitational waves. These objectives will be given priority throughout the duration of the research project.

The work plan is included in task 1, 2 and 3 of the project “DarkRipple - Spacetime ripples in the dark gravitational Universe” and ref. PTDC/FIS-OUT/29048/2017.

IV. Composition of the Jury
In accordance to article 13 of the RJEC, the members of the jury are:
  • President – Francisco S. N. Lobo
  • 1st Evaluator – Nelson Nunes
  • 2nd Evaluator – António da Silva
  • 1st Alternate Evaluator – José Afonso
  • 2nd Alternate Evaluator – Ismael Tereno

V. Place of work
Work will be developed at the facilities of Research Center Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, at the Science Faculty of the University of Lisbon, in Campo Grande, Lisbon, Portugal.

VI. Contract Duration
The full-time employment contract with an uncertain term is expected to start on 01/11/2018, and will last until the Work Plan referred to in section III is completed. It will have an expected duration of 30 months, with a maximum duration of 6 years, including an initial experimental trial period of 30 days.

VII. Monthly Allowance
The gross monthly salary entitle is stipulated in clause 1 of article 5 of the Regulatory Decree No. 11-A/2017, of December 29th, corresponding to level 33 of the Consolidated Table of Allowances, as approved by Government Order No. 1553-C/2008, of December 31st, being 2,128.34 Euros, plus holiday and Christmas allowances, as well as food allowance, in value and conditions for workers with a legal relationship of employment under the Labour Code.

VIII. Evaluation of applications

   1. Failure to comply with the Admission Requirements implies the non-admission of candidates in absolute merit.

   2. According to article 5 of the RJEC, the selection of the candidates approved in absolute merit will rely on the evaluation of their scientific and curricular achievements in the last five years, taking into consideration the quality and relevance of the scientific production, and the professional activity indicated as more relevant by the candidate, for the project.

   3. The final classification of candidates is given on a scale of 0 to 100%.

   4. Evaluation of the relative merit of candidates, will rely on the following criteria:

        a) Participation in relevant scientific projects in the area - 30%;
        b) Scientific publications in the area - 50 %;
        c) Pedagogical and outreaching activities, in particular in the context of promoting scientific
            practices, organization of courses, seminars and conferences, in the area - 5 %;
        d) Assessment of the references provided by the candidate - 15 %;
        e) Interview, if deemed necessary by the jury - 0%.

   5. The jury may decide to interview the three best ranked [in criteria a) to d) of paragraph 4)] candidates, for clarifications and improved explanations of curricular elements.

   6. The jury shall deliberate by means of a roll-call vote based on the evaluation criteria.

   7. Minutes of the jury meetings are drawn up, summarizing all relevant elements considered by jury members, as well as their individual votes and justifications.

   8. After completion of the evaluation process, the jury will draw up a ranking of successful candidates with their classifications.

   9. Hiring will be decided by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of FCiências.ID, based on the final jury recommendation.

   10. The evaluation results will be published on the website of the FCiências.ID ("Concursos" tab). The candidates will be individually notified of the evaluation results by e-mail sent to the address indicated in the "Personal Data" section of the submitted form.

   11. With the notification referred to in paragraph 10, the hearing phase of interested parties referred to in Article 121 et seq. of the CPA will begin, and last for ten working days.

   12. The possible pronouncement of the candidate in a prior hearing must be addressed to the President of the jury and submitted in writing to fciencias.id@fciencias-id.pt. The President of the jury will convene a jury’s meeting to produce the final decision, within thirty working days.

   13. Within five working days of the final jury decision, the Board of Directors Chairman of FCiências.ID will approve it and the candidates will be notified.

   14. The communication between FCiências.ID and the candidates will be electronic and will comply with the following rules:

        a) At the time of electronic submission of any document - namely in the case of paragraph no 11 -
            the candidates must generate proof of "sent message".
        b) FCiências.ID will send an email message acknowledging documents received to the email
            address used by the candidates, within two working days.
        c) In case of absence of a confirmation receipt by FCiências.ID – showing the possibility
            of technical problems that should neither be the responsibility of the candidate nor
            FCiências.ID - the candidates should contact FCiências.ID, with the proof referred
            to in point (a), to ensure delivery and proper receipt of the documents concerned.

IX. Compliance with public policies

   1. FCiências.ID actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so that no candidate can be privileged, benefited, disadvantaged or deprived of any right or exempt from any duty due to, inter alia, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, economic situation, education, social origin or condition, genetic heritage, reduced working capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and trade union membership.

   2. Under the terms of D.L. No. 29/2001, of February 3, a disabled candidate has a preference in equal classification, which prevails over any other legal preference. Candidates must declare their respective degree of disability, the type of disability and the means of communication / expression to be used in the selection process, under the terms of the above-mentioned diploma.

X. Submission of Applications

   1. The present call will be open from de 24/09/2018 a 08/10/2018.

   2. The application and all the required documents may be submitted in Portuguese or English.

   3. Applications will be submitted online, through the electronic platform of FCiências.ID (http://concursos.fciencias-id.pt).

   4. On the electronic platform, applicants will complete a mandatory section on Personal Data [name, address, date of birth, contact email, nationality and scientific identifiers] and upload files with the documents listed below:

        i. Detailed curriculum vitae - mandatory;
        ii. A motivation letter clearly demonstrating that the candidate has an adequate profile for the
            position and fully complies with the Admission Requirements - mandatory;
        iii. Up to five publications relevant for the objectives of the Work Plan - optional;
        iv. Digital copies of documents proving formal academic degrees (PhD) and/or other scientific and
             professional qualifications - original documents must be provided in case of actual
             recruitment-mandatory;
        v. Other documents that candidates consider relevant for the assessment of their scientific merit,
            or to declare the personal situation in the cases covered in section IX-2 of this
            Notice - optional.

   5. By decision of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of FCiências.ID, candidates who do not submit the documents identified in paragraph 4 will not be admitted to the call. In case of doubts, the Chairman may also invite candidates to substantiate specific data or statements with official supporting documents, before accepting the candidates’ submission.

This Public Note was approved by the jury on 20/09/2018.

Instituto de Astrof√≠sica e Ci√™ncias do Espa√ßo Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
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