Scientific Research Scholarship (BI) 033/2022 work with the UNIVERSITY OF ALGARVE

TO REMARK No. 033/2022



TITLE: Two Fellowships (BI)

A call is now open for two research grants under the MATRIX project Into the Sedimentary Matrix: Mapping the Replacement of Neandertals by early Modern Humans using micro-contextualized biomolecules (ERC StG ​​​​#101041245), funded by the European Council research, with the following conditions:

Field of research : Archaeology/Geoarchaeology

Admission Requirements: In addition to the University of Algarve Research Grant Regulations ( ), the selection conditions include:

  • Have obtained a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology, Geology, Earth Sciences, Geochemistry, Biology, Chemistry or related fields;
  • Fluency in English, spoken and written;
  • Be motivated to acquire interdisciplinary skills on topics related to human evolution;
  • Be motivated to develop research in geoarchaeology;
  • Have an interest in participating in archaeological field work as part of the project.

Preferred Skills:

  • Have field and laboratory experience in archaeology, geology, biology or related fields;
  • Have worked with thin section petrographic analyses;
  • Have work experience on the processing of micro CT data and the use of Avizo / Amira software;
  • Have work experience in the identification of phytoliths;
  • Have work experience with biomolecule analyzes (DNA, lipids and/or proteins);
  • Previous experience in writing and publishing scientific articles.

Candidates must be enrolled in a degree-granting course of study or in a postgraduate course that does not confer a university degree, taught at the University of the Algarve (UAlg), except in cases where it does not There is no training offer at the UAlg in the field of competition.

Work Plan: The grantee(s) will 1) develop geoarchaeological research on site formation processes in selected project contexts; 2) engage in archaeological field work; 3) develop experimental archaeological work on the preservation of biomolecules in archaeological deposits and/or develop methods for the 3D reconstruction of archaeological sediments; 4) develop research on paleoenvironmental reconstructions of the contexts selected by the project; 5) develop new methodologies to integrate molecular studies into archaeological sediments; and 6) publish research results in peer-reviewed international journals.

Applicable laws and regulations: Status of Scientific Researcher, approved by Law No. 40/2004, of August 18, conferred by Decree-Law 123/2019, of July 28e and the University of Algarve Research Grant Regulations

Place of work: The work will be carried out at the Interdisciplinary Center for Archeology and Evolution of Human Behavior (ICArEHB), at the University of Algarve, under the scientific direction of Dr. Vera Aldeias, Principal Investigator of the MATRIX project.

Duration of the scholarship: The scholarship will have an initial contract of 12 months, starting in October 2022. The contract can be renewed for up to 48 months, in accordance with the regulations for research scholarships of the UAlg. ( )

Amount of monthly alimony: The monthly alimony corresponds to 1,144.64. Alimony will be paid monthly by bank transfer. ( )

The selection criteria will be as follows: In accordance with No. 2 of Article 11 of the University of the Algarve Research Grant Regulations, the evaluation of applicants focuses on the following criteria:

  1. Merit of the candidate (assessment of the curriculum and professional experience)
  2. Merit of the cover letter
  3. interview

These criteria will have the following evaluation: a) merit of the candidate 50%; b) Motivation letter 30%; c) Interview 20%.

The selection process will include an interview with candidates who have obtained more than 15 points according to criteria a) and b) above. Candidates who are not selected for an interview will have a weight of 80% in all other evaluation criteria.

The final ranking of the candidates is expressed on a scale of 0 to 20, with a notation going up to tenths of places.

The tender jury will be composed of the following members:

– Vera Aldeias (President);

– Alvise Barbieri (Efficient Vogal);

– Ricardo Godinho (Vogal efetivo);

– Godefroy Devevey (Vogal Suplente).

Publication and notification of results: the final results will be published by means of an ordered list according to the final grade and displayed in a public room in Building 1 of the Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, and communicated to candidates by e -email to the addresses indicated by each candidate.

Deadline for application and submission of forms: the call is open from 30/05/2022 to 12/07/2022.

Applications must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Official ID (simple copy or legal equivalent). Passport or identity card for European applicants (copy); If you have a nationality other than Portuguese, you must present a residence permit, permanent residence certificate or long-term resident status, valid on the start date of the scholarship, each of which can be replaced, in its absence, by a declaration of commitment. However, one of the previous ones must be issued during the contracting phase, under penalty of forfeiture of the grant;
  • Copy of the qualification certificates of the university degrees held, specifying the final classification and, if possible, the classifications obtained in all the subjects taken;

If the university degrees were issued by a foreign higher education institution, it must comply with the rules established in Legislative Decree no. 66/2018 of August 16, and all required formalities must be completed by the termination deadline for submitting the application. If the completed process is not found before the end of the application period, the candidate must prove that he has applied for recognition of the diploma.

  • Cover letter, which must include the name and email address of three references;

Tax identification number (NIF), if you have a nationality other than Portuguese, it must be submitted during the scholarship contract phase, under penalty of forfeiture of the scholarship;

  • Other documents considered important (for example, previous scientific work or published articles)

The application form, dated and signed, must be addressed to the president of the evaluation jury ( by e-mail to or to the following address Universidade do Algarve/Edificio 1, ICArEHB, Gambelas campus, 8005-139 Faro, Ref. (Notice N. 033/2022 or MATRIX Project).

If the application and the above documents are sent by e-mail, the candidate must duly express his consent that all notifications concerning this application be sent to the e-mail address indicated above.

Subsidy contract Documents

The selected beneficiary(ies) must provide the following documents when signing the contract:

– The supporting documents certifying that the candidate meets all the conditions required for this scholarship, namely the certificate of registration for a degree course or post-graduate training;

– Declaration of the supervisor taking responsibility for the supervision of the work plan, in accordance with article 5 -A of the status of the scientific researcher, as well as ensuring the conditions necessary for the development of the work plan and in accordance with the article 13 of the status of Scientific Research Officer;

-Declaration of acceptance of the grant;

-Declaration of commitment specifying the exclusivity regime.

Complaints and appeals Deadlines and procedures

On the decision to grant the research grant, the candidates may, if they wish, make observations on the hearing of the interested parties, within 10 working days, under the conditions provided for by the code of administrative procedure. .

Candidates may complain about the practice or omission of any act of the evaluation jury, within 10 working days.

The final decision of the evaluation committee can be appealed to the rector within 15 working days of the respective notification.

Scholarship contract With the selected candidate(s), and after receiving all the required documentation, a scholarship contract will be signed in accordance with the attached model.Evaluation of the scholarship holder(s)At the end of each period of duration of the scholarship contract, the activity developed by the scholarship holder(s) is evaluated by the supervisor, by applying the following criteria, in accordance with the attached model:

  1. Realization of the work plan
  2. Achievement of goals

The University of Algarve reserves the right to cancel this application procedure if, by any means, the celebration of the contract with the funding entity is not established.

University of Algarve, May 24, 2022 Scientific Coordinator

Doutora Vera Aldeias

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