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PhD (IBB PhD Programme Integrative Biology and Biomedicine) and Post-Doctoral Fellowships (PONTE Programme) at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), Portugal 2021

Deadlines: 9 April 2021 (IBB, Ph. D.) / 10 April 2021 (PONTE, post-doc)

The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) is an international centre for biological and biomedical research and graduate training based in Oeiras (part of the Lisbon metropolitan area), Portugal.

The following calls are open until early April 2021:

IBB PhD Programme - Integrative Biology and Biomedicine

The PhD programme at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência allows students to explore a wide range of topics within biological sciences – a reflection of the diversity of themes explored by IGC’s in-house research groups. Unlike traditional programmes, PhD students at IGC have the chance to discover all scientific opportunities available at IGC before choosing a theme or lab.

The first semester showcases the key scientific questions from the taught courses that reflect our themes and labs, so that students can explore and discuss with their peers, postdocs and PIs, before they are asked to make a choice.

Students from diverse backgrounds, including those outside life sciences, are welcome to join IGC's international research community (40 distinct nationalities and counting).

The IGC seeks highly motivated students, totally committed to the pursuit of knowledge in a multidisciplinary environment. The PhD Programme welcomes applications from university graduates in any field, including those outside life sciences.

In-house research groups at the IGC explore four main axis: Evolutionary Biology, Quantitative Biology, Immunobiology and Integrative Cell and Developmental Biology. The broad scope of IGC’s research programme favours original approaches to pressing biological questions promoting bridges across different disciplines and methodologies.

In this light, the PhD Programme welcomes applications from candidates with backgrounds in quantitative sciences such as Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Statistics and Computer Science. However, by no means does this limit the programme’s interest in receiving applications from Medical Doctors, Biologists, Biochemists or any other field in life sciences.

Applications from any nationality are welcome. A Masters degree is mandatory for candidates of countries that signed the Bologna Process/Agreement or those with similar 3-year undergraduate programmes.

Candidates holding a degree that pre-dates the Bologna Process are usually eligible. If you are applying from a country with a 4 or 5-year university degree programme, you are also potentially eligible, and should contact the office of the PhD programme for information on your specific case.

Any non-Portuguese degree must be legally recognized by the Portuguese State Higher Education Agency - DGES, before the start of the PhD Programme. The PhD programme office will provide successful candidates with information and guidance.

Deadline: 9 April 2021, 23:59 Lisbon time (17:59 Colombian time)

[Further information]


PONTE Postdoctoral Program in Theoretical Quantitative Biology

The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência invites graduates in physics, mathematics, engineering or a related discipline to apply for the newly established PONTE Program. The PONTE fellows will be key figures in accomplishing the institute’s mission of bridging biology with the exact sciences.

To this end, PONTE fellows are encouraged to work independently, by developing projects in collaboration with members of one or multiple IGC research groups. To accommodate for this independence, the PONTE fellowship runs for an initial period of two years, with the possibility of extension for a third-year upon positive evaluation. During this period, fellows will enjoy excellent working conditions as well as playing a fundamental role in the development of theoretical and quantitative biology at IGC.

IGC seeks early career researchers (less than three years since completion of PhD) with a PhD in physics, mathematics or a related discipline. Candidates are expected to be fully committed to work in life sciences, although no previous experience in biology is required.

Candidates are expected to be able to apply their existing skills (e.g. numerical programming) and scientific knowledge (e.g. in soft matter physics) to solve biological problems. Candidates are also expected to acquire new skills while at IGC (e.g. image analysis), as needed to complete their research goals. Independence and being open to new problems and methods are key.

Deadline: 10 April 2021

[Further information]

(Estefanía Muñoz Hoyos vía correo electrónico)

[Boletín SIUN 526, 11/12 de marzo de 2021]

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