26 Jul. 2021

Postdoctoral Researcher (R2 level)

Location: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon
Employer: Champalimaud Foundation
Job Type: Full Time
Position: Postdoctoral Positions
Application Starts: 26 Jul. 2021
Application Ends: 01 Oct. 2021



Champalimaud Foundation (Fundação D. Anna de Sommer Champalimaud e Dr. Carlos Montez Champalimaud), a private, non-profit research institution in Lisbon, Portugal, is looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to join our research team.

The available position will focus on the mechanisms that lead to cancer formation, progression and spread. The position involves using state-of-the-art genetic mouse models in combination with generation and engineering of tumour organoids.
The successful applicant will be integrated into the Sánchez-Danés research group at Champalimaud Research.


Postdoctoral Researcher (R2 level)

Work Plan

The Postdoctoral Researcher will participate in developing and running in vivo and in vitro experiments aimed at studying the mechanisms involved in cancer initation, formation and spread. This position will include a broad and evolving range of tasks, including:
- Mouse genetic lineage tracing in different cancer models;
- Clonal analysis;
- Generation and engineering of tumour organoids;
- Functional experiments in vivo and in vitro;
- Transcriptional profiling and analysis;
- Bioimaging;
- Analysis, dissemination and communication of results.

Offered conditions

- Competitive remuneration package commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience;
- Full immersion into a research excellence ecosystem with highly motivated researchers, supported by state-of-the-art technology and continuous development opportunities;
- Minimum salary in line with MSCA guidelines;
- Maximum allowable duration of the scholarships including the respective renewals;
- Maximum contract duration: 31 months (September 2021-expected project end March 2024);
- Expected position starting date: 01/09/2021 (flexible);
- Source of financing: This appointment will be funded in the first instance through QuantOCancer project (European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant agreement No 810653).

Evaluation Committee members

- Adriana Sánchez-Danés, PhD

- Henrique Veiga-Fernandes, PhD

- Laura Ward, PhD

Candidate Profile

Minimum qualifications

PhD in Biology, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Medicine or similar relevant field

Essential skills/experience

- Experimental research in a related field
- Contribution to publications/research outputs in a related field
- Ability to drive and work independently on a research project
- Working fluency in English

Desirable skills/experience that will also be considered and evaluated

- Work with mouse models and/or organoids;
- Genetic engineering techniques;
- Biological imaging techniques (i.e. confocal, light sheet);
- (Quantitative) data analysis and visualization;
- Good capacity for team work, critical thinking and communication skills;
- Ability to conduct research with honesty, accountability, professional courtesy and good stewardship in line with the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity.

Application materials

a. CV and Letter of Motivation;
b. The contact information of 3 referees (name, affiliation, email address and relation with the candidate). Note: please choose referees who are able to be contacted as part of the evaluation process;
c. Proof of qualifications (certificates including marks). Degrees obtained abroad may need to be formally recognised in Portugal.

Evaluation and selection criteria (respecting article 37 of Decree-Law No. 63/2019, of 16 May)

Candidates will be screened to determine eligibility based on the minimum qualifications listed in call. The evaluation will consist of 3 stages;:

1. In the first stage, candidates meeting minimum requirements will be scored according to required application materials (letter of motivation: 50% and CV: 50%) and the top ten candidates with the highest scores will be shortlisted;

2. In the second stage, the referees of the shortlisted candidates will be contacted 7-10 days following the closure of the call. The recommendation letters will count towards the final evaluation, in which the candidates will be scored on their scientific and curricular backgrounds, to be weighted as follows:

     2.1 Motivation letter: 20%;

     2.2 Curriculum Vitae: 50%;

     2.3 Letters of recommendation: 30%.

3. In the third stage, the top 3-5 candidates that obtain the highest scores, and meet the minimum threshold, will be interviewed (in person or remotely).

The top candidate will be selected based on presentation of their previous work and structured questions against the candidate profile listed in the call.

How to apply


Candidates must complete the standard application form and submit a single annexed PDF document containing the application materials stated in the call. Please use call reference: SD pd Sep2021

Applications are also accepted in paper, sent or handed to the HR & Fellows Support Office at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Avenida Brasília, 1400-038 Lisbon, Portugal.

Notification of results

All candidates will receive a receipt of acknowledgment within 7 days. The highest scoring candidate will be notified by email or telephone. All other candidates will be notified solely by email of the final outcome of the recruitment process.

After being notified, candidates will have 10 working days to present a claim for redress by email (careers@research.fchampalimaud.org). If no claim is received by the Champalimaud Foundation, the Evaluation Committee’s decision will become definitive.

About Us

Research is at the heart of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, a modern research and clinical facility situated on the waterfront in Lisbon, Portugal. The goal of Champalimaud Research (CR) is to perform world-leading fundamental and translational research. Current research work is focused on the fields of neuroscience, physiology and cancer. Champalimaud Research comprises a team of over 400 scientists from around the world. English is the official language of the Centre. Lisbon’s sunny Atlantic Mediterranean climate, vibrant culture and high quality of life make this a great place to live and work.

Relevant Institutional Information

In line with our community guidelines, no candidate may be privileged, favored, prejudiced or deprived of any right or excluded from any duty on the basis of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, disability, chronic illness, language, nationality, territory of origin, family status (marital, pregnancy and maternity, having or not having dependents), socioeconomic situation, education, religion, political or ideological beliefs, trade union membership, or on any other grounds which are irrelevant to decision-making.

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Legal Notices

The present call has the sole purpose of filling the indicated research position. This call may be canceled at any time on or before the jury’s evaluation of all eligible candidates and the recruitment process shall be concluded on the day of the full execution of the employment contract between the Champalimaud Foundation and the selected candidate.

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