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As part of the Horizon 2020 R&D project “Metafluidics. Advanced toolbox for rapid and cost-effective functional metagenomic screening - microbiology meets microfluidics”, topic Biotec-6-2015, proposal number 685474-2, we are looking for a motivated research fellow with a strong interest in bioinformatics. The Metafluidics project involves 7 research teams and 5 companies from Portugal, Spain, France, UK, Denmark and Norway, working together to accelerate the identification of proteins with biotechnological potential from metagenomes. The project aims to develop droplet-based platforms for rapid screening of protein activities, streamlined methods for efficient library construction and functional expression and bioinformatics tools for user-friendly metagenome analysis.

SCIENTIFIC AREA: Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: Master degree in Bioinformatics, Biology or related fields. The candidate should possess experience in Linux and knowledge in programming languages such as Python. Knowledge of next generation sequencing and metagenomics is an advantage. The candidate should have a critical spirit, be autonomous and able to work in a multidisciplinary team.
WORKING PLAN: The candidate will process and analyze bacterial genomes, biodiversity and metagenomics data.
JOB LOCATION: The work will be developed in the Center for Neurosciences and Cell Biology, at UC-Biotech, located in Biocant, Cantanhede, Portugal (UC-Biotech, Núcleo 04, Lote 08, 3060-197 Cantanhede, Portugal). The work will be supervised by Prof. Milton S. da Costa, Dr. Hugo Froufe and Dr. Conceição Egas.

DURATION OF THE FELLOWSHIP: The appointment will be for 12 months, and renewable till the end of the project (31th May 2020) pending evaluation of working progress. The fellowship is expected to start in November 2017.
MONTHLY STIPEND: According to the regulations of the FCT Scientific Fellowships in Portugal (€980.00/month) (
SELECTION METHODS: The selection method will include a CV evaluation (60%), reference letter (10%) and motivation letter (10%). The candidates will be ranked and the top list candidates may be called for an interview (20%).
COMPOSITION OF THE SELECTION JURI: Professor Milton S. da Costa (President), Doctor Conceição Egas (member) and Doctor Isaura Simões (member).
FORM OF NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS: All applicants will be notified of final results via email.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: The call is open from 19/09/2017 to 9/10/2017.
APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Applications, written in English, should be submitted online and should include a cover letter expressing the interest in this position, Curriculum Vitae (including contact address, work experience, publications), a short description of the Master’s work (max. 1 page), and one reference letter. Applications should be sent by email to Leonor Jesus,
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Contact Information
Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular
Silvia Sousa
Rua Larga, FMUC 1º piso
Coimbra 3004 504
Position Type
Job Start Date
Education Level
Master’s Degree