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Modelo 3_BIUTAD Title: “Preharvest factors affecting quality products. Impact of global climate change on nut crops physiology, yield and quality” (Research grant for doctors, one vacancy). It is available one research grant for doctors, within the project INNOFOOD - INNovation in the FOOD sector through the valorization of food and agro-food by-products - NORTE-070124-FEDER-0000029 from the research institution CITAB - Centro de Investigação e Tecnologias Agroambientais e Biológicas from Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal, financed by the North Portugal Regional Operational Programme (ON.2 – O Novo Norte), under the National Strategic Reference Framework (QREN), through the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER), as well as by National Funds (PIDDAC) through the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT/MEC), under the following conditions: Scientific area: Agrarian Sciences or Biological Sciences. Admission prerequisites: 1 - Ph.D. in Agrarian Sciences, Biological Sciences or related areas. 2 - Publications in peer-reviewed international journals. 3 - Skills and testified experience on field crop research, plant ecophysiology and molecular technologies based on genomics and proteomics. 4 - Should also have experience with statistical analysis tools. 5 - Ability to work independently and guide junior researchers. 6 - Dynamism, team spirit, high sense of responsibility, organization and method. 7 - Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and communication skills.


Work plan: The Postdoc fellow will join the research group responsible for the agronomical, physiological and quality studies on nut crops (chestnut, almond and hazelnut). The aims of this plan are: - To identify the best environmental and agricultural management practices to improve yield and fruit quality; - To characterize the fruit quality of the regional varieties with proposes to select the best cultivars for fresh market and agro-industrial applications. Activities to be developed: - Selection of the main localities and orchards; - Establishment of advanced agronomical practices; - Ecophysiological characterization; - Fruit characterization using morphological, technological and biochemical traits. Legislation and regulations: Law Nº. 40/2004, of August 18 (Status of Scientific Research Fellow); Regulation Research Grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology, IP - 2013 (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/regulamento.phtml) and Research Grant Regulation from the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro - Order RT.36/2011, July 6, Mr. Rector, published in the Official Gazette by Order No. 9157/2011 (Series II) of 19 July. Workplace: Work will be conducted at CITAB - Centro de Investigação e Tecnologias Agroambientais e Biológicas da Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro under the supervision of Prof. Ana Paula Silva, Prof. Berta Gonçalves, Prof. José Laranjo, Prof. Rosário Anjos and Prof. Teresa Pinto. Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro is located at Vila Real, Portugal. Grant Duration: Grant duration is 12 months starting at February/March 2014, may be renewed in accordance with current legislation.


Monthly maintenance grant: The grant corresponds to 1.495 euros according to the FCT payment table in Portugal (http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores). Payment is done on a monthly basis through bank deposit, cheque or other equivalent way. Candidates’ selection criteria: The selection methods to use will be the following: 1 - Curriculum vitae evaluation: scale 0 to 20 values; 2 - Motivation to work in the area: scale 0 to 20 values; 3- Interview of the candidates in the case they are tied: scale 0 to 20 values. Selection methods: Candidates will be sorted in a scale from 0 to 20 values, with rounding to the first decimal place and using the following weights for the selection criteria: Curriculum vitae evaluation (80%); Motivation to work in the area (0 to 20%); Interview (0 to 20%). Jury Composition: Professor Dr. Ana Isabel Ramos Novo Amorim de Barros (President), Professor Dr. Ana Paula Calvão Moreira da Silva (effective vowel), Professor Dr. Berta Maria de Carvalho Gonçalves Macedo (effective vowel). Results publication/ Candidates notification: The final results will be made available publicly in a sorted list according to candidates’ marks. The list will be placed in a visible and public place at CITAB office (building P2 UTAD). The best candidate will be informed by e-mail and official letter. Application deadline and method: Applications will be received from 20 to 31 January 2014. The documents for the application are the Form Mod4_BIUTAD, the curriculum vitae, a certificate containing the marks of the disciplines completed during the BSc., Master and Ph.D. any other documents that the candidate may find relevant.


The form Mod4_BIUTAD-Application Form for Fellowship should be requested using the email vr_cti@utad.pt from Vice-Rectory for Science, Technology and Innovation. The applications should be sent by mail (Berta Gonรงalves, Ph.D., Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences, Department of Biology and Environment, University of Trรกs-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Apartado 1013, 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal) or email to Professor Berta Gonรงalves, bertag@utad.pt.


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