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Call for applications for a Post-doctoral fellow IMAR/BPD/SPONGES/002/2018

Conditions of Preference and Functions: 

The IMAR (Instituto do Mar) opens a call for the selection of candidates with a PhD degree for a post-doctoral fellowship within the EU funded project “Deep-sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic: an integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitation” (H2020-BG-2015-2- 679849-2). The selected candidate will be granted a scholarship for the duration of 12 months, starting October 2018, to develop research activities on the impact of fishing on deep-sea sponges of the North-Atlantic.


In the deep sea, sponge aggregations are considered to be a hotspot of biodiversity, providing key ecosystem function and services. The objective of SponGES is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach to preserve and sustainably use vulnerable sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic. The candidate will work within the work package that focus on assessing anthropogenic impacts (particularly fishing activities) on sponge grounds. The work will involve using a wide range of techniques to evaluate the impacts of fishing on sponge grounds and their potential for recovery, including the analysis of video footage of impacted and pristine sponge grounds of the North-Atlantic, analyze bycatch and fishing effort data and finally developing dynamic models (e.g. STELLA) to identify ecological tipping points for different ecosystem functions of sponge grounds impacted by bottom trawling but also for predicting recovery trajectories.

The candidate will prepare technical and scientific reports and collaborate in the writing of scientific publications.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree or equivalent in environmental and or marine sciences. Knowledge of dynamic models and statistical analysis is highly desired. Previous research experience on the effects of fishing on benthic ecosystems is valuable. Preference will be given to candidates familiar with deep-sea ecosystems and fisheries. Additional preferential conditions include: experience in video annotation, analysis of fisheries data, capacity to work in multidisciplinary teams, management and organizational skills.

 The selected candidate must demonstrate confidence, learning capabilities and good habits of work. He/She must be motivated, able to work independently, and must demonstrate good collaborative skills and keenness on fulfilment of time tables and dead-lines. Good communication skills in oral and written English are essential.

The work will be based in the island of Faial (Azores - Portugal) and it is mandatory that the candidate lives in Faial for the duration of the scholarship.

Informal enquiries can be made to Christopher K. Pham ( and Ana Colaço (ana.colaç

Applicable laws and regulations: Law no. 40/2004, of 18 August (Statute of the Scientific Research Scholars); FCT Regulation for Studentships and Fellowships; Regulations for Advanced Training and Qualification of Human Resources.

Workplace: The work will be developed at IMAR – Institute of Marine Research, hosted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceanography of the University of the Azores (DOP-UAc) in Horta (Faial Island).

Duration of the scholarship: Duration: 12 months, on an exclusive basis as mandated by IMAR-Institute do Mar fellowship regulations.

Compensation: The post-doctoral fellow will receive a monthly allowance of 1,495 €, in accordance to the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) official table of fellowships ( The fellow will be covered by a personal insurance and voluntarily contribution to the national social security system, according to the Dec.-Lei nº40/49 from 1st February.

Selection criteria: The selection of candidates will be based on curriculum evaluation, taking into account the academic record and the demonstration of the capabilities listed in the admission requirements. Interviews may be conducted to better assess the capability of candidates.

Application submission: The call will be open from the 12th June until the 31st of July 2018. Applications must be submitted by email by sending the following documents: Letter of motivation with justification of skills for the position, detailed Curriculum Vitae and copy of university degrees. Failure to submit the requested documents will be reason for exclusion of the application. Applications should be sent by email to Christopher Pham (, cc for Sandra Silva (

Evaluation committee: Dr Christopher Pham (President of the committee), Dr Ana Colaço (vogal) and Dr. Telmo Morato (vogal).

Notification of results: The final results will be presented in a list ranked by the candidates’ final scores, to be sent by e-mail to all applicants. The successful candidate will be notified via email. If the decision is unfavourable, the candidates have 10 working days to appeal. The jury reserves the right not to award the scholarship based on the quality of the applications.

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