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Open-Term Appointment (Sedimentary Basins and Paleontology), New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Posting Date: 12 October 2020
Closing Date: 19 October 2020

Job summary:
By decision of the Board of Directors, - Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT (“”) opens an international call to hire a PhD Researcher , with the internal reference “#NOVAID123”, under a unfixed term employment contract to conduct research activities in the field of Sedimentary Basins and Paleontology in the scope of the R & D UIDP/GEO/04035/2020 - Unit GeoBioTec, FCT NOVA, research group Sedimentary Basins and Paleontology , financed by “Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P/OE”.

Job description:
The hiring of the PhD Researcher shall be made by means of an Unfixed Term Employment Contract entered into in accordance with the Portuguese Labour Code approved by the Law no. 7/2009 of February 12th, as amended. The contract should have a forecasted duration of 36 months, and should not be extended further than the project duration. The contract should begin in December 2020.

The present hiring procedure is further governed inter alia by Decree-law no. 57/2016 of July 19th, as amended by the Law no. 57/2017 of August 29thand Regulatory decree no. 11-A/2017 of December 29th. The PhD Researcher shall be develop scientific research in the area of sedimentary basins and paleontology, and to support the research at GeoBioTec and the training of students. The PhD Researcher shall fully devote the whole of his/her professional activity to, on an exclusive basis.

Place of work:
The PhD Researcher’s working place shall be at the premises of of the Department of Earth Sciences located in Campus of FCT at Caparica and he/she shall travel, in Portugal or abroad, as required by his/her attributions or as necessary for his/her activity.

Monthly remuneration:
The PhD Researcher shall earn a monthly remuneration in the gross amount of € 2.134,72 by reference to the 1st grade of the salary scale, pursuant to number 2 of Article 15 of Decree-Law no. 57/2016 of 19 July, as amended by Law no. 57/2017 of 29 August, and Regulatory Decree no. 11-A / 2017, of December 29, corrected through the amendment produced by Decree-Law no. 10-B / 2020, of 20 March.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants to this call may be national, foreign or stateless candidates holding a PhD degree in the field of Earth Sciences, Geology, Paleontology or equivalent areas , legally valid and/or recognized in Portugal (before the contract start) and complying with the following specific requirements:
  • H index (estimated through of 3 or more;
  • scientific experience in sedimentary basins and / or paleontology.

Evaluation of the Applications and Composition of the Jury:
Applications shall be subject to evaluation by a jury that shall follow the procedure established in articles 13 and 14 (by virtue of article 19) of Decree-Law no. 57/2016 of 19 July, as amended by Law no. 57/2017 of 29 August.

Pursuant to Article 13 of Decree-Law no. 57/2016 the jury is composed of the following members:
  • Chairman: Prof. Octávio Mateus;
  • Member: Prof. José Carlos Kullberg;
  • Member: Prof. Paulo Legoinha;
  • Substitute Member: Profª. Lígia Castro;
  • Substitute Member: Prof. Martim Chichorro.

Selection criteria:
The selection of the successful candidate will be carried out through the evaluation of the scientific and curricular achievements as established by Decree-Law no. 57/2016 of 19 July, as amended by Law no. 57/2017 of 29 August and the selection criteria and their respective weighting shall be as follows:
  1. Curriculum vitae (50%);
  2. Scientific project for four years in the area of Sedimentary Basins and/or Paleontology (max. 15 pages in Portuguese or English) (30%)
  3. Adequacy and complementarity to the team (10%);
  4. Quality of the Interview (10%).

The interview will be done only to the candidates with classification higher than 70% in the previous criteria.

Final Decision:
The final deliberation of the jury shall be homologated by the ultimate governing body of that is also responsible for the decision of hiring.

The list of admitted and excluded candidates and the final list of classification will be publicised on the website of ( and sent by electronic mail with receipt of delivery to all candidates.

Submission of Applications:
Applications must be submitted from 6 to 19 October 2020, by e-mail to, containing the following documents, written in Portuguese or English:
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • scientific project for 4 years in the area of sedimentary basins and/or paleontology (max. 15 pages);
  • letter of motivation.

Non-discrimination and equal access policy: actively promotes a non-discrimination and equal access policy, reason for which no candidate can be benefited, prejudiced or deprived of any duty, namely age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, religion or political beliefs.

Postdoctoral & Technical Positions

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Educational Opportunities

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PhD Position (Skull Morphology of Early Tetrapods and Lissamphibians), The Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Berlin, Germany

Posting Date: 10 October 2020
Closing Date: 30 October 2020

The Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science is an excellent and integrated research museum within the Leibniz Association. Its activities cover and tightly link the fields of collection-based research, development of collections and public engagement with science.

Position: research assistant (PhD student) (f/m/d)
work schedule: 75% of the weekly working time (currently 29 hours and 33 minutes per week)
Duration: External funding, Immediately/soon as possible for 34 month
Entgeltgruppe: E 13 TV-L
Reference Number: 77/ 2020

Project description:
Throughout Paleozoic and Mesozoic stem- and crown-tetrapods, the skull morphology is remarkably divergent and extreme skull modifications (characterized by a frequent losses of bony elements), are observed among the different groups. The extreme end to this trend is exemplified in modern lissamphibians, in which only 19 out of the original 43 dermal skull elements of their early tetrapod ancestors are retained. In the present project, the skull morphology of a broad selection of early tetrapod and lissamphibians that are adapted to different lifestyles will be investigated to detect how and specifically why dermal bones are lost repeatedly and if this pattern evolved convergently in the different lineages of early tetrapods.

  • Scientific research in the DFG funded project: “Evolutionary simplification of the dermatocranium in early tetrapods”
  • Morphological examination of the dermal skull bones of numerous early tetrapods and lissamphibians in terms of shape variation (geometric morphometrics)
  • Production of thin-sections of early tetrapods specimens (paleohistology)
  • Examination of the extension and location of the jaw muscles in early tetrapods
  • Publication of scientific results in peer-reviewed journals
  • Attending and participating in international conferences

The project associated with this position will fulfill the requirements of a doctoral degree.

  • Master’s (or comparable) degree in Biology or Paleontology
  • Profound knowledge of early tetrapods and lissamphibians
  • Basic knowledge of morphological (geometric morphometrics) and/or histological (paleohistology) methods are desirable
  • Willingness to undertake national and international business trips
  • Very good English language skills (written and spoken)
  • Ability to work in a team, reliability and self-sufficiency

Special Notes:
In support of equal rights applications from qualified women are particularly welcome. Handicapped individuals will be given preference in cases of identical qualifications.

We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates) by 30.10.2020, preferably via our online application portal. For information on the application procedure, please contact

Privacy Policy:
By sending your application, you provide us with your information for the purpose of processing your application by the Museum für Naturkunde. Your data will be kept strictly confidential at all times. Once we have received your application documents, they will be entered into our database. Your data will be stored on our server. In doing so, we observe the provisions of the data protection laws.
Information about the handling of applicant data at the MfN (in German) and Privacy Policy for the MfN website (in German)

Family Policy:
The Museum für Naturkunde has set itself the goal of promoting a work-life balance and has been awarded the certificate berufundfamilie audit of berufundfamilie gGmbH - an initiative of the Hertie Foundation. Further information can be found under:

Dr. hab. Faysal Bibi
Senior Scientist
Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science
Invalidenstrasse 43
10115 Berlin, Germany

Tel: +49 30 889140 8546
lab website:

Handling Editor, J. Vertebrate Paleontology

Sponsorship of The Palaeontological Association is gratefully acknowledged with special thanks to Alan R. T. Spencer,
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