Pos-Doc Researcher Position (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029567)


Project: HIneC - When do health inequalities start? Understanding the impact of childhood social adversity on health trajectories from birth to early adolescence (AAC Nº 02/SAICT/2017 - POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029567)


Call start and finish dates: 21st November to 4th December




Project: HIneC - When do health inequalities start? Understanding the impact of childhood social adversity on health trajectories from birth to early adolescence (AAC Nº 02/SAICT/2017 - POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029567)

Period for applications: 21st November to 4th December



The Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP) opens a call to hire a PhD Researcher under Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT) – Call nr 02/SAICT/2017 - Projeto de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT), funded by Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização through Fundos Europeus de Desenvolvimento Regional (FEDER/FNR) and through national funds (FCT/OE) (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029567), under the scope of project “HIneC - When do health inequalities start? Understanding the impact of childhood social adversity on health trajectories from birth to early adolescence” (AAC Nº 02/SAICT/2017 - Projeto Nº 029567), coordinated by Sílvia Fraga.

This research project is integrated in the Generation XXI study, a Portuguese birth cohort established in 2005, involving 8647 babies born in Porto. Low socioeconomic circumstances during childhood are shown to be associated with negative health outcomes in adulthood, and this effect seems to be independent of the social position achieved in adulthood. Little is known about the production of health inequalities in early life, particularly, when social inequalities matter most and when interventions may have potential to reverse negative consequences.



  1. Scientific Area: Health Sciences


  1. Admission requirements


The candidate must have:

a) PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology or Statistics, or a related field;

b) Collaboration in scientific research projects;

c) Excellent track record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals.


Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in conducting research work autonomously, as well as experience in longitudinal studies and management of multidisciplinary research teams. Background in social epidemiology and knowledge in health inequalities are highly desired. Demonstration of independent and critical thinking will be highly valued.


All national, foreign or stateless persons who hold a doctorate degree and a scientific and professional curriculum that reveals an appropriate profile to the activities above mentioned can apply to this call.

  1. Activity Outline


The holder of the position will be part of the project team that aims to understand the production of social health inequalities during the first years of life, by exploring data from the Portuguese birth cohort – Geração XXI. We are looking for an autonomous researcher who will be responsible for specific parts of the project, thereby contributing to the general project management. The researcher is also expected to lead the production of original work publishable in the form of full text papers in international journals.


  1. Work place and supervision: Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto, under supervision of the project Principal Investigator Sílvia Fraga. Address: Rua das Taipas 135-139 4050-600, Porto, Portugal


  1. Applicable legislation: The hiring will be governed by the Decree-Law no. 57/2016, of 29 August, as emended by Law no. 57/2017, of July 19, which approves the doctorate hiring regime destined to stimulate scientific and technological employment for all knowledge areas (“RJEC”) and the Labour Code, approved by Law no. 7/2009, of 12th february, in its current wording.


  1. Duration: Work contract with non-fixed term according to the Labour Code, with the expected starting date on January 2019. 


  1. Monthly Salary: The monthly salary is set in accordance with the provisions in RJEC, article 15, no. 1, corresponding to level 33 of the single salary scale approved by Portaria nº 1553-C/2008, de 31 de dezembro at 2.128,34 Euros gross. The salary is paid 14 months per year.


  1. Selection criteria: The selection methods are the Curriculum Vitae evaluation (90%) and an interview (10%), according to the Decree-Law no. 57/2016, of 29 August, as emended by Law no. 57/2017, of July 19. There will be a pre-selection based on the CV evaluation, and up to fivecandidates will be selected for an interview. The successful candidate must score at least 10 points (half of the total score) in both CV and in interview.


8.1. Criteria for Curriculum Vitae evaluation (0 to 20 points):

a) Experience in health and population studies, and longitudinal studies (0 to 4 points);

b) Specific knowledge for the theme of the project (lifecourse epidemiology, social epidemiology, social inequalities) (0 to 4 points);

c) Track record of international publications in peer-review journals in terms of number and quality (0 to 4 points);

d) Skills in advanced quantitative methods, especially in longitudinal research (0 to 3 points);

e) Background in integrating multi and interdisciplinary teams of researchers (0 to 2 points);

f) Supervision of junior researchers and other research staff in the broad field of health studies (0 to 1 points);

g) Proficiency in English, written and spoken (0 to 2 points)


8.2. Criteria for interview evaluation (0 to 20 points):

a) Professional knowledge and skills to accomplish the work plan (0 to 9 points);

b) Motivation towards the research project (0 to 4 points);

c) Communication skills (0 to 3 points);

d) Professional attitude (0 to 4 points).


  1. Members of the Jury:

Sílvia Fraga (PI, President)

Ana Cristina Santos (Member)

Cláudia de Freitas (Member)


  1. Non-discrimination and equal access policy: ISPUP actively promotes a non-discrimination and equal access policy, wherefore no candidate can be privileged, benefited, impaired or deprived of any rights whatsoever, or be exempt of any duties based on their ancestry, age, sex, sexual preference, marital status, family and economic conditions, instruction, origin or social conditions, genetic heritage, reduced work capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, origin territory, language, religion, political or ideological convictions and union membership.


  1. Documents Required: The application period will be open from 21st November to 4th December 2018. Applications must be formalized by an application letter along with the following documents: Curriculum Vitae, PhD certificate, motivation letter, (optional) reference letter(s), and other relevant documents (if applicable).


Applications should be sent by email to “secretaria@ispup.up.pt” or handed in person to Joana Ferreira, at Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto, Rua das Taipas 135, 4050-600 Porto, within the timeframe of the call.

Please highlight the following reference in the subject field of the application email: “Postdoc Researcher – HIneC”.


  1. Notification of results: 


Candidates will be notified by email and all relevant information will be published at the ISPUP website (http://www.ispup.up.pt).



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