Fellowship on Comparative landscape genomics in non-human primates in West Africa

The application period for 1 (one) Research Fellowship (BI) will be open from 12 to 23 February 2018, for a position in the research project PTDC/ IVC-ANT/3058/2014, entitled “Comparative landscape genomics in non-human primates in West Africa: a contribution from biological anthropology to their conservation plan”, funded by national funds (PIDDAC) through Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.

Scientific area:


General description of Planned Activities:

The research activities proposed for this project have as objective to gather and analyze ecological and habitat data on several primate species in West Africa. They will include two fieldwork periods at Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau, alternating with an intermediary stage for the processing and analysis of the same data in Portugal.

Admission Requirements:

Master’s degree in Anthropology, with specialization in Biological Anthropology or related areas; or a Master’s degree in Biology of Conservation, Ecology or related areas. Fluency in English must be duly proven, both written and spoken. At least 6 months of fieldwork experience, gathering and analysing ecological and habitat data in tropical forest environment, must also be duly proven. Knowledge on how to handle GPS and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is mandatory.

Work plan:

Two weeks after the start of the contract, the grantee will start four months of fieldwork at Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP), Sierra Leone. The grantee will be accompanied during the whole period by a Doctorate student of the project. It is expected that the grantee will make an assessment of the quality of habitat and availability of food for monkeys and chimpanzees in key areas for their populations in protected areas. After the first fieldwork period, the grantee will, for 2 months, proceed to the analysis of the gathered data; create a database resulting from the samples taken in the field and make the statistical analysis of that same data using software such as ArcGIS, MAXENT and DISTANCE, among others, suited for the estimation of abundances and distribution of vegetable species and habitat modelling. This work plan component will be developed with the research group “Society, Communication and Culture” at the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies (CAPP) of Universidade de Lisboa. A second period of sampling is expected, applying the same methodology, so to complete the samples at the GRNP or to use the same approach at Parque Nacional das Florestas de Cantanhez, Republic of Guinea Bissau. The duration of the second sampling period will be defined according to the results of the first mission.

Applicable legislation and regulations:

Law nº40/2004, 18 August (Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação Científica); Regulation for Research Fellowships from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, IP – 2015, at https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/docs/RegulamentoBolsasFCT2015.pdf .


The activities will take place at the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies (CAPP), Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP), under the scientific supervision of Professor Catarina Casanova.

Grant Duration:

The duration of the fellowship is eleven (11) months, with expected start on the 1st of April, 2018. The contract will eventually be renewable up to the maximum period allowed on article 9º of the Regulation for Research Fellowships from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, IP – 2015.

Monthly Maintenance Allowance:

The value of the monthly allowance is €980, in accordance with the current table of values directly attributed by FCT, I.P. in the country (www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores). To this value will be added the value of the contribution for the first level of the Voluntary Social Security/Seguro Social Voluntário, referred to in article 36º of Decreto-Lei nº 40/89, of February 1st. Adherence to this system is of the exclusive responsibility of the grantee.

Selection Methods:

The selection methods will include curricular evaluation (70%) and a motivation letter (30%).

I. The curricular evaluation will be considered by the following criteria:

  1. Duly proven fluency in english; (10%)
  2. Experience in the gathering and analysis of ecological data (15%);
  3. Handling of GPS and ArcGIS mastery (15%);
  4. Experience in research with non-human primates in natural environments (15%);
  5. Interest in doing a PhD within the project’s area of research (15%).

II. The motivation letter will be considered according to the following criteria:

  1. Reasons leading to the application (10%);
  2. Plans for scientific growth and their relation to the project (10%);
  3. Proposed added value the applicant might represent for the project (10%).

In case of a tie, an interview will be conducted with the tied applicants.

No applicant shall be privileged, benefited, prejudiced, excluded or impaired from any right, or exempted from any duty on the basis of ascendancy, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, civil state, family situation, economic situation, education, origin or social condition, genetic heritage, reduced capacity for work, disability, chronic disease, nationality, ethnic origin or race, place of origin, language, religion, political or ideological convictions or union membership.


Professor Catarina Casanova (President);
Professor Tânia Minhós (vowel);
Professor Maria Joana da Silva (vowel).

Notification Process:

The final results of the selection process will be publically available through an alphabetically ordered list
which will be posted in a public and visible place at ISCSP, and the applicants will be notified by e-mail.

Application Deadline:

The period for applications will be open from 12 to 23 February, 2018.

Application Process:

Applications should be mandatorily formalized through an application letter identifying the procedure and accompanied by the following documents: a) Curriculum; b) Certificate of qualifications; c) Motivation letter; d) Two letters of recommendation letters and e) other documents considered relevant.

Applications should be personally delivered, from 9h30 to 12h00 or from 14h30 to 17h00 at Serviço de Expediente, Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, at the following address: Pólo Universitário do Alto da Ajuda, Rua Almerindo Lessa, 1300-663 Lisboa. Applications can also be sent by e-mail, on a single pdf document labeled “ApplicantsName_WAP_FIELDTEC.pdf”. The two recommendation letters should be sent directly by the tutors in pdf format, with the label “ApplicantsName_WAP_COMPTEC_TutorsName_Ref.pdf”. The documents must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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