15 Jan. 2024

Call for a Post-Doctoral Scientist in Veiga-Fernandes Lab

Location: Champalimaud Centre for The Unknown
Employer: Champalimaud Foundation
Job Type: Full Time
Position: Postdoctoral Positions
Application Starts: 15 Jan. 2024
Application Ends: 29 Feb. 2024

Champalimaud Foundation (Fundação D. Anna de Sommer Champalimaud e Dr. Carlos Montez Champalimaud), a private, non-profit research institution in Lisbon, Portugal, is looking for Post-Doctoral to join our team at the Champalimaud Research Programme. 

The selected candidate will:* 

The Immunophysiology group is welcoming post-doctoral applicants with expertise in several disciplines including, but not limited to Immunology, Neuroscience (behavior and circuit neuroscience), Metabolism, Cancer and Biological circuits. We are particularly interested in candidates previously working on cellular and molecular networks underlying tissue health and disease. An international competitive salary (plus benefits) will be offered based on the candidate experience.

Appointed post-doctoral scientists will be based at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, a highly interactive and innovative scientific environment. The Champalimaud Foundation includes a vast set of Research laboratories and a Clinical Center where disruptive Scientific activities take place. The Centre’s world-class facilities for research include, amongst others, platforms for advanced light microscopy, flow-cytometry, Genetic tools, ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging, and facilities for a range of model organisms. The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is situated on the waterfront in central Lisbon. English is the official language of the Centre. Lisbon has a sunny Atlantic-Mediterranean climate, vibrant culture, convenient housing options and is considered one of the world’s safest cities.

Research Fields

Biological circuits

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Application closing date


Expected position starting date

April 2024

Required Education Level

PhD or equivalent (Biology, Life Sciences)


Essential skills

- Experience in cellular and molecular biology;
- Experience with genetically modified mouse models;
- Expertise in flow cytometry, cell transplantation and confocal microscopy analysis;
- Expertise in any of the areas mentioned in the advertisement;
- Excellent level of English.

Desirable skills that will also be considered

- Team work;
- Communication; 
- Adaptability
- Languages


- Competitive remuneration package commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience;
- Full immersion into a research excellence ecosystem with highly motivated researchers, supported by state-of-the-art technology and continuous development opportunities.

Maximum allowable duration of the contract including the respective renewals OR Initial duration

36 months with possibility of renewal.

Eligibility criteria

National, Foreign or Stateless candidate(s) who hold a PhD degree in Biology Areas or other related scientific areas and a scientific and professional curriculum that reveals a profile appropriate to the activity to be developed. 

In case of PhD degrees awarded by foreign higher education institutions, the degree must comply with the provisions of Decree-Law No. 341/2007, of 12th of October, and all formalities established therein must be fulfilled by the deadline for application submission.

Selection process

Candidates will be screened to determine eligibility based on minimum qualifications listed in call. Candidates meeting minimum requirements will be scored according to the required application materials:  CV 70% weighting, motivation letter 20%, interview 10% (in case of a tie).

If provided, and if shortlisted, candidates’ referees may be contacted and may count towards evaluation. 

When tied, top candidates will be interviewed (in person, or remotely). The result of the interview is then the sole evaluation criteria (basic documentation required). If no tie, holding of interviews at the discretion of the Evaluation Committee.

Evaluation Committee members

- Henrique Veiga-Fernandes
- Cristina Godinho da Silva
- Roksana Pirzgalska

Application materials

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, brief summary of past accomplishments (max. 2 pages) and contact details for 3 individuals who can provide recommendation letters upon request. More information can be found at: http://research.fchampalimaud.org/en/careers

Proof of qualifications (certificates) may be required at a later date for the formalization of the contract agreement. Degrees obtained abroad may need to be formally recognised in Portugal. 

How to apply

Candidates must complete the standard application form and submit a single annexed PDF document containing the application materials stated in the call. 
The call reference will be asked and not having may invalidate your submission. This call reference is: PD HVF Jan2024.

Applications are also accepted in paper, sent or handed to the Fellows Support Office at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Avenida Brasília, 1400-038 Lisbon, Portugal.

Notification of results

All candidates will receive a receipt of acknowledgment within 7-10 business days.The highest scoring candidate will be notified by email or telephone. All other candidates will be notified solely by email of the final outcome of the recruitment process.

After being notified, candidates will have 10 working days to present a claim for redress by email (careers@research.fchampalimaud.org). If no claim is received by the Champalimaud Foundation, the Evaluation Committee's decision will become definitive.

About Us

Research is at the heart of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, a modern research and clinical facility situated on the waterfront in Lisbon, Portugal. The goal of Champalimaud Research (CR) is to perform world-leading fundamental and translational research. Current research work is focused on the fields of neuroscience, physiology and cancer.  Champalimaud Research comprises a team of over 400 scientists from around the world. English is the official language of the Centre. Lisbon’s sunny Atlantic Mediterranean climate, vibrant culture and high quality of life make this a great place to live and work.

Relevant Institutional Information

In line with our community guidelines and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy and Gender Equality Plan, no candidate may be privileged, favoured, prejudiced or deprived of any right or excluded from any duty on the basis of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, disability, chronic illness, language, nationality, territory of origin, family status (marital, pregnancy and maternity, having or not having dependents), socioeconomic situation, education, religion, political or ideological beliefs,  trade union membership, or on any other grounds which are irrelevant to decision-making.

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Legal Notices

The present call has the sole purpose of filling the indicated research position. This call may be canceled at any time on or before the jury’s evaluation of all eligible candidates and the recruitment process shall be concluded on the day of the full execution of the contract between the Champalimaud Foundation and the selected candidate.

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