09 Nov. 2021

Research assistant at the Sensorimotor lab

Location: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon
Employer: Champalimaud Foundation
Job Type: Full Time
Position: Scientific Research
Application Starts: 09 Nov. 2021
Application Ends: 26 Nov. 2021

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 two Research Assistants to join our team.

Call reference: 2ra Chiappe Nov2021

Work Plan

The laboratory of Sensorimotor Integration at the Champalimaud Research Programme has two one-year opening positions (with possible extension) available for a project investigating multimodal integration for movement control in the context of visually guided locomotion in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
We are seeking for motivated, and highly organised young colleagues, preferentially recently graduated (BS and/or MSc levels) who are looking for a short-term experience within a systems neuroscience lab to assist in two separate aspects of our work: behavioural assays and anatomical analysis. The positions involved assisting the lab with experiments exploring the anatomy and function of different genetically identified populations of neurons. Principal responsibilities include: 1) Conducting anatomical studies with state-of-the-art tools, and generating and maintaining specific fly lines in collaboration with other members of the lab 2) assisting with behavioral assays in collaboration with other members of the lab, 3) participation in laboratory meetings


Minimal qualifications

- For assistance with anatomical experiments and analysis, previous experience with Drosophila melanogaster and/or histology is obligatory;
- For assistance with behavioural experiments and analysis, previous experience with animal behaviour and/ or Drosophila melanogaster is obligatory.

Essential skills

- Proficiency in English, high-performance, and ability to work both independently and as part of a team, good problem-solving skills, excellent organization, and previous experience in a basic research laboratory are necessary pre-requisites.

Desirable skills that will also be considered

- Quantitative training, such as in experimental physics or engineer is desirable

Offered conditions

- 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.

Initial duration

12 months with possibility of renewal

Expected position starting date

Between 1/12/2021 and 1/1/2022

Primary location of work

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown 

How to apply


Candidates must complete the standard application form and submit a single annexed PDF document containing the CV and motivation letter.
Call reference: 2ra Chiappe Nov2021

Application materials

- CV and letter of motivation in English;
- 2 letters of recommendation written in English to be sent directly to Eugenia Chiappe eugenia.chiappe@neuro.fchampalimaud.org;
- Proof of qualifications (certificates) may be required later for the formalisation of the contract agreement.

Evaluation Committee members

Claire Rusch
Leopoldo Petreanu
Tomas Cruz

Notification of results

All candidates will receive a receipt of acknowledgment within 7-10 business days. A short-list of candidates will be interviewed after a first step of evaluation
After being notified, candidates will have 7 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.
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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.

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