Offer Description

DEADLINE: Application closes on July 23, 2021

Vacancy purpose:

ASSOCIAÇÃO OCEANO VERDE – LABORATÓRIO COLABORATIVO PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO DE TECNOLOGIAS E PRODUTOS VERDES DO OCEANO (hereinafter referred to as GreenCoLAB) opens recruitment and selection competition for 1 Biotechnologist (M/F) vacancy for citizens of any nationality including stateless persons under an uncertain term contract under the scope of project “ALGAESOLUTIONS – Solutions to improve growth, induce high value metabolites and detect contaminants to produce novel algal products” (Project ID: 17/SI/2019), financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through the Algarve Regional Operational Program.

Satisfy temporary needs under an uncertain term employment contract in order to support the work carried out in the context of the research project “ALGAESOLUTIONS”.


  1. Molecular characterization of microalgae, primer design and validation;
  2. Analysis of metagenomic data;
  3. Development of molecular kits for early detection of contaminants in algal cultures;
  4. Development of prototype bioreactors for improvement of algal cultivation and metabolite production.

Profile required:

  • Holds a PhD degree in Biotechnology, Life Science, Biology or other related fields;
  • Experience in algal cultivation
  • Experience in development of molecular tools for the detection of algal contaminants
  • Experience in random mutagenesis and biochemical analysis
  • Fluent in English and excellent writing skills.

Failure to meet these requirements determines the rejection of the application. The decision not to be admitted shall be notified to the candidates by e-mail for the purposes of the hearing of the interested parties. False statements made by applicants will be punished under the law.

Other Preferred Requirements:

  • Be strongly motivated, demonstrate autonomy and the ability to propose new approaches;
  • Experience in the development and / or execution of national and international projects

Governing Law:

  • Decree – Law No. 57/2016, of August 29, amended by Law No. 57/2017, of July 19 (RJEC).
  • Labour Code, approved by Law No. 7/2009 of 12 February, as amended.
  • Regulatory Decree No. 11-A / 2017, of December 29th.
  • Decree-Law No. 124/99, of April 20, as amended.
  • Decree-Law No. 29/2001, of 3 February.
  • Code of Administrative Procedure.

Starting Date

The contract is scheduled to start in August 2020 and will only last for the period necessary to implement the proposed work plan.


The activities will be carried out at GreenCoLAB headquarters, as well as at other locations to be indicated by the Executive Committee, to fulfill the tasks to be performed.

Work schedule

35 hours a week.

Monthly Compensation

The gross monthly base compensation to be awarded is 2.128,34 € Euros according to Article 15 (1) (a) of Law No. 57/2017 of 19 July and with the first remuneration position of the initial level provided for in Article 2 of Regulatory Decree no. 11-A / 2017, of December 29th, corresponding to level 33 of the single remuneration table, approved by Ordinance No. 1553-C / 2008, December 31st.

Application Period

The application period starts on July 12, 2021 and ends on July 23, 2021.


In accordance with article 13 of the RJEC, the competition jury is composed of João Carlos Serafim Varela, researcher at CCMAR (chairman), Hugo Galvão Caiano Pereira, Innovation Manager at GreencoLab and Peter Simon Claus Schulze, researcher at GreencoLab.

Evaluation and Selection Process

The evaluation is carried out in two stages, which result in a final classification from 0 to 100 points.

The deliberations of the jury are taken by reasoned roll call and abstentions are not allowed.

Stage One: Curriculum Evaluation

The selection of the admitted candidates is made through the evaluation of the motivation letter that will indicate the most relevant activities, career development plan and the curriculum vitae that will include the candidate’s scientific and professional career focusing on the relevance, quality and timeliness of the criteria, according to Article 5 (2) (a) to (d) of the RJEC. The following selection criteria will be considered and the candidate’s ability to perform the duties:

  1. CA) Scientific and technological production of the last 5 years considered most relevant by the candidate;
  2. CB) Applied or practice-based research activities in an academic and industrial environment, developed over the past five years and considered of greatest impact by the applicant.
  3. CC) Activities of knowledge extension and dissemination in the academic and / or business environment in the last five years, namely in the context of the promotion of knowledge and scientific practices, considered most relevant by the candidate.
  4. CD) Project management, collaborators, technology and innovation activities in academic and / or business environment.

The period of 5 years referred to in the evaluation criteria may be extended by the Juri at the request of the applicant, on grounds of suspension of scientific activity for socially protected reasons, on grounds of parental leave, prolonged serious illness, and other situations of unavailability for work legally protected.

Stage Two: Interview

If the jury deems it necessary for the evaluation, the best ranked candidates for the curriculum evaluation will proceed to the second phase, which will consist of an individual interview, either in person or via videoconference. The interview will have a maximum weight of 10% of the final grade and will only serve to clarify aspects related to the research results of the candidates.

Jury Procedure

Each jury member will evaluate candidates on all CA to DC factors between 0 and 100 points and indicating the reasons for the points awarded. Abstentions are not allowed. A similar procedure will be followed for applicants who are invited to the interview. Candidates who are not called for the interview will have 0 points in the second evaluation phase.

The curricular evaluation (C) of each candidate is obtained according to the sum of the scores of each criterion multiplied by the respective weights according to the following formula rounded to one decimal place.

C = CA*35 + CB*40 + CC*10 + CD*15

The final score (FS) of each candidate is obtained by summing the scores of the curriculum evaluation (C) and interview (I), if applicable, according to the following formulation, rounded to the units.

FS = C*90 + I*10

Each candidate’s final score is obtained by averaging the scores of the jury members. In case of a tie applying the previous criteria, the decision to break will be up to the president of the jury.

The jury will write minutes of the meetings describing the evaluation process and selection process including an ordered list of candidates for their score and the final decision. GreenCoLAB Board of Directors will validate the jury’s final decision.

In the event that the candidates do not have the appropriate profile for the proposed duties, or the financing conditions change significantly after the publication of this notice, the jury reserves the right to terminate the competition without any recruitment. In the event that the selected candidate does not accept the post, or terminates the employment contract, the jury reserves the right to assign a post to the next candidate in the order of final grade, upon judgment of convenience and timeliness.

Application Process and Submission:

Only applications submitted directly and necessarily by email to are accepted. Receipt of applications is considered valid only upon receipt of confirmation by email from GreenCoLAB. The application in (English or Portuguese) must include a Motivation Letter (with a personal assessment of the suitability of the activities of the last 5 years to the present competition, highlighting the publications chosen and considered most relevant, and career plan), detailed Curriculum Vitae according to the requirements and selection criteria of the competition, digital copies (eg PDF) of up to 3 publications considered by the applicant as most relevant; copy of PhD certificate; indication of up to 3 references and their contact by email; other documents which the applicant considers to be important for this competition.


The list of admitted and excluded candidates and the final ranking list are posted on the GreenCoLAB Headquarters and in the website The candidates are notified by email.

Prior Hearing and Deadline for Final Decision

Under Article 121 of the Administrative Procedure Code, after notified, candidates have 10 days to comment. Within 90 days from the deadline for the submission of applications, the final decisions of the jury are issued.

The candidate with disabilities has a preference in equal ranking, which prevails over any other legal preference. Applicants must declare in the application, on their honour, their degree of disability, the type of disability and the means of communication / expression to be used in the selection process, in accordance with the above-mentioned diploma.

Non-Discrimination and Equal Access Policy

No candidate may be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right or exempt from any duty on the grounds, in particular, of descent, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, economic situation, social origin or condition, genetic heritage, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnicity, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and trade union membership.

The members of the jury approve this announcement on July 8, 2021.