PhD researcher – Project Negotiating Livelihoods under transformative politics: crisis, policies and practices in Portugal 2008-2018 (PTDC/SOC-ANT/32676/2017)

Deadline for applications: December 10th 2018

Opening of international selection competition procedure for the contracting of a PhD researcher in the framework of the Research Project PTDC/SOC-ANT/32676/2017 following Decree-Law No. 57/2016, of August 29th, as amended by Law 57/2017 of July 19th.

In its meeting of 10th October 2018 the Board of Directors of the Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia deliberated the opening of an international selection tender for one (1) PhD position in the scientific area of Anthropology, in the framework of the Research Project Negotiating Livelihoods under transformative politics: crisis, policies and practices in Portugal 2008-2018 (PTDC/SOC-ANT/32676/2017), funded by FCT I.P through national funds.

The work contract are carried out for uncertain term employment t, under the Portuguese Labour Code, and may not exceed the maximum length of the project. The competition aims exclusively to fill the specified vacancy, may be withdrawn up to the homologation of the respective final candidate ranking list, and is concluded with the fulfilment of the tendered employment position.

The competition is open between November 21th and December 10th.


I. Applicable Law

  1. The competition is governed by the provisions set forth in Decree-Law No. 57/2016, of August 29th, with the amendments introduced by Law 57/2017 of July 19th, which approves a PhD holders hiring regime aimed at stimulating scientific and technological employment in all areas of knowledge (RJEC), by the Implementing Decree No. 11-A/2017 of December 29th, which regulates the salary levels of the contracts, as well as by the Portuguese Labour Code, approved by Law No. 7/2009, of February 12th, as currently worded.
  2. The competition is open under RJEC’s article 20.

II. Workplace

The workplace is located at CRIA – ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, Av. ª das Forças Armadas, 1649-026 Lisbon.

III. Remuneration

The monthly remuneration is the amount established in No. 1 of article 5 of the Implementing Decree No. 11-A/2017 and in subsection a) of No. 1 of article 15 of Decree-Law No. 57/2016, corresponding to level 33 of the single salary scale, approved by Ordinance No. 1553-C/2008, of December 31st, in the gross amount of Euro 2.128,34.

IV. Description of position

This position is aimed at developing anthropological scientific research in the field of economic and political transformations in Portugal, namely: a) review of scientific literature within the scope of the project; b) fieldwork in Portugal focusing on people’s responses to social and economic policies affecting their livelihoods; c) contribute to empirically sustained understanding of the impact of political changes in people’s livelihoods, households and local communities, namely on the following aspects: work, domestic life, housing, uncertainty, hope and perspectives over the future; d) systematization, treatment and comparative analysis of data in the framework of the project; e) preparation of scientific publications; f) elaboration of scientific reports and management of the project.

V. Competition admission requirements

National, foreign and stateless candidates may apply for the competition, provided they hold a doctorate degree and possess a scientific and professional curriculum deemed as a suitable profile for each of the positions in competition. In case the Doctorate degree has been awarded by a foreign higher education institution, it must comply with the provisions of Decree-Law No. 341/2007, of October 12th.

VI. Application formalisation

1. Applications are formalised by means of a request sent to the Board of CRIA, soliciting the approval of the application and indicating the competition to which he/she is applying for, candidate identification, including full name, identity card or Citizen Card number and date, or civil identification number, birthdate, address and contact address, including e-mail and telephone   In said request, the candidate shall manifest his/her consent regarding communication and notifications via e-mail in the context of the competition procedure, indicating their respective address.

2. The application includes the following documents:

a) Document certifying that the candidate holds the doctorate degree. Regarding holders of doctorate degrees obtained abroad, they shall present a document attesting recognition by a Portuguese higher education institution, under the terms of Decree-Law No. 341/2007, of October 12th, and any procedures therein prescribed must be complied with upon the application deadline.

b) Motivation letter, limited to 750 words, including: a) a reflection on the suitability of the candidate’s activities developed over the past five years and future perspectives; b) a reflection on the suitability of the candidate for the activities foreseen in the project and in CRIA.

c) An electronic copy (pdf) of the detailed curriculum vitae, organised in accordance with the evaluation criteria set forth in this public notice.

3. Applications may be submitted in Portuguese or English language and shall be submitted, in person, during normal working hours, or sent by e-mail to and until the deadline defined in this public notice, with the subject Concurso_Doutorado_LivePolitics.

4. Candidates who incorrectly formalise their application or who do not produce proof of meeting the necessary requirements are excluded from admission to the competition. The board of examiners has the power, in case of doubt, to require any candidate to submit documents confirming their statements.

5. False statements submitted by candidates shall be penalised in accordance with the law.

VII. Absolute merit

Being the applications duly instructed in compliance with the requirements of the current public notice, the admission of candidates in absolute merit will depend on the possession of a global curriculum deemed by the board of examiners as having the necessary scientific and professional merit and: a) proven experience in economic anthropology  research, with fieldwork related to the transformations of living conditions in Portugal in the last decade.

VIII. Selection criteria

1. Under the terms of article 5 of Decree-Law No. 57/2016, selection takes place through evaluation of the candidates’ scientific and curricular path.

2. Scientific and curricular career evaluation will focus on relevance, quality and up-to-datedness: a) of the scientific, technological, cultural or artistic production of the last five years considered more relevant by the candidate; b) of the applied investigation activities, or in the practice-based, research activities developed over the past five years and considered to have the greatest impact by the candidate; c) of the extension and dissemination of knowledge activities developed in the last five years, namely in the context of the culture and scientific practices promotion, considered of greater relevance by the candidate; and d) of science, technology and innovation management activities.

3. The period of five years referred to in the preceding paragraph may be increased by the board of examiners, at the candidate’s request, when such is justified on grounds of suspension of scientific activity for socially protected reasons, namely for reasons of parental leave, extended serious illness, and other legally protected situations of unavailability for work.

IX. Selection method

The adopted selection method is curricular evaluation and interview

X. Curricular evaluation

a) Scientific production of the last five years in the thematic field of the competition (30%). The evaluation will focus on scientific publications – books, indexed journal’s papers, book chapters, peer-reviewed working papers and proceedings – oral presentations, organization of national and international scientific meetings.

b) Research activities developed over the past five years in the thematic field of the competition (40%). The evaluation will focus on coordination/participation in national or international research projects, networks and partnerships, supervision and advanced training, peer-reviewing, science management activities.

c) Extension and dissemination activities of the last five years in the thematic field of the competition (30%). The evaluation will focus on promotion of scientific culture and practices, knowledge transfer and science communication.

The board of examiners undergoes the candidates’ curricular evaluation in compliance with the criteria adopted, using an integer scale from 0 to 100, the final classification being obtained by the average of the scores attributed by each member of the board of examiners. In case of a tie between two or more candidates, the chair of the board of examiners has a casting vote.

XI. Interview

  1. After concluding the curricular evaluation, the candidates placed in the first 3 positions are admitted to the interview, and the remaining candidates shall be considered excluded from the procedure.
  2. The interview aims to clarify the research path of the candidate and shall not last more than 15 minutes.
  3. The interview will be scored on 0 to 100 scale.
  4. The interview will assess the scientific knowledge and communicational skills of the applicant, as well as answers to specific questions of the panel and career development prospects.
  5. The scoring of each candidate is the average of the scores attributed by each member of the board of examiners.

XII. Final classification and ordering of the candidates

  1. The final classification results from the weighted average of the classifications obtained in the various selection methods, conferring a weighting factor of 90% to the Curricular Evaluation and of 10% to the interview.
  2. In case of tie, the chair of the board of examiners has casting vote.

XIII. Interested party hearing

  1. The interested parties shall be informed of the lists of admitted and excluded candidates, as well as of the final classification and ordering of candidates, and there is the possibility of stakeholder hearings, accordingly with articles 121 and 122 of the Administrative Procedure Code, and the interested parties shall be notified via e-mail and publication at CRIA’s Internet site.
  2. The competition process may be consulted by the candidates in CRIA facilities, located at ISCTE-IUL.

XIV. Constitution of the Board of Examiners

According with the content of article No. 13 of Decree-Law No. 57/2016, of August 29th, the board of examiners is composed as follows:

Professor Maria Antónia Pedroso de Lima, Assistant Professor at ISCTE-IUL, researcher at CRIA and PI of the project;

Catarina Frois (PhD), Invited Assistant Professor at ISCTE-IUL, researcher at CRIA and Co-PI pf the project.

Ana Luísa Micaelo (PhD), researcher at CRIA.

XV. Non-discrimination and equal access policy

  1. CRIA actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so that no candidate can be privileged, benefited, impaired or deprived of any right or exempted from any duty due to his/her age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, economic situation, education, social origin or condition, genetic heritage, reduced working capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race , territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and trade union membership.
  2. Under the terms of D.L. No. 29/2001, of February 3rd, a candidate with disability has priority in case of equal classification, which outweighs any other legal priority. Candidates shall provide a sworn statement, in the application form, declaring their respective degree of disability, type of disability and the forms of communication/expression to be resorted to in the selection process, under the terms of the aforementioned decree.

Proceedings of the jury meeting – curricular evaluation

Proceedings of the jury meeting – final ordering