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INDP 2016 Poster

A Call for 8 Doctoral fellowships (Bolsa de Doutoramento) is open at the Champalimaud Foundation (Fundação D.Anna de Sommer Champalimaud e Dr.Carlos Montez Champalimaud) in the context of the project Programa de Doutoramento - PD/325/2012 - financed by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) / Ministério da Educação e Ciência (PIDDAC) under the International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme (INDP), for its 2016 edition, with classes starting in January 2017.

1. Scientific Area: Neuroscience

2. Requirements for admission: Applicants must hold a Masters degree and/or a 4+ year undergraduate degree.

3. Factors preferred: Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to tackle difficult intellectual challenges, to learn new skills and ways of thinking and to work passionately as part of a research team. Predoctoral training in quantitative disciplines (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science), biological sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, bioengineering) or related fields is important. Sound knowledge of English language is crucial for the applicant’s success.

4. Work plan: Admitted students will complete one semester of intensive courses and will be able to perform rotations in CR laboratories (www.research.fchampalimaud.org ). Courses are led by distinguished local and invited international scientists. The topics of instruction include among others sensory & motor systems, animal learning, social neuroscience or data analysis. All courses have a practical component such as programming exercises, small projects, and experimental work in the INDP dedicated teaching laboratory.

5. Legislation framework: A fellowship contract will be celebrated according to the regulations defined by FCT “Regulations for Advanced Training and Qualification of Human Resources”, in accordance with Law 40/2004, of 18 August, as amended and republished by Decree-Law No. 202/2012 of 27 August, and as amended by Decree-Law No. 233/2012 of 29 October and by Law No. 12/2013, of January 29, and Decree-Law No. 89/2013 of 9 July. And also by the FCT, I.P. Fellowships Regulation, in force (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/docs/RegulamentoBolsasFCT2015.pdf ) and Champalimaud Foundations’ Fellowship Regulations.

6. Place of work: The Programme is hosted at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, Portugal, a leading centre for research, technology and clinical care.

7. Fellowship duration: Full tuition and stipend to perform courses and thesis work will be ensured for selected applicants for a period of up-to 4 years, renewable every 12 months in accordance with the Regulation of Research Fellowships from the Foundation for Science and Technology. Selected candidates must be in exclusivity regime with this fellowship.

8. Monthly allowance: The fellowship amounts according to table values of the fellowships awarded directly by the FCT, IP. (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores ) and may be majored by the Champalimaud Foundation. 
The fellowship will be paid monthly by bank transfer. The fellowship holder will have a personal accident insurance and, if not covered by any social protection scheme can ensure the right to social security through adherence to the voluntary social insurance scheme.

9. Selection method: Candidates will be assessed, on a first stage, by the quality of their CV, including degrees, marks and contents of curricular units completed (35%), letters of recommendation (35%) and motivation letter (30%). 

During interviews candidates will be evaluated on their ability to present their previous research, to understand and articulate scientific questions, to think critically about experiments and to demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, the challenges of a PhD.

10. Selection Committee: For the upcoming edition the Committee will be composed of Joseph Paton, Ph.D. (PI at Champalimaud Research), Noam Shemesh, Ph.D. (PI at Champalimaud Research), Rui Costa, Ph.D. (PI at Champalimaud Research) and Alfonso Renart, Ph.D. (PI at Champalimaud Research and INDP Director)

11. Publication/notification of results: The final results of the evaluation will become public, through ordered list final grade obtained which will be posted at the Champalimaud Research website and the selected candidates will be notified by e-mail. If decision is not favorable for the award of the scholarship, the applicant has a period of 10 working days, after receiving notice of the decision, to contest the decision in a preliminary hearing setting.

12. Deadlines: This call for applications is open from February 3rd to March 4th 2016.

13. Application: Applications must be written in English and should be submitted through the webpage http://neuro.fchampalimaud.org/en/education/application/, including the following documents:
• Motivation letter stating the applicant’s motivation to join the International Neuroscience Doctoral programme and an outline of their academic trajectory; 
• Curriculum Vitae including, if available, a complete list of academic courses (University level) previously followed, and respective grades and diplomas;
• Two reference letters from two people who can speak to your potential as a PhD student in neuroscience.

Foreign candidates selected for interview must arrange for visa when applicable. INDP office will assist in visas and travel arrangements.
Interviews are planned for April 28th – 29th 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. The call for INDP 2016 is open until 6th March 2016

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