Job Position - Science and Project Management Position for iSTAR ERA Chair Project

Job Position

Science and Project Management Position for iSTARS ERA Chair Project
Full Time
Professional category: Invited Assistant / Professor



Scientific Area

Project management, Data Science, Medical Statistics, Health Research, Science Dissemination

Position context

The ERA Chair “iSTARS - Informatics and Statistical Tools for the Advancement of Research Success” project, of Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal), is actively looking for a Project and Science Manager (PSM), who shall be responsible for the management of this project, recently awarded by the EU for a 6-year period. iSTARS aims to enact a true transformational change that will promote excellence in research and competitiveness in acquisition of funding, by recruiting a researcher for the ERA Chair position and its team.

We are seeking highly motivated individuals who are passionate for science, project and team management, and experience in training/teaching, and who are willing to work and make a difference at the interface of training, research and project management. You are expected to actively contribute to the success and shaping the expansion of Science and Project Management area in interplay between Data Science, Data Analysis, Societal needs and Research in Health. You will start the program by supporting the implementation and recruitment process, and also by supporting existing research projects in order to integrate and learn about the practice of research at FMUL.

Project and Science Manager responsibilities

You will be responsible for the daily implementation and management of the iSTARS ERA Chair Program, and training in Medicine project management, under the direct supervision of the coordination team and the ERA Chair holder. You will play a pivotal liaison role with all internal and external stakeholders, including critical technical and administrative issues for the development of the project, spanning all subprojects (Work Packages - WPs) and tasks for a successful ERA Chair project implementation. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Overall and detailed planning and definition of tasks according to the iSTARS plan;
  • Monitoring the overall progress regarding milestones and deliverables;
  • Operationalization and timing of all activities and tasks of the project;
  • Identification of any unanticipated risks;
  • Promote and organize training activities related to scientific project management, science communication and dissemination, as well as training/teaching in your areas of competence;
  • Participate in the research projects of iSTARS, including plans for data management;
  • Acting as the centre of communication between all internal and external stakeholders, including:
    • Liaison with the coordination team and the assigned EC Project Advisor;
    • Assisting all WP and Task Leaders;
    • Ensuring the involvement of the Heads of the appropriate internal research support structures;
  • Promote and organize training activities concerning research project management, science communication and outreach;
  • Prepare the technical interim and final reports, as well as topics for presentation, compilation and analysis of documentation pertaining to the project deliverables;
  • Responsibility for project management indicators, as well as other key performance indicators, such as dissemination and outreach, and the project impact;
  • Collaborating in the submission of financial reports;

The position is based at the Faculdade de Medicina, but opportunities for occasional short-term travel will be available.

Background and experience required

Essentials Skills & Qualifications

  • Sound scientific background: degree in a relevant research field for iSTARS (see scientific area) or scientific project management;
  • Written and spoken English proficiency (Portuguese proficiency is not mandatory);
  • Leadership, exceptional organizational skills and high attention to detail;
  • Initiative and ability to work independently;
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills;
  • Team spirit and ability to work effectively with dynamic and diverse staff;
  • High level of dedication and resilience;
  • Curiosity, enthusiasm, creativity and empathy in human relations.

Other valued skills and qualifications

  • International experience or international exposure to best practices in project management;
  • Experience/ knowledge in project management processes and tools;
  • Experience/ knowledge of principles and techniques of EU projects planning and procedures;
  • Experience/knowledge in science dissemination and societal outreach activities;
  • Experience/knowledge in international grant application and bid management processes;
  • Experience/ knowledge in non-academic collaborations and knowledge transfer activities;

Start date

Planned: 01/February/2021 (negotiable)

Position conditions

“Contrato de Trabalho em Funções Públicas a Termo Resolutivo Certo” (fixed term public service contract) with a term corresponding to the intended period of the project, up to 6 years. The contract may be renewed one time, for the same or shorter period, as long as the total duration does not exceed 6 years.

  • Full-time contract;
  • Remuneration package matched to the levels of Teaching Staff in Public Higher Education (in Portugal), including benefits available for Public Administration employees;
  • Opportunity to work in an innovative research environment with potential for impact across the Institution;
  • Continuous training, and opportunities for development and career progression;

How to apply

Applicants should submit in a single PDF document

  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae in English;
  • A brief (up to 2-pages) motivation letter in English.
  • The contact information of 2 references. If you do not wish that we contact current or past employers, please state so and explain the reasons in an additional page.

Applications or requests for information should be submitted by mail to tp.aobsilu.anicidem|sratsi#tp.aobsilu.anicidem|sratsi.

Evaluation and Selection

Applications will be evaluated by a selection panel. After a first selection round, applicants may be asked to submit further documents and will be invited for an interview (possibly online).

The position will remain open until filled, but to be considered during the first round of selection, send your application until 21st December 2020.

Communication of results

All communication about the selection process, and its results, will be done by email.

Non-discrimination policy

The FMUL values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. It ensures compliance with the principles of non-discrimination and equality. No candidate can be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right or exempted from any duty due, in particular, to ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, economic status, social origin, nationality, ethnic origin or race, place of origin, religion, political or ideological convictions, or union association membership.

The Commission’s recommendations in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers will be observed.

Workplace and Scientific Orientation

The work will be innitially developed at Instituto de Medicina Preventiva & Saúde Pública (FMUL) under the supervision of Prof. Doutor António Vaz Carneiro, until the recruitment of the ERA Chair holder.


Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa.
Avenida Egas Moniz, 1600 Lisboa

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952377
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