Executive Director and Deputy Head of Node Position

1. At the meeting held at  March 3, 2021 the Executive Board of INESC-ID – Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores INESC-ID made the a decision to open an international selection call for a doctorate position under the scope of project ELIXIR-CONVERGE - Connect and align ELIXIR Nodes to deliver sustainable FAIR life-science data management services/INFRADEV-03-2019/Ref: 871075, funded by Horizon 2020 , in the form of an unspecified fixed-term work contract – Decree-Law No. 57/2016, of August 29, the regulations for hiring doctorates to stimulate scientific and technological employment in all areas of knowledge (RJEC), with the amendments introduced by Law No. 57 / 2017, dated July 19, also taking into account the provisions of Regulatory Decree No. 11-A / 2017, of December 29, “Código do Trabalho” (Labor Code), approved by Law No. 7/2009, of February 12, in its current wording.-  being the basis of the contracting the performance of a specific service, precisely defined and non-durable, for the position of Executive Director and Deputy Head of Node of BioData.pt | ELIXIR PT.

 

2. BioData.pt | ELIXIR PT is the Portuguese Infrastructure for Biological Data and the Portuguese node of ELIXIR - the European Distributed Infrastructure for Biological Data. It supports the research strategy and programs of the national scientific system through a distributed computing infrastructure and a network of bioinformatics and data management experts, promoting scientific research in the agrofood and forestry, sea and health sectors. BioData.pt | ELIXIR PT maps and disseminates ELIXIR resources to Portuguese users in academia and industry, and builds training and services focused on fulfilling national needs and promoting excellence.

We are a flexible young solution-driven team that values integrity, transparency, communication, high standards of performance, and professionalism and teamwork.

The main purpose of this role is to ensure the successful implementation and delivery of BioData.pt | ELIXIR PT services through the collaborative development and execution of the BioData.pt | ELIXIR PT technical strategy.

The BioData.pt | ELIXIR PT Executive Director and Deputy Head of Node is expected to perform:

a) Coordination and management of teams, financial and technical work, reporting and achievements of milestones of projects assumed by BioData.pt | ELIXIR PT, within the planned time frame. Specifically this will include:

- to organize and implement the process of discussion of the global work plan to a detail of specific tasks and deliverables

- planning and monitoring of tasks at the technical level to insure that all activities are progressing as planned

- planning and implementing meetings between activity coordinators to insure open lines of communication and coordination of work

- planning and implementing dedicated meetings between coordinators of technical infrastructure and the industry and entrepreneurship activity coordinator to guaranty maximal impact

- initiate the development of quality control procedures within the BioData.pt development and data curation teams

- coordinate the technical and scientific reporting annually

- to organize annual meetings of the whole BioData.pt

- to manage the financial dimension of BioData.pt, controlling expenses, reporting and timelines of spending

- to design the general communication strategy of BioData.pt and coordinate its implementation across teams to report to the management board and its president.

b) Coordination of the Portuguese representation at the ELIXIR infrastructure. Specifically this will include:

- plan, negotiate and coordinate the participation of the Portuguese Node of ELIXIR in ELIXIR activities

- technical and financial management of the Portuguese Node activities

- support the use of ELIXIR resources by the Portuguese research community

- represent ELIXIR Portugal in national and international meetings and working groups in the absence of the Head of Node.

Funded by: H2020

Primary Scientific area: Biological Sciences

 

3. Applicable law

Decree-Law No. 57/2016, of August 29, the regulations for hiring doctorates to stimulate scientific and technological employment in all areas of knowledge (RJEC), with the amendments introduced by Law No. 57 / 2017, dated July 19, also taking into account the provisions of Regulatory Decree No. 11-A / 2017, of December 29.

“Código do Trabalho” (Labor Code), approved by Law No. 7/2009, of February 12, in its current wording.

 

4. In compliance with article 13 of RJEC, the jury of the call is composed as follows:

 

Jury

Name

Professional Status

Institution

President

Mário Gaspar da Silva

Full Professor

INESC ID | Técnico ULisboa

Member

José Pereira Leal

President

BioData.pt | ELIXIR PT

Member 

Ana Teresa Freitas

Full Professor

INESC ID | Técnico ULisboa

Substitute Member

José Borbinha

Full Professor

INESC ID | Técnico ULisboa

Substitute Member

Isabel Rocha

Vice-President

ELIXIR Board

Substitute Member

Ricardo Leite

Head of Genomics Unit

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

 

5. The workplace shall be at INESC-ID Headquarters Rua Alves Redol, 9, 1000-029 Lisboa or at any other BioData.pt | ELIXIR PT member Headquarters, in accordance with the requirements and needs of research projects.

 

6. Monthly remuneration corresponds to level 24 of INESC-ID, 3611, 83€.

 

7. Any national, foreign and stateless candidate(s) holding a doctorate degree in a field of knowledge or specialty covering the scientific area of life-science, including a post-graduation in management, and interest and experience in managing research infrastructures may submit an application. In case of doctorate degrees awarded by a foreign higher education institution, the degree must comply with the provisions of Decree-Law no. 341/2007 of 12th of October, and all formalities established therein must be fulfilled, by the selected candidate, until the date of signature of the contract.

 

8. General call admission requirements include those specified in the previous point and that, from the candidate’s curriculum vitae, one may validate the compliance with criteria such as: 

· Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate technical teams in a distributed environment to deliver against challenging goals and timelines.

· Demonstrated knowledge of Research Infrastructures of the National Roadmap and those of the European Forum for Research Infrastructures.

· 5+ years of experience managing life-science research. 

· Familiarity and experience with more than one software development methodology.

· Knowledge and practical experience of business process development, governance processes, management, budgeting, and administrative operations.

· Results oriented with proven ability to lead teams in distributed and matrix-managed environments with excellent interpersonal skills.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and preferably one other European language.

· Ability to articulate ideas and vision to engage and inspire both technical and nontechnical audiences.

· Exceptionally self-motivated and directed.

· Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities.

· Exceptional service orientation.

· Awareness and understanding of European research policy and funding opportunities.

· This will be a busy role with frequently changing priorities so it is essential that the role holder is able to:

· set and manage priorities judiciously with a minimum of supervision,

· meet deadlines and handle a heavy workload,

· work to a high level of accuracy and attention to detail show a flexible approach, self-motivation and resilience,

· work occasionally outside normal office hours,

· if required, travel to ELIXIR headquarters or events, and BioData.pt nodes.

 

9. The evaluation of the scientific and curricular path focuses on relevance, quality and timeliness in the scientific area of the call:

i) 40% Academic and professional training

ii) 40% Professional experience

(These two criteria will rank the candidates, only outstanding candidates will be interviewed)

iii) 20% Discussion of a strategy for implementing the role in BioData.pt | ELIXIR PT

The jury may also decide not to assign the position, if none of candidates meets the required conditions.

The period of five years referred to in the previous point may be increased by the jury, at the request of the candidate, when justified on grounds of suspension of scientific activity for socially protected reasons, namely for reasons of parental leave, prolonged serious illness, and other situations of unavailability for work legally protected.

 

10. The evaluation of the scientific and curricular career has two components, namely

i) The assessment of the curriculum vitae and other documentation presented is made in according to point 7 and 8 of this notice. This component of the evaluation is expressed in a scale of 0 to 100.

ii) The Juri will interview outstanding candidates with higher classification in person or in the impossibility of attending by video conference. The evaluation of the interview is expressed in a scale of 0 to 100 taking into consideration the quality of the scientific knowledge and the capacity of communication demonstrated by the candidate, as well as the answers to the questions placed by the members of the evaluation panel.

If an interview is conducted, the punctuation proposed by each member of the jury is obtained by assigning a weighting factor of 90% to the curriculum vitae and other documentation presented, and a weighting factor of 10% to the interview.

 

11. Each member of the jury assigns a classification to each of the candidates on a scale of 0 to 100 points, ranking the candidates according to their classification consisting on the sum of the partial classifications assigned in each evaluation criterion, and taking into account the weighting factor given to each parameter. In this process abstentions are not allowed.

 

12. Candidates shall be ordered by applying the successive voting method.

 

13. The jury has the faculty not to select a candidate in case the requirements mentioned in points 6 and 7 are not fulfilled.

 

14. Minutes of the jury meeting are drawn up, which contain a summary of what has taken place in the meeting, as well as the votes cast by each of the members and their reasons, being available to the candidates whenever requested.

 

15 The final deliberation of the jury is approved by the President of INESC-ID, and it is his responsibility to establish the respective contract.

 

16. Formalisation of applications

17.1 Applications are made by sending an email to rh@inesc-id.pt, with the documents stated in 17.2 and 17.3.

17.2 Applications are formalised by sending a Motivation Letter, addressed to the Board of INESC ID, including this announcement identification, full name, parents’ names, ID card, or Citizen Card number and date, or civil identification number, taxpayer ID number, date and place of birth, marital status, occupation, residence and contact address, including email address and telephone

17.3 Applications shall include all supported documents encompassed by point 6 and 7 for call admission, namely:

a) Copy of certificate or diploma;

b) Detailed curriculum vitae, structured in accordance with the items in point 8

 * The administrative verification of the recognition of doctoral degrees obtained abroad will be fulfilled for the purpose of contracting, in case of approval of the candidatures.

 

17. This call is open from March 8 to 26, 2021.

 

18. Candidates who formalize their application incorrectly or who do not prove the requirements required in this notice are excluded from admission. In case of doubt, the jury may demand any candidate to present documents proving those statements.

 

19. The false statements made by the candidates will be punished according to the law.

 

20. The admitted and excluded candidates applicants will be notified by email of the final ranking list.

 

21. Prior Hearing and Deadline for Final Decision: After being notified, candidates have 10 working days to submit a formal rebuttal. Within the term of 30 days, counted from the deadline for the presentation of the candidacies, the final decisions of the jury are given.

 

22. This call is exclusively intended to fill the vacancy (s) indicated and may be terminated until the homologation of the final ranking list of candidates and expiring with the respective occupation of the working position on offer.

 

23. Non-discrimination and equal access policy: INESC-ID actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so that no candidate can be privileged, benefited, disadvantaged or deprived of any right or exemption from any duty owing, in particular, to ancestry, age, sex, 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.

 

24. Under the terms of D.L. No. 29/2001, of February 3, a disabled candidate has a preference when in equal classification, which prevails over any other legal preference. Candidates must declare on the application form their respective degree of disability, the type of disability and the means of communication / expression to be used in the selection process, under the terms of the aforementioned diploma.

 

25. The selection panel approved this announcement on February 26, 2021.

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