Call for PhD scholarship applications 2020

Polar2E – The University of Lisbon College on Polar and Extreme Environments opens a call for expressions of interest for PhD grants targetting at the FCT Call for PhD Grants 2020 (https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/concursos/individuais2020.phtml.pt). Polar2E is the new interdisciplinary College of ULISBOA, joining the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, the Faculty of Sciences and the IST-Técnico, with researchers from several research centres from the University of Lisbon.

PhD Application & Enrolment

In order to apply for a FCT scholarship framed within Polar2E, it is necessary to have a project idea. To search for opportunities based on your own research idea, you first need to identify a Strategical Area at Polar2E whose objectives best match your idea. If you find it, you should contact the coordinator, which will direct you to a potential supervisor. You will then need to discuss your research ideas with him/her before you apply for a FCT scholarship.

Candidates to apply to the FCT call under the framework of Polar2E will be pre-selected by a committee, considering 3 main criteria:

1) Academic CV

2) Motivation letter

3) Personal interview

What is essential to include in your CV and application

Applications may be sent via e-mail to the Strategical Area Coordinator until 28 february 2020 with: (1) The CV, which must include final marks in degrees completed, a list of marks in individual courses and a list of publications if they exist, as well as a scan of all the diplomas + certificates; (2) The motivation letter, which must indicate the preferred area of work; (3) Abstract of the PhD research idea to be developed. The committee will interview a selected number of candidates.

Note that Academic degrees awarded by non-Portuguese institutions will only be accepted if recognized by the Portuguese Government, through the “Direção Geral do Ensino Superior”, or by any Portuguese Public University, according with applicable laws, namely Decree-Law 341/2007, 12th  October, and Decree-Law 283/83, 21 June.

Current Strategical Areas within the College Polar2E ULisboa

– Biogeochemistry of extreme environments (Coord: João Canário, joao.canario@tecnico.ulisboa.pt),

– Changes in Polar marine ecosystems (Coord: Vanda Brotas, vbrotas@fc.ul.pt)

– Climate modelling (Coord: Emanuel Dutra, endutra@fc.ul.pt),

– Cryosphere / Permafrost (Coord.: Gonçalo Vieira, vieira@igot.ulisboa.pt),

– Polar and extreme ecosystems (Coord: Cristina Branquinho, cmbranquinho@fc.ul.pt),

– Remote sensing (Coord: carlamora@campus.ul.pt),

– Space environment (Coord.: Paulo Gil, paulo.gil@tecnico.ulisboa.pt).

– Sustainable architecture in extreme environments (Coord: Manuel Guedes, manuel.guedes@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)

Other topics may be accepted, if within the scope of Polar2E.

Besides the Strategical Areas in the framework of which you may propose PhD topics, below you will find offers for themes of specific interest in the current call:

  • Ecology of ecosystems under extreme environmental conditions such as drylands (Supervisors: Cristina Branquinho – cmbranquinho@fc.ul.pt and Alice Nunes).

PROPOLAR Flight punta arenas-king george island in 13 february

The DAP BAE-146 aircraft in the Teniente Marsh Airfield runway in King George Island arriving from Punta Arenas in the 13 February 2020.

The Portuguese Polar Program flights linking Punta Arenas (Chile) and King George Island in Antarctica took place in the 13 February with about 24h delay due to poor weather at the Teniente Marsh Airfield. The PROPOLAR flights are a contribution to the international logistics in the Antarctic Peninsula and this year supported a total of 62 scientists and technicians from PROPOLAR and six other partner programs. The Portuguese Antarctic campaign has 10 projects in the field, with 20 scientists. PROPOLAR is funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and the logistical operator is IGOT, member of the College Polar2E-ULISBOA.

Scientists in King George Island.
Portuguese team upon arrival in Punta Arenas back from the Antarctic Season.

Call for Applications for PhD graduates

Polar2E – The University of Lisbon College on Polar and Extreme Environments opens a call for expressions of interest for PhD graduates to apply for the FCT Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus – 3rd Edition. Polar2E is the new interdisciplinary College ULISBOA, joining the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, the Faculty of Sciences and the IST-Técnico, with researchers from several research centres from the University of Lisbon.

We are accepting applications on Polar and/or Extreme Environment research under the following Polar2E Strategical Areas:

– Biogeochemistry of extreme environments (Coord: João Canário, joao.canario@tecnico.ulisboa.pt),

– Changes in Polar marine ecosystems (Coord: Vanda Brotas, vbrotas@fc.ul.pt)

– Climate modelling (Coord: Emanuel Dutra, endutra@fc.ul.pt),

– Cryosphere / Permafrost (Coord.: Gonçalo Vieira, vieira@igot.ulisboa.pt),

– Polar and extreme ecosystems (Coord: Cristina Branquinho, cmbranquinho@fc.ul.pt),

– Remote sensing (Coord: carlamora@campus.ul.pt),

– Space environment (Coord.: Paulo Gil, paulo.gil@tecnico.ulisboa.pt).

– Sustainable architecture in extreme environments (Coord: Manuel Guedes, manuel.guedes@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)

Other topics may be accepted, if within the scope of Polar2E.

The applications will be pre-evaluated by the research centres of Polar2E for assessing the possibilities for support and integration as host institution (deadline: 14 February). Then, the candidates should submit the application to the FCT Call following the guidelines available at https://www.fct.pt/apoios/contratacaodoutorados/empregocientifico/ceec_ind_3.phtml.en (deadline: 26 February).

For the evaluation at Polar2E, candidates should submit: 1) a short cv with key publications, 2) a summary of the research plan (max 5,000 characters) and 3) a motivation letter, indicating the reference level to which is applying (Junior, Assistant, Principal or Coordinating Researcher). 

Applications for pre-evaluation by Polar2E should be submitted to the coordinator of each Strategical Area, with cc to vieira@igot.ulisboa.pt until 14 February 2020. Please read carefully the FCT call at https://www.fct.pt/apoios/contratacaodoutorados/empregocientifico/ceec_ind_3.phtml.en before applying.

Polar2e with 7 teams in antarctica

Researchers of Polar2E projects ANTERMON, PERMANTAR and VEGETANTAR in King George Island in January 2020.

The Antarctic summer season of 2019-20 is on and Polar2E will have seven teams in the field under the logistical framework of the Portuguese Polar Program:

  • Project ANTERMON – ANTarctic Electrical Resistivity Monitoring Network, lead by Mohammad Farzamian (IDL).
  • Project FACT – Links between phytoplankton dynamics and climate Forcing in NW AntarCTica, lead by  Ana de Brito (MARE).
  • Project LICHEN EARLY METER 2 – Development of an ecological indicator to monitor the effects of climate change in polar regions based on lichen functional traits, lead by Paula Matos (CE3C).
  • Project NUNANTAR – Analysis of nunataks of the Antarctic Peninsula as multiproxy data sources on environmental change and climate Dynamics, lead by Marc Oliva (CEG).
  • Project PERMANTAR – Permafrost and Climate Change in Western Antarctic Peninsula, lead by Gonçalo Vieira (CEG).
  • Project POLAR LODGE – Performance Evaluation of a Resilient Shelter for Research Development in the Antarctic, lead by Manuel Guedes (CITUA).
  • Project VEGETANTAR 2 – Multitemporal vegetation mapping in the Antarctic Peninsula through multiscale remote sensing, led by Pedro Pina (CERENA).