ERA Chair


ERA Chair

The MOBILIsE project will boost the translation of the design of new molecular targets to the application of diagnostic tools and therapies addressing major health challenges, with particular focus on cancer, infection, neurodegenerative diseases, and tissue repair/regeneration, all of which are studied and explored at i3S.

As such, MOBILIsE aims to recruit an outstanding researcher to be ERA Chair Holder, who will establish in the institute an internationally competitive group in Molecular Bioengineering focused on precision medicine technologies, namely in molecular-targeted diagnosis and therapies. This new group is also expected to create the MOBILIsE hub, a synergic and cohesive research environment among key stakeholders (academy, research institutes, clinicians, and industry) in the Porto region. 


MOBILIsE ERA Chair Holder
Offered Conditions

We are looking for an established researcher with an international reputation to lead new research avenues in Molecular Bioengineering, mostly focused on precision medicine technologies, namely in targeted therapies and molecular diagnosis. Senior scientists looking for a tenure-track position in Molecular Bioengineering and fitting the requirements are invited to apply. The selected MOBILIsE ERA Chair Holder will have full freedom to make appropriate resource allocations as leader of a new research group, as well as the following conditions to conduct their work:

  • 5-year contract as Research Coordinator (equivalent to Full Professor), the highest-level in the Portuguese research career path;
  • Autonomy to select their team members and budget to hire 4 additional researchers (1 Assistant Researcher, 2 Post-Doctoral Researchers and 1 Technician);
  • Dedicated Project Manager;
  • Laboratory space for the new ERA Chair research group;
  • Seed funding (225k euros) to launch the group's research activities;
  • Allocated funds for meeting attendance and travelling;
  • Access to state-of-the-art research facilities;
  • Administrative support concerning housing, legal/immigration issues, spouse’s employment, kindergarten/schooling, etc.

The ERA Chair Holder may be considered for a permanent position based on performance evaluation.



ERA Chair holder
conditions to apply

The selection committee is welcoming applications from candidates with:

  • Excellent scientific track-record, demonstrated through the quality and relevance of their publications;
  • A 5-year experience, at least, as group leader and proven leadership abilities in the recruitment and supervision of a scientific team comprising high-achieving researchers;
  • Motivational and teaching capabilities, demonstrated through their capacity to recruit talented postgraduate students and to participate in advanced training programs, namely at a doctoral level;
  • Networking skills and ability to establish and maintain relevant international collaborations;
  • Strong record in securing and managing competitive research funding to sustain their activities as group leader;
  • Proven experience in managing research projects and participating in governing bodies.

The successful applicant will be expected to commit to the position for the grant’s full duration.

The recruiting process will be conducted following the Portuguese labor code, and selection criteria that prioritise merit and transparency, as well as a non-discrimination and equal access policy.


Application opening/announcement: 1st February

Application deadline (preliminary): 15 September 2021

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