The PhD program in Biotechnology and Biosciences (BIOTECnico) has been selected for funding by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). The PhD program, which is offered by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon (ULisboa), and Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences (iBB), has been awarded with four mixed PhD scholarships per year, for a 4-year period. The dissertation themes will be offered by the program research team members of iBB-IST and will be available within the Biological Sciences and Bioengineering research areas. The projects include a one-year secondment abroad at one of the international leading research institutions / universities that collaborate with iBB-IST.
BIOTECnico is an interdisciplinary four-year Doctoral program that provides PhD students with world-class training in Biotechnology and Biosciences. It is designed to attract national and foreign highly talented and motivated students and to prepare a new breed of creative researchers to translate basic biosciences discoveries and technological innovations into Industrial, Agro-Food, Health and Environmental Biotechnology applications. The program is anchored in two tracks: Biological Sciences and Biochemical Engineering. The Biological Sciences track offers an in-depth understanding of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Molecular and Microbial Biotechnology, with emphasis on Functional and Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics and the exploitation of Integrative Microbiology and Systems and Synthetic Biology approaches. The Biochemical Engineering track offers education in the areas of Biocatalysis, Molecular and Bioprocess Engineering, Downstream Processing, Nanobiotechnology with a focus on harnessing Biomolecular and Cellular Processes, and mastering key technologies in order to develop innovative products and more efficient/sustainable processes. The program will also contribute to the development of the necessary skills for entrepreneurship in the Biotechnology field, including innovation, leadership, problem-solving and communication.
The scholarship period is expected to start on September 2015.
Academic background: The BIOTECnico PhD program is open to individuals (Portuguese or foreign citizens) holding an MSc diploma (or equivalent, accepted by IST-ULisboa) in Life Sciences, Bio/Engineering or related areas (upon decision of the Scientific Committee of the program). A strong academic background in biosciences or engineering and technology will be required. The selection of PhD candidates has to comply with the IST-ULisboa doctorate regulations, in particular concerning pre-required skills and competences. A requirement will be that the degree of the candidate allows him/her to follow the BIOTECnico program, also depending on the field/topic of choice for dissertation. Final year MSc students will also be considered as candidates but must ensure that the degree is obtained before the beginning of the PhD program.
As a general rule, minimum admission grades of 14/20 (for the undergraduate degree) and of 16/20 for the MSc degree are required, although exceptional students with proven research experience (e.g., publications) but lower grades may be successful during the selection procedure.
Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English.
Period of the Call: The call is publicly announced and is open from March 15, 2015 until April 30, 2015 at 17h00 (Lisbon time).