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Post doc fellowship - YouNDigital - PTDC/COM-OUT/0243/2021


 Reference: Youth, News and Digital Citizenship/Jovens, Notícias e Cidadania Digital/YouNDigital - PTDC/COM-OUT/0243/2021

Scientific areas: PhD in  Communication Sciences - Social Sciences / other subareas of Communication Sciences.

Candidates with a PhD in the areas of Sociology of Communication and/or Education Sciences and media/technology are also eligible.

COFAC, Cooperativa de Animação e Formação Cultural crl, opens a call for a Post doc fellowship Research Scholarship in the scope of the project "Youth, News and Digital Citizenship/ Jovens, Notícias e Cidadania Digital (PTDC/COM-OUT/0243/2021)”. The project is financed through national funds in the budget of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) - and developed in the research unit CICANT - Research Centre for Applied Communication, Culture and New Technologies (in Lusófona University, Porto).

YouNDigital aims to understand the attitudes and practices that young people have concerning news and digital citizenship. It is expected to get ,a better understanding of their news interests and needs, socialisation processes for news consumption either in the family, school, peer group context, and their experiences as "produsers” of news. This project is anchored in a participatory action-research approach combined with an initial online survey and a central focus on qualitative methods.

1 - Applicable legislation: Legal Regime of the Research Grant Holder Statute (Law no. 40/2004, of August 18, republished in annex to Decree-Law no. 202/2012, of August 27, and amended by Decree-Law no. 123/2019, of August 28, which proceeds with the fourth amendment to the Research Grant Holder Statute); and Regulation no. 950/2019, of December 16, which approves the FCT Research Grant Regulations - 2019 ( ). 

2 - Scientific Area - PhD in  Communication Sciences - Social Sciences / other subareas of Communication Sciences. Candidates with a PhD in the areas of Sociology of Communication  and/or Education Sciences and media/technology are also eligible.

3 - Principal Investigator: Maria José Brites 

4 - Duration of the Fellowship: the fellowship will have a duration of 12 months, and can be renewed up to a maximum of 36 months.

5 - Amount of the grant and method of payment: The monthly payment is 1646€/month, in accordance with the table of values for grants awarded by FCT, I.P. ( The monthly payment of voluntary social insurance is also foreseen.

6 - Host institution: The candidate will work at Lusofona University/CICANT (Porto), where we offer a positive working environment and experience. Our facilities continue to develop and grow and the candidate will have access to quality conditions and digital equipment, and the opportunity to connect with a vivid and engaging research environment with junior and senior researchers. 

7 - Research experience and skills - The fellow will work under the supervision of the PI Maria José Brites, the Co-PI, Teresa Sofia Castro, and the other project’s team members.
The candidate CV must evidence previous work that demonstrates the candidate is qualified to carry out activities to support the organisation, implementation, and technical-scientific development of the project, namely:
- To develop and implement activities related with literature review, 
- To prepare and implement surveys and semi-structured interviews;
- To conduct qualitative research tasks, namely data analysis and validation;
- To ensure the management of digital research activities;
- To prepare training courses;
- To prepare and conduct dissemination and sustainability tasks;
- To develop field work and dissemination activities in Portuguese and in English. 
- To help preparing publications to submit scientific journals, with peer reviewing, on media, young people, and digital citizenship;
- To collaborate in other publications in areas relevant to the project;
- Other tasks to support the project's development.

8 - Admission requirements: Applicants must meet the eligibility conditions set out in Articles 7 and 9 of the FCT I.P. Research Grant Regulations (2019)
All individuals with a PhD in the areas of Communication Sciences - and other subareas of Communication Sciences are eligible to apply for this scholarship. 
Preferential admission requirements. Preference will be given to candidates that demonstrate: 
a) academic and professional experience skills in the areas of Communication Sciences, with special focus - at least partially - on youth and media/news, digital citizenship, youth activism, audience and reception studies, media literacy, and/or journalism;
b) academic and professional experience capacity in research network construction and the development or implementation of training activities; 
c) academic and professional experience to have participated or lead European projects;
d) experience in dissemination activities directed to different audiences, and in creating dissemination products;
e) strong skills using research data analysis softwares (namely MaxQda and SPSS) and experience in qualitative and quantitative methodologies;
f) excellent knowledge of the Portuguese and English languages, both written and spoken, is required; 
g) research autonomy, collaborative teamwork, deadlines fulfilment, and ethical skills.

9 - Application deadline and application submission: The call is open from February 4th to March  3rd, 2022 at 6pm WET. Applications and application support documents requested in the call must be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., indicating in the email subject: “Youth, News and Digital Citizenship/Jovens, Notícias e Cidadania Digital” - PTDC/COM-OUT/0243/2021.
The applications must be accompanied by the following documents: 
a) Detailed Curriculum Vitae clearly indicating how was acquired the knowledge and experience to meet the selection criteria by giving specific examples. 
b) a motivational letter in Portuguese and in English; 
c) documents proving that the candidate meets the required conditions for the type of scholarship to which he/she is applying for, namely qualification certificates with final average. In the case of academic degrees awarded by foreign higher education institutions, and in order to ensure the application of the principle of equal treatment to applicants holding foreign and national academic degrees, it is mandatory to recognize these degrees and convert the respective final classification to the Portuguese classification scale. The recognition of foreign degrees and diplomas and the conversion of the final classification into the Portuguese classification scale may be requested at any public higher education institution or at the Directorate-General for Higher Education (DGES, only in the case of automatic recognition). Regarding this matter, we suggest consulting the DGES portal at the following address:; updated document proving the professional situation, indicating the nature of the contract and duties, which may be replaced by a sworn statement if there is no professional activity or provision of services; 
d) other relevant documents for the candidate evaluation. 
The required documentation described in the application submission section is mandatory. Only complete applications will be accepted and considered. 

10 - Selection and evaluation procedure: 
The selection will be based on the curricular evaluation (15 points) and interview (5 points), with a total value of 20 points. If the selected candidate drops out and there is another candidate on the final list with a score resulting from the curricular evaluation and interview equal to or higher than 15, the jury will proceed to select that candidate. In case of a tie in the first two positions, the candidates will be called for a second interview, with an evaluation between 0 and 5 points. The score of this interview is added to the results of the 1st phase in order to select the final candidate. 

 Evaluation criteria:

1 - Curriculum:
a) Integrated evaluation of the scientific production in areas related to YouNDigital:
- relevance of the publications to the area of the project;
- fulfilment of the requirements specified in "preferential admission requirements”; 
- participation in scientific projects;
- other relevant professional/academic/research experience.

 b) evaluation of extension activities and dissemination of knowledge in areas related to YouNDigital:
- organisation of scientific events;
- participation in activities of communication and dissemination of science;
- presentation of oral communications in scientific events;
- organisation and/or delivery of training. 

 c) motivation letter.

 2 - Interview
The evaluation subcriteria to be used will be as follows:
1. Curriculum: a) 50% + b) 40% + c) 10% = 0 to 15 points 
2. Interview 100% = 0 to 5 points 

11 - Composition of the Jury: President of the Jury PhD Maria José Brites; Effective Member: PhD Teresa Sofia Castro; Effective Member: PhD Carla Cerqueira; Substitute Member: PhD Célia Quico. 

12 - Publication and notification of the results: candidates will be notified of the results of the competition via email and the ordered list of candidates will be posted on the CICANT website ( 

13 - The candidates will be excluded in the following cases:
1) applications sent by other means or extemporaneously will not be accepted;
2) application not submitted properly or not presenting the requested documents to prove a), b) and c);
3) making false declarations
4) application not in accordance with R2 profile as defined in Euraxess  Researchers referencial.

The jury may request more information or documents to validate the information submitted by the candidate.

14 - Policy of non-discrimination and equal access: CICANT actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, whereby no candidate may be privileged, benefited, disadvantaged or deprived of any right or exempted from any duty on the grounds of, inter alia, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family situation, economic situation, education, origin or social condition, genetic heritage, reduced work capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological convictions and trade union membership.