Postdoctoral researcher with experience in Chemical Synthesis to work on Synthesis, characterization and biological evaluation of anticancer metallodrugs

    • Research Grant
    • Evaluating Applicants
    • Application Deadline: 2018-09-01 17:00:00 (GMT/UTC +0)
    • Postdoctoral researcher with experience in Chemical Synthesis to work at CQM-Madeira Chemistry Research Centre, University of Madeira, Portugal – TOPIC 1: Synthesis, characterization and biological evaluation of anticancer metallodrugs.

    • Reference: ARDITI-CQM/2018/007-PDG
    • Required Degree: Ph.D.
    • Scientific Areas: Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry,
    • Duration: 2019-10-01
    • Salary: € 1 495.00


This call is under the scope of the project “M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000005 - Centro de Química da Madeira - CQM+” cofunded by PROGRAMA OPERACIONAL REGIONAL DA MADEIRA 2014-2020 (MADEIRA 14-20). CQM+ is a project hosted by ARDITI - Regional Agency for the Development of Research, Technology and Innovation ( and has as direct beneficiary the CQM – Centro de Química da Madeira/Madeira Chemistry Research Centre ( The aim of the operation is to strengthen the research and innovation potential of CQM, to increase its critical mass and to strengthen research and innovation in the thematic areas identified as priorities by the Research and Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy of Madeira (RIS3-RAM): "Health and Well-being", "Agro-Food Quality", "Bio-Sustainability" and the "Marine Resources and Technologies". CQM ( )is a national R&D institution supported and internationally evaluated by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). The research center is hosted by the University of Madeira (, which is located in Madeira Island (, Portugal. The research center performs world-class research in the fields of Natural Products and Materials and is currently reinforcing its research team with highly motivated and qualified researchers coming from all over the world. The recruited personnel will integrate a young, dynamic, and multicultural team focused on the development of new solutions for the improvement of human health, agri-food quality, and bio-sustainability (including the sustainable use of marine resources) aimed at improving scientific knowledge and the well-being of the Society.  

Applications Closed

  • Requirements and Limitations

    Available Positions: 0

    Required Degree: Ph.D.

    Areas of the required degree: Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry.

    Required Experience:

    Candidates for this position (“Postdoctoral Grant”) should have expertise in synthesis and characterization of metallodrugs and polymers (e.g. dendrimers, dendrons), experience in in vitro biological evaluation, less than 3 years after Ph.D., a strong motivation to work both independently and as part of a team, very good communication skills and ability to meet deadlines. Experience in the synthesis, characterization and functionalization of dendrimers or metallodendrimers, and in the transference of knowledge and technology will be valued in the evaluation process.


    Evaluation Criteria:

    Candidates will be evaluated and ranked based on their Curriculum Vitae (maximum 30 points), research activity (scientific/technological production; maximum 30 points), and research proposal (maximum 30 points). The 3 best-ranked candidates for each position will be invited for interviews (online interviews; maximum 10 points).

    Evaluation Pannel: João Manuel Cunha Rodrigues (President), Helena Maria Pires Gaspar Tomás (Member), Nuno Nunes (Ph.D. - Member), José de Sousa Câmara (Substitute Member).

  • Required Documents:

    CV - Curriculum Vitae / Résumé;

    Complete List of Publications;

    Qualification Certificate - with the ORCID number, RESEARCHID and SCOPUS AUTHOR ID;

    Research Proposal;

    Relevant Supporting Documents;

    ORCID - included in the CV;

    Scopus Author ID;

    ResearcherID - Portuguese or translated into English and certified;

    Referee (Contact information) - considered relevant for the evaluation of the application;

    Summary of the scientific and curricular path - brief proposal (maximum 5000 characters) of a 2-years research project according to the work plan.

  • Application Submission

    Application Deadline: 2018-09-01 17:00:00 (GTM/UTC + 0)

    Reference: ARDITI-CQM/2018/007-PDG

    Applications should be submitted in English by email to the following address: . The specific reference to the call must be indicated in the email subject. The applicants should submit a single pdf file containing all the required documents.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation.

    The selection process will be based on the principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, religion, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issue. Selection will be made only based on merit and following the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Commission Recommendation, Brussels, 11.3.2005, 2005/251/EC) and the recommendations from the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

    CQM is a recognized “refugee welcoming organization" by the European Commission, follows the European Charter for Researchers and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.

Contest Information

  • General Information

    Position: Postdoctoral researcher with experience in Chemical Synthesis to work on Synthesis, characterization and biological evaluation of anticancer metallodrugs

    Reference: ARDITI-CQM/2018/007-PDG

    Position Type: Research Grant

    Funding Entity: ARDITI (Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação Tecnologia e Inovação)

    Place of Work: CQM (Centro de Química da Madeira)

    Host Institution: CQM (Centro de Química da Madeira)

    Scientific Areas: Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry.

    Salary: € 1 495.00

    Postdoctoral Grant free of taxes; ARDITI postdoctoral stipend and regulations are determined by ‘FCT-Fundação para a Ciência Tecnologia’ (

    Supervisor(s): João Manuel Cunha Rodrigues .

  • Work Plan
    • Development of scientific research under the topic: Synthesis, characterization and biological evaluation of new metallodrugs with Ruthenium and Platinum combined with dendrimers;
    • Development of new nanomaterials (e.g. polymers, carbon-based materials) to be used as delivery systems for conventional and new metallodrugs used in the treatment of cancer.
    • Preparation of technical reports and scientific publications;
    • Participation in general CQM activities, such as science spreading and conference/course organization.
  • Additional Information

    For other information, the applicants can send a message to the following e-mail address: .

Important Dates and Times

  • Contest Dates

    Application Submission: 2018-07-28 09:00:00 until 2018-09-01 17:00:00 (GTM/UTC + 0)

    Publication of Results: 2018-09-17

    The ranking list of candidates will be published on the ARDITI and CQM websites (, An email message with the result of the recruitment process will be sent to each applicant.
  • Contract and Schedule

    Contract Duration: 2018-10-01 to 2019-10-01 renewable up to 2020-08-31