Applications to PONTE Fellowships

The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência invites graduates in physics, mathematics, engineering or a related discipline to apply for the newly established PONTE fellowships. The PONTE fellows will be key figures in accomplishing the institute’s mission of bridging biology with the exact sciences.

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We are seeking early career researchers (less than three years since completion of PhD) with a PhD in physics, mathematics or a related discipline. Candidates are expected to be fully committed to work in life sciences, although no previous experience in biology is required.

Candidates are expected to be able to apply their existing skills (e.g. numerical programming) and scientific knowledge (e.g. in soft matter physics) to solve biological problems. Candidates are also expected to acquire new skills while at IGC (e.g. image analysis), as needed to complete their research goals. Independence and being open to new problems and methods are key.


Application Process

Next call opens on March 3rd, deadline on April 10th.

Applications must be submitted in English exclusively through the online platform (available only during call). Applicants need to provide the following elements:

  • Cover letter (max 1 page)
  • CV (max 3 pages)
  • Publication list (with three highlighted publications)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • At least two reference letters 

The research statement should contain a summary of the candidate’s previous research and an outline of future research interests (this may include references to specific groups at IGC). In the case of no previous exposure to biology, the candidate should state what motivates the transition, and how the PONTE fellowship will enable this transition.

Questions should be addressed to [email protected]


Selection & Results

Interviews will be held in late April, and offers will be made soon after.