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.


We seek early-career researchers with a Ph.D. 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

The call is open from 05/04/2024  to  05/05/2024.


See call details


Interested candidates should submit their applications to [email protected] as a PDF file named “Applicant Name_ PONTE2024”. The e-mail’s subject should also be “Applicant Name_ PONTE2024”. Applications must contain the following information:

  • Cover letter (max 1 page)
  • CV (max 3 pages)
  • Publication list (with three highlighted publications)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • Names of at least two scientists that can be contacted for 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]; more details can be found here


Selection & Results

The selection committee is a multidisciplinary group of IGC researchers. Evaluation criteria include motivation to join a biology environment, independence, and excellence of previous research. Interviews will be held about one month after the call is closed. Offers will be made soon after.

More info
Updated on 08 april 2024

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