Deadline: 30 Jun 2024

Published: 02 May 2024

Contact: CESAM

Are you a passionate PhD researcher in the area of environmental and marine sciences looking for an opportunity to advance your research career? Consider applying for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) with CESAM at the University of Aveiro, Portugal!

Application Deadline: 11 September 2024

By applying for an MSCA-PF in CESAM you are applying for two funding opportunities:

  1. The first opportunity is to receive funding from the MSCA Postdoctoral mechanism. The MSCA is a prestigious and well-funded grant that has a high positive impact on a researcher’s CV.
  2. If an application exceeds the quality threshold, but is not funded in the MSCA selection process, it will be eligible for the ERA Fellowship call (without further application, just a tick in the application form). The ERA fellowships support the widening countries (that includes Portugal) to balance the mobility flows of researchers.

The MSCA-PF call is open to researchers of any nationality who wish to engage in R&I projects by either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe. The applicant should have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date of award of the first doctoral degree. Moreover, you have to comply with mobility rule, meaning that you must not have resided or carried out your main activity in Portugal for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.


CESAM's mission is to promote transdisciplinary and transformative R&I and knowledge exchange to address societal needs, namely environmental and marine challenges, global change processes, and sustainable solutions for the management and conservation of natural resources and the well-being of ecosystems and humanity, building upon a One-Health Approach.

The main objective of CESAM is to promote a more efficient use of terrestrial and aquatic (from catchment to the deep sea) environmental resources and a more competitive, resilient and sustainable economy. CESAM is committed to policy challenges related to the adaptation and mitigation of climate change; and regional, national and EU policies on water (freshwater and marine) and natural resources (including biodiversity, environmental health and sustainable development). CESAM stands out due to its transdisciplinary research character and the promotion of international collaboration, gathering ca. 500 active members (ca. 240 PhD) with knowledge and expertise on fundamental and applied research in the natural and social sciences, which is a unique asset in an Associated Laboratory in Portugal. CESAM’s research is transversal, covering the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and anthroposphere.

The team holds expertise in:

  • Development and validation of environmentally friendly technologies (e.g. LCA), analytical chemistry, marine geophysics, and ecotoxicological methods considering multiple stressors;
  • ‘Omics’ technologies and bioinformatics;
  • Terrestrial and aquatic (including deep sea) biodiversity, mineral and energy resources, ecosystems structure, functions and services, and risk assessment from sub-cellular to ecosystem levels;
  • Environmental Economics and Ecosystems valorisation;
  • Modelling and forecasting of atmospheric and hydrodynamic (freshwater, coastal & oceanic) processes;
  • Stakeholder engagement.

How to apply?

Find a supervisor at CESAM community by visiting CESAM´s website or send an email to with your narrative CV and project proposal by June 30 and CESAM can help you find a suitable supervisor. After that, the CESAM and the University of Aveiro’s research support offices will provide you with support in your application.