19/01/2021

Senior Researcher (Tenure and Tenure Track)

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  • OFFER DEADLINE
    28/01/2021 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    Not funded by an EU programme
  • LOCATION
    Spain, Barcelona
  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Fundació Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron- Institut de recerca
  • DEPARTMENT
    Research Department

The Vall d’Hebron University Hospital Foundation – Research Institute (“VHIR” or “the Foundation” makes its own, open and unique call, for the recruitment of excellent researchers. The conditions of the call are established in compliance with the European Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), which establishes the implementation of open, transparent and merit-based recruitment measures, in order to contribute to the promotion of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

The purpose of this call is to prioritise the incorporation of research profiles of excellence in the Tenure and Tenure Track stages together in the same recruitment and selection process. According to the VHIR's scientific career policy:

- Tenure Track: researchers with the potential to develop a high degree of independence, being a principal investigator of competitive projects and author for the correspondence of their scientific production (corresponds to the Tenure Track from the English model). Access to this section will be given in the case of doctors with both an exceptional scientific career and leadership skills. As indicated by the public strategic calls for applications in the area, international experience in the pre-doctoral and/or post-doctoral period will be valued as a merit.

- Tenure: researchers who lead research in their area that corresponds to the Tenure from the English model. Access to this section will be given to doctors with both an exceptional scientific career and excellent leadership skills, principal investigators of competitive projects and principal authors (of correspondence or last author) of their scientific production. Proven international experience will be valued.

In both cases, candidates must provide a clear added value and their incorporation must allow the achievement of the VHIR strategic objectives, while creating synergies between clinical and basic researchers. Their expertise and subject matter should be compatible to as many of VHIR’s research areas as possible.

The purpose of the call is to give priority to the applications submitted. The number of admissions in 2021 will be a maximum of 1 researcher, and the vacancy can be declared void.

CANDIDATE’S PROFILE

According to the candidate’s profile, the following assessment criteria will be considered:

2.1. RESEARCHERS FROM TENURE TRACK STAGE

Eligibility criteria: Researchers wishing to apply for a Miguel Servet contract or researchers with a current Miguel Servet contract wishing to change centre may apply to the call, and may also join a research group with an existing laboratory and space. A Clinical Service of the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital must endorse the candidate.

Conditions: Researchers who opt for a Miguel Servet contract and are finally selected will have to apply for a contract at the next call of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII). If awarded, the VHIR will commit to co-finance the corresponding percentage of the grant for the next 5 years.

Documentation to submit:

Candidates must submit the following documentation within the established period:

1. A full standardised CVA (download)

2. Scientific project in English (specific template of the Miguel Servet call)

3. Two letters of support.

4. A letter from the Clinical Service of the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital to support the candidature and specifying the added value that the candidate will represent for the Institution.

Assessment criteria:

Note: the assessment criteria are the direct translation of those applied to the Miguel Servet evaluation of the ISCIII

1.-Candidate (0-70 points):

a.- Articles from the 2016-2020 period (0-50 points), indexed at the 2019 Journal Citation Report. A maximum of ten publications will be scored, from those in which they appear as main author (*) for a special evaluation. In the event that the candidate does not have 10 publications as main author, other publications may be included where he/she does not appear as the main author. Original articles and reviews will be accepted. Letters or editorials, book chapters, opinion pieces or consortiums will not be accepted.

  • D1 Main author: 5
  • Q1 Main author: 3.5
  • Q2 Main author: 1.5
  • Main author other Q: 1
  • D1 Publication (no Main author): 1.5
  • Q1 Publication (no Main author): 1
  • Q2 Publication (no Main author): 0.5
  • Other quartiles (no Main author): 0.20

 

In relation to publications, the following considerations must be taken into account:

- Main author: signs as first, senior or corresponding author. Only a maximum of 3 articles by co-author, co-senior or co-corresponding author will be considered.

- Increase to 50 points if the candidate is author of two articles published in high-impact journals and at least in one of them is lead author, considering those articles with over 20 impact factor points.

- 50% reduction if there is no first or senior author

b.- Other achievements during the 2016-2020 period (0-20 points):

  • Candidate’s mobility ** (after obtaining PhD, and in centres different from where he/she obtained it) (up to 15 points):

    • 15 points: excellent

    • 12 points: very good

    • 8 points: good

    • 4 points: fair

    • 0 points: poor

  • Projects (up to 5 points)

  • Correction factor (up to 10 points)

    • 5 points: FSE

    • 10 points: Rio Hortega Programme + FSE

**International mobility. National mobility should be between autonomous communities in order to be assessed. Long stays without scientific production will not be excellent.

The assessable period will be extended if the candidate justifies any of the following assumptions:

a) Has been on maternity or paternity leave;

b) Has been taking care of minors under six years of age, persons with physical, mental or sensory disabilities, or adults over 65 years of age who depend on the beneficiary and require special dedication;

c) Has suffered a serious illness or accident with a medical leave equal to or greater than six months.

In the case of a) the extension of the period in case of maternity leave is of 18 months for each child born before or after obtaining the doctorate. In the event that the applicant can demonstrate a longer leave, the eligibility period will be extended by the total time enjoyed until the moment of application. The extension of the period of paternity leave will correspond to the accredited time enjoyed for each child born before or after obtaining the doctorate.

In the case of b) or c) the extension is for one year. These interruption periods must be indicated and certified at the time of submitting the application.

2.- Research project (30 points): The following aspects will be evaluated:

- Scientific and technical quality of the project (10 points)

- Adequacy of the candidate's profile to the centre (10 points)

- The project’s feasibility and opportunity (10 points)

 

2.2- RESEARCHERS FROM TENURE STAGE

Eligibility criteria: Researchers who have been stabilised with a Miguel Servet contract in another centre, researchers with an ICREA contract, or senior researchers who do not belong to any of these two categories and who meet the criteria in accordance with the VHIR Scientific Career Policy.

  • A Clinical Service of the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital must endorse the candidate and he/she must incorporate his/her team into the space offered by an existing consolidated group within the VHIR.

  • The candidate must be the last and/or corresponding author of two or more publications from indexed international journals.

  • The candidate must be Principal Investigator of at least one ongoing competitive research project.

  • The candidate must have directed at least one doctoral thesis.

If a candidate is eligible for both profiles (Tenure Track and Tenure), he/she must apply for the call through the Tenure Track profile.

Conditions: Depending on the condition and contract of Tenure stage researchers, they will be assigned:

- An annual gross salary corresponding to that established by the VHIR collective bargaining agreement for a senior researcher.

- These researchers will be subject to evaluations every five years by the ICS.

- ICREA researchers: €45,000 per year, freely available.

- Other researchers: will have the same conditions than those of a VHIR stabilised senior researcher.

All researchers who join at this stage must be evaluated every five years by the ICS, except ICREA researchers, who are evaluated by ICREA.

Documentation to submit:

1. A full standardised CVA (download)

2. Work report planned for the next 5 years of a maximum of 5 pages including: ongoing competitive projects, existing or future planned collaborations with VHIR groups, added and strategic value that his/her incorporation to the VHIR will involve and also any future need for spaces, human resources, scientific equipment or services.

3. Two letters of support.

4. A letter from the Clinical Service of the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital to support the candidature and specifying the added value that the candidate will represent for the institution.

Assessment criteria

1.-Candidate (0-80 points):

a. - Articles from the 2016-present period (0-40 points), indexed in the Journal Citation Report of the year of its publication. A maximum of ten publications will be scored, from those in which they appear as main author (*) for a special evaluation. In the event that the candidate does not have 10 publications as main author, other publications may be included where he/she does not appear as main author. Original articles and a maximum of 2 reviews, letters or editorials within the 1st decile will be accepted. Book chapters, opinion pieces or consortia will not be accepted.

  • D1 Main author: 4
  • Q1 Main author: 2.8
  • Q2 Main author: 1.2
  • Main author other Q: 0.8
  • D1 Publication (no Main Author): 1.2
  • Q1 Publication (no Main Author): 0.8
  • Q2 Publication (no Main Author): 0.4
  • Other quartiles (no Main Author): 0.16

In relation to publications, the following considerations must be taken into account:

- Main author: signs as first, senior or corresponding author. Only a maximum of 3 articles by co-author, co-senior or co-corresponding author will be considered.

- Increase to 40 points if the candidate is author of two articles published in high-impact journals and at least in one of them is lead author, considering those articles with over 20 impact factor points (from the year of its publication).

b. Evaluation of competitive research projects (20 points) obtained as a principal investigator in the years immediately prior to the date of publication of this call (2016-present). Both national and international projects will be valued, as well as the ability to transfer knowledge.

  • Discontinuous funding within the period: 2
  • Continuous funding within the period: 5
  • Continuous and overlapped funding within the period: 10
  • Funding of excellence within the period: 15
  • Coordination of European project or work package, NIH grant or recognised International agencies within the period: 20

The assessable period will be extended if the candidate justifies any of the following assumptions:

a) Has been on maternity or paternity leave;

b) Has been taking care of minors under six years of age, persons with physical, mental or sensory disabilities, or adults over 65 years of age who depend on the beneficiary and require special dedication;

c) Has suffered a serious illness or accident with a medical leave equal to or greater than six months.

In the case of a) the extension of the period in case of maternity leave is of 18 months for each child born before or after obtaining the doctorate. In the event that the applicant can demonstrate a longer leave, the eligibility period will be extended by the total time enjoyed until the moment of application. The extension of the period of paternity leave will correspond to the accredited time enjoyed for each child born before or after obtaining the doctorate.

In the case of b) or c) the extension is for a one year. These interruption periods must be indicated and certified at the time of submitting the application.

c. Other merits (20 points):

d.1. Transfer activities (10 points):

Patents will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • 1 point for requested patent
  • 5 points for granted patent
  • 10 points for licensed patent or spin-off participation

d.2. Mobility (10 points):

  • up to 5 points – National Mobility
  • up to 10 points – International Mobility

**International mobility. National mobility should be between autonomous communities in order to be assessed. Long stays without scientific production will not be excellent.

2.- Research project for the next 5 years (0-20 points):

The project’s cross-cutting interest, innovative nature and strategic impact will be taken into account.

The following will be considered:

2.1 Innovative nature and potential impact of the research project:

- If objectives are ambitious and go beyond current developments (for instance: new concepts and approaches or development across several disciplines).

- If the proposed research is feasible and applicable in the short and medium term.

- If the proposed research project is high risk/high yield.

2.2 Scientific approach:

- Feasibility of the scientific approach described.

- If the research methodology proposed is appropriate to achieve the project’s objectives.

- If the proposal involves the creation of a new methodology.

- If time and resources of the proposal are properly justified.

3.- EVALUATION PROCESS

The process consists of 3 Phases (Prioritisation Phase, Interview Phase, and Final Phase) in which different aspects of the candidate will be assessed, including scientific production, the research project for the next 5 years, and a personal interview.

The VHIR reserves the right to declare the vacancy as void in the event that the Evaluation Committee considers that no candidate meets the criteria established in this call.

The Evaluation Committee is made up of:

- Prioritisation Phase: Members of the Internal Evaluation Commission (CAI) and Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members.

- Interview Phase: all members of the Foundation’s Internal Scientific Committee (CCI).

- Final phase (award): the Foundation’s Board of Trustees according to the report prepared by the CCI.

All interested people will be evaluated based on their scientific output and their research project planned for the next 5 years. In order to be evaluated, the candidate must send to VHIR the relevant documentation for evaluation via the e-mail address ajuts@vhir.org within the deadlines established in the call.

The Competitive Research Projects Unit will review the documentation submitted and will interview the candidates for possible amendments required within the established deadline.

3.1 PRIORITISATION PHASE

Once the deadline for documentation submission has passed, the CAI will draw up a single list with the scoring achieved by all the applications submitted (researchers in the Tenure Track stage and in the Tenure stage) based on the results obtained according to the assessment criteria, and a proposal of candidates for the next phase of interview will be made. Several members of the SAB will also send an evaluation report on the first 3 candidates.

Candidates who have obtained a positive Initial Report and according to their scoring, will move on to the next phase for the interview.

3.2 INTERVIEW PHASE

Interview and evaluation of all eligible candidates will be conducted by the members of the VHIR Internal Scientific Committee, who will also prepare a motivated report with arguments and conclusions for the evaluation of each candidate that will drive to the proposal of the selected candidate, if applicable.

All interviews will be governed by the OMT-R (Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment) principles of the Foundation's Recruitment and Selection policy established by the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter & Code).

3.3 FINAL PHASE

In this third and last phase, the Institution’s Board of Trustees will ratify the person who has become winner of the call and who will join the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute as a researcher. The final choice will be made based on the reports prepared by both the SAB and the Internal Scientific Committee (Interview Phase).

The vacancy can be declared as void in the event that no candidate meets the criteria established in this call.

Gender equity will be guaranteed whenever possible in all panels of the different phases of the evaluation process.

4.- RESOLUTION AND CLAIMS

Once all validly presented candidacies have been evaluated and scored, candidates will be duly informed via e-mail of whether they have passed each of the corresponding phases, as well as the arguments and facts that have determined this decision. In this sense, once the evaluation of each candidate has been carried out by the CAI in the Prioritisation Phase, a two-days period of claims will be opened so that candidates can carry out those claims they deem appropriate.

Candidates who wish to submit claims must send a letter to the Research Grants Office via email to ajuts@vhir.org. This will be sent to the members of the CAI, who will issue a resolution.

Claims presented will be resolved by a simple majority and in a motivated manner. A final resolution will be issued afterwards against which it will not be possible to present any appeal or allegation.

Resolution to claims will be notified via e-mail to the candidates.

5.- ACCEPTANCE OF THE VACANCY GRANTED AND INCORPORATION OF THE CANDIDATE

The call will be resolved within a maximum of 6 months from its publication on the VHIR’s website. Once the call has been resolved, the candidate who has been awarded will have a maximum period of 15 calendar days to accept it. In the event of resignation of the awarded candidate, the position will be given to the second best-rated candidate, and so on. The vacancy can also be declared void.

For candidates applying for incorporation through the Tenure Track stage, this will be subject to the resolution of the call for Miguel Servet grants by the ISCIII. Regarding Tenure researchers, their incorporation to the Foundation may be formalised once the Seniority 2021 call has been resolved.

6.- DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS

Those interested may submit their applications from January 18th until January 28th, 2021 at 5pm (CET time) via email to ajuts@vhir.org with the following subject: “Seniority NE 2021 – Name of candidate”.

Once received, an email will be sent to candidates confirming reception, as well as to confirm the suitability of the documents provided for the application.

7.- PERSONAL DATA

By submitting their application, candidates agree to become part of the VHIR’s record and files with the aim to manage, and process, both the assessment, granting, awarding, payment and monitoring of the grant, according to the present call.

Applicants may exercise their rights of access, rectification, cancellation or opposition of their data by writing to the VHIR Management (Passeig Vall d'Hebron, 119-129, Edifici Mediterrània, 2a planta, 08035 Barcelona) together with a copy of their ID.

8.- RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

Rights and obligations of the beneficiary of the contract are:

a. Guarantee the truthfulness of the data provided in their application and accept that any negligent or guilty falseness in them will lead to the exclusion of the candidacy from the selection process.

b. In the event that the candidate is finally chosen, he or she can accept or reject the grant within the period established in the call.

If the person accepts the given grant and joins the VHIR:

c. To be entitled to receive the salary applicable to the contract as established in the present call.

d. To be considered VHIR’s employee and researcher for all intents and purposes.

e. To use the services offered by the VHIR and to participate in all its activities in accordance with its internal regulations, as a result of its researcher condition.

f. The ownership of those patents and utility models and any other industrial and/or intellectual property rights obtained through the research work carried out by the beneficiary will correspond to the Foundation. Nevertheless, the researcher may enjoy the copyright and property rights derived from his/her research activity as established by both the VHIR in force regulations and current legislation.

g. The beneficiary of the contract will specifically agree to comply with VHIR regulations, in particular with those matters regarding data protection, professional ethics, public procurement and, in general, on any other relevant aspect related to the Foundation.

VHIR’s rights and obligations are:

a. To comply with the rules of the present call.

b. To provide an employment contract to the beneficiary of this call, using the contractual form determined by the VHIR HR Management, in accordance with its internal regulations applicable.

c. To comply with the corresponding legal obligations regarding Social Security and Occupational Risk Prevention.

d. To offer the researcher those VHIR’s own services, according to the Foundation’s internal regulations.

e. To inform the researcher of all applicable regulations.

f. To allow the researcher’s participation in those VHIR bodies and commissions that result from applying its own regulations.

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