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FCT Fellowships PhD Research (Bio or Computational)

Portugal, Braga, Braga

Job description

AI + Biology for sustainable ingredients

SilicoLife is a biotechnology company that harnesses the power of computational biology to sustainably produce valuable compounds through fermentation. Our proprietary technologies and expertise have been utilized by top companies in various industries for over a decade, as well as in research and development projects.

Recently, we received a Series A investment of 9.8 million euros, which will enable us to shift towards becoming a product-focused company. We will now exclusively use our technology and knowledge to create internal intellectual property and products for the high-growth supplements market.

Be part of something extraordinary and join us in our quest.

What’s the position?

We are seeking a highly motivated person with a committed personality for a individual application to the FCT Fellowships PhD Research call (Concurso para atribuição de bolsas de investigação para doutoramento em todos os domínios científicos 2023)

We are looking for candidates interested in R&D activities in fields such as biotechnology, genome editing, fermentation, machine/deep learning, cell factory design, pathway design, metabolic modelling and laboratory automation. This application must be submitted with SilicoLife as the host institution and one of our academic partners as a co-host, in Portugal we have extended collaborations with the University of Minho and University NOVA Lisbon / ITQB.

Job requirements


The selected candidate must have an M.Sc. in any of the following disciplines/areas of study

  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer Science / Informatics Engineering
  • Systems biology
  • Computational biology
  • Biological engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Molecular Biology or a related discipline, 

The candidate will have to submit their individual application to FCT.

The approved candidate will work in close cooperation with our team, with the head of laboratory / head of development of the corresponding project, and with the academic partner and supervisor.

Legislation and Regulations

For more information please visit the FCT website.


The PhD grant is defined by the FCT. The approved candidate will be given a contract by FCT and will be part of an interdisciplinary team of experts in computer science, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, systems biology, molecular biology and bioprocess engineering.

Other benefits also include:

  • Flexible work schedule: great work/life balance

  • Participation in internal talks

  • Company retreats

  • Equipped kitchen and free coffee

You will be exposed to highly innovative projects combining world-class science with disruptive business models to create sustainable and economically viable solutions addressing global challenges.

SilicoLife is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic. We are dedicated to creating a workplace culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion and that provides equal opportunities for all employees. We strive to foster a positive and supportive work environment for all, and we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background or identity. Our policies and practices reflect this commitment, and we are committed to treating all employees with respect and fairness.