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HRS4R | Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Our Institute, on the path to become a global reference, not only on research but also in good practices for its Human Resources, is undergoing a certification process with the European Commission, the HRS4R (Human Resources Strategy for Researchers).

The HRS4R emerges with the aim of making the research career more attractive and intends to give all researchers in any European Union Member State the same rights and obligations, independently of the country they live in. Entities adhering to the strategy receive the recognition of HR Excellence in Research.

European Comission Charter & Code for Researchers

Action Plan

The iMM – Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes is a leading Portuguese private non-profit research institute that offers a vibrant scientific environment, aiming to nurture innovative ideas in basic, clinical and translational biomedical research, with more than 500 Researchers.

Created in 2002, iMM has established itself as a leading national and internationally competitive biomedical institute. Its strategy has been defined by the promotion of excellence, leveraged by high-quality human resources, increasing expenditure in infrastructures and knowledge transfer to the society.

iMM is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits.

Please consult here the iMM Action Plan.

Recruitment Policy (OTM-R)

The iMM aims to provide a dynamic and vibrant scientific environment to promote basic, clinical, and translational biomedical research.

The human capital of the institute is essential for the success of its mission.

Thus, the IMM ensures that the recruitment and selection of its employees is done through a process:

  • open
  • transparent
  • with equal opportunities
  • through fair and merit-based evaluation

and which aims to ensure that the candidate selected, based on merit, is the person with the most suitable profile.

The iMM encourages and values international mobility and experience, as well as between different institutions.

The iMM encourages applications from anyone, regardless of race, colour, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, for the positions it offers.

Recruitment and selection processes opened by iMM are always published on its website, as well as on the Euraxess website and other dissemination channels that are appropriate for the proper dissemination of the position in question.

The principles of transparency, openness and evaluation by merit are transversal to the recruitment and selection of all positions in the iMM, and the procedure may be adapted according to the nature or type of position.

The iMM favors the opening of a tender procedure for all positions regardless of the legal obligation to do so.

Initiation of the procedure and information needed to start the tender:

After identification of the recruitment need and approval, by the iMM, of the opening of the application, the head of the service that intends to recruit should send the request for the opening of the position, to the human resources department of the iMM, through the e-mail

In that request, the responsible person shall indicate the following information:

  • Funding provinence;
  • Project (name, acronym, reference, deadline);
  • Position authorized.


See 6.1 Recruitment Flowchart

Template for Fellowship Notice

See 6.2 Template Fellowship Notice

Templates for Employment Contract Notice

6.3 Template Employment Contract Notice_FCT

6.4 Template Employment Contract Notice_PhD

6.5 Template Employment Contract Notice_non-FCT

Rules for the selection committee (Jury)

  • The members of the jury shall have diverse expertise and competences.
  • At least one member of the selection board should come from the scientific field of the recruitment in question.
  • Appropriate gender balance (not less than one third of one gender in the committee).
  • 3 to 5 elements with the President of the jury holding the casting vote.