Lisbon Biomedical and Clinical Research (LisbonBioMed) International PhD Program at iMM

A Stronger Biomedical Research for a Better Future

Instituto de Medicina Molecular de Lisboa (iMM Lisboa) will soon accept applications for the 2018 class of the International PhD Program: Lisbon Biomedical and Clinical Research PhD Program (LisbonBioMed). We seek applicants who are passionate about the intersection of basic and clinical sciences, and aspire to impact 21st century biomedical research by answering questions leading to improved treatment, prevention and diagnosis of disease.


This international Program will recruit 10 new PhD students for the year 2018. Successful candidates will demonstrate scientific curiosity, determination to approach intellectual challenges, motivation to learn new skills and to develop novel ways towards understanding human health and disease.

The applications for the 5th Edition will be open from November 20th until December 7th, 2017, noon (Lisbon time). Candidates can be pre-selected for interviewing before the call deadline. The new edition will start in January 8th, 2018.


Applicants must hold a Bologna Masters degree, or its equivalent (4y+ undergraduate degree), preferably in Life Sciences (Medicine, Biology, Biochemistry, etc), Health Technologies or related areas, but not exclusively. Applicants with other backgrounds, such as Physics and Mathematics, Engineering, Statistics and Computer Sciences are also encouraged to apply. Prior research training is desirable but not required.

The Program welcomes applications of qualified students of all nationalities, irrespective of gender, age, racial or ethnic background, career breaks or unconventional career paths.


Please be aware that:

- Applicants must be Portuguese citizens, or citizens of other European Union member states;

- Applicants who are citizens of states which are not members of the European Union may apply in the following circumstances:
      - Be in possession of a valid residence document;
      - Have acquired long-term resident status (pursuant to Law no. 23/2007, of 4 July and amended by Law no. 29/2012 of 9 August);
These documents must be submitted with this application.

- Applicants that are Portuguese citizens or citizens of a European Union member state should submit proof of permanent and regular residence in Portugal.
The documents which provide proof of residence are, according to the nationality of the applicants:
      - Portuguese applicants: residence certificate, issued by the Junta de Freguesia of the area;
      - Citizens of a European Union member-state: EU citizen registration certificate, issued by the Town Council, or certificate of permanent residence for the EU, issued by the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (Borders and Foreigners Services).
These documents must be submitted with this application.

- At the time of the application, applicants must hold already a Masters degree or legal equivalent, or a Bachelor’s degree with a total number of academic credits equal or above 240 (pre-Bologna degrees);
The certificates of the academic degrees must be submitted with this application. 


- For applicants with foreign academic degrees, these will have to be registered to obtain recognition by the portuguese authorities. More information can be obtained at DGES.


English is the working language at iMM and is used throughout the Program in all instances.Therefore, a very good command of spoken and written English is mandatory.

You’ll have to upload copies of all required documents as a single PDF file (including certificates of your academic degrees, proof of residence, and Motivation Letter)

Only files in PDF format are allowed, up to a maximum size of 10MB.


We welcome applications from highly qualified and motivated students of all nationalities.

Admission process and evaluation criteria 


The Program Directive Board is responsible for the 2-step selection process.

Step 1: Selection of candidates to invite for interview.

The Directive Board evaluates all applications based on 2 criteria:
      1. Excellence of the candidate’s academic and scientific achievements (weight 70%);
      2. Motivation letter (weight 30%)- highlighting why you want to do your PhD at iMM, and
      what would you like to achieve as a result of your studies. Please, identify also three of the
      iMM research groups (visit iMM website) whose research is most attractive to you, and
      specify the reasons underlying your preferences.This letter should be included in the single
      PDF file to be uploaded!


Outstanding candidates will be invited to interview in early December 2017. The two references named by these candidates will then be asked for letters of recommendation.

Step 2: Interviews.

Interviews are conducted by a Selection Committee appointed by the Directive Board, including potential supervisors and members of the Board. Interviews will be held at iMM, and may involve at-distance settings (i.e. Skype).
Five criteria will be considered in the interview:
      a) Scientific knowledge- general knowledge and specific knowledge in the field of study
          of the candidate;
      b) Ability to critically analyse and discuss scientific work conducted to date - capacity
          to identify and analyse weak and strong aspects; aspirations and future plans;
      c) "drive", motivation, initiative, originality;
      d) Broader knowledge and interests: science and society interactions; cultural and other
          societal interests and concerns;
      e) Command of English- fluency, articulation, etc.

The interviewed candidates will be ranked taking into account:
      - Evaluation from previous (step 1) round of ranking (40%)
      - Letters of reference (10%)
      - Interview (50%)

A final ranking will be established and all candidates will be informed of the results.

The 10 best ranked candidates will be requested to confirm acceptance. A waiting-list will be defined, and applicants in this list will be informed of their ranking. In case of quitting of shortlisted candidates, applicants in waiting-list will be contacted.