Administrative Assistant

  • Full-time
  • 1-5 vagas
  • Expira em 19 dias
  • In accordance with work experience and qualification of the candidate.
  • Full-time
  • 1-5 vagas
  • Expira em 19 dias
  • In accordance with work experience and qualification of the candidate.
  • Vila Real
  • Ambiente, Biotecnologia, Gestão, Administrativo

Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research

O que procura nos candidatos

Personal Skills and Professional Experience:

-        Professional background and/or work experience in business administration, preferentially in the scientific sector and/or the public service sector;

-        Proactive, independent, and structured approach to work;

-        Excellent Portuguese and English language capabilities;

-        Excellent knowledge of MS office tools;

-        Capacity for teamwork in heterogeneous work groups;

-        Ability to adapt to changing demands and projects;

-        Willingness to participate in continued further education.

Academic Qualifications

-        High school diploma or equivalent academic qualification (university degree preferred) in the areas of business administration, or similar.

Que funções irão desempenhar

Job Type: The successful candidate will be contracted as a member of the support team (center administration) under a term employment contract.

Job Location: Regia Douro Science Park, Vila Real, Portugal.

Job Description and Responsibilities:

The initial phase (upcoming 2-3 years) of the new center will be governed by the setup of scientific infrastructure, the remodelling of the AWAM building, and the creation of organizational and administrative structures. The successful candidate will focus on establishing and executing the necessary administrative processes (i. e. procurement, personnel management, financial and controlling processes, …). These works will be conducted in close cooperation with the center management and the respective departments of the Fraunhofer Portugal headquarters located in Porto who will provide a framework for the individual processes and workflows. Initially, a coverage of different administrative fields will be necessary. The long-term aim is to develop an efficient center administration with several co-workers specialized in the respective administrative fields as a support unit of the scientific team of AWAM.     

Quais os benefícios oferecidos

What we offer:

-        Excellent work conditions;

-        Being part of the team of one of the most renown applied R&D institutions of the world;

-        Adequate salary (depending on the professional experience and academic degree);

-        Possibility to adhere to private health insurance plan;

-        Opportunities for further training.

Outros aspectos a referir

Application Process:

Applications are permanently open until the ideal candidate is selected. A first “cut-off” day to evaluate applications day will occur on the 11th of April 2021.

The selected candidate is expected to start working in June 2021.

Applications must contain in one PDF file:

-     CV – mandatory;

-     Motivation Letter – mandatory;

-     Recommendation Letters are optional but also welcome.


Important observation: This job opening is pending on the approval of an investment proposal submitted to the Portuguese Funding Programme Norte 2020.

About Us:

Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research (Fraunhofer Portugal) is a private non-profit association that promotes and undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprises and of wide benefit to society. To this end, different Fraunhofer research centers with individual areas of expertise are operated under the roof of Fraunhofer Portugal.  A new center dedicated to “Smart Agriculture and Water Management” is currently being established which originates from a partnership between the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft), Fraunhofer Portugal, the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) of Portugal, the Universidade de Évora and the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro in Vila Real.

The partners felt a need for the establishment of an institution for applied research in this specific field of science and technology as global agriculture is facing severe challenges due to growing population and climate change. New high tech approaches are needed to efficiently address e.g. the security of supply in terms of quantity and quality of food, the sustainability and environmental compatibility of farming, and the competitiveness of European farmers. Water availability is an important issue in this context which is closely connected to waste water treatment and water recycling in all parts of society. The main goal of this Fraunhofer center is therefore the development and application of new process technologies on the basis of a comprehensive data analysis and modelling to close regional loops of nutrients, water and energy. Process technologies will include but are not limited to membrane technology, general process engineering, sensors and sensor grids and energy systems. To this end, research activities will be pursued in close cooperation with industrial partners in the following areas:

·       Development, demonstration and application of process technologies, especially regarding separation processes with e.g. membrane technology, sensor technology as well as energy, to facilitate efficiency in agriculture, forestry and water management;

·       Integration of digitalization and development of highly automated, partially self-regulating systems to meet the requirements of “smart agriculture” and “smart water management”, and their demonstration with prototypes and field experiments;

·       Process development and application in line with concepts of environmental sustainability, taking into account ecosystem preservation and services, and a circular economy approach.

In order to establish and expand its project competences, Fraunhofer Portugal is now looking for applications from candidates who are capable of providing excellent qualifications and skills within the requirements described below.

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