A Call for recruitment of a Research Funding Specialist is open at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) in the context of the project “LEAPFROG M-ITI” Project ID: 621413, Funded under: FP7-REGPOT.
The Critical Technical Practice Lab (ERAChair) at M-ITI seeks a development professional with experience in foundation and related fundraising.
The candidate should have 5+ years of experience fundraising from corporate, location-based, and/or public foundations in the area of CTP. A strong candidate should have a track record of generating significant funding from a variety of international foundations, like (for example) OSI, MacArthur, Ford, Hewlett, Gulbenkian, or similar, as well as regional and national foundations (DFID, German Marshall Fund, etc.). They should have been the primary fundraiser for their organization, and must have personal connections to at least some topic-related foundations.
Candidate must be willing to re-establish foundation connections in a new context, as well as “cold call” foundations to establish new connections. They must be willing to travel and take meetings in English and hopefully may also work in French, Danish, and/or German as well.
Areas of CTP:
The study of global flows and systems
Appropriate technology or technology for “development”
Traditional HCI with humanist interests
Data with a focus on environment, social justice, or international political economy
Artistic and humanistic approaches to technology
Technology for social change or activism
The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) is a non-profit innovation institute of the University of Madeira.
It is located in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, an outermost region of Europe. M-ITI was conceived in 2000, formally integrated as a research group in 2007, and established as an Innovation Institute in 2010. M-ITI has also been a member of the National Associated Laboratory for Robotics and Systems in Engineering (LARSyS) since 2011. In 2015, M-ITI was named as a Public Utility Institute.
We operate in the interdisciplinary domain of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) encapsulating contributions from the disciplines of Computer Science, Psychology and Social Sciences, and Design, with the goal of engaging in important scientific and technological challenges. We aim to expand understanding of human experience and interactive technologies through basic and applied research that is responsive to manifest real-world needs using multi-disciplinary collaboration drawing on varied perspectives.
About the project
The ERA Chair - leapFROG M-ITI project is funded by the European Commission under “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation” actions (GA621413 ) with the goal of expanding the research and innovation potential of the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) of the University of Madeira through the hiring of an ERA Chair in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Design Innovation (DI). The LEAPFROG HCI-DI aims at unlocking the full potential of interdisciplinary research in interactive technologies, while strengthening innovation and knowledge transfer activities in close collaboration with local and global industrial partners and contributing to the smart specialization strategy of Madeira.
The candidate will need to prove in-depth expertise in the following key areas:
Monitoring of funding schemes and opportunities;
Running creative brainstorms with researchers and partners to generate innovative yet solid concepts that address call topics;
Assist the researchers and develop a comprehensive narrative and budgetary justification for stylistic consistency according to funding source and specific challenge of the call;
Generally understand the key research areas of the institute and match them with available funds;
Develop one-page proposals;
Meet and screen potential project partners
Candidates who want to apply for this position must have:
5+ years experience at the intersection of the nonprofit sector with the industry (practice) and/or academia in areas related to CTP;
Track record of generating significant funding from a variety of national/international/regional foundations;
Personal connections to at least some topic-related foundations;
Possess excellent communication and organizational skills;
Be very pro-active and able to innovate & manage his/her own tasks and workflow without relying on constant inputs from the management;
Have a very good and “can do” attitude towards the job, the colleagues and the Management;
Willing to travel and take meetings in English and hopefully may also work in French, Danish, and/or German as well;
Hold a master-level or doctoral degree university degree with a relevant academic background.
The successful applicant will join an experienced team of researchers and managements and will be integrated in a unique and upcoming research unit dedicated to new visions for technology and society.
Training opportunities and event attendance are provided on regular basis.
The monthly stipend is determined by FCT, I.P. Scientific Fellowships regulations for Portugal (www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores), according to the degree:
With doctoral degree: €1,495, free of taxes
With master degree: €980, free of taxes
Legislation and applicable regulations: The scholarships are directed to applicants under the law n.º40/2004 of August 18th (Research Grant Holder Statute) and the current conditions established on the FCT regulations: http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/docs/RegulamentoBolsasFCT.pdf
Duration: The Fellowship will have the duration of 6 months, with the possibility of renewal for additional periods.
Workplace: the activities will be performed at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute in Funchal | Madeira – Portugal.
Supervision: The candidate will work under the supervision of the ERA Chair, Prof. Christopher Csikszentmihalyi.
Applications must be in English and include:
CV, including research experience and academic qualifications;
Optional recommendation letters can contribute positively to the candidate evolution
Applications must be sent by e-mail, with subject “ERA/2018/006 Your_Last_Name”, to the e-mail address: email@example.com.
Methods of selection:
Selection methods shall be as follows:
Educational background and graduation (CV) (25%);
Experience in grant writing and successful applications (40%);
Motivation letter (35%);
Evaluation based on the scale: Excellent (4), Good (3) Satisfactory (2), and Poor (0). In case of equally qualified candidates, interviews will be conducted and recommendations from previous supervisors will be considered, as well as a candidate’s perceived fit and potential contribution to the project.
Prof. Christopher Csíkszentmihályi, PhD, M-ITI
Prof. Maurizio Teli, PhD, M-ITI
Prof. Nuno Nunes, PhD, M-ITI/IST
Notification of Results: The highest scoring candidate will be notified by email as well as all other candidates. After being notified, candidates have 10 work days to present a claim by email. If no claim is received by M-ITI, the jury’s decision will become definitive.
Application Period: From October 1st to October 31st 2018.
Contract start date is expected to be November.
The selection process will be based on the principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, religion, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issue. Selection will be made only based on merit and following the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Commission Recommendation, Brussels, 11.3.2005, 2005/251/EC) and the recommendations from the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).
M-ITI is a recognized “refugee welcoming organization" by the European Commission, follows the European Charter for Researchers and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.
The deadline for application may be extended at any time without previous notice having in mind the requirements for the positions under this call.