Recruitment and selection process

DUE TO THE RESTRICTION MEASURES DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMICS, ALL DOCUMENTS FOR THE SELECTION PROCESS MUST BE SEND BY EMAIL TO pgbmp@icb.usp.br.
 
Announcement of the Opening of the Selection Process
School Year 2021
 
Coordinating Committee of the Graduate Program (CCP)
Biology of Host-Pathogen Interaction
Department of Parasitology - ICB / USP
 
            The Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Biology of the Host Pathogen Relationship of the Parasitology Department (Institute of Biomedical Sciences / University of São Paulo) announces the opening of applications for the selection of candidates for the year 2021:
 
SELECTIVE PROCESS
 
1st  stage: EVALUATION OF INTERPRETATION OF SCIENTIFIC PAPERS
            A written evaluation, based on the reading and interpretation of scientific papers in Parasitology for Master (ME), PhD after Master (DO), and Direct PhD (DD). Scientific articles in English published in journals in the area of Parasitology will be selected, and should be read and interpreted by the candidate in Portuguese, English or Spanish. This assessment does not replace the English proficiency certificate. To be approved, the candidate must receive a score equal to or greater than 5 (five), of a maximum of 10 (ten) points.
 
            This evaluation will be valid for one year for enrollment in the program, but to apply for a program’s fellowship, the score in this process will be valid until the beginning of the following selective process.
 
            This evaluation will be offered by the CCP three times a year in the periods between 03/08 to 03/12/2021, 07/05 to 07/08/2021 and 11/08 to 11/12/2021, and will be valid for one year.
 
            Registrations for the 1st stage at all levels, ME, DO and DD will happen in three periods:
A. from  02/01/2021 to 02/19/2021  
B. from 06/01/2021 to 06/18/2021 
C. from 10/04/2021 to 10/20/2021 
 
            After approval in the 1st stage, admission to the ME program is done in a continuous flow by presenting the documents described below.
 
2nd stage: ORAL PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT TO AN EXAMINATION BOARD
 
            Candidates for DO and DD programs, approved in the 1st stage, will present their research projects to an examination board on a date set by CCP.
            This evaluation will be given by the CCP three times a year in the periods between 04/12 to 04/16/2021, 08/09 to 08/13/2021 and 12/13 to 12/17/2021 for both PhD modalities.
 
            Registrations for the 2nd stage for DO and DD programs will be open in three periods:
A. from 03/22/2021 to 03/31/2021
B. from 07/19/2021 to 07/23/2021 
C. from 11/22/2021 to 11/30/2021 
 
            After the approval in the 2nd phase, registration for DO and DD programs is done in a continuous flow after the presentation of the documents described below.
 
            Registrations for the 1st or 2nd selection phases may be made in person or by third parties at the Graduate Program Secretariat in the Parasitology Department of ICB / USP, Room 117B, Didactic Annex of Edifício Biomédicas II, located at Av. Lineu Prestes, 1,374, Cidade Universitária - Butantã, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, upon delivery of the documentation required below to the care of the Coordinator of this Graduate Program.
 
MANDATORY DOCUMENTATION FOR REGISTRATION IN THE 1ST STAGE: ME, DO AND DD PROGRAMS
 
            When registering for the 1st stage of the selection process, the following document must be presented:
a) Initial Registration Form (Ficha Cadastral), completed, printed and signed. The form is available at http://www.icb.usp.br/~bmpsite/pos_graduacao/paginas/447, at the Program Secretariat or can be requested by e-mail: pgbmp@icb.usp.br.
 
            Only applications from students whose advisors are part of the program's advisors board, or who have previously consulted the program coordinators, will be accepted.
 
ME students approved in the 1st stage must submit a written project in Portuguese or English. The project will be evaluated by a reviewer, considering the scientific merit (theoretical and methodological consistency of the proposal); originality of the approach and quality of the text (content, form, objectivity and clarity). Each item will have a score from 1 to 5, and the candidate should receive a score equal to or greater than 2 (two) in each item and have the project recommended by the reviewer.
 
MANDATORY DOCUMENTATION FOR REGISTRATION IN THE 2ND STAGE: DO AND DD
            When registering for the 2nd stage of the selection process, the following documents must be presented:
a) Research Project written in Portuguese or English;
b) Proof of Master's degree defended, or to be defended, in a stricto-sensu graduate program: Diploma or Certificate of completion of the course and a copy of the Master's Dissertation (for DO) and a detailed Curriculum (for DO and DD);
c) Declaration of approval in the evaluation of interpretation of scientific articles in the area of Parasitology (1st Stage).
 
MANDATORY DOCUMENTATION FOR ENROLLMENT: ME, DO AND DD
            Upon registration, the following documents must be presented:
a) Identity card (Cards of Organs or Councils of Class will not be accepted) – for Brazilians only;
b) CPF – for Brazilians only;
c) Birth certificate and/or marriage certificate – for Brazilians only;
d) Electoral title with proof of the last vote – for Brazilians only;
e) Military Certificate or certificate of exemption (for males) – for Brazilians only;
f) National Alien Registration (RNE) and/or passport;
g) Undergraduate School History (for ME and DD); Graduate School Transcript (for DO), Diploma or Certificate of completion of the course (for all modalities).
h) Certificate of English proficiency;
i) Declaration of approval in the evaluation of interpretation of scientific articles in the field of Parasitology (1st Stage) for all modalities; Review attesting approval of the master's project by the reviewer (ME) and Declaration of approval in the Project’s Public Evaluation (2nd Stage) for DO and DD;
j) Term of acceptance of the advisor and initial enrollment (this must not be dated), completed, printed and signed. The forms are available at http://www.icb.usp.br/~bmpsite/pos_graduacao/paginas/447, at the Program Secretariat or requested by e-mail: pgbmp@icb.usp.br;
k) Copy of the project’s submission protocol to the Ethics Committee on Animal Experimentation (CEUA) or to the Ethics Committee on Human Research (CEPSH) of ICB/ USP, even if one has a certificate issued by commissions from another USP Unit or another institution;
l) Certificate of completion of the following online courses: "Storage, Handling and Disposal of Chemical Products" and "Biosafety and Good Laboratory Practices of ICB". Both courses are available on the USP “Extension Courses” webpage.
 
            Alternatively, the candidate may join the Graduate Program in Biology of the Pathogen-Host Interactions at the ME, DO and DD levels via the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) - General Test promoted by the Education Testing Service (ETS). Candidates who obtain 70% correct answers in each test that makes up the GRE-General Test (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing) will be approved.
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE (PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATES)
            Proficiency in English will be required for admission into the program. The certificate of proficiency may be issued by the following entities:
Language Center of FFLCH/USP in the biannual exam applied to the candidates of all the graduate programs of ICB/USP. Requirement for approval: Sufficiency in different levels, for Master’s and PhD.
- TEAP (Test of English for Academic and Professional Purposes). Requirement for approval: 70 and 65 points for PhD and Master’s, respectively.
- WAP (Writing for Academic and Professional Purposes). Requirement for approval: 50 and 45 for PhD and Master’s, respectively.
- TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - (Internet -based Test). Requirement for approval: 60 and 55 points for PhD and Master’s, respectively.
- TOEFL ITP (Test of English as a Foreign Language - Institutional Test Program). Requirement for approval: 500 and 480 points for PhD and Master’s, respectively.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Requirement for approval: 4.5 and 4.2 points for PhD and Master’s, respectively.
- University of Cambridge examinations. Requirement for approval: Level C in FCE (First Certificate in English) and Level A in PET (Preliminary English Test) for PhD and Master’s, respectively.
- University of Michigan examination. Requirement for approval: Level C for PhD and Master’s.
            Other exams and respective minimum grades may be analyzed by the CCP, observing the different levels (ME, DO and DD), upon request of the candidate.
            For the exclusive purpose of entering the graduate program, the certificates issued by the institutions listed above will be valid for 5 (five) years.
            English native speakers from countries whose official language is English and students who obtained their bachelor's or master's degrees from institutions in countries where English is the official language will be exempted from the need to present a certificate of proficiency in English.
 
Proficiency in Portuguese for Foreigners
            No demonstration of proficiency in Portuguese will be required for foreign students.
 
SELECTION SYSTEM - Detailing
 
ME, DO and DD: Written assessment (1st stage) already described.
 
ME
            The project will be evaluated by a reviewer, considering the scientific merit (theoretical and methodological consistency of the proposal), and the originality of the approach and quality of the text (content, form, objectivity and clarity). Each item will have a score from 1 to 5, and the candidate should receive a score equal to or greater than 2 (two) in each item and have the project recommended by the reviewer.
 
DO and DD
            The selection process will be carried out through a public exam that consists of a presentation of the PhD project, followed by an academic examination by a Commission designated by the CCP that will consider the points described below:
- Knowledge of the importance and scientific context of your PhD project, as well as the experimental strategy and techniques to be used in it.
- Detailed Curriculum.
 
            In order to be approved, the candidate must receive a score equal to or greater than 5 (five), from a maximum of 10 (ten) points, considering the presentation of the thesis project up to 3 (three) points and academic examination up to 7 (seven) points).