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Recruitment of 1 Doctorate in the field of Power Systems

Date Posted Jun. 9, 2021
Title Recruitment of 1 Doctorate in the field of Power Systems
University INESC TEC
Porto, Portugal
Department CPES
Application Deadline Jun. 18, 2021
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Electrical and/or Electronics

INESC TEC – Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science, a private research institution, is accepting applications to hire a doctorate researcher for an undefined term resolutive contract to work at INESC TEC’s Centre for Sistemas de Energia.

The hiring process will follow what is provided in Decree-Law 57/2016, August 29, approving the Legal Framework on the Scientific Employment, hereinafter referred to as RJEC, as amended by Act No 57/2017 of 19 July by the Executory Decision No. 11-A/2017 dated 29 December by the Labour Code and by other legislation applicable to individual employment contracts, as well as the internal rules of INESC TEC, considering the specific conditions that are specified in the legal regime mentioned above for hiring doctorates under the projects financed by public funds.

The contract will be for an indefinite period under the project AI4PV, with the reference POCI-01-0247-FEDER-111936, ANI funded by Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional (FEDER) através do Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização. However, INESC TEC can, at any moment, hire the researcher on a permanent basis.

In accordance with Article 15 of RJEC and Article 2 of Executory Decision mentioned above, the gross monthly remuneration to be allocated is €2.134,73, that corresponds to the 1 remuneratory position, by the Executory Decision No. 11-A/2017 dated 29 December

Coordination and implementation of R&D projects and knowledge enhancement, preparation of R&D project applications, team management and guidance of junior researchers, scientific production for international journals and conferences, intervention in the scientific and professional communities, as well as coordination and participation in scientific and technological dissemination initiatives, particularly in the field of Power Systems.

Develop the use cases, functional specifications and design recommendations to the architecture and its different automatic diagnosis modules, with the aim of increasing reliability and performance at PV plant level. Modelling most critical elements at a PV plant that can affect its stability and performance and apply machine learning and optimization algorithms to get the best digital model of the component and support fault diagnosis based on field data. Validation of results with real data, assess costs and benefits.

INESC TEC, Porto, Portugal
WORK AREA: Power Systems

The research workplan involves the definition and specification of use cases for the application of AI techniques in
solar power plants diagnosis and maintenance, considering the different type of faults, diagnosis needs, available
data and the expected performance by end-users for advanced O&M strategies. Then, automatic failure mode
detection algorithms will be developed, so that real data can be combined with physical and data-driven models for
fault diagnosis, with the possibility of detecting, isolating, and identifying the faults. Aspects such as combination of
AI and physical modelling of components (solar inverter) will be the focus of R&D activities, with a view to scientific
production oriented to international journals and conferences.

National, foreigner and stateless candidates holding a PhD degree in Doutoramento em Engenharia Eletrotécnica e
de Computadores, ou Eletrónica de Potência, ou área científica afim e detentores(as) de um currículo científico e
profissional que revele um perfil adequado à atividade a desenvolver., or related scientific area, and holders of a
scientific and professional curriculum showing a relevant profile for the activity to be developed can apply for the

Minimum requirements: Doctorates with reduced post-doctoral experience or without scientific curriculum after
the PhD compatible with the category of junior researcher. A minimum of 2 publications in journals or international
conferences from the power systems area.

Preferred qualifications: Past experience with the power electronics design, simulation and implementation.
Domain knowledge about machine learning and data analytics applied to engineering problems.

The applications will be formalised by submitting a specific form in INESC TEC’s website. The form is available in
the icon "Apply now".
In the same form, each candidate must upload the following documents:
- Motivation letter:
for the job position, addressed to the President of the Executive Commission of INESC TEC, including an activity
and career development plan for a maximum period of 6 years. The description should reveal the compliance of
this plan with INESC TEC’s strategy (see Chapter 2 of INESC TEC’s Activity Plan for 2021) and the duties to be
performed and should not contain more than 2000 words and no more than 5 pages;
- Curriculum Vitae:
highlighting all the higher education, the scientific and technological production, the activities of crucial research,
applied or based on practice, the activities of extension and dissemination of knowledge and the science
management activities in the last five years, that the candidate considers more relevant or with greater impact in
order to allow the corresponding relevance, quality, timeliness and adequacy.
- Copy of certificates or diplomas degree:
The selected candidates with a PhD granted by a foreign higher education institution will have to present, for
hiring purposes, the record of the recognition of that degree, issued by the Portuguese Directorate General for
Higher Education or by a Portuguese public higher education institution. The legal framework applicable to the
recognition processes required after 1 January 2019 is the one approved by the Decree-Law 66/2018 dated 16
August. The legal framework applicable to the recognition processes required before 1 January 2019, is the one
provided by the Decree-Law 341/2007 dated 12 October and regulated by the Ordinance 227/2017 dated 25
July or, alternatively, the legal framework introduced by the Decree-Law 283/83 dated 21 June, in case the
recognition is made through equivalence. Regarding this issue, please consult the website of the Portuguese
Directorate General for Higher Education:
- Other documents that you consider relevant for the evaluation of the scientific and curricular journey.

Those candidates who formalise their application incorrectly or do not fulfil the demanded requirements will be
excluded from the tender.
The jury has the power to require any candidate, if in doubt, to present supporting documents for their statements.
The false statements made by the candidates shall be penalised by law.

The evaluation is carried out in two phases, which will result in a final classification between 0 and 100 points.
First phase: Curricular assessment
The selection is made through the evaluation of the motivation letter, which will include the activity and career
development plan, and of the scientific and curricular journey, focusing on the scientific production and professional
activity in the last five years that the candidate considers more relevant. This five year period may be extended by
the jury, at the request of the candidate, if reasoned on suspension of the scientific activity for socially protected
reasons, namely for parental leave, serious and protracted illness, and other legally protected situations of
unavailability for work.
It is intended to assess the scientific and professional curriculum of the candidate focusing on the relevance, quality
and timeliness of the factors referred to in Article 5 (2) (a) to (d) of the RJEC and of the motivation letter in the
subject area(s) of the tender, considering the specific requirements and the adequacy for the duties to be
F1 – Scientific, technological, cultural or artistic production that the candidate considers more relevant.
F2 – Activities of applied research or based on practice that the candidate considers with greater impact.
F3 – Activities of extension and dissemination of knowledge, namely in the promotion of the culture and the
scientific practices that the candidate considers more relevant.
F4 – Project management activities and programmes of science, technology and innovation, or experience in
observation, monitoring and evaluation of the scientific and technological system or higher education in Portugal
or abroad. Included here are the activities of preparation and submission of applications for science, technology
and innovation projects.
F5 – Motivation letter, including the activity and career development plan, integrated and consistent with the
duties to be developed under the strategic project of INESC TEC.
The evaluation of all candidates in the first phase must be completed within a period of no more than one calendar
month after the applications are received.
The candidates who have obtained less than 70 points in the average of the curricular assessments of the members
of the jury will be considered not approved in absolute merit.
The top five candidates in the average of the curricular assessments that were approved in absolute merit will be
qualified for the second phase, consisting of an individual interview, either face-to-face or through videoconference.
The interview will weight, at most, 10% of the final classification. The candidates who don’t qualify for the second
phase will have a classification of 0 in the interview.
Second phase: Interview
In accordance with Article 5(5) of the RJEC, as it stands, the Jury will individually interview each candidate that
were qualified to the second phase.
During the interview, the members of the Jury will stimulate an open debate about the quality and the innovative
and creative nature of the research and professional activity of the candidates, considering the requirements and
the subject areas of the specific tender procedure.
The interviews will be conducted within a period not exceeding 10 working days after the decision of the Jury.

Each member of the Jury will assess all the candidates in all the factors from F1 to F5 between 0 and 100 and must
present the reasons for the scores attributed. Abstention is not allowed. A similar procedure will be followed
regarding the candidates that are called for the interview. The candidates that are not called for an interview will
have 0 points in the second phase.

The curricular assessment (CA) of each candidate is obtained according to the average of the factors (F) that is
evaluated by the weights of the following formulation, expressed to the first decimal.
AC = F1*25 + F2*30 + F3*25 + F4*10 + F5*10
The final classification (FC) of each candidate is obtained according to the average of the final results of the
curricular assessment and of the interview (I) that is evaluated by the weights of the following formulation,
expressed to the units.
CF = AC*90 + E*10

After completing the application of the selection criteria, each member of the Jury will sort the candidates according
to the final classification assigned to them. Based on this sorting, the Jury will sort the candidates by successive
clearance to the first place and following places (each member of the jury follows their personal sorting). The
clearance is carried out when a candidate obtains more than half of the votes. If this doesn’t happen in the first
voting for a particular place, the least voted candidate is eliminated and the procedure is repeated with the
remaining candidates (with tiebreakers based on the average of the final classifications).
The Jury will advise the hiring of the candidate approved in absolute merit sorted in the first place.
A minute is drawn up after the jury’s meetings, containing a summary of what has arisen from them, as well as the
assessments made by each one of the members and their reasons, and shall be made available on request to the

In accordance with article 13 of RJEC, the jury is composed of the following members:
President of the Jury: Ricardo Jorge Bessa
Full Member: Rui Esteves Araujo
Full Member: Clara Sofia Gouveia
Substitute Member: Manuel Matos
Substitute Member: João Peças Lopes

Application period: From 2021-06-02 to 2021-06-18

The results of the selection process will be disclosed to the candidates by email.
After being notified, the candidates have 10 working days to comment on the results of the selection process under
their right to a prior hearing. The final decision of the jury will be given within 10 days from the deadline for the
decision under the right to a prior hearing.
The present tender is exclusively for occupying the indicated vacancy, expiring once the position is filled

INESC TEC actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so that no candidate can be
privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right or exempted from any duty, on basis of origin, age, sex,
sexual orientation, marital status, family situation, economic situation, education, social origin or condition, genetic
heritage, reduced capacity for work, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, region of origin,
language, religion, political or ideological convictions and trade union membership.
The candidate with a disability has preference under conditions of equal classification. Candidates must declare on
the application form, under word of honour, the respective degree of incapacity, the type of disability and the means
of communication to be used in the selection process, in accordance with the abovementioned diploma.
The Executive Commission of INESC TEC approved this job advertisement in the meeting of 2021-06-01, also
being responsible for the final decision on hiring.

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