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INESC TEC | 1 Research Grant (BII) in Informatics, Computer Science or similar. (AE2023-0037)

Date Posted Feb. 1, 2023
Title INESC TEC | 1 Research Grant (BII) in Informatics, Computer Science or similar. (AE2023-0037)
University INESC TEC
BRAGA, Portugal
Department HASLAB
Application Deadline Feb. 14, 2023
Position Start Date Feb. 1, 2023
  • Graduate Student
  • Computer Science
    Engineering - Other

INESC TEC is now accepting grant applications to award 1 Research Initiation Grant (BII) within the scope of the
Plurianual_LA funded by National Funds through FCT - Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P.,
project (reference LA/P/0063/2020

Type of grant: Research Initiation Grant (BII)
General scientific area: COMPUTER SCIENCE
Scientific subarea:
Grant duration: 6 months, starting on 2023-03-03, with the possibility of being renewed for a maximum term of one
Scientific advisor: Renato Jorge Neves
Workplace: INESC TEC, Braga, Portugal
Maintenance stipend: € 486,12, according to the table of monthly maintenance stipend for FCT grants
(, paid via bank transfer. Grant holders may be awarded potential
supplements, according to a quarterly evaluation process (Articles 19, 21 and 22 of the Regulations for Grants of
INESC TEC and Annex II), up to a maximum limit of 50% of the monthly maintenance stipend.
INESC TEC supports costs with registration, enrolment or tuition fees, during the grant duration, under the terms
established in the internal document: "Payment of Tuition fees to grant holders".
The grant holder will benefit from health insurance, supported by INESC TEC.

- Development of a programming language that harbours both probabilistic operations and wait calls;
- Development of a corresponding semantics and subsequent implementation in Haskell;
- Integration of the prospective results in the tool Lince.

This grant is part of an endeavour to develop quantitative, mathematical foundations for hybrid systems, able to
suitably handle both probabilites and notions of program distance. This is useful for reasoning about errors and
noise in hybrid systems rigorously. The grant is particularly focussed on the case of combining time with
probabilities in a programming oriented context which will later serve as a stepping stone for scaling the
combination up to arbitrary physical processes. Specifically, the main goal is to develop a programming
language that harbours both probabilistic operations and wait calls, a corresponding semantics, and then a
subsequent implementation in Haskell. The resulting language will later be integrated in Lince, an interpreter for
hybrid programs that is available online.

Admission requirements:
- M.Sc. student in Informatics, Computer Science or similar.
The awarding of the fellowship is dependent on the applicants' enrolment in study cycle or non-award courses of
Higher Education Institutions.
Preference factors:
Good academic performance; Experience with the language Haskell, parsers, monads and hybrid systems.
Minimum requirements:
- Basic knowledge of Haskell and hybrid systems.

Selection criteria and corresponding valuation: the first phase comprises the Academic Evaluation (AC), based
on the criteria referred to in Article 12 of the Regulations for Grants of INESC TEC, while the second phase
comprehends the Individual Interview (EI). All factors are evaluated on a scale of 0 to 100, taking into account the
applicants' merit, suitability and conformity with the preference factors.
The weight of the AC factors are as follows: Academic Qualifications (FA, 50%), Scientific Publications (PC, 10%),
Experience (EX, 20%) and Motivation Letter (CM, 20%).
Candidates who score less than 50 points in the AC average will be considered excluded on absolute merit. The top
five candidates approved on absolute merit will be qualified for the individual interview. The Final Grade (CF) is
obtained by the weighted average of AC (80%) and EI (20%).
The Selection Jury is composed of the following members:
President of the Jury: Renato Jorge Neves
Full member: Luís Soares Barbosa
Full member: José Paiva Proença
Substitute member: José Nuno Oliveira
Release of results and prior hearing: the results of the selection process, as well as the terms and procedures for
prior hearing, will be released to the applicants by email, under the terms referred to in Article 13 of the Regulations
for Studentships and Fellowships of INESC TEC.

Application Documents:
1. Motivation letter;
2. Curriculum Vitae (must include the list of previous fellowships, their type, beginning and end dates, funding
entities and host institutions);
3. Certificate or diploma degree dully recognised in Portugal;
● Documents proving the awarding of academic degrees and diplomas, or the according recognition - in cases of academic degrees or
diplomas granted by a foreign higher education institution - can be dismissed in the application process, and replaced by the
applicant's declaration of honour, with the verification of said condition taking place during the grant's hiring stage. The submission of
the certificate is mandatory when signing the contract.
● Academic degrees or diplomas awarded by a foreign higher education institution require an authentication by a Portuguese higher
education institution, and the corresponding registration on the DGES platform, in conformity with Decree-Law no. 66/2018, of August
16, and Ordinance no. 33/2019, of January 25. More information available on the website
4. Proof of enrollment in a degree awarding study cycle or in a non degree awarding Higher Education program.
● The proof of enrollment may be presented just during the grant hiring stage.
5. Signed declaration stating not having benefited from any other research fellowship (Article 5, no. 5)
6. Documental evidence to support the country of residence, residence permit or other legally equivalent
document, in cases where the applicant is a foreigner or non-resident in Portugal - valid until the beginning of
the grant.
7. Other supporting documents relevant to the final assessment.

Failure to deliver the required documents within the 90-day period after the date of the notice of the conditional
awarding of the grant implies its cancellation.

Application period: From 2023-02-01 to 2023-02-14
Submission of applications: the application will be formalised by submitting the form available in the Work With
Us section of INESC TEC website.

The hiring process shall comply with the current legislation regarding the Research Grant Holder Statute, approved
by Law no. 40/2004 of August 18, in its current wording, as well as by the Regulations for Grants of INESC TEC
and for FCT Grants Regulation in force.
For more information, please check the Regulations for Grants of INESC TEC and relevant annexes at

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