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INESC TEC is accepting applications to award 1 Research Initiation Grant (BII) for project PASTor

Date Posted Feb. 19, 2021
Title INESC TEC is accepting applications to award 1 Research Initiation Grant (BII) for project PASTor
University INESC TEC
Braga, Portugal
Department HASLAB
Application Deadline Mar. 16, 2021
Position Start Date Apr. 1, 2021
  • Graduate Student
  • Engineering - Other
    Computer Science

INESC TEC is now accepting grant applications to award 1 Research Initiation Grant (BII) within the scope of the PAStor funded by National Funds through FCT – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., project (reference UTA-EXPL/CA/0075/2019)

Type of grant: Research Initiation Grant (BII)
General scientific area: COMPUTER SCIENCE
Scientific subarea: Informatics
Grant duration: 6 months, starting on 2021-04-01, with the possibility of being renewed until the end of the project.
Scientific advisor: João Tiago Paulo
Workplace: INESC TEC, Braga, Portugal

Maintenance stipend: € 416,12, 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.

Costs attributable to INESC TEC may include registration, enrolment or tuition fee stipend, either directly or through reimbursement, during the grant duration.

The grant holder will benefit from health insurance, supported by INESC TEC.

The main goal of this project is to propose new functionalities that enable better performance, security or resiliency for storage systems supporting Big Data applications at HPC centers.

Moreover, the proposed solutions must follow modular, flexible and generic design in order to be easily adaptable to different applications, hardware and distributed deployments.

-Design and implementation of new storage optimizations into different prototypes. Experimental evaluation of the developed prototypes.
-The tasks described in this working plan demand the application and development of concepts and techniques in the area of Software Engineering which are usually introduced in curricular units included in the curricula of the Mestrados Integrados em Engenharia Informática ou de Mestrado em Engenharia Informática studies.

Admission requirements:
Master’s in Informatics Engineering Student
The awarding of the fellowship is dependent on the applicants’ enrolment in study cycle or non-award courses of Higher Education Institutions.

Preference factors:
- Knowledge on storage systems
- Experience with the C programming language.

Minimum requirements:
- Knowledge on operating systems
- Knowledge on distributed 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, 60%), Scientific Publications (PC, 10%), Experience (EX, 20%) and Motivation Letter (CM, 10%).
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: João Tiago Paulo
Full member: Fa´bio André Coelho
Full member: José Orlando Pereira
Substitute member: Ana Nunes Alonso

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 enrolment in a degree awarding study cycle or in a non degree awarding Higher Education program. -The proof of enrolment may be presented just during the grant hiring stage.

5. Signed declaration stating the infringement of the grant holder’s duties (article 14, no. 4)
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 2021-03-03 to 2021-03-16
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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