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  • INESC TEC | 1 Research Grant (BI) in Physics or Physics Engineering (AE2023-0036)

    INESC TEC is now accepting grant applications to award 1 Research Grant (BI) within the scope of the CorkSurf
    funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by the Operational Programme for Competitiveness
    and Internationalisation (NORTE 2020), project (reference NORTE-01-0247-FEDER-047040

    Type of grant: Research Grant (BI)
    General scientific area: PHYSICS
    Scientific subarea: Optics,Electronics
    Grant duration: 3 months, starting on 2023-04-01.
    Scientific advisor: Pedro Jorge
    Workplace: INESC TEC, Porto, Portugal
    Maintenance stipend: € 1144,64, 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.

    -Optimization of the laser and spectrometer parameters in a LIBS system for the target samples.
    -Signal analysis and processing using advanced computational methods.
    -Automation of the positioning, and optical subsystems in the project prototype.

    Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) will be evaluated to assess and map the distribution of thin
    functional coatings in organic materials.

    Admission requirements:
    MSc Degree in Physics or Physics Engineering.
    The awarding of the fellowship is dependent on the applicants' enrolment in study cycle or non-award courses of
    Higher Education Institutions.
    Preference factors:
    Education background in Optics; Knowledge of Labview and Python; Knowledge in and plasma spectroscopy.
    Minimum requirements:
    Knowledge in optical sensors, lasers and plasma spectroscopy. Experience in automation.

    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, 30%), Scientific Publications (PC, 10%),
    Experience (EX, 50%) 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 (90%) and EI (10%).
    The Selection Jury is composed of the following members:
    President of the Jury: Pedro Jorge
    Full member: Nuno Azevedo Silva
    Full member: Paulo Vicente Marques
    Substitute member:
    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 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 2023-02-02 to 2023-02-20
    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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