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Research Position:

Note: This is a free translation of the original announcement written in Portuguese, provided only for convenience of non-Portuguese speakers. Only the Portuguese version has official value.
Research Grant – BIM/Nº002/2021 –22-01-2021 – Project LandMarK- Sistema Integrado de Comunicações e Lidar
Funding Reference Number:
SAICT-45-2017- POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031527 - PTDC/EEI-COM/31527/2017
A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação“) is opened at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the Project LandMarK, financed by “Programa Operacional Temático Competitividade e Internacionalização” - FEDER and by “Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia” - OE. The work for this position is in the area of Signal and Image Compression
Scientific Area:
Wireless Technologies
Antennas and Propagation – Co
Admission Requirements:
Master (mestrado, 2nd cycle) in Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science, with a combined 1st and 2nd cycles grade point average no less than 14 on a 20 scale. Solid certified programming skills using C/C++ and Matlab. The candidates must be enrolled in a doctoral program.
Work Objectives:
The work to be performed with the support of this grant is focused on the development of efficient scalable LiDAR point clouds coding methods, with random access functionalities and preferably compatible with existing or under development standard image and video encoders. The method(s) to be developed will be tested through the creation of a prototype codec and the use of standard lidar point clouds datasets. Depending on their quality the results will be divulged at specialty conferences or published in a high ranking journal.
Applicable legislation:
A fellowship will be celebrated according to the regulations defined by FCT, “Regulation of Instituto de Telecomunicações’ fellowships” and “Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação”, according to Law no. 40/2004, dated August 18 (Status of Scientific Research Fellow), in its actual redaction, and also by Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P. Fellowship Regulation of Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia. For direct access to the FCT RBI go to the following link (Reg. 950/2019, published in the DR of 16 December).
Place of work:
The work will be developed at the premises of Instituto de Telecomunicações in Coimbra, under the supervision of Professor Luis A. da Silva Cruz. If the current lab attendance restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic still apply during the scholarship, work will be done remotely, coordinated through frequent meetings by videoconference tools and at least one monthly in-person meeting at Instituto de Telecomunicações Coimbra premises.
6 months. Start date: 1st April 2021 (or soon thereafter).
Monthly salary:
1.074,64 € (net), according to the table of grant amounts awarded directly by FCT for positions held in Portugal ( The payment will be made by bank transfer.
Selection criteria:
  • C1 (45%)
    Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation
  • C2 (25%)
    Suitability of the candidates’ profile to the project based on the relevant work experience in areas related to the project, namely image processing
  • C3 (20%)
    Degree of proficiency in computer programming in either C/C++ or Matlab
  • C4 (10%)

Candidates may be interviewed for clarification of any aspect related to the above criteria
Each criteria, and the final classification F will be evaluated in a scale (0-20). The candidates will be ordered according to:
F = C1 x 45% + C2 x 25% + C3 x 20% + C4 x 10%
In case of a tie, the tied candidates will be ordered according to C1, then C2...
The Jury has the right to not admit any of the candidates that applied for this position whenever they consider that no candidate meets the minimum requirements for the position.
  • Prof. Luis Alberto da Silva Cruz, Universidade de Coimbra (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Maria do Carmo Raposo de Medeiros, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. Paulo Miguel Nepomuceno Pereira Monteiro, Universidade de Aveiro
Communication of the results:
Results will be published at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, in Coimbra. The selected candidate will be notified by email.
Required Documents:
Cover letter explaining the interest in the position, detailed Curriculum Vitae with transcripts, Copy of the relevant certificates (Copy of the Degree Certificate).
All the selection process is conducted through the IT web portal. No actions outside this platform are valid.
Application Period:
04-02-2021 to 05-03-2021
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