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Research Position:

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2 Scholarship BIL (Bolsa Licenciado) - BIL Nº2021/00082
Funding Reference Number:
BIL Nº2021/00082 - FreeComm-B5G - UIDB/50008/2020-UIDP/50008/2020
2 research positions for a Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação de Licenciado”) are open at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the Project FreeComm-B5G. This project is funded by FCT/MCTES through national funds under the project UIDB/50008/2020-UIDP/50008/2020. The work plan for these positions is within the framework of machine learning algorithms for ultra-high-capacity free-space optical communications.
Scientific Area:
Optics and Photonics
Optical Communications Systems – Av
Admission Requirements:
The scholarships referred to in this call may be used to carry out initial R&D activities by students enrolled in a professional higher technical course, in a degree, an integrated master's or a master's degree graduates and also who are enrolled in non-conferencing courses academic degrees integrated into the educational project of a higher education institution, developed in association or cooperation with one or more R&D units. Bachelor degree on telecommunications engineering, informatics and telematics engineering, or equivalent, with knowledge on the area of optical communication systems, great motivation and ability for teamwork.
Work Objectives:
The selected candidate will work on the development, implementation and optimization of high-capacity free-space optics (FSO) systems, including the following main tasks: - Development of machine learning algorithms for channel estimation in free-space optical transmission systems; - Implementation of a beam alignment mechanism based on artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms; - Demonstration of ultra-high-capacity transmission (more than 1 Tb/s) aided by machine learning processing of the transmitted and/or received signal.
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 at University of Aveiro, under the supervision of Dr. Fernando Guiomar.
6 months, with the possibility of renewal. Start date: June 2021 or soon thereafter.
Monthly salary:
835.98€ 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 (30%)
    Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation
  • C2 (40%)
    Suitability of the candidate's profile to the project based on the relevant work experience in the tasks described in the work plan
  • C3 (30%)

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 30% + C2 x 40% + C3 x 30%
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. Fernando Pedro Pereira Guiomar, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes Aveiro (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Paulo Miguel Nepomuceno Pereira Monteiro, Universidade de Aveiro
  • Prof. Petia Georgieva, Universidade de Aveiro
Communication of the results:
Results will be published at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, in Aveiro. The selected candidate will be notified by email.
Required Documents:
Motivation letter explaining the interest in the position, Detailed Curriculum Vitae with transcripts and degree certificate. Apply online clicking on the “Apply Now” button in this form.
After the notification of the results, candidates have 10 working days if they wish to contest the decision.
E-mail submissions will not be considered. (The cover letter and the CV are mandatory documents in the online application platform)
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Academic degrees obtained abroad require recognition by a Portuguese institution under the terms of Decree-Law no. 66/2018, of 16 August and Ordinance No. 33/2019, of 25 January. The presentation of the certificate is mandatory for signing the contract. More information can be obtained at:

All the selection process is conducted through the IT web portal. No actions outside this platform are valid.
Application Period:
31-05-2021 to 15-06-2021
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