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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 Scholarship (“Bolsa de Investigação” ) - BI/ Nº2021/00223
Funding Reference Number:
BI/ Nº2021/00223 – BATS – PTDC/EEI-TEL/1744/2021
A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação”) is open at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the Project BATS – PTDC/EEI-TEL/1744/2021. This project is funded by FCT/MEC through national funds.
Scientific Area:
Wireless Technologies
Mobile Systems - Av
Admission Requirements:
Research grants are intended:
- for students enrolled in a degree-conferring course to carry out R&D activities with the aim to consolidate their scientific training through the development of research work leading to the attainment of the respective academic degree or completion of the course (integrated or not in R&D projects).
- for students enrolled in courses that do not confer an academic degree but which are integrated in an educational project of a higher education institution and are developed in association or cooperation with one or several R&D units.
Candidates must be enrolled in a PhD degree/programme in electrical and computer engineering, informatics and telecommunications engineering, or equivalent; and possess expertise on Antenna Design, Energy Harvesting, IoT and UAV.
Work Objectives:
- Design a comprehensive wireless power transfer model for UAVs, and battery charging and discharge models. - Develop reinforcement learning algorithms for optimal power splitting for energy harvesting and information decoding. - Participate in network-level tests and performance evaluation on UAV testbeds and sensor networks - Analyze IoT networks’ implementation and performance and the implementation issues within the sensor nodes' transceiver.
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. 123/2019, dated August 28 (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. Shahid Mumtaz.
11 months, with the possibility of renewal. Start date: January 2022 or soon thereafter.
Monthly salary:
1104.64€ 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 (100%)
    Curricular evaluation

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 100%
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. Shahid Mumtaz, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes Aveiro (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Jonathan Rodriguez Gonzalez, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes Aveiro
  • Prof. Joaquim Manuel Camões Sobral de Bastos, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes Aveiro
  • Prof. Valdemar Celestino Monteiro, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes Aveiro (Substitute)
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, degree certificate, and proof of enrollment in a higher education course. 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)
NOTICE: Degrees obtained abroad are recognized by a Portuguese higher education institution under the terms of Decree-Law No. 66/2018, of August 16 and Ordinance No. 33/2019, of January 25. More information at:

All the selection process is conducted through the IT web portal. No actions outside this platform are valid.
Application Period:
12-01-2022 to 26-01-2022
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