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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 (“Bolsa de Investigação” ) -Master-01/SAICT/2021, Nº 181246- (Projet) – Open-Pace
Funding Reference Number:
01/SAICT/2021, Nº 181246- (Projet) – Open-Pace
A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação”) is open at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of project Open-Pace with Ref. 01/SAICT/2021, Nº 181246. This project is funded by Centro2020 and ANI (Agência Nacional de Inovação).
Scientific Area:
Basic Sciences and Enabling Technologies
Power Systems – Co
Admission Requirements:
In what concerns the admission requirements for this research grant, candidates must:
• have completed a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Informatics Engineering or similar areas.
• be enrolled in a doctoral course in the areas of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or similar areas. If the candidate is not enrolled in a doctoral course, he/she must be enrolled in a non-academic degree course in the areas of Electrical Engineering, Informatics Engineering or similar areas.
• have skills in programming and developing embedded systems.
• have skills in programming with Matlab/Simulink and QT.
Work Objectives:
Advanced computation techniques, such as artificial intelligence and predictive control, are highly advantageous, but require high computational power. This limits their feasibility in real-time control processes, such as energy conversion applications. These techniques are currently not accessible to all the scientific and industrial community since controllers appropriate to their execution are expensive and difficult to program. This project aims to develop an open control platform, with high performance, low cost, and easy programming. This platform aims to democratize access to advanced computation techniques in energy systems, even in reduced funding conditions - an important contribution to improve research and industrial competitiveness. To fulfill the main objective of this project, three essential tasks must be performed:
• Selection and development of hardware modules for the platform;
• Development of software and tools to support the hybrid platform, consisting of a processor and an FPGA;
• Development and implementation of a graphical user interface through QT software.
• Testing and validation of the platform in an industrial environment.

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 Coimbra, under the supervision of Prof. André Mendes.
Duration: 3 months, with the possibility of renewal. Start date: August 1st, 2022 or soon thereafter.
Monthly salary:
1144,64 € 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 (25%)
    The candidate will be selected based on their CV
  • C2 (35%)
    Demonstrated experience in tasks related to the work plan of this project
  • C3 (30%)
  • C4 (10%)
    Oral and written fluency in English

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 25% + C2 x 35% + C3 x 30% + 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. André Manuel dos Santos Mendes, Universidade de Coimbra (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Sérgio Manuel Ângelo da Cruz, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. Marina Mendes Sargento Domingues Perdigao, Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra
  • Prof. Vitor Manuel Mendes da Silva, Universidade de Coimbra (Substitute)
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:
Motivation letter explaining the interest in the position, Detailed Curriculum Vitae with transcripts, degree certificate, and proof of enrollment in a master's course in the areas of Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering or similar areas. Apply online clicking on the “Apply Now” button in this form (link do Portal).
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:
29-06-2022 to 14-07-2022
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