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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 Iniciação à Investigação)- BI/ Nº010/2022
Funding Reference Number:
Verão com Ciência 2022
A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Iniciação à Investigação”) is open at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of project Verão com Ciência 22 with Nr/Ref. Verão com Ciência 2022.This project is funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.
Scientific Area:
Basic Sciences and Enabling Technologies
Power Systems – Co
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.

In what concerns the admission requirements for this research grant in particular: candidates must be enrolled in a bachelor’s program degree in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Informatics Engineering or similar
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. The task to be developed during this work is integrated in a project that aims to develop an open control platform, with high performance, low cost, and easy programming. The objective of this work is the development of software and tools to support the hybrid platform, consisting of a processor and an FPGA The software used is the Matlab/Simulink.
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
1 month, with no possibility of renewal. Start date: 1 of September 2022.
Monthly salary:
486,12 € 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 (50%)
    The candidate will be selected on the basis of their CV
  • C2 (50%)
    Demonstrated experience in tasks related to the work plan of this project

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 50% + C2 x 50%
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 higher education course. Apply online clicking on the “Apply Now” button in this form:

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:
11-07-2022 to 19-08-2022
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