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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 Initiation Grant (“Bolsa de Iniciação à Investigação Científica” ) - BI/ Nº 019/2022-Project Ref. EXPL/EEI-HAC/1511/2021
Funding Reference Number:
A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Iniciação à Investigação”) is open at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of project Bin-NET: PiM-Enabled Binary Neural Network Inferencing at the Edge with Nr/Ref. EXPL/EEI-HAC/1511/2021. This project is funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.
Scientific Area:
Information and Data Sciences
Multimedia Signal Processing – 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 Master of Science program in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, or similar.
Work Objectives:
- Develop and expand the UVE streaming processor;

- Support development based on GEM5 and Spike simulators (RISC-V ISA simulator);

- Add new instructions to the compiler backend;

- Integrate the streaming processor in Processing-in-Memory technology.
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 IT-Coimbra, under the supervision of Prof. Gabriel Falcão Paiva Fernandes
8 months, with the possibility of renewal. Start date: October 1st, 2022 or soon thereafter.
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 (40%)
    Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation
  • C2 (30%)
    Suitability of the candidates’ profile to the project based on the relevant work experience in the tasks described in the work plan
  • C3 (20%)
    Previosu experience and work developed using gem5
  • C4 (10%)
    Fluency in oral and written 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 40% + C2 x 30% + 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. Gabriel Falcao Paiva Fernandes, Universidade de Coimbra (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Vitor Manuel Mendes da Silva, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. Fernando Manuel Santos Perdigao, Universidade de Coimbra
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 (in English) 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 (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:
19-07-2022 to 31-08-2022
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