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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.
B-0144-22 – Research Grant (BI) – 28/07/2022 – PTDC/EQU-EQU/3853/2020 - SMART
Funding Reference Number:
A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação“) is open at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the Project SMART - PTDC/EQU-EQU/3853/2020. This project is funded by COMPETE 2020 IN THE FEDER COMPONENT, AND BY FUNDAÇÃO PARA A CIÊNCIA E TECNOLOGIA, I.P., IN THE NATIONAL COMPONENT.
Scientific Area:
Information and Data Sciences
Pattern and Image Analysis – Lx
Admission Requirements:
- Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering or related areas; Strong knowledge in stem cell bioprocess culture, monitoring techniques, and analysis of differentiation processes for cardiomyocyte production; Strong knowledge on genomics and transcriptome analysis; Experience in human pluripotent stem cells gene expression data processing and analysis exploring unsupervised machine learning techniques; Demonstrated ability to integrate multi-disciplinary teams; Good English writing skills; Self- motivation for scientific research.
Work Objectives:
The main research topic is the exploration of machine learning techniques, starting with unsupervised learning approaches for exploratory data analysis, and later supervised learning approaches to evaluate predictive models, in the analysis and characterization of cells generated throughout culture processes using transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches. Based on data obtained using bioreactor culture environments, the main objectives are to develop process models that may be used to: i) characterize the generated cells through the different culture stages and discover new patterns in the generated data; ii) predict process outcomes at early stages; iii) create a dynamic control strategy of the culture environment, to ensure maximum quality of the final product.
Applicable legislation:
A fellowship will be celebrated according to “Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação”, according to Law no. 40/2004, dated on 18th of August (Status of Scientific Research Fellow -, in its actual redaction, by Fellowship Regulation of Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia (, according to Reg. 950/2019, dated on 16th of December, and also by “Regulation of Instituto de Telecomunicações’ fellowships”.
Place of work:
The work will be developed at the premises of Instituto de Telecomunicações – Pólo Lisboa, under the supervision of Professor Ana Fred.
12 months, with the possibility of renewal (according to the regulations defined by FCT). Start date: September 1, 2022 or soon thereafter.
Monthly salary:
1.144,64€ according to the table of grant amounts awarded directly by FCT for positions held in Portugal ( / according to the table of grant amounts awarded directly by Instituto de Telecomunicações. The payment will be made by bank transfer.
Selection criteria:
  • C1 (40%)
    Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation
  • C2 (50%)
    Suitability of the candidates’ profile to the project based on the relevant work experience in the tasks described in the work plan
  • C3 (10%)
    Fluency in oral and written English

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 50% + C3 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. Mario Alexandre Teles de Figueiredo, Instituto Superior Técnico (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Paulo Luis Serras Lobato Correia, Instituto Superior Técnico
  • Prof. Hugo Humberto Plácido da Silva, Instituto de Telecomunicações Lisboa
  • Prof. Jorge Manuel Ferreira Morgado, Instituto Superior Técnico (Substitute)
Communication of the results:
Results will be published at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Lisboa. The selected candidate will be notified by email.
Required Documents:
Cover letter explaining the interest in the position and relevant background, detailed Curriculum Vitae with transcripts, Copy of the relevant certificates (Copy of the Degree Certificate(s), if applicable); and proof of enrollment (or proof of acceptance) in a higher education course or declaration of intention to enroll in a higher education course.
NOTE: The proof of enrollment in a higher education course must be made until the contract is signed.
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)

All the selection process is conducted through the IT web portal. No actions outside this platform are valid.
Application Period:
29-07-2022 to 11-08-2022
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