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Research Position:

Important note: This is a summarized English version of the full original announcement written in Portuguese, provided for the convenience of non-Portuguese speakers. Only the full Portuguese version has official value for the evaluation and selection process.
Two (2) Research Scholarships (“Bolsas de Investigação” ) - BI/ Nº2022/00120
Funding Reference Number:
BI/ Nº2022/00120 - Safe-Home - CENTRO-01-0247-FEDER-072082
There is an open call for two (2) Research Scholarships (“Bolsas de Investigação”) at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the Project Safe-Home with No. 072082 (CENTRO-01-0247-FEDER-072082). This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER), through the Regional Operational Programme of Lisbon (POR LISBOA 2020) and the Regional Operational Programme of Centre (CENTRO 2020) of the Portugal 2020 framework.
Scientific Area:
Optics and Photonics
Optical Components and Subsystems
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.

1- The candidates must be Master or PhD students, enrolled in a cycle of studies, at the beginning of the scholarships. Preference will be given to candidates with a master's degree, and candidates with a bachelor's degree will only be hired if: i) Candidates with Master’s degree have not applied; ii) Candidates with Master’s degree are not from the area of expertise required and/or do not possess the experience necessary in the field.
2- The candidates must have completed a Master’s degree and/or a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Physics Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent/similar. Candidates with a degree obtained in an international university must prove the degree equivalence to the Portuguese system.
3- The candidates must have a background and experience in the design and production of optical fiber-based sensors and/or data analysis.
4- The candidates must show knowledge using Matlab and/or Python software.
5- Fluency in oral and written English is mandatory. The jury reserves the option of not selecting anyone if they do not meet the criteria or do not fit the required profile.
Work Objectives:
The objective of the work is to characterize and implement a network of optical fiber based sensors, to detect and continuously monitor the user’s activity within a defined space.
The applicant should develop the necessary tools to, based on the sensors acquired data, detect/extract the following activity indicators:
- Detect the user’s location;
- Detect activity levels (resting/moving, moving speeds, abnormal movement);
- Identify the number of individuals in a room;
- Detect emergencies (falls, extensive resting periods, etc).
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 Aveiro of Dr. Maria de Fátima Domingues.
6 months, with the possibility of renewal. Start date: October 2022 or soon thereafter.
Monthly salary:
875.98€ or 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 (35%)
    Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation
  • C2 (35%)
    Suitability of the candidates’ profile to the project SAFE HOME, based on the relevant work experience in the tasks described in the work plan
  • C3 (10%)
    Fluency in oral and written English
  • C4 (20%)

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 35% + C2 x 35% + C3 x 10% + C4 x 20%
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. Maria de Fátima Fonseca Domingues, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes Aveiro (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Nélia Jordão Alberto, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes Aveiro
  • Prof. Ayman Mohamed M. Radwan, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes Aveiro
  • Prof. Paulo Sergio de Brito Andre, Instituto Superior Técnico (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;
• Proof of enrollment in a higher education course or declaration of intention to enroll in a study cycle leading to an academic degree or in a course that does not confer an academic degree.
NOTE: The proof of enrollment in a study cycle leading to an academic degree or in a course not conferring an academic degree 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)
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:
21-09-2022 to 07-10-2022
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