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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.
B-0081-23 – Research Grant (BI) – 19/05/2023 – NextGenAI – 2022-C05i0102-02 and O-0025-LX-15 – Own funds
Funding Reference Number:
2022-C05i0102-02 and O-0025-LX-15
A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação“) is open at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the Project NextGenAI – Center for Responsible AI, funded by IAPMEI, “Programa de Recuperação e Resiliência (PRR) - Agendas Mobilizadoras para a Inovação Empresarial”, with 2022-C05i0102-02 reference. This research grant is also complementary funded by the O-0025-LX-15 project - own funds.
The work for this position is in the area of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning.
Scientific Area:
Information and Data Sciences
Pattern and Image Analysis – Lx
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:
- Currently enrolled (or to be enrolled) in a PhD in Computer Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering;
- Excellent academic and practical background in programming, machine learning, and natural language processing;
- Knowledge of Computational Linguistics;
- The candidate should have good knowledge of written and spoken English, be self-motivated and show initiative in solving problems;
- Strong preference is given to candidates with MSc degree in Information Engineering, Informatics, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or equivalent scientific areas;
- Strong preference is given to candidates with immediate availability to initiate the work, and sound knowledge of Python.
Work Objectives:
The activities will be focused mostly on developing new techniques for:
- Energy-Efficient and Sustainable AI;
- Transparent, Fair, and Explainable AI;
- Language Technologies and Embodied Human-AI Interaction;
- Multilingual and Contextualized Conversational AI.
Applicable legislation:
A fellowship will be celebrated according to “Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação”, 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 – Lisboa, under the supervision of Professor André Martins.
12 months, renewable to 30 months or till the end of the project (and according to the regulations defined by FCT). Start date: July 1st, 2023 or soon thereafter.
Monthly salary:
1600€ according to the table of grant amounts awarded directly by FCT for positions held in Portugal ( and also according to the table of grant amounts awarded directly by Instituto de Telecomunicações.
The payment will be made by bank transfer.
Selection criteria:
  • C1 (30%)
    Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation
  • C2 (30%)
    Previous experience in the aforementioned areas
  • C3 (40%)
    Suitability of the candidates profile to the project

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 30% + C2 x 30% + C3 x 40%
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. Ana Luisa Nobre Fred, Instituto Superior Técnico
  • Prof. Hugo Humberto Plácido da Silva, Instituto de Telecomunicações Lisboa
  • Prof. Alexandra Sofia Martins de Carvalho, 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.
After the notification of the results, candidates have 10 working days if they wish to contest the decision.
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 honour confirming that complies with the conditions to enroll in the required/preferable 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
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:
22-05-2023 to 02-06-2023
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