Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications
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.

1. In its meeting, on 30 of March, 2020, the Board of Directors of Instituto de Telecomunicações decided to open an international call to select a candidate researcher in the scientific area of “Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering” in scope of project PTDC/EEI-HAC/30485/2017 with the title ”Hardware Accelerated Deep LEarning framework”

Job description:

This PhD researcher will be hired to support the conception of the data management infrastructure. He will join the IT-Coimbra team and will be enrolled in the definition, design and implementation of the buffering structures, memory hierarchy, and all the processing structures that will support the exploited in-memory and near-memory data manipulation and processing techniques.
This PhD researcher should have a strong background on computer architectures and data streaming, as well as on VLSI hardware design. He will be hired for a period of 15 months, which is considered enough to develop this part of the task

2. Applicable Legislation:

• Decree-Law no. 57/2016 of 29th of August, which approved the hiring of doctorate to stimulate scientific and technological employment for all areas of knowledge (RJEC), amended by the Law 57/2017 dated 19th of July, and regulated by Regulatory Decree nr 11-A/2017, dated 29th December
• Labour Code approved by Law no. 7/2009 of 12 February, under its current Reading.

3. According to article 13 of RJEC, the selection panel shall be:

  • Prof. Gabriel Falcão Paiva Fernandes, Universidade de Coimbra (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Marco Alexandre Cravo Gomes, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. Fernando Manuel Santos Perdigão, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. Vitor Manuel Mendes da Silva, Universidade de Coimbra (Substitute)

4. The workplace shall be at Instituto de Telecomunicações, Polo de Coimbra, Departamento de Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores, Pólo 2 da Universidade de Coimbra, 3030-290 Coimbra, and Instituto de Telecomunicações, Polo de Aveiro, P-3810-193 Aveiro or at any other facilities of Instituto de Telecomunicações namely in Lisboa, Covilhã, Leiria, Porto or others, in accordance with the requirements and needs of the research projects.

5. Monthly remuneration is set by article 23 (3) of RJEC, corresponding to level 33 of the Salary Table, approved by Order no. 1553-C/2008 of December 31st, i.e. 2,128.34 Euros

6. Any national, foreign and stateless candidate(s) holding a PHD or other related scientific area and a suitable scientific and professional curriculum may submit an applications. In case of doctorate degrees awarded by a foreign higher education institution, the degree must comply with the provisions of Decree-Law no. 341/2007 of 12th of October, and all formalities established therein must be fulfilled by the deadline for application submission.

7. General tender admission requirements include those specified in the previous section and compliance with the productivity criteria in force at Instituto de Telecomunicações, (https://www.it.pt/docs/Quality_Policy_2020.pdf), that must be verifiable from the candidate’s curriculum vitae.

8. According to article 5 of RJEC, selection is to be made based on the candidate’s scientific and curricular evaluation.

9. Scientific and curricular career evaluation is based on relevance, quality and up-to-dateness:

  1. of scientific, technological production in the last five years, deemed most relevant by the candidate;
  2. of research activities, applied or based on practical work, developed in the last five years, deemed most impactful by the candidate;
  3. of knowledge extension and dissemination activities developed in the last five years, namely under the scope of the promotion of culture and scientific practices, deemed most relevant by the candidate;
  4. of the activities of management of science, technology and innovation programmes, in Portugal or abroad.

10. The five-year period mentioned above may be extended by the panel, if requested by the candidate, whenever the suspension of scientific activities is justified on socially protected grounds like paternity leave, long-term serious illness, and other legal situations of unavailability to work.

11. The evaluation of the scientific and curricular career has two components, namely:

i) The assessment of the curriculum vitae and other documentation presented, giving particular relevance to the contributions considered most relevant by the candidate in the last 5 years. This component of the evaluation is expressed in a scale of 0 to 20, taking into consideration:

  • Scientific production of the candidate, namely articles in peer-reviewed journals (referred in Journal Ci-tation Report do ISI Web of Knowledge) and proceedings of international conferences. The jury will assess the scientific production taking into consideration the quality of the submitted items and their rele-vance to the field of the present call;
  • Knowledge of the themes, the scientific and technical expertise to carry out the functions described in point 1, namely:
    Any national, foreign and stateless candidate holding a doctorate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Informatics Engineering or other related scientific area and a suitable scientific and professional curriculum may submit an application. In case of doctorate degrees awarded by a foreign higher education institution, the degree must comply with the provisions of Decree-Law no. 341/2007 of 12th of October, and all formalities established therein must be fulfilled by the deadline for application submission.

ii) Candidates with a classification of 14 or higher in the previous component shall make a public presentation of the results of their scientific activity and future perspectives. Following, members of the evaluation panel shall stimulate an open debate with the candidate. The evaluation of the presentation is expressed in a scale of 0 to 20 and should take into account the scientific knowledge and the capacity of communication demonstrated by the candidate, as well as the answers to the questions placed by the mem-bers of the evaluation panel.

Each panel member score is obtained by attributing a weighing factor to the following classifications:

  • C1 (90%)
    evaluation of the curriculum vitae and other documentation
  • C2 (10%)
    Interview

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 90% + C2 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.

12. The candidates’ final classification system shall be given based on a numerical scale from 0 to 20.

13. The panel shall deliberate by means of roll-call vote justified under adopted and disclosed selection criteria, with no abstentions allowed.

14. Minutes of panel meetings shall be written and shall include a summary of all occurrences, all votes casted by the members and respective reasoning, and shall be provided to candidates whenever required.

15. After applying the selection criteria, the panel will prepare a sorted list of approved candidates with their classification. The panel has the right of not selecting any of the candidates.

16. The panel’s final decision shall be validated by the leader of the institution, who is also in charge of deciding about hiring.

17. Formalisation of applications:

16. Formalisation of applications:
16.1 Applications are formalised by sending a Motivation Letter, addressed to the Board of Instituto de Telecomunicações, including this announcement identification, full name, parents’ names, ID card, or Citizen Card number and date, or civil identification number, taxpayer ID number, date and place of birth, marital status, occupation, residence and contact address, including email address and telephone.
16.2 Applications shall include all supported documents encompassed by section 6 and 7 for tender admission, namely:
a) Certificate or diploma copy, recognized in Portugal according to the law in force (just for those that had a degree obtained outside Portugal. Further informations at http://www.dges.mctes.pt);
b) Doctorate thesis;
c) Curriculum vitae, detailed and structured pursuant to sections 9 and 11;

All the selection process is conducted through the IT web portal. No actions outside this platform are valid.

17.3 Candidates shall submit their application files and supporting documentation on-line through the IT Job Applications Portal, following the "Apply now" link in this webpage or at the link https://it.pt/Positions/PostDoc/476. The submission period opens on May 18 until June 06, 2020.

18. All candidates who formalize their applications in an improper way or fail to prove the requirements imposed by this tender are excluded from admission. In case of doubt, the panel is entitled to request any candidate to present further documentation supporting their statements.

19. False statements provided by the candidates shall be punished by law.

20 Both admitted and excluded candidate list and final classification list shall be posted at Instituto de Telecomunicações, Polo de Coimbra, Departamento de Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores, Pólo 2 da Universidade de Coimbra, 3030-290 Coimbra, and all candidates shall be notified by email.

21. Preliminary Hearing and Final Decision Deadline: After notified, all candidates have 10 calendar days to respond. Panel’s final decisions are pronounced within a period of 90 days, from application deadline.

22. This tender is exclusively destined to fill this specific vacancy and can be terminated at any time up to the approval of the final candidate list. It expires with the occupation of said vacancy.

23. Instituto de Telecomunicações actively promotes a non-discrimination and equal access policy.

24. The selection panel approved this announcement on April 14, 2020