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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.

1. By delegation the General Director approved the process for an international call to select a candidate researcher in the scientific area of “Power Electronics and Power Systems.” in scope of project nº 181246, with the Title ”Open platform for advanced computation in energy systems for research and industrial applications”, under the program 01/SAICT/2021, in 17th of May 2022

Job description:

Advanced computation techniques, such as artificial intelligence and predictive control, are highly advantageous, but require high computational power. This limits their feasibility in real-time control processes, such as energy conversion applications. These techniques are currently not accessible to all the scientific and industrial community since controllers appropriate to their execution are expensive and difficult to program. This project aims to develop an open control platform, with high performance, low cost, and easy programming. This platform aims to democratize access to advanced computation techniques in energy systems, even in reduced funding conditions - an important contribution to improve research and industrial competitiveness. To fulfil the main objective of this project, three main research goals must be pursued:
• The selection and development of hardware modules for the platform;
• Development of software and tools to support the platform;
• Platform testing and validation in industrial environment.

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. André Manuel dos Santos Mendes, Universidade de Coimbra (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Sérgio Manuel Ângelo da Cruz, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. Marina Mendes Sargento Domingues Perdigao, Instituto Politécnico 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.

5. Monthly remuneration is set by article 23 (3) of RJEC, corresponding to level 38 of the Salary Table, approved by Order no. 1553-C/2008 of December 31st, i.e. 2.414,50 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 application.

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/Política_de_Qualidade_2020_(V20.2)_-_Publicado.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:
    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/Politica_de_Qualidade_2.pdf) that must be verifiable from the candidate’s curriculum vitae. Additionally, the applicant’s admission to the contest of this hiring procedure must fulfil the requirements pointed out in clauses 7.1 - 7.3:
    7.1 – experience in hardware development;
    7.2 – programming Linux-based embedded systems
    7.3 – Programming FPGAs using Matlab/Simulink

ii) Candidates with a classification of 14 or higher in the previous component shall make a public live 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:

17.1 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
17.2 Applications shall include all supported documents encompassed by section 7 and 8 for tender admission, namely
a) Copy of certificate or diploma. Further informations at http://www.dges.mctes.pt);
b) Doctorate thesis;
c) Curriculum vitae detailed and structured pursuant to sections 10 and 12.


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/698. The submission period opens on November 18 until December 19, 2022.

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, in Coimbra, 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 May 17, 2022

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