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Research Position:

Title: Research Grant - BIL/Nº38 - 13/05/2019 - PERSEIDS - PTDC/EMS-SIS/0642/2014
Funding Reference Number: BIL/Nº38 - 13/05/2019 - PERSEIDS - PTDC/EMS-SIS/0642/2014
Summary: A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação“) is opened at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the Project PERSEIDS - PTDC/EMS-SIS/0642/2014, funded by FCT/MCTES. The work for this position is in the area of Machine Learning, in particular, interpretable deep learning methods to understand single cell data and/or TCGA data
Scientific Area: Networks and Multimedia
Group: Pattern and Image Analysis – Lx
Admission Requirements: Bachelor (licenciatura), Experience in interpretable deep learning methods to deal with clinical and omics data. Required Documents for Admission: Cover letter explaining the interest in the position, detailed Curriculum Vitae with transcripts, Copy of the relevant certificates (Copy of the Bachelor Degree Certificate).
Work Objectives: The main goal of the PERSEIDS project is to understand cancer and provide tailored therapies to patients. Single cell RNA sequencing provides gene expression profiles at single-cell resolution, allowing to distinguish between patients with and without cancer and identify defined expression signatures for each. In addition, the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) is database that molecularly characterizes over 20K primary cancer and matched normal samples spanning 33 cancer types. The candidate will work on the following problems: 1) Study and compare interpretable deep learning methods for the identification of differentially expressed genes in single cell data and/or characterize tumors in TCGA. 2) Understand their limitations, if any, and propose modifications or entirely novel methods. 3) Implement the proposed method. 4) Discuss and tune the method after experts’ feedback. 5) Write a report with the findings.
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. 40/2004, dated August 18 (Status of Scientific Research Fellow), as amended and republished by Decree-Law No.202/2012 of August 27, and as amended by Decree-Law No.233/2012 of October 29 and by Law No.12/2013 of January 29, and Decree-Law No. 89/2013 of July 9, and also by Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P. Fellowship Regulation of Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P., approved by Regulation no. 234/2012, published in Series II of Diário da República of June 25 of 2012, amended and republished by Regulation no. 326/2013, published in Series II of Diário da República of July 27 of 2013 and amended by Regulation no. 339/2015, published in Series II of Diário da República of June 17 of 2015, and amended by Regulation nº137-A/2018, published in Series II of Diário da República of February 27 of 2018.
Place of work: The work will be developed at the premises of Instituto de Telecomunicações at Lisbon, under the supervision of Professor Alexandra Sofia Martins de Carvalho.
Duration: 3 months, with the possibility of renewal for more 2 months. Start date: 1st July 2019 (or soon thereafter).
Monthly salary: 752.38€ (net), 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:
Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation  (40%)
Suitability of the candidates’ profile to the project based on the relevant work experience in the tasks described in the work plan  (50%)
Fluency in oral and written English  (10%)
The Jury has the right to not admit any of the candidates that applied for this position.
Alexandra Sofia Martins de Carvalho
Susana Vinga
Paulo Alexandre Carreira Mateus
Communication of the results: Communication of the results: Results will be published at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, in Lisbon. The selected candidate will be notified by email. Apply online clicking on the “Apply Now” button in this form. E-mail submissions are not accepted.
Required Documents: Curriculum Vitae with a short description of prior research work, motivation Letter, copy of academic certificates. IMPORTANT NOTICE: If the selected candidate has a degree obtained outside Portugal, his degree must be certified in Portugal For more information: Direcção-Geral do Ensino Superior (DGES):
Application Period: 27-05-2019 to 07-06-2019
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Published on: 13-05-2019